ADVICE Newsletter, November 2013
Welcome to the November edition of ADVICE, a newsletter for first-year students.
This month is likely to be a busy time for you as the semester winds down and final exams approach. As always, 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.
If you have been unable to complete a course this term due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, speak with your instructor to discuss available options.
To discuss the possibility of dropping all of your courses, please contact the Academic Advising Centre.
Exam schedules for the St. John’s and Corner Brook campuses are now available through the Office of the Registrar.
Students enrolled in Distance Education courses should select View Distance Exam Schedule in the Distance Education menu of Memorial Self-Service for information on the location of the examinations.
Your personalized examination schedule is available through the Academic Information Menu of Memorial Self-Service.
For more detailed information on scheduling of final exams, applying to write a deferred exam, access to final examination scripts, and applying for a reread of a final exam, consult 5.7 Examinations of the University Calendar.
THREE FINAL EXAMS WITHIN 24 HOURS
If you are scheduled to write three final exams within a 24-hour period, you MAY request to write a deferred exam.
The second or middle exam in the 24-hour period is the one which must be deferred. For example, if your exam schedule looked like this, you could request a deferral from the Department of Political Science:
- English 1080 Dec. 8 from 2-4 p.m.
- Political Science 1000 Dec. 9 from 9-11 a.m.
- History 1012 Dec. 9 from 12 -2 p.m.
You must make requests for deferrals directly to the department in question.
Start with a plan...
- Check the exam timetable and write down exactly when and where your exams will take place. Post your timetable where you will see it.
- Make a study schedule for review. Plan how much time you will spend on each subject. Post a study schedule next to your exam timetable.
Get the information you need...
- Attend the last class in each of your courses before exams begin. Instructors will often explain the exam format, clear up misunderstandings and may even give hints about potential exam questions. If the instructor does not give any hints, ask questions about the exam format, important topics, etc.
- Gather class notes, old exams, review sheets, checklists, flashcards, quizzes, tests, and lab material to help you review content from your course and guide your preparation for the exam.
Make the most of your study time...
- Choose a quiet, well-lit and comfortable place to study.
- While studying, take short breaks every hour to stretch, get a snack or fresh air. Remember that the effectiveness of your study begins to drop off after an hour or so, unless you take a short break.
- Use writing as a way of learning. Condense notes, recast information in your own words, ask yourself questions and answer them. Read aloud what you have written and reword it to make it clearer and more specific. Test your recall of definitions and formulas by writing them down without the textbook
- If you like to study with others, use the time together to: test each other by asking questions; practice teaching each other; compare class notes to be sure you have all the important information; brainstorm lists of possible exam questions; and hold open-ended discussions about the material.
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.
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.
You can also get some good advice on preparing for exams from these sites:
As final 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 tutors 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)