Preparing for Advising Appointments

In order for us to make the best use of your time and to best serve you, it is important for you to come to your appointment prepared. Here are some tips to help you plan for your advising appointment:

  1. Scheduling an appointment.
    Advisors are often available to meet with students throughout the day for drop in appointments.  Please feel free to check in at the Student & Academic Affairs office reception area to see ifyour advisor’s schedule is open.  In order to guarantee that your advisor is available and has adequate time to answer your questions, we encourage you to set up your appointment in advance.  To schedule an appointment, please call (608) 262-6234, or stop by the Student and Academic Affairs office in 1203 Rennebohm Hall.
  2. Bring a list of your questions or topics to your advising appointment.
    Think about the big picture, don’t just think about what you need to do to get through the semester, think about how your choices will impact your future and your career.
  3. Academic advising is more than preparing your schedule for the upcoming semester.
    Feel free to discuss academic and non-academic matters with your advisor.  To get the most out of your advising relationship, get to know your advisor and let your advisor get to know you.  Be willing to identify and discuss your difficulties and come up with ideas for addressing them.  Then follow up on the plan you and your advisor agree upon.  We are also interested in hearing about your successes!  Let us know if you aced an exam, got your dream internship, or finished your first marathon.
  4. Learn the School of Pharmacy curriculum and policies.
    Your advisor is here to help you navigate your way through your education.  Ultimately, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are meeting all requirements and policies required by the School of Pharmacy.  If you don’t understand something, ask!  It is also a good idea to verify rumors that are circulating.  Just like phone tag, by the time the information reaches you, it usually is no longer accurate.
  5. Expect referrals from your advisor.
    Your advisor works hard to understand the services available to you within the School of Pharmacy as well as the greater UW Madison campus so he or she can make suitable referrals.  Because advisors try to discuss more than course schedules with students, your advisor can be your resource to navigating the campus.  If you feel overwhelmed or you are having any trouble, ask for advice.  Your advisor will help you get the support services you need, but he or she won’t know to help if you don’t ask.