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ADVICE Newsletter - January 2014

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Welcome to the first edition of ADVICE for 2014! We hope that you had a chance to relax over the break and are ready for a new semester.

As always, if you need any academic advice or support, feel free to contact the Academic Advising Centre, sooner rather than later.


Once grades are released each semester, we often get calls and visits from anxious students asking us if failing a course will prevent them from returning to university for the next semester.

In order to continue your studies at Memorial each semester, you must:

  • obtain a current average of 50% in the courses for which you are registered on the last day for dropping courses without academic prejudice,
  • or have a cumulative average of at least 55%.

Therefore, you need to look at your results in all of your courses. If your lower grades are balanced with higher grades in other courses, you may still meet the current or cumulative average required to return in the next semester.

The first time you do not meet the required average, you will get an academic warning (also known as "Forgiveness"). You may also be advised to reduce your course load, take part in academic workshops or meet regularly with an advisor.

If you receive an academic warning, talk to an advisor at the Academic Advising Centre to find out what you should do next. 


The Math Placement Test for the winter semester will be held on the first day of classes - January 6.Man completing a math problem

The Math Department offers students a synopsis of the questions included on the test on its website.

The MPT is required for students who plan to take a first-year mathematics course at Memorial including Math 1050, 1051, 1090 and 1000.

If you have received transfer credit for a first-year mathematics course, you won't have to take the test before registering for another mathematics course. However, you will need to meet the prerequisite for the course you have selected (for example, Math 1090 is a prerequsite for Math 1000).


If you want to see an academic advisor, you have the option of booking an appointment at a time that's convenient for you.

You can book appointments online through Just follow these instructions to schedule an appointment at a time that works for you. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Students are always welcome to visit the Academic Advising Centre any day during regular office hours and see the next available advisor. 


You can find out more about degree programs offered at Memorial by attending one of the information sessions that are held weekly throughout the semester.

The sessions are hosted by the faculities and schools and the Academic Advising Centre and will be held in the Science Building, Room SN 4068 at 1pm.

  • January 15 - Human Kinetics and Recreation
  • January 22 - Engineering
  • January 29 - Nursing
  • February 5 - Pharmacy
  • February 12 - Social Work
  • February 26 - Business
  • March 5 - Arts
  • March 12 - Science
  • March 19 - Education

We encourage you to drop by and listen to the presentation, which includes details on the admission requirements, a description of the degree program and other relevant information for Memorial students interested in those programs. 



Do you plan to take laboratory courses through Science, Nursing, Medicine, Engineering, Education, Pharmacy, and Archaeology or at the Marine Insitute or Grenfell Campus?

All students who expect to take courses where they may be exposed to chemicals in laboratories must have appropriate training in WHMIS and Laboratory Safety.

Be sure to register for the Safety 1000 training course, which is offered online through Desire2Learn. Registration will be available starting Friday December 20, 2013.

  • Students can register through self-serve using CRN# 76395.
  • After registering it will take up to 6 hours before you gain access to the course.
  • Students can log into Desire2Learn with their login ID to access the course.

Students must provide verification that they have successfully completed the Safety 1000 course to their lab instructor or supervisor prior to the start of laboratory classes. Any questions can be directed to


It is always a good idea to consult with the University Diary for a full list of relevant dates for the current academic year.Date book

You can also refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates section for information about registration dates and times for each semester.


You're encouraged to save the date for this semester's Midterm Resource Fair. The event takes place on Monday, February 10 from 11am to 2pm and offers students information about academic and career development resources available on campus.



All of the professional faculties and schools at Memorial have specific application deadlines and admission requirements. Some deadlines have passed, others are coming soon.

If you are interested in any of these programs, you should ensure that you meet the admission regulations by completing the required courses.

Check the Guide to First Year, the university Calendar, or drop by the Academic Advising Centre to get the details on the courses and admission requirements.

If you hope to be accepted to one of the programs listed below, be sure to submit the application on time.

January 15 deadline

  • Bachelor of Education (intermediate/secondary)
  • Bachelor of Music

March 1 deadline

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Recreation
  • Bachelor of Social Work



Find out how to make the most of your study time by attending one of the Study Skills Workshops offered at the University Counselling Centre.Student with laptop

These drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with a psychologist and develop helpful strategies to meet your academic needs.

In previous sessions, students have worked on reading and study skills, time management, oral presentations, organizing knowledge for writing term papers and essays, and test anxiety.

Check out this list of useful sites that the Counselling Centre recommends for developing your academic skills.



You may have come to Memorial with a clear idea of your career path or you might be still wondering what the future holds for you.

Either way, Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) can offer you advice and support as you explore your careeer options.

The CDEL team provides labour market information, employability skills workshops, individual consultations, and employment counselling, and offers students a chance to gain practical career-related experiences.

Postings for summer, part-time, and graduate employment are advertised throughout the year at MyMunLife. Students are encouraged to check the job postings on a regular basis.

Career Development and Experiential Learning is located on the fourth floor of the Smallwood Centre in UC 4002 and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the CDEL website for more information.