Academic Advising

St. Thomas More College has two professional academic advisors available to help you navigate university.

To book an appointment, call 306-966-8900.

Richard Medernach

rmedernach@stmcollege.ca

Dean Schmidt

dschmidt@stmcollege.ca

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What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a collabortive teaching and learning process between a student and advisor.

"Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community. Academic advising engages students beyond their own world views, while acknowledging their individual characteristics, values, and motivations as they enter, move through, and exit the institution." (From NACADA: Global Community of Academic Advising.)


Academic Advising Outcomes

If you get regular academic advising at St. Thomas More College and you do your part, you'll end up with:

  • a realistic plan to achieve your educational goals
  • working knowledge of your program requirements and relevant procedures and policies
  • a better understanding of your program's curriculum and how the skills you develop in that program can be helpful professionally
  • knowledge of College/campus services and opportunities to assist you in achieving your academic, personal, and career goals
  • a sense of what makes STM unique within the University of Saskatchewan
  • a forum to make sense of your university learning experiences, both formal and informal
  • an appreciation for the importance of lifelong learning

What's your role as the student?

  • seek out advising before problems arise
  • have regular conversations with your advisor
  • come to appointments prepared
  • spend time reveiwing and reflecting on what you discuss with your advisor
  • study the policies and procedures that are relevant to you
  • take responsibility for your actions/choices and learn from experience

What will an STM advisor do for you?

  • listen to you and try to understand who you are and what you need
  • ask questions to help you come to conclusions
  • teach you where and how to find what you need to know
  • make suggestions and answer your questions to the best of our ability
  • inform you about services and programs that could assist you

Advising Resources for Students