BComm Academic Advising

The BComm Advising Centre continues to offer Academic Advising services to students. Academic Advisors are expereinced in helping students navigate their academic journey in the BComm Program and Saint Mary's University. Academic Advisors strive to empower students by helping your learn about the resources, strategies, and tools needed to transition through your academic journey. BComm Academic Advisors are committed to providing a supportive environment that focuses on individual student need and prioritizes your educational, professional, and personal development. As your advisors, we can help you identify your goals, strengths, and interests to help you make informed decisions. 

Students can book an appointment through our online booking system to meet with an Academic Advisor. When booking an appointment, students can choose their preferred method of advising appointment delivery from a range of options: phone, email, or voice call or video call using Microsoft Teams.

 

Virtual Drop-In Academic Advising

We know that our normal in-person drop-in advising is not possible during virtual operations. This winter 2021 term your BComm Program Advisors, Emma and Jill, will be available Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons for the month of January for students to drop-in virtually and ask their questions.

A Brightspace Centre has been created as a resource for the BComm Program and Advising. All drop-in sessions will be accessed through Virtual Classroom on the Brightspace. You can find these scheduled drop-ins in the Upcoming Events section on the main page or in the Virtual Classroom menu. The BComm Program and Advising Brightspace is available for anyone to self register through SMU BrightspaceFollow these instructions  to self register.

These virtual drop-in sessions are a chance for students to speak with advisors and get an answer about quick questions. The idea is to create a similar environment to our normal in-person drop-in period when students have quick questions at the start of term.

Drop-ins are best used for time sensitive questions that are related to:

  • University deadlines and important dates (e.g., last day to add a course)
  • Information on academic processes
  • Information and referrals to academic and personal success resources at Saint Mary’s
  • Short discussions about general topics related to the BComm program and degree requirements
  • Urgent situations that require assistance
  • Course issues impacting your current academic term

Students who want individual information on degree progress and course planning as well as other questions that require a longer appointment, should click here to book an appointment.

Need to submit a form or other document to the BComm Academic Advising Centre?

Students can submit all paperwork in digital form by email to sobey.bcomm@smu.ca

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is an important part of your experience as a student in the Bachelor of Commerce program in the Sobey School of Business and Saint Mary’s University. Academic Advisors in the Sobey School are called BComm Program Advisors and are here to support and assist students to help guide you through your program. Academic advising is an on-going, collaborative experience. Academic Advisors in the BComm Program work together with students to navigate their academic program and offer support and advice to help students achieve academic and personal success throughout their undergraduate degree. 

Academic Advising Appointment Information

Appointments are approximately 20 minutes long and can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Students who require more in-depth advising are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Academic Advising appointments are best used for questions about:

  • Degree progress and course planning for the next academic year;
  • Discussing and planning program options;
  • Students experiencing academic difficulty;
  • Students at-risk of probation, on probation, suspension, or dismissal;
  • Discussing your goals, available skill-building opportunities, and planning next steps.

Students can book and manage appointments using our booking page:

Book an Academic Advising appointment by clicking here!  

Why Speak with an Academic Advisor?

Your Academic Advisor can help you understand your degree requirements, academic expectations, where and how to get help, and how to design and plan your undergraduate student experience at SMU.

Your academic success is a shared responsibility where students work together with their Academic Advisor, professors, and other resources on campus to meet your goals. Students should speak with an Advisor at least once a year to review your progress and plan your next steps to ensure you are on track and meeting your goals. We are here to answer your questions and check-in on your progress.

How Can an Academic Advisor Help?

Not sure how an Academic Advisor can help? Here are some examples of how Advisors in the BComm Program help students:

  • Review your degree requirements and monitor your progress;
  • Plan and sequence your courses that relate to your goals and interests;
  • Explore program options, such as major, minors, and certificates;
  • Understand university Academic Regulations and processes;
  • Help students experiencing academic difficulty and develop a plan;
  • Understand transfer credit and Letter of Permission;
  • Discover and discuss your education and career goals;
  • Develop and use strategies for academic success;
  • Identify opportunities to build skills in the university community (e.g. study abroad, Co-op)

How do I prepare to meet with an Academic Advisor?

Not sure how to prepare to meet with your Advisor? Academic Advising appointments are private meetings to offer students customized, individual support. This allows students to have discussions unique to their needs. Here are some suggestions to consider before attending your appointment:

  1. Create a list of questions or concerns you want to ask;
  2. Check Degree Works to review your degree progress and what questions you have;
  3. Review your academic program/major/minor in the Undergraduate Calendar for information;
  4. Review important academic dates and deadlines and Course Registration dates;
  5. If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please do so using the link or contact sobey.bcomm@smu.ca 

What Happens in an Advising Appointment?

Your Advisor wants to help you as much as possible. When meeting with your Advisor try to provide as much information as possible to help us understand your situation and how we can best help. Advisors can work with students to help record important information or suggestions discussed during the meeting. Many times, during appointments advisors and students discuss and plan for next steps and students can schedule a follow-up appointment.

I need help, but don’t know where to go?

We know that many students experience different challenges during their time in the BComm program. If you need help, come to speak with an Academic Advisor. Not sure if we are the right place to help you? Visit us anyway. We can help students understand and explore different options and services on campus when you are experiencing personal challenges or an emergency.


BComm Advising Centre contact and location information:

Sobey 252 (just off the main Sobey Building lobby)
903 Robie St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3

Email: sobey.bcomm@smu.ca | Phone: 902-491-6532 (During campus closure due to COVID19, we encourage you to email or book online)
 

Staff

  • Bronwyn K. Lynn, BComm Program Manager
  • Jill Thomas, BComm Program Advisor
  • Emma Wicks, BComm Program Advisor
  • Yi Xie, BComm Program Secretary

 


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