How to Prepare for a Meeting with an Academic Advisor

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Preparing for a new semester is stressful. Add the uncertainty of a global health crisis, and organizing your academic term might feel overwhelming. Meeting with an academic advisor can relieve a lot of stress.  Your advisors are a valuable resource, so you should use them! But how do you prepare for a meeting with them?

Your academic advisor is your go-to guide for your post-secondary education. They can assist you in choosing the right classes to take, which professors to talk to, programs or tracks to consider, and even present career options you haven’t thought about. Academic advisors have an abundance of knowledge and are eager to help you succeed.

Here are just a few tips on how to prepare for a meeting with your academic advisor.

Come Prepared

Find courses and careers you’re interested in. The more you research you have done, the more you will get out of your appointment with an advisor. Are there certain courses that interest you? Are you interested in a specific career but unsure of how to get there? These are great points to bring up to your advisor when you meet with them. Remember, academic advisors are here to help you get the most out of your education.

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Meeting with your advisor is an important part of the academic journey (Unsplash).

Ask Questions

Will this fit into my degree? Am I in the right degree for my career choice? What are my options to get into the career I want? The more questions you ask, the more your academic advisor can assist you. Advisors listen to your wants and needs and work with you to collaboratively develop a graduation plan with you. The more questions you ask, the easier it will be for your advisor to develop an academic plan with you.

Follow Up

Be sure to follow up with your advisor throughout your post-secondary education to ensure you’re on the right track to accomplishing your goals. Consult with your advisor throughout your program to ensure you are meeting your degree requirements. Here are four times you should see an academic advisor.

Lastly…

Remember, academic advisors are here to help guide you through your post-secondary education. Need help finding an academic advisor? Below are links to academic advising at Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions.


Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public universities and colleges. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba. In addition to campusmanitoba.ca, our websites include ecoursesmb.casetyourcourse.ca, and openedmb.ca.