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Advising

Student advising is one of the most important jobs any professor has.  With that in mind, here are a few tips that will help both of us when you come to me for advising.

  1. Be Prepared!  You should have with you your student ID number, and any transcripts from another school that haven't been officially accepted yet.
  2. Placement in a number of classes depends on your ACT or placement test scores.  If you have questions regarding your placement in a math, english, or reading class, call Tess Martin at x319.  Here is a list of the scores and the classes they correspond to:
    1. Math Placement
      1. ACT Score   0 - 13: Math 011
      2. ACT Score 14 - 18: Math 021 or Math 107
      3. ACT Score 19 - 22: Math 100 or Math 111 or Math 121
      4. ACT Score 23 - 24: Math 126 or Math 129
      5. ACT Score 25 - 26: Math 150
      6. ACT Score 27+: Math 155
      7. SAT Score 460+: Math 111 or Math 100 or Math 121
      8. AMTH Score 0 - 40: Math 011
      9. AMTH Score 41 - 69: Math 021 or Math 107
      10. AMTH Score 70 - 83: Math 100 or Math 111
      11. AMTH Score 84+: Math 126 or higher
    2. English Placement
      1. AENG Score 0 - 39: English 049
      2. AENG Score 40 - 87: English 091
      3. AENG Score 88+: English 101
      4. ACT Score 18+: English 101
      5. SAT Score 450+: English 101
    3. Reading Placement
      1. AREA Score 0 - 33: Reading 009
      2. AREA Score 34 - 78: Reading 090
      3. AREA Score 78+: No reading needed
      4. ACT 17+: No reading needed
      5. SAT 420+: No reading needed
  3. Know what your goals are, and know what your major is.  I can help you a lot more if we both know what you want to achieve while you are here.
  4. Think about anything that we should work around in terms of your schedule.  Some of the more common issues include:
    1. A work schedule
    2. A babysitter's schedule
    3. Carpooling with a friend and their schedule
    4. If you need to stay a full time student (12 credit hours minimum).  Sometimes if you are on your parents insurance or receiving other benefits you can only keep them if you stay a full time student and keep a certain GPA.
    5. If you are on academic probation
    6. Any benefits you may be receiving that have special conditions attached to them, such as VA benefits or Workforce WV.
    7. Before taking an E-course (completely online), ask yourself if you are a self-motivated person who will keep up with the class on your own, or if you will succeed better in an in-person class.  E-courses tend to be more work and require more discipline.  Be honest with yourself about your abilities and limits before you sign up for an E-course.
  5. Make an appointment!  Don't just show up - while that works most of the time, the best way to guarantee that you will get the time and attention you need, you should make an appointment.  You can make an appointment with me directly or through one of the two secretaries, Judy (304-424-8365) or Vicky (304-424-8303).
  6. If you are having any problems through the semester, don't hesitate to come to me to discuss them or to ask for advice.  There are a wealth of resources available, and often times you just have to ask to get help.
  7. DO NOT SELF ADVISE!  A number of students have taken longer than they anticipated to graduate or lost their benefits because they did not talk to an advisor before they signed up for classes.