Tips from an academic advisor on how to prepare for picking classes

With spring semester just around the corner and registration for classes opening Nov. 5th, it’s time for students to start considering what classes they’ll take next year.

Planning your academic future can be an intimidating task, especially when you aren’t sure which classes you need or want to take. LCCC’s academic advisors work hard to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Advisors don’t just help students pick their classes: They can help students with lots of things associated with academic success like financial aid, how classes are going and personal goals.

“Our job is to help students reach their goals,” said Bess Hewitt, an academic advisor at LCCC. “Typically, those goals for lots of college students are to pass classes and to graduate, so that’s why a lot of our conversations end up being about classes, but lots of things impact your ability to be successful as a student.” That includes students’ home life, finances and their jobs. “So we can talk about all those things,” Hewitt said. “Every student has a different situation and different goals, and the more they feel comfortable sharing that with us, the more we can help.”

To best help students prepare for and get the most out of the academic advisors, they have suggested some ways students should prepare for their meeting with them:

  • If you’re unsure what your goals are or what career you want to get into, the career center is a great resource to help students research different goals.
  • You can use “Self Service” on myLCCC to plan future classes and see what to expect in the following semesters.
  • Look at the course requirements for your degree before speaking with an advisor. This can be done through the “Self Service” app. This can also help you plan to balance courses in future semesters so you don’t overwhelm yourself with too many difficult classes in one semester.
  • Write down questions you have for your advisor before your meeting. You don’t always have a lot of time with them, and it’s easy to get sidetracked.
  • If you are a first-generation college student, low-income family, or have a registered disability, you can meet with a Trio advisor. Trio advisors meet with their students more often and hold events such as “lunch and learn” workshops where students learn skills for self-improvement.
  • If you use your student email and find important emails are getting buried under canvas notifications, you can adjust what canvas notifies you about in the settings.
  • If you need to talk with an advisor before your scheduled appointment you can talk with them for 15 minutes during drop-in hours, which are 1-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“Come see your advisor if you have questions, concerns or worries, even if you aren’t registering for classes,” said Hewitt.Some students feel like they need to save up their issues for when they see us once a semester, but you can come see us every week if you have questions. Were here and waiting for students to come ask for help.”


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