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Advising Syllabus

What is Academic Advising?
Academic Advisors assist students to process, clarify, and evaluate goals and plans. They help you to examine your personal, educational, and career goals, and to understand how your experiences prepare you for the future. Academic advising requires action from both you and your advisor. Your academic advisors work to help you navigate BYU and make the most of your time here.

What we Do
The University Advisement Center supports the education and development of open major students and students who are still exploring options by providing a broad array of academic support and co-curricular programs and services, including but not limited to major exploration, career exploration, learning skills, and schedule reviews. As educators, we seek to foster a dynamic partnership with students as they actively participate with us in creating and refining their goals and plans. Advisors strive to be courteous, knowledgeable, and informative as we empower students to develop holistically.

Student Learning Goals

As you seek to develop during your time here at BYU, here is a list of goals you should consider:

  • Live a purposeful and satisfying life
  • Prepare for careers, civic responsibilities, and life roles
  • Identify, clarify, and articulate your personal, academic, and career values and goals
  • Relate your career exploration to your skills, values, interests, and major(s)
  • Relate your values and goals to your selection of careers, majors and courses
  • Identify your strengths and areas of development
  • Make timely progress towards the completion of your academic and life goals
  • Identify campus resources that help you reach your goals
  • Enjoy meaningful relationships with others based on interdependence and collaboration
  • Develop a personal identity
  • Develop self-understanding and self-respect
  • Live ethically and with integrity
  • Increase your spiritual awareness
  • Understand the basics of university majors and minors
  • Understand the BYU General Education (GE) requirements
  • Correctly interpret information on your progress report
  • Navigate and use the university registration system
  • Apply the information on your MYMAP report to appropriate course selection
  • Understand the academic policies and procedures at BYU
  • Decide which classes to register for in a given semester or term

Advisor Roles

Here is a list of what you can expect your advisor to do with you:

  • Help you discover interests, values, goals, and experiences when you felt most happy and successful
  • Dream with you about possibilities for lifelong career and personal development
  • Work with you to design both general and specific development plans to help you achieve your goals
  • Support and encourage you throughout your development at BYU
  • Engage you in exploration activities that align with your development goals
  • Review your academic experiences and help you identify improvements
  • Evaluate your schedule for difficult course combinations, course timing, and balance
  • Encourage you to own your decisions about educational plans and life goals
  • Identify realistic timeframes to complete your educational and life goals
  • Raise your awareness of institutional and community resources and services and make referrals as needed
  • Work to ensure you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and concerns
  • Keep your records and other sensitive information you discuss in advising sessions confidential

Preparing for Your Appointment

Major Exploration

  • Make a list of what interests you. What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy learning about?
  • Make a list of what you are good at. What subjects, talents, and skills do you excell at?
  • Review the majors that BYU offers, taking note of majors and courses that sound interesting.
  • Watch BYU Major Snippets on YouTube (link).
  • Questions to ask your advisor:
    • How can I learn more about ______ major?
    • What can help me make a decision?
    • What is experiential learning, and how can it help me?
    • Are there any classes that can help me explore majors?

Career Exploration

  • Make a list of your ideal jobs. What is your dream job?
  • Review and complete the Career Decision-Making guide from Career Services.
  • Explore careers online at *ONet, My Next Move, or Learn How to Become.
  • Questions to ask your advisor:
    • How can I learn more about ______ career?
    • What can help me make a decision?
    • What services/resources does BYU offer to help me in my exploration?
    • Are there any classes that can help me explore careers?

Course Scheduling

  • Learn how to register for classes.
  • Make a list of courses you’d like to possibly take.
  • Decide how many credits you need to register for.
  • Questions to ask your advisor:
    • How can I best utilize the Registration Cart?
    • What can I do if a class I want to take is full?
    • What is a good course load for my situation?
    • Do you see any red flags with my class schedule?

Academic Improvement Plan

  • Thoughtfully fill out the AIP questionnaire online giving yourself plenty of time for reflection.
  • Questions to ask your advisor:
    • What are the university’s academic standing policies?
    • What resources can help me improve?
    • What changes should I make to succeed in the future?