ADVICE for First-Year Students

March 2017

 

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INFORMATION SESSIONS

You can learn about degree programs offered at Memorial by attending one of the information sessions that are held weekly throughout the semester. The following sessions are hosted by the faculties and schools and the Academic Advising Centre and will be held in the Science Building, SN 4068 at 1:00pm.

  • March 22 - Science
  • March 29 - Arts

We encourage you to drop by these sessions and speak with the advisors regarding degree admission requirements and program regulations.


IMPORTANT DATES

March 27Registration for Spring semester begins
April 5Lectures end, Winter semester
April 10Examinations begin, Winter semester
April 14Good Friday. No examinations
April 20Examinations end, Winter semester

It is always a good idea to consult with the University Diary for a full list of relevant dates for the current academic year. You can also refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates for information about registration times for each semester.


FINAL EXAMINATIONS

With only a couple of weeks left to classes, final exams are much closer than they appear. The final exam schedule can be found in Self Service under the Academic Information Menu tab. If there is a problem with your exam schedule, for instance three examinations in less than 24 hours, it is in your best interest to contact the Office of the Registrar immediately.


HELP CENTRES

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. These centres are staffed by senior students who have experience with that subject.

Here is the list of help centres and their locations:

  • Chemistry Resource Room C-2010
  • Chemistry Help Centre C-2022
  • Computer Labs
    • The Commons, main floor of the QEII Library
    • Chemistry - Physics building room C 2003
  • Computer Science Help Centre EN-2031C
  • Digital Learning Centre SN-4022 & SN-4030
  • Economics Help Centre A-3095
  • Engineering One Help Centre EN 3076
  • French & Spanish Help Centre SN-4049
  • German and Russian Help Centre SN-3062
  • Math Help Centre HH-3015
  • Physics Help Centre C-3071
  • Writing Centre SN-2053

COURSE SELECTION SPRING 2017

Registration for the Spring semester is about to begin. Registration begins March 27, 2017. Check your @mun.ca email or Self Service for your registration time.

Course offerings for Spring 2017 are available to view through Self-Service and at Course Offerings.

If you have questions or need advice on choosing courses, be sure to visit the Academic Advising Centre in SN 4053.


APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

To speak with an academic advisor, students can book an appointment online by following these steps:

  1. Login to my.mun.ca and select "Students" at the top
  2. Find the "Student Services" box, click "Launch" and then "MyMUNLife".
  3. Select the Academic Advising Centre tab.
  4. Select "Book an appointment with the Academic Advising Centre"
  5. Select a booking option. You can search by appointment type or by academic advisor.

Once the appointment is booked, the system will send a confirmation email to your @mun.ca email and a reminder email the day before the appointment. Students are also welcome to drop by the centre in SN 4053 between 8:30am - 4:45pm to speak with the next available advisor.


DEVELOPING YOUR STUDY SKILLS

Find out how to make the most of your study time by attending one of the Study Skills Clinics 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 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. Sessions are offered throughout the term in UC 5000; have a look at the description and schedule to see if this might be helpful for you.

The Counselling Centre also offers personal and group counselling. To inquire or book an appointment, call 864 8874. Students in crisis can drop by for assistance during regular office hours.

After hours, students in residence in crisis should contact their Residence Assistant or Proctor and students off campus in crisis should utilize community-based mental health services such as the 24-hour mental health crisis line 737 4668 (local) or 1 888 737 4668 (province-wide) or the Health Sciences Emergency Department 777 6335.


CAREER EXPLORATION AND ADVICE

Whether you came to Memorial with a clear idea of your career path or you are wondering which direction to pursue, Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) can offer you advice and support as you explore your career options.

The CDEL team provides career advising, programs, workshops, events and opportunities for current students and alumni. They can connect you to work opportunities on and off campus as well as teach you how to connect with people in our community. They oversee MUCEP, ISWEP, SWASP, GradSWEP and other employemnt programs, organize experiential volunteer events, and host employer events for you. Postings for part-time, full-time, summer and graduate employment are advertised throughout the year at MyMunLife.

Career Development and Experiential Learning is located on the fourth floor of the University Centre in UC 4002 and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


ACADEMIC CRITERIA FOR CONTINUANCE IN THE UNIVERSTIY

At the end of each semester, in order to be eligible for continuance in the University, a student is required either:

  • to obtain a current average of 50 per cent in the courses for which he or she is registered on the last day for dropping courses without academic prejudice, or
  • to have obtained a cumulative average of at least 55 per cent.

Note: Most academic units have separate promotion or advancement criteria for continuation of students in specific programs of study. Students are advised to check the regulations of the appropriate academic unit for details. The appropriate committee on undergraduate studies may, at any time, require a student to withdraw for academic reasons.

Academic Warning
Any student who, for the first time, fails to meet the requirements outlined above will be given an academic warning. If you see an academic warning on your transcript please check your @mun email for information.


ADVICE Archived Newsletters:

September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
February 2017


ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: advice@mun.ca

Tel: 709 864 8801
Fax: 709 864 2404

Office Location & Hours
Science Building, Room SN 4053

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday to Friday (September - May)
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday (June - August)
  • Extended hours during the registration periods
  • Drop-ins welcome every day; appointments available Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

Contact

Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca