Most advisors will have contact with their advisees at least twice a year for registration. Students should plan their courses for the next semester and meet with you to discuss this plan. While the student is responsible for contacting the advisor to schedule a meeting for course selection, it is recommended that the advisor contact the students at the start of the registration period. The advisor can let the student know his/her schedule, suggest appointment times, and make the student aware of the advisor’s expectations as to how they should be prepared for this meeting. Some advisors send students a voicemail or e-mail reminder of scheduled appointments. Please do not release the PIN to a student until you have had this discussion and reviewed the course selections. In reviewing a student’s course selection, please be sure that they meet all prerequisites. This is not checked upon registration so the advisor is the only one to enforce prerequisites.
Students at different points in their college career have different issues that you may want to bring up in your advising meeting. For example, freshmen could be encouraged to explore different majors by choosing courses that interest them in various areas. Also, freshmen will require training and more hands-on assistance in the registration process. Sophomores may also benefit from advice on choosing a major. These students can be encouraged to become involved in a variety of campus activities, including academic opportunities such as research, internships, study abroad, etc. Juniors can benefit from a career discussion and a plan can be developed to meet all degree requirements in two years. Work with senior advisees to make sure they are choosing courses to complete their degree requirements. Advise them on how to spend the last year in college, and assist them in beginning a job search or application for graduate work.