Meeting with an Academic Advisor

Academic advising is an integral part of your success this first year. Academic advisors help you transition to university and navigate the responsibilities and opportunities available to you in this new environment.

Academic advisors offer assistance with:

  • registration assistance and registration permissions
  • course selection and degree planning for one or multiple programs
  • building an educational plan and ensuring you are on track for application and graduation requirements
  • connections and referrals to appropriate campus resources
  • monitoring academic progress and making recommendations for improvements where needed
  • guidance and advice about enhancing your degree experience by co-curricular, volunteer, research and other opportunities
  • interpretation and advice on university and faculty rules, regulations and requirements

 

When to meet with an academic advisor

Make the most of your time at university by regularly checking in with your advisor throughout the year. Critical times to meet with an academic advisor include:

 

How to make an appointment with an academic advisor

To book an appointment with a First Year Centre advisor,

Advisors in the First Year Centre are available to all first year students (University 1 and direct-entry) on a drop-in basis as well as for limited pre-scheduled, daily appointments during non-peak periods.

Students admitted to a direct-entry faculty will additionally have access to faculty academic advisors from their programs. Contact your direct entry faculty academic advisors to make an appointment


When to meet with an academic advisor

Fall Term
September

Registration Revision Period - first two weeks of the term in which you can revise your Fall term schedule

  • adding or dropping courses and the impacts to your degree plans
  • questions about course load or resources
  • building a study schedule
October

Tracking your grades and monitoring your progress based on assignment and test feedback

  • determine grade standing in course
  • referral to study and learning resources if needed

 

Prepare for midterm exams

November

Voluntary Withdrawal Deadline – the last day to withdraw from a Fall Term course

  • check in with an advisor if you are thinking about dropping a course
  • discuss the impacts of this decision before you take action

 

Prepare for final exams

December

Final Exams

  • if you are unable to write a final exam you must meet with an advisor within 48 hours of missing the exam report absence and discuss options

 

Course selection and degree planning for next term

  • course selection and eligibility to apply to second year program
  • timetabling advice to balance your course load
  • permissions and overrides to permit registration if necessary (i.e. repeat permissions)

 

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Winter Term
January

Registration Revision Period - first two weeks of the term in which you can revise your Fall term schedule

  • adding or dropping courses and the impacts to your degree plans
  • questions about course load or resources
  • building a study schedule

 

February

Tracking your grades and monitoring your progress based on assignment and test feedback

  • determine grade standing in course
  • referral to study and learning resources if needed

 

Prepare for midterm exams

Discuss upcoming Summer Term registration

March

Voluntary Withdrawal Deadline – the last day to withdraw from a Fall Term course

  • check in with an advisor if you are thinking about dropping a course
  • discuss the impacts of this decision before you take action

 

Prepare for final exams

April

Final Exams

  • if you are unable to write a final exam you must meet with an advisor within 48 hours of missing the exam report absence and discuss options

 

Course selection and degree planning for next term

  • course selection
  • timetabling advice to balance your course load
  • permissions and overrides to permit registration if necessary (i.e. repeat permissions)
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Summer Term
April – May

Planning for registration which takes place in July and August

  • course selection
  • timetabling advice to balance your course load
  • permissions and overrides to permit registration if necessary (i.e. repeat permissions)
July – August Registration assistance
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April 5, 2016

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First Six Weeks

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