Student Life

Academic Advising

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

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, follow these steps:
      • > Academics > click your area of interest > click Programs and Courses
1. 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 & Vocational Advising (academic supports/tutoring, program & course planning, vocational exploration, and more!)
    • Vern Kehler (office A06, south) – sign up for an advising session online HERE or email Vern at
    • 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
2. Academic Supports
  • PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) & 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 & graduate students welcome!

    Fall 2019 PAL & Math Help Desk Schedule:







BTS, English, psychology

12-1pm BTS

1-2pm Biology, chemistry

BTS, math, physics

Calculus, chemistry


Biology, calculus, chemistry


BTS, math, sciences

English, music, psychology











  • 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.
3. Academic Workshops and Info Sessions

Fall 2019

  • Thurs. Sept. 19, 12:10-12:50pm 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, 12:00-1:00pm 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, 12:10-12:50pm 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, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 (south) Test & 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, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 (south) University of Manitoba Bachelor of Education After Degree Info Session. With Simone Hernandez-Ramdwar and Maria Differ, UM B.Ed. Academic Advisors
  • Tues. Nov. 19, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 (south) – Resume & 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, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 (south) University of Winnipeg Bachelor of Education After Degree Info Session. With Tara Christianson, UW B.Ed. Academic Advisor
  • Thurs. Dec. 3, 11:00-11:50am 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

Click HERE to contact Vern Kehler for more information.



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