Tools & Training

Sample Advising Questions

(Adapted from Philosophy of Academic Advising)

Academic Progress and Success

  • How are classes going?
  • How can I help you choose classes for next semester?
  • When do you want to graduate from Biola?
  • Are there issues that are hindering your academic success that I can pray with you about?
  • Have you utilized (considered using) these applicable Biola resources (ex: Rhetoric & Writing Center, Learning Center)?

Educational Pathways and Plans

  • What classes are resonating most for you?
  • What kinds of extracurricular activities are you participating (or planning to participate) in?
  • Are there any careers you find yourself drawn to?
  • What do you hope to gain from this major?
  • Have you considered internships, study abroad, professional guilds?
  • Have you received a personalized career assessment with the Career Development Center?
  • Have you found opportunities for growth locally and/or globally in a cross-cultural environment?
  • Are there any topics you would like to spend dedicated time researching?

Christ Centered Learning and Engagement

  • How are you seeing the connections between the general education/Bible classes and your major?
  • How are you growing in your understanding of Christ through your courses this semester?
  • What are some questions or challenges that have arisen during this semester?
  • How are you working to contribute new ideas about your faith related to the material you’re studying?

Training Schedule

Training sessions will be made available on key advising issues as needed. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Jordan for more details at


Helpful departments

Career Development


Financial Aid

Academic Support

Student Care & Wellness

Career Development

Phone: 562.903.4875



Phone: 562.903.4720
Fax: 562.903.4896


Degree Audit

Transfer Information


Financial Aid

Phone: 562.903.4742
Fax: 562.903.4541


Academic Support

The Learning Center:

Top Floor of Library
Phone: 562.903.4542
Fax: 562.903.4543

Rhetoric & Writing Center:

Middle Floor of Library
Phone: 562.903.4826

The Math Lab:

White 48


Student Life

Spiritual Direction

Biola Counseling Center

Phone: 562.903.4800

Chapel Schedule

Chapel Accountability

Residence Life & Commuter Life


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