Advising Meeting Resources

Gathered here are a group of resources that University of Idaho advisors can use to answer student questions, provide structure to the advising session, and ask questions that will enrich the experience for both people. Resources have been divided into categories below, and downloadable forms are available on the right for easy access.
  • Getting to know your advisees before the meeting:
    Advisors can use the Student Profile Sheet and student Self Evaluation to gather information on the student’s background and interests. These forms help advisors and students find common ground for discussion, and are a great jumping off point for a discussion of a student’s chosen major. Advisors are encouraged to email one (or both) of these sheets to advisees before the first advising meeting, then use it as a way to break the ice.
  • Refreshing your memory:
    Visit Sample Advising Meetings to review general meeting types, objectives and pertinent questions.
  • Getting in touch with your advisees:
    Please visit Contacting Your Advisees.
  • Starting the conversation:
    Students are often intimidated by their academic advisor, which makes them less likely to ask questions or start conversations. To counteract this, advisors are encouraged to use the Ask Me About Sheet. This resource is designed to give students cues about possible questions to ask. On the back, are answers and referrals for advisors. Advisors can simply prop this sheet on their desk and encourage students to read it while the advisor looks at the student’s proposed class schedule.
  • Conducting the meeting:
    The Advisor Checklist was created to help advisors cover all the pertinent topics during an advising session. This reference has questions to ask, referrals to consider, and many other helpful tips.
  • Handling the paperwork:
    Like all universities, UI has a host of forms that must be completed by academic advisors. Please visit the Forms Glossary for an overview of the most common forms.
  • Keeping students organized:
    Advisors are encouraged to use the Four Year Planner and Schedule Planner to help students craft their semester schedules and lay out a comprehensive plan for graduation. Also, advisors should become familiar with the Planner function of Degree Audit, which allows students (in cooperation with their advisor) to create and save individual degree plans by semester. Just click on the Planner tab of a student’s degree audit to get started.
  • Documenting the meeting:
    The best way to keep a record of an advising meeting is by entering a note on the student’s degree audit. Please be aware that notes are viewable to all individuals who access the student’s degree audit. To enter a note, simply click the Notes tab on a student’s degree audit and input an overview of your advising meeting.
  • Calculating a GPA:
    Please visit the Calculating a GPA page for a guide to figuring out a student’s grade point average.
  • Addressing financial aid questions:
    Please use the Top 10 Things Advisors Should Know about Financial Aid as your starting point. If this resource fails to answer the student’s question, refer them to the Financial Aid office.
  • Connecting with other units:
    Sometimes a simple phone call can save a great deal of time and effort. Use the Who To Call sheet when you need a quick issue resolved.