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ADVICE Newsletter, September 2012

WHAT, EXACTLY, IS THE ADVICE NEWSLETTER

Welcome to Memorial!

Now that the first week of classes is underway, you are probably getting a sense of what university life is like! We hope that you're meeting new people, finding your way around campus and enjoying your classes.

The Academic Advising Centre is here to help you make the most of your experience at Memorial. One of the ways we do that is through regular emails to all first-year students, offering you current information about academic issues and resources.

ADVICE is our newsletter for students, which is published monthly during the academic year. The September edition gives you the information you'll need to start the semester off right.

 

APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE!

Through my.mun.ca you can now book an appointment to see an adviser.  Simply log into your account and click the "Student Services" tab up top.  Navigate to the "my mun life" section and click the button there.  You'll see a link that says "Academic Advising Centre."  Through this link, you'll be able to book an appointment with a specific person, or by a specific time or availability.
   

KEEP IN CONTACT

TEL:  709-864-8801

EMAIL:  advice@mun.ca

WEB:  www.mun.ca/advice

APPOINTMENTS:  my.mun.ca

OFFICE HOURS

Science (SN) 4053: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

New for fall 2012!

QEII Library 2028B:  Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

QEII Library 2028B:  Wednesday evenings, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

     

IS THE ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE (AAC) FOR YOU? 

The short answer is yes!

The Academic Advising Centre is a drop-in centre where students can get academic advice on course selection, course load, program regulations, requirements for admission to specific degree programs and other academic issues.

The Academic Advising Centre has a special responsibility to students who are:

  • entering Memorial for the first time in their first year
  • undecided about their academic goals and/or program
  • uncertain about course selection
  • in the faculties of Arts or Science but who have not declared a major and/or minor
  • not accepted into their chosen school or faculty
  • thinking about making changes in their academic program, such as changing their faculty or major
  • readmitted with an academic warning
  • returning to their studies after a required withdrawal


If you have not yet met with an adviser, please drop by our office in the Science Building, Room SN 4053.

     

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Find out more about degree programs offered at Memorial at these information sessions hosted by the faculities and schools and the Academic Advising Centre.

  • September 12th:  Nursing
  • September 19th:  Pharmacy
  • September 26th:  Business
  • October 3rd:  Engineering
  • October 17th:  Human Kinetics and Recreation (Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation)(HKR)
  • October 24th:  Arts
  • October 31st: Science
  • November 7th:  Education
  • November 14th:  Social Work

All sessions will be held in the Science Building, Room SN 4068 at 1pm.

       

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER

Wednesday, September 19: Last day to add fall semester courses. Last day to drop fall semester courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition fees

Wednesday, September 26: Last day to drop fall semester courses and receive a 50% refund of tuition fees

Wednesday, October 3: Last day to drop fall semester courses and receive a 25% refund of tuition fees. No tuition fees will be refunded for courses dropped after this date

Monday,Tuesday, October 8,9:  No lectures. Fall Semester Break.

Wednesday, October 12: Classes resume, following the Monday class schedule.

Wednesday, October 24: Last day for students to drop fall semester courses without academic prejudice

Monday, November 12: Remembrance Day holiday. No lectures

Friday, November 30:  Lectures end for fall semester courses

December 5-14: Exam period

Wednesday, December 19:  Official release of final grades via Memorial Self-Service beginning at 5 p.m. Note that printed grade reports are not mailed to students.

This is a summary of some important dates for the fall semester. As always, consult with the University Diary for full list of relevant dates. You may also wish to refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates section with information about registration dates and times.

       
         

YOUR FACULTY ADVISER
All first-year students are assigned an adviser who can help you plan your studies at Memorial and answer your questions about academic life.

Your adviser may be one of your professors, or you may be assigned to meet with an adviser at the Academic Advising Centre (AAC). To get the name of your adviser, check your Self Service account or the Confirmation of Registration email you received from the Office of the Registrar.

It is important to contact your adviser early in the semester.

  • If your adviser is one of your professors, stay for a few minutes after class and introduce yourself.
  • If you have been assigned to the AAC, drop by the office and ask to meet with one of the advisers.

Your adviser will serve as a great support for you during your first year.

Topics to discuss with your adviser include:

  • Course selection
  • Course load
  • Degree requirements
  • Application deadlines for competitive programs
  • Program options


Students are also welcome to drop into the Academic Advising Centre at any time with questions that they may have.

       
       

A PROGRAM TO HELP MAKE YOUR FIRST YEAR A SUCCESS


In the first week of classes, you may have heard your friends and classmates talking about something new - the First Year Success Program.

It's not too late to take part in the program if you're interested!

Come see us at the Academic Advising Centre as soon as possible (or at least before the deadline to drop and add courses on September 19). Ask for Chris or Beth and they can help you register for the courses.

The First Year Success Program is aimed at helping students have a positive and successful experience during their first year of studies. It includes:

  • new courses (University 1010 and Arts 1500)
  • supplemental instruction (in Math 1090 and Psychology 1000)
  • smaller classes
  • learning communities and networks
  • ongoing academic and career advising.


Through the courses and advising sessions, students will get a clear sense of the expectations of university learning, the supports available to them, and the skills required to meet with success.

We hope the First Year Success Program will help you become connected with your instructors and peers and prepared for post-secondary success.

   
       

HELP CENTRES

Help is never far away at Memorial, especially if you're a first-year student.

There are many help centres on the St. John's campus to assist you with your studies, staffed by senior students who have experience with that subject.

If you are having difficulty with a particular topic, question or assignment in one of your courses, see if there is a help centre to assist you.

Keep in mind - the staff at the help centre will not complete the work for you. Make an attempt at solving the problems yourself, and then bring your work to the centre so you can get the help you need to understand the material or complete the assignment.

The following departments offer students assistance through help centres:

       
         

ACADEMIC SKILLS-BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Start the year off right by taking advantage of the academic support services offered by the University Counselling Centre.

Beginning the week of September 10, 2012, study skills clinics are available to help you make your academic work at Memorial more effective and rewarding. Check out the schedule of sessions here.

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

Following the intake meeting, students may be registered in an online "Academic Skills Portfolio" page in D2L for further work and follow-up. These sessions are free of charge to registered Memorial students.

Check out some of the academic resources listed on the Study Skills Links page of the Counselling Centre's website.

The Counselling Centre is located on the fifth floor of the University Centre.

   
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