Advice for Advising

Today we wrap up our discussion on communication.  One of the most important people you will communicate with during your college career is your advisor.  You need to communicate early and often with your advisor because they will be the person who helps you map your degree plan and make sure you meet the requirements for your degree.

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Today I will give you tips to prepare for a meeting with your advisor and some questions you should ask during the meeting.

How to prepare:

1.  Find out if you need to make an appointment.  If so, schedule it ahead of time and make sure you are on time.  If no appointment is required, go when you have time, you might have a short wait before you meet with an advisor and then you want to allow for about 20 minutes for the meeting.

2.  Look over your interactive audit on the myUNT student center.

3.  Know the requirements of any scholarships or special programs you are in.  You might have a certain number of credits you need to take or certain classes to take, you should inform your advisor of these.

4.  Share with your advisor if you are interested in a minor or double major.

5.  Bring your schedule of classes to the meeting.

6.  Tell your advisor if you are thinking about taking classes over the summer at another univeristy (so you can make sure the credits count and will transfer).  Also, if you are interested in study abroad programs, your advisor can help you with that.

7.  Have a plan in mind, write down some courses you want to take.  Do not expect your advisor to plan your schedule for you.

What are some questions you should ask:

1.  What level math courses do I need for my major, how many courses will I need?

2.  Are there any foreign language requirements for my degree?

3.  What are the admission requirements for my degree? (will i need a certain number of credits, a certain gpaor pre-req courses)

4.  Do I have an official degree plan completed?  If not, when should I request one be done?

What to expect during a meeting with your advisor:

An advisor will go over your degree audit, answer your questions and help you make a list of recommended courses for the next semester.  Some majors will block your registration until you meet with an advisor, once you meet with an advisor they will remove the hold so you can register.

Registration for Spring 2010 begins on November 12 at 7am for Freshmen.  Click here for more information on registration.

Tell us in the comment section what is one question that you have about registration for spring and you could win in today’s drawing.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark McCall on October 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Does every course have two parts? (Example: History 2610 & History 2620 or English 1310 & English 1320) Or are there some courses that are strictly one semester.

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  2. Posted by greeneagles on October 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Mark-
    that is a great question. From my knowledge of the undergraduate catalog not every course is 2 parts. English and History are both requirements for your core curriculum (which is what every UNT student must have). The reason history is 2 parts is because 2610 covers US history until 1865 and 2620 covers 1865 until today. They break it into 2 classes because it would be difficult to cover 600 years of history in once course. English is similar, the concepts they want/need to teach would be difficult to squeeze into one semester. Many of your course work will be one class one semester, but remember that some courses will require a pre req. For instance if you are an accounting major you have to take the federal income taxation course you have to take ACCT 2010 and 2020 with a grade of C or better in order to register for it. Many classes will have pre-req’s because you will need to know certain concepts for the course. I hope this helps

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  3. Posted by Mark McCall on October 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    This actually really helps. Seeing as how my major is accounting, this helps me out a lot. i knew there were certain pre-req’s, but that makes it easier. I know this might be off topic, but i am still curious as to when all of us will recieve the rest of our swag bag and i also wanna know something else. If we win a prize, do we go to the tube office, or will our prizes be delievered to our dorm. It showed on one of the posts from last week that my prize would be delievered on monday, but I have yet to recieve anything. I’m not mad, just curious.

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  4. Posted by Stephanie Williams on October 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    my question is, if you want a minor who might i go talk too?

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  5. Posted by Jack (Jay) Sutey on October 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    How do I find out who my advisor is? It seems like something that would be obvious, so maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. I’m a music ed major, and I’ve been told that I need to sign up for instrumental methods courses ASAP because they fill up really fast.

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    • Posted by greeneagles on October 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

      Jay- here is some music only advice from music advisors:

      We encourage all music students to see us every semester before registering. In fact, most Music majors are blocked and CANNOT register until they see us and get an advising clearance code. Music Education majors must first make an appointment to see their faculty advisor before seeing us. Students should plan to come to our office several days before they want to register. No appointment is required but they should allow 10-20 minutes for us to help them. There may be a short wait. Our office is open M-F, 8am-5pm. We are located in MU260.

      They will also need a special code from their applied teacher in order to register for their lessons.

      your major requires you to meet with an advisor, I would go to MU 260 and talk to one of the advisors, you can also call them to find out if you have a specific advisor or if you can meet with anyone in the music advising office.

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