It’s already time to select classes for the Spring 2024 semester. While that task can seem daunting, Georgia State has a team of advisors exclusively reserved to help online students with their schedules. If you haven’t yet scheduled a meeting with an advisor, you can do so on Navigate.
In preparation for your appointment, it’s helpful to know what to expect in a virtual advising session. These tips will help you get the most out of your meeting and save time in the long run.
Show up prepared
Preparation for your meeting includes verifying that you have all necessary documents and access to course registration materials. Students use PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) to register for classes. PAWS is also used for student and financial aid, so be sure to check ahead of time that your account is in good standing.
Additionally, take a look at your transcript for the courses you have already completed, as well as all courses your degree or pathway requires. Having a list of your remaining classes can help when discussing the timeline you’ll pursue.
Attend on time
Advisors help all Georgia State students prepare for registration, and this means there’s an influx of need all at once. Log in for your virtual appointment at least five minutes before the scheduled time so that you can begin promptly even if you run into technology problems.
Avoid technology problems
Speaking of problems, technology issues are often the culprit of missed appointments. Try your best to test out technology for your virtual advising appointment prior to your assigned time in order to avoid delays.
Pick a spot with reliable internet and minimal distraction for your meeting. Also, check that the correct software is downloaded ahead of time so that updates and logging in don’t take up your advising time.
Using your computer for a virtual advising session makes it difficult to take note of what you’ve been advised to do. Instead, consider having a notebook available to write course numbers and instructions from your advisor.
Research has shown that our memory can change over time, acting like the telephone game, so don’t assume that you’ll remember everything your advisor tells you. Write it down and save yourself from making a mistake when registration takes place.
Registration for Spring 2024 is open now, and will be open until January 7, 2024. Signing up for classes at your registration time is the best way to guarantee there will be room in the classes you discuss enrolling in with your advisors.
Take note of any other key dates for the semester and continue to monitor registration so that problems don’t arise. If you tend to need reminders for due dates, be proactive and block off registration in your calendar so you don’t miss out!
As the Fall semester continues, students and faculty are busy with classes and assignments. Taking the time to email back and forth about a registration question can take up important time. Instead, anticipate any questions you may have for registration and ask them now.
Your advisor is meeting with you to help you, so questions are welcome. This is your opportunity to express concerns, explore options, and discuss your academic and career path.
By following these tips, your virtual advising session will be a beneficial resource in your academic career at Georgia State. Best of luck as you select classes for next semester!