Academic Advising

Resources for Faculty

  • New Faculty Handbook Website
  • Printable Faculty Handbook
  • How can I tell my students about the Academic Support Center?

    Instructors always remind students to use their campus resources in class, but we encourage instructors to post information about the ASC’s services outside their offices and within their course websites. Some instructors find it useful to include a few sentences on the syllabus to refer students to the ASC for help. Feel free to copy and paste the following, or copy and modify to fit the flow of your course materials.

    The Academic Support Center, located in the Evans Library Pavilion, provides peer tutoring in many undergraduate courses, including this one. You are encouraged to use your resources, prepare accordingly, and work with a peer tutor. Make an appointment at http://hub.fit.edu/asc/ or call 321-674-7110 to speak with a staff member for more information. Please remember that peer tutoring is intended to supplement your learning and should not replace class attendance. You can prepare for a peer tutoring appointment by bringing textbooks, completed homework, notes, study guides, and graded quizzes or exams. Expect to engage in discussion and actively participate in the tutoring session. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.fit.edu/asc/.

    How can the Academic Support Center help me with review sessions for exams?

    We work with many professors and course coordinators to schedule review sessions before exams. Professors provide us with syllabi, course materials, and study guides to help our tutors prepare to lead group review sessions. We have worked with business, chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, and physics faculty to facilitate multiple sessions during the semester. Students who come to group review sessions often schedule follow-up peer tutoring appointments to take advantage of ASC services. Please call our office at 321-674-7110 to speak with our Office Manager to learn more about how we can help you.

    Resources for Students

    How do I find my advisor?

    Your academic advisor can be a great source of information about the university as well as a powerful advocate for your studies at Florida Tech. Academic advising is important at every stage of your university career, and knowing where to go makes all the difference. Your academic advisor is assigned based upon your status at the university, the number of credits you transferred, and what department houses your major.

    I’m a first-year student; where do I go?

    All first-time in college (FTIC) and transfer students who enter the university with 29 credits or less will find their academic advisor at the Office of First Year Experience, or FYE. You can meet your advisor, ask questions about how to register for courses, and learn about additional resources to aid in your transition to university life.

    The First Year Experience Office is located on the back side of Wood Hall, across from the tennis courts. Like most university offices, they are open Monday through Friday, from 8AM to 5PM. Appointments are recommended to ensure that your advisor can meet with you and devote time to assist in your academic needs. Contact their office at 321-674-8747 or via email at advising@fit.edu.

    This isn’t my first year; how do I find my advisor?

    If you’ve been at Florida Tech for a full academic year, or transfer 30 credits or more, you’ve probably transitioned to an academic advisor within your degree program. Your academic department can help you locate your academic advisor and set an appointment. You can speak with the administrative assistant or student coordinator in your academic department to get more information.

    If you’re not sure where to begin, start by looking at the college that houses your degree program. Each college lists its respective departments and degree programs to help you locate faculty and staff more easily.

    I’m a transfer student with more than 29 credits; how do I find my advisor?

    If you transfer to Florida Tech with more than 29 credits, your academic advisor is within your degree program. You can speak with an administrative assistant or student coordinator in your department to get more information.

    What should I know to work more effectively with my academic advisor?

    Working effectively with your academic advisor requires the ability to plan ahead and ask questions during your appointment. We’ve written about how to work with your academic advisor at Florida Tech’s eCurrent

    Here are a few other tips to help you have a positive advising experience:

    1. Arrive on time. If you have an appointment with your advisor, be on time and prepared to ask questions and discuss your situation. Most faculty have multiple courses and projects to manage, so being on time demonstrates respect for their busy schedules.
    2. Ask questions. This is your academic career, and your advisor is a powerful resource. They know about your degree program as well as opportunities within and outside the university. Use them as a point of contact to learn about what you can do in your field beyond the classroom.
    3. Respect your advisor’s area of expertise. While every human being has the capacity for error, you as the student should respect the fact that the advisor has a certain level of experience is the expert before simply dismissing a recommendation for study habits or a suggestion for a course. Intellectual arrogance has been the downfall of many a college student, and it can be easily avoided by simply listening to the entire concept or idea.
    4. Use email thoughtfully and professionally. In this day and age, we communicate via the written word and how we send messages can influence the way that others see us. Take the time to determine the right honorific for your advisor (Dr. or Mr./Ms.) and review your message to make sure that you’ve used proper spelling and grammar. Attention to detail makes a big difference in how others respond to your message. If you're unsure about the honorific, "Professor" or "Instructor" is a good gender-neutral term that demonstrates respect.
    5. Stay informed. Keep up to date with deadlines from the Registrar, your department, and other key campus groups. Advisors are here to advise you during your time at the university, but you as the student are ultimately responsible for your own success. Practice good time management habits to alleviate stress and be aware of opportunities within your department.