Preparing for the Appointment

To get the most valuable advice and information from meeting with an academic advisor:

  • Gather some work (e.g., writing samples, slides, other work). This will help your advisor get to know you and provide personalized feedback.
  • Review your Advisement Summary through SAIC Self-Service. Go to My Academics > View My Advisement Report. For information on how to read your advisement report, click Accessing your Academic Information in the Quicklinks panel on the Academic Advising home page. This will help you better understand your degree requirements and come up with questions for your advisor.
  • Review available courses through SAIC Self-Servicecourse search, or via hard copy at the Registration and Records office.
  • Review Faculty Course Evaluations (in the advising office) to read student feedback (for preregistration appointments) so you have an idea of the courses you want to take.
  • Make a list of questions and come prepared. Think about what you want to discuss with your academic advisor.
  • Bring your laptop to easily access your academic information, emails, and other documents you may need to review or refer to during your appointment.