Hiram College

The “4 Year Conversation” Building an Advising Relationship: Your Role

These are ways you can help your advisor be most effective

  1. Make an appointment to see your advisor during the two-week advising period prior to registration. Be on time and be prepared for the meeting. If you miss an advising appointment, it is your responsibility to schedule another. If you do not meet with your advisor, you will not be permitted to register until late registration and you may have a difficult time enrolling in the courses you want.
  2. Access and complete the Course Choice Form. This form will help you generate potential class schedules. Faculty office locations and phone numbers are listed in the online campus directory.
  3. Share information about yourself with your advisor. Your educational goals, tentative career plans, your understanding of your own abilities and milestones in your life will help your advisor know you better and help you make better curricular choices.
  4. Familiarize yourself with academic procedures by reading the Hiram College catalog and the semester class schedule. Each semester a tentative schedule for the following semester is posted on home.hiram.edu under class schedules. You can use this to plan ahead. Graduation requirements are listed in the college catalog.
  5. Be knowledgeable about requirements for any majors you are considering. Requirements are listed in the Hiram College catalog.
  6. Discuss your choice of major with a department faculty member; they may also have handouts for you.
  7. It is your responsibility to keep records and to record your progress towards graduation. Print a transcript off Web for Students and bring it with you to your advising appointments.
  8. Ask your advisor questions. He or she may assume you know more about the curriculum than you do. Your advisor may also assume you understand the reason for any advice he or she gives you. If you are not sure why a particular course of action is appropriate for you, ASK.
  9. When you have questions about majors or special programs, ask your advisor to refer you to another faculty member for more information.

Contact your advisor immediately if:

  • You are having problems with a class, an emergency prevents you from keeping up with your course work, or you need help solving a problem.
  • Everyone changes and grows during college. Tell your advisor when you want to try a different approach, and discuss the advantages of the change. Sometimes there is more than one way to reach a goal. If other faculty or students suggest alternatives to you, discuss them with your advisor.