Student Life

Academic Advising

At CMU, academic advising is more than choosing courses that fit your timetable. We take a holistic approach to advising, which includes conversations about academic interests and career/vocational goals.


Advising Philosophy

Career/vocational exploration, course selection and degree planning can be likened to putting together a beautiful puzzle. At first it all seems a bit abstract, but once the pieces start coming together, you begin to observe artistic development. Stick with it, and you begin to see the whole picture. Stick with it long-term, and this process becomes a life-long journey of academic and vocational development.

Consider the following as somewhat of a prioritization for choosing courses:

  1. Courses that are of personal interest to you
  2. Courses that align with your academic and career/vocational interests
  3. Courses that will keep your doors open until you are ready to choose the degree program that aligns best with your academic and career/vocational interests
  4. Strategizing so you can complete your degree within your desired timeline
    • To find sample degree audit forms online, follow these steps:
      • cmu.caAcademics → click your subject area of interest → click Programs and Courses

Academic and Vocational Advising

The Coordinator of Student Advising assigns each student a Faculty Advisor who is their academic mentor. In addition to faculty, the Coordinator of Student Advising is on hand to consider CMU degree and pre-professional options with students.

Take advantage of the following resources:

  • Academic and Vocational Advising (academic supports/tutoring, program and course planning, vocational exploration, and more)
    • Vern Kehler (office A06, south) – email to book an online advising meeting
    • Your Faculty Advisor – click here to contact your Faculty Advisor
    • Stephanie Penner (office A07, south) – email if you are graduating this year
  • Career Advising
  • Practicum Strategizing

Academic Supports

  • PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) and Math Help Desk: Don't know where to start with assignments? Feeling stressed about school work? Come to M207 to get help from your resourceful peers. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.
Winter 2020 PAL and Math Help Desk Schedule
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
12:00-2:00 PM 12-2:30pm Math, Physics BTS, Math, Sciences Calculus, Chemistry, Psychology, Sciences 12-2:20pm Calculus, Chemistry
2:00-4:00 PM 2:30-4pm BTS, English, Psychology Math BTS 2:30-4pm BTS, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Statistics


  • Peer Tutors: A peer tutor is an upper level student who has aptitude and experience in the subject where help is requested. The student requesting tutoring pays the tutor an hourly stipend. Appointments are booked through the office of the Coordinator of Student Advising.
  • Academic Tutors: One-on-one appointments are available for CMU students, free of charge. This includes help for a broad range of "big-picture" academic needs, such as essay writing, research, test-prep, time management, and overall strategizing. 
  • Academic Writing. Click here to learn more.

Academic Workshops and Info Sessions

Fall 2019

  • Thurs. Sept. 19, 12:10-12:50 PM in C09 (south) – Notetaking Workshop 
    How can I take class-notes that will make sense to me in the coming weeks/months to study for tests and exams? Should I take notes differently for different courses and/or areas of study? Come to learn tips and strategies that will work for you. With Rachel Krause, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, Associate Professor of New Testament.
  • Thurs. Oct. 3, 12:00-1:00 PM in C09 (south) – Speed Reading Workshop
    Have you ever felt frustrated by how long it takes you to read a page? Or a chapter? Or an entire book? Learn hacks and tricks for speedier reading and improved memory retention. Bring a novel! Led by Rod Reynar, Lecturer in Sociology.
  • Thurs. Oct. 17, 12:10-12:50 PM in C09 (south) – Essay Writing Workshop
    Do you struggle to get started with essays writing? Come to learn about: understanding essay requirements as listed in your syllabi, developing a thesis statement, and other practical tips and tricks! Led by Mackenzie Nicolle, Senior Residence Assistant.
  • Thurs. Oct. 31, 12:10-12:50 PM in C09 (south) Test and Exam Study Workshop
    How can you study for tests and exams more effectively? How can you improve memory retention, and retrieve what you know at the test/exam? Learn scientifically proven tips and strategies that work! With Candice Viddal, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics, and Delmar Epp, Associate Professor of Psychology.
  • Tues. Nov. 12, 12:10-12:50 PM in C09 (south) University of Manitoba Bachelor of Education After Degree Info Session. With Simone Hernandez-Ramdwar and Maria Differ, UM BEd Academic Advisors.
  • Tues. Nov. 19, 12:10-12:50 PM in C09 (south) – Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
    So you've been told people who have good resumes get good jobs. But how do you create an appealing resume? Come and get tools that will help you develop an effective and appealing resume. Led by Adelia Neufeld Wiens, Career Advisor.
  • Thurs. Nov. 21, 12:10-12:50 PM in C09 (south) University of Winnipeg Bachelor of Education After Degree Info Session
    With Tara Christianson, UW BEd Academic Advisor.
  • Thurs. Dec. 3, 11:00-11:50 AM in C09 (south) – University of Manitoba MA in School Psychology Info Session
    Are you considering a career in Psychology? Come and learn about the MA program in School Psychology at the UM. With Barry Mallin, UM Associate Professor of Psychology.

Winter 2020

  • Thurs. Jan. 23, 12:10-12:50pm in C06 (south) – Manitoba Legislative Internship Program Info Session. Presented by Declan Moulden, Legislative Intern
  • Tues. Feb. 25, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 (south) – Resumé & Cover Letter Workshop. It's time to make sure your resumé and cover letter are polished to apply for summer jobs. Whether you are creating a new resumé or want to tweak your current resumé, you will find this workshop to be helpful. Led by Adelia Neufeld Wiens, Career Advisor

Contact Vern Kehler with question or for more information.

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