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ADVICE Newsletter, October 2013

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Welcome back to our second edition of ADVICE - A Newsletter for first-year students. We hope that your September went well and wish you the best in October. As always, if you need any academic advice or support, feel free to contact the Academic Advising Centre, sooner rather than later.


Students are always welcome to drop by the Academic Advising Centre during regular office hours and see the next available advisor.

As an added convenience, you can book an appointment to see an advisor through Just follow these instructions to make an appointment at a time that works for you.


A new academic regulation that came into effect last year will ensure students have a good sense of their academic progress early in the semester.

According to the regulation, at least 20 per cent of all course work must be graded and returned to students by the last day to drop classes without academic prejudice - Oct. 23.

If you have not received grades in a particular course, contact your instructor. If you are having difficulty in any of your courses, you should speak with your instructor about what you can do to improve your performance.

Drop by the Academic Advising Centre or make an appointment with an advisor if you have any questions or concerns about your courses.


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

  • Wednesday, October 9: Business
  • Wednesday, October 23: Nursing
  • Wednesday, October 30: Social Work
  • Wednesday, November 13: Arts
  • Wednesday, November 20: Human Kinetics and Recreation
  • Wednesday, November 27: Pharmacy

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


First-year students and those who haven't chosen a program yet are invited to find out more about what's offered at Memorial through the Midterm Resource Fair, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.

The Midterm Resource Fair is coordinated by the Academic Advising Centre, the Wellness Program, Student Engagement and Career Development and Experiential Learning and is part of the I ♥ MUNdays schedule of events.

The fair brings together many of Memorial’s departments, faculties and schools to provide undergraduate students convenient and timely access to campus resources that support undergraduate students.

At this event, students are encouraged to speak with friendly staff and faculty to:

  • receive academic advice and academic information about Faculties and Schools;
  • learn about volunteer, leadership, and career development opportunities;
  • take an academic skills screening to learn ways to improve study habits;
  • and get a snack of fresh popcorn!

The Midterm Resource Fair will take place from 10am-2pm in The Landing in the University Centre, UC 3018.


As mid-term exams and deadlines for assignments draw near, you may need a little help with some of your courses.

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:

  • Chemistry Help Centre C 2012 864 8085
  • Computer Science Help Centre EN 2031C No Phone
  • Economics Help Centre A 3047 No Phone
  • ESL Resource Centre SP 3017 864 7681 (Janet Benger)
  • Engineering One Help Centre EN 3076 (Adrian Dobre)
  • French Help Centre SN 4035 864 7636
  • German/Russian Help Centre SN 3062 864 8831
  • Digital Language Centre (SN 4022; SN 4030) 864 8585 (Karin Thomeier)
  • Math Help Centre HH 3015 No Phone
  • Physics Help Centre CP 3071 864 8899
  • The Commons 864 6159
  • Writing Centre SN 2053 864 3168 (Virginia Ryan)


Female student readingHow is the semester going so far? Do you want to change that C to a B?
Then let us make some practical suggestions that may help improve your academic performance.

  • Keep a daily agenda, as well as a weekly calendar, on which you can keep track of classes, assignments, tests, tutorials, appointments, etc.
  • Keep a separate exercise book for each subject with a pocket on the inside cover to keep handouts secure; or
  • Keep a binder tabbed to separate each subject's notes and paper. Remember to write the date and page numbers on each set of lecture notes, as this makes review easier.
  • Budget your time to maximize its use. You now have a good idea of exactly how much time you need to study. On average, you should spend two hours of study for every hour spent in class.
  • Start your written assignments well in advance of the due date. How much preparation time an assignment takes will depend on the required length of the paper and the complexity of your topic.
  • Set deadlines for yourself and stick to them. Plan to do assignments or study well in advance so you won't have to cram everything in at the last minute.
  • Make a realistic daily to-do list. Finishing even small tasks gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Keep in mind that the University Counselling Centre offers workshops throughout the semester aimed at improving your study skills.


Registration for the winter semester begins on Nov. 4 so it's time to start thinking about the courses you will take in January.

The Registrar's Office will assign you a specific date and time to log into Memorial Self-Service and register for your courses. Check your email for that information or click on the Registration Times button in your Self-Service account.

Course offerings for Winter 2014 are available on the Registrar's Office website and in Self Service.

If you have questions or need advice on choosing courses, be sure to visit the Academic Advising Centre. You can make an appointment or drop by the centre and wait for the next available advisor.


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.



It is always a good idea to consult with the University Diary for a full list of relevant dates.

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