Academic advisement is an important piece of each student’s academic career. The Office of Parents Programs receives many questions about advisement each semester, and we want to help you support your student through their advisement process. It is important to remember that your role as a coach is vital to your student’s success. Helping your student prepare for advisement by developing a game plan to maximize their academic experience. Here are five important steps to create a successful advisement game plan.
- Your student should know how to access advising services for their college, which includes setting up advisor appointments. The best place to start is by visiting sc.edu/advising and selecting the appropriate school/college from the list. If your student has not declared a major, they should select the College of Arts and Sciences. Students should then follow the directions outlined by their school/college to sign up for advisement, which is required before they are able to register for classes.
- Students should be familiar with the degree requirements outlined for their major/minor so they can make informed decisions about what classes to take. Information about all majors, minors and programs can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students also should be familiar with the Carolina Core, which is the university’s general education program.
- To be an excellent advisee, students should be prepared going into a meeting with an advisor. Your student should use the Undergraduate Bulletin and any additional information provided by their college/school to outline classes to take next semester. Bringing a plan to the table shows the advisor that your student has put effort into preparing for the meeting.
- Additionally, students should think of topics and questions to discuss with their advisor and have those written down. Perhaps your student is thinking about studying abroad or is required to do an internship – now is the time to ask how that fits into their plan.
- Finally, if your student is considering a change major outside their current school/college, they can schedule an appointment with a major change advisor in the University Advising Center. Students who wish to change majors within their college (i.e. changing from psychology to criminal justice, which are both in the College of Arts and Sciences), should still meet with their assigned advisor in the college.
For additional academic support services, encourage your student to look into an Academic Success Coaching (ACE) appointment through the University Advising Center or the myriad resources available through the Student Success Center.