Academic Advising & Selecting CoursesBy Tara Davis 2009For use with the Academic Advising & Selecting Courses Lesson Adapted from ORT Academic Advising Powerpoint
Table of ContentsAcademic Advising What it is and is not. Reading the College Catalog Your Requirements & Options Selecting Courses Part I Planning Your Academic Future Selecting Courses Part II Your Schedule for Next Semester Related Materials Lesson and Handouts List
Academic AdvisingWhat it is and is Not
ADVISE (ad-vize) from Websters Dictionary 1. to give advice to. 2. to recommend an action, policy, etc. 3. to give information or notice to. 4. to give advice. 5. to take counsel.
Developing meaningful educational plans that fit into life goals. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about educational plans and life goals rests with the student.
Academic AdvisingIS Going to an appointment prepared to: share informationask questionsIS NOT Going to an appointment expecting the advisor to: create your schedulemake decisions for you
Advising: How ORT Prepares YouYou have learned and practiced: Organization and Time ManagementPlanningSelf knowledge through Self-AssessmentCareer Research
You will now learn and practice how to: Read the college catalogUnderstand academic major requirementsPlan for the future through selecting coursesUse short term options to reach long term goals
Advising: Student ResponsibilitiesKnow who your advisor is and if they are in the advising office or the health careers office Look on the Q under student biography ORRead the letter that is mailed mid-semester Contact your Advisor or the Advising Center EARLY for an appointment. Be persistent, use e-mail, phone, or leave a note.The advising center gets very busy; dont wait until the last minute!
Advising: Student ResponsibilitiesComplete ORT 110 assignments CAPS PlanSemester Planning Chart (2 Options)Course Schedules (2 - 3 Options)Print outs of:Your placement exam scoresYour student biographyYour current/past course schedules
Advising: Student ResponsibilitiesWhat to bring to your appointment: Placement test scoresSemester Planning Chart and Course SchedulesBooklet of course offerings for next semesterThe college catalog or a copy of the page(s) of your academic major requirementsinclude the major you are waiting to be accepted into Questions!!
Reading the College CatalogYour Requirements and Options
Reading the College CatalogFirst, you will learn how to read the college catalog: The Table of ContentsThe Program of Study Page Find the Table of Contents nowIt is at the beginning of the catalog
Reading the College CatalogEverything you need is listed in the Table of Contents.Programs of Study: Lists all programs with page numbersCourse descriptions: Describes all of the courses offered.Browse the rest of the pages later!
Reading the College CatalogClusters are suggested sequences to take courses. You may take some of them in any order you want as long as you have met the requirements.Course title and number are both important, so always write them together!Courses are not always offered every semester!Most classes are 3 credits, courses with labs have 4.Prerequisites & Corequisites are courses you MUST take before you can enroll in the listed course.Some courses in this column have pre-requisites also. ENG 101 requires that you have taken or tested into ENG 100.
The column on the right tells you which degree the program earns, admission requirements, next steps, the program coordinator and their e-mail address, and other footnotes.
Numbers, letters, or other symbols next to course titles tells you that there is an important footnote to read either at the bottom of the page or in the right hand column. A course may be an elective, an elective in a specific area such as social science, or a footnote says it must be a certain level such as 200 and above.You can take any course that fulfills it.Read the electives handout.
Selecting Courses Part IPlanning Your Academic Future
Selecting Courses: PreparingBefore beginning you must have your:placement test exam scorescurrent/past course schedulecollege catalogtwo copies of the semester planning chartcopy of the handout courses sequences, electives, and courses with no pre-requisites
Selecting Courses: PlanningThe planning chart is used to plan several semesters. No matter what college you attend you are expected to know what to take and when.
Selecting Courses: PlanningFill in the areas for:Selecting semester typeCourse TitleCourse letter and number identification
Course availabilityTaken/Plan to takeGrade and CreditsPre/Co-RequisitesStrategies for College & CareerX 2009ORT 110F/SNone3Introductory Algebra Mat 099 F/S/su 3 Mat 095 or CPTIntermediate Writing Skills ENG 096 F/S/su 3 ENG 095 or CPT
Selecting Courses: ChoosingNow that you know how to fill out the semester planning chart, make your choices.Remember to use the course descriptions page in the catalog to check for pre-requisites.
Begin filling out the Semester Planning Chart with courses you have already taken!You dont know where you are going unless you know where youve been.
Next, look at your Programs of Study page(s)What comes next for you? Focus on basic courses first!Plan several semesters ahead (approximately four).
Selecting Courses Part IIYour Schedule for Next Semester
Selecting Courses: PlanningYou should be finished planning your academic goals several semesters ahead using the Semester Planning Chart. Now you will select which days and times you want to take courses next semester using the Course Schedule Booklet and a schedule worksheet. If you are intending to take a winter intersession or summer course, understand that they are very fast and do the same amount of work in less time. Plan wisely!
Selecting Courses: PreparingBefore beginning you will need:
Your Semester Planning Chart; focus on next semester only.Your copy of the Course Schedule BookletA Course Schedule Worksheet of your choosing.
Selecting Courses: PreparingEvery semester the college puts out a Course Schedule Booklet which lists:Every course offered next semester and who is teaching it.If it is a fall, the winter intersession courses are included.If it is spring, summer schedules have their own book.
Each course is listed alphabetically and also with a course number AND a section number.Section numbers are important! They indicate time of day and day of the week the course is held. When choosing your class, include this number! Example: CIS 111-12
Selecting Courses: TimesUse any Course Schedule worksheet you like.
Your instructor may have provided a different one for you or make your own. Time decisions are YOURS to make.
Selecting Courses: TipsTuesday and Thursday only schedules are the hardest to get so go EARLY! Schedule Labs/Sciences and other courses that have fewer time choices FIRST! Sometimes classes fill-up fast, so always have other course times as a SECOND CHOICE! Include the course number and title and section number in your selections ALWAYS!
Selecting Courses: TipsEven if you are unsure of a course, always go to your appointment with a PLAN! If you are a Health Careers student, you MUST see a Health Careers Advisor.They have very specific information about the health programs that a general advisor would not have. Because youve made decisions ahead of time, your advisor can give you quality ADVICE!
Related MaterialsAcademic Advising & Selecting Courses (Lesson)Academic Advising Printing Prep Instructions (Handout)Semester Planning Chart (Handout)Course Schedule Worksheets (Handout)Course Sequences, Electives, & No Pre-requisites (Handout)College Catalog (Book)Schedule Booklet for Credit Courses (Book)The Q-Guide (Lesson)
SourcesAdvising Powerpoint (Original) http://www.qcc.mass.edu/t3/ORT110/powerpoints/ACADEMIC%20ADVISING.ppt
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