Student Life

Academic Advising

At CMU, academic advising is more than just choosing courses that fit your timetable. It's also about:

  • knowing your options and keeping doors open until you choose your degree program and major
  • strategizing so that you can complete your degree with the timing that works best for you
  • choosing courses that appeal to your interests

Workshops and Info Sessions

Fall 2019

  • Thursday September 19, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 – Notetaking Workshop. How can I take 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.
  • Thursday October 3, 12:00-1:00pm in C09 – 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? Acquire hacks and tricks for speedier reading AND improved memory retention. Bring a novel! With Rod Reynar, Lecturer in Sociology.
  • Thursday October 17, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 – 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.
  • Thursday October 31, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 – Tests and Exams Workshop. How can I study for tests and exams more effectively? How can I improve memory retention and retrieve what I 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
  • Tuesday November 12, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 – UofM Bachelor of Education After Degree Info Session. With Simone Hernandez-Ramdwar and Maria Differ, B.Ed. Academic Advisors
  • Thursday November 21, 12:10-12:50pm in C09 – UofW Bachelor of Education After Degree Info Session. With Tara Christianson, B.Ed. Academic Advisor


CMU Academic Advising Details

1. Advisors

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. All professors are able to advise students about discipline-specific questions and options.

2. Choosing Courses

New students will receive advising from their Admissions Counsellor or the Coordinator of Student Advising regarding their course choices. Transfer and returning students are welcome to seek advising from the Coordinator of Student Advising and/or their Faculty Advisor regarding their course choices.

3. Academic Supports and Resources at CMU
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) 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 & graduate students welcome!

    Fall 2019 PAL 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 Requirement: Since the ability to write clearly is essential to learning, thinking, and communicating, all degree programs at CMU include an academic writing requirement. Students fulfill this requirement either by enrolling in either:
    • ACWR-1010: This course is designed to equip students with essential skills for writing in an academic context. Students will learn a variety of forms commonly required, including in particular book reviews and research essays.
    • W Courses: These have been designed so that various facets of academic writing pedagogy are integrated into the structure of a course itself, including reading and acquaintance with the writing style of particular disciplines; receiving feedback on drafts, revising, and polishing; making work public through presentation and publication; and intentional reflection on the process of learning to write as a whole.
5. Career Resourcing
  •  Check out the different Career Resourcing options or ideas here.

Contact Vern Kehler, Coordinator of Student Advising for more information on any of the above.

Vern Kehler
Coordinator of Student Advising

Updated 23/07/2018: DM

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