Getting the most out of advising

There are some important actions you, the student, should be doing to make the most of your advising relationship. In order for your advisor to help you make good decisions, it is essential that you take the time to understand UWL policy and procedures and your degree structure. There are plenty of good resources online and in our course catalog to get you started. It is expected that you make a good effort to gather the relevant information and then ask your advisor to help you interpret and clarify the information you find. 

Preparing for Advisor Appointments

  • Take the initiative to contact your advisor or to respond to your advisor's communications. Be mindful of the need to work with advisors during posted office hours or specific advising appointments. Take the initiative to make other arrangements when necessary.
    • Check your UWL email account regularly.
  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns before each meeting with your advisor. Write out a tentative schedule if you are preparing for registration.
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information.
  • Search out and find all resources that may assist you in being successful. Your advisor will be helpful but you should be sharing your knowledge with your advisor. 

Planning Your Course Schedule

  • Create a long-term semester-by-semester plan that is comprehensive and track it with your advisor each time you meet.  The "My Planner" link in WINGS may be useful; otherwise, do so manually.
  • Be familiar with your degree requirements
    • Use your Advisement Report (AR Report)
    • Understand the General Education requirements
    • Be familiar with any college specific core requirements
    • Be familiar with all Major and Minor requirements
    • Be familiar with the course catalog - the Academic Regulation and Student Conduct section is very useful.
  • Be aware of all course prerequisites for each course that you include in your semester schedule.
    • Pay attention to all course sequencing requirements
  • Pay attention to Important Dates & Deadlines
    • Some programs have admission requirements - pay attention to these.
    • Some programs have important tests that need to be completed.
  • Request a "degree check" from your College Dean's Office the semester prior to graduation.
  • If you have questions about your Advisement Report (AR), or feel that it contains an error, contact your College Deans Office.