Your Faculty Advisor is a valuable asset in your academic journey. They can provide insights and recommendations based on their education and real world experience. Take advantage of their knowledge and expertise in your program of interest!
If you do not have an assigned advisor, click here for more information on how to have a Faculty Advisor assigned.
Plan early for your next semester with your Faculty Advisor and have your spring courses selected and be ready to register on your Priority Registration date. This will give you the best chances at getting the courses you need. Registering early will also be beneficial for students who use NOVA’s TMS payment plan allowing for a lower down payment and more months to break up your remaining tuition balance.
How can my Faculty Advisor help me?
- Create an academic program completion plan, which maps out which courses you need to take for your major/program of study.
- Select which electives will support your academic goal/career plans.
- Connect with NOVA resources you need and make referrals.
- Submit the appropriate forms for substitution requests or changing your major.
- Reflect on your academic performance, so you can be successful.
- Serve as a reference or assist in preparing letters of recommendation for applications (transfer, employment and scholarship).
- Review your academic progress to help assure you complete your program based on your goals
How do I address my Faculty Advisor?
- Address the Faculty Advisor as “Professor and their last name.” If you know they have earned a Ph.D., or Ed.D. address them as “Doctor and their last name”. (i.e. Professor Jones or Dr. Smith).
- Be sure to send your email from your NOVA student email account and include your Student ID number.
- As a NOVA Online student, you may not meet your Faculty Advisor in person. Project yourself as a professional and dedicated student by composing a well-organized and thoughtful email. Take advantage of these Ten Quick Steps to Email Your Instructor.
What can I include in my correspondence to my advisor?
- Outline topics or questions you would like to discuss. (i.e. transfer plans, career opportunities, extracurricular/club involvement).
- Review your program requirements in the catalog and ask any questions you may have about unsatisfied requirements.
- Identify courses you may be interested in for the upcoming term and year.
Suggested Questions and Topics to discuss:
- What courses do I need to complete my academic program?
- What are the prerequisites for the courses I plan to take or where can I find them?
- I would like to discuss my academic goals.
- What do I need to know about transferring? Are there deadlines and scholarships?
- I need a tutor. How do I find one and access other services when I need help?
- I need to work. How can I arrange my classes around my work schedule and how will working impact my studies?
- I am interested in participating in extracurricular and co-curricular activities. Can we discuss my academic goals and extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
- Ask your advisor to share how they chose their major in college.
The last part of the semester is always hectic, and the holidays are coming up! Reach out to your faculty advisor now!
Attend a Getting Ready for Your Next Semester webinar. Learn more about the webinar and register for an upcoming session here. Undecided or just getting started on your degree plan? Talk to an Academic Counselor to help you get started with your spring term classes. NOVA Online Counselors can be reached at NOVA OnlineCounselors@nvcc.edu.
Written by NOVA Online Student Success Coach, Laura Tiglao.