ADVICE for First-Year Students

September 2016

 

ADVICE is a newsletter for first-year students and this September edition is your first one of the 2016/2017 academic year. The Academic Advising Centre is here to provide academic guidance so that you can make the most of your experience at Memorial. One of the ways we do that is through regular monthly emails offering all first-year students current information about academic issues and resources. The September edition gives you information you will need to get a good start to the Fall semester.

To stay up to date with important academic information, you can also...guide to first year


IS THE ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE (AAC) FOR YOU?

The short answer is yes! The Academic Advising Centre is a place where students can get academic advice on course selection, program regulations, requirements for admission to specific degree programs, drop/add deadlines and procedures, and other academic issues.

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

  • Entering Memorial for the first time and are in their first year
  • Undecided about their academic goals and/or program
  • Uncertain about course selection
  • Completing a bachelor of arts or science but who have not declared a major and/or minor
  • Not yet accepted into their chosen school or faculty
  • Thinking about making changes in their academic program, faculty or major
  • Readmitted with an academic warning
  • Returning to their studies after a required withdrawal

If you have not yet met with an advisor and would like to speak with one, please drop by our office in the Science Building, Room SN 4053, or book an appointment.


 APPOINTMENTS OR DROP IN

You can book an appointment to see an advisor using your my.mun.ca account.

  • Simply log into your account.
  • Click on the Students tab up top.
  • Find the Student Services box and click on My MUNLife.
  • Then you should see a tab for the Academic Advising Centre.

Through this part of MyMUNLife, you'll be able to schedule an academic advising appointment with a specific advisor for a specific day and time by appointment availability.

You can also drop by the centre during regular office hours to speak with the next available advisor. If you drop in, you may have to wait a short time but you will usually get to speak with someone. During the first two weeks of classes, some academic advisors are specifically assigned to drop-in service to help those students that may need immediate help. 


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY INTG100

The Academic Integrity Course is mandatory for first year full time undergraduate students starting in Fall 2016. The course is designed to provide information about academic integrity and the important role it plays at Memorial.

All students required to take the course were automatically registered in July. The course is online and can be accessed in D2L using your my.mun.ca login. You were able to access Integrity 100A as soon as you registered for courses. The course has to be successfully completed before you receive your assigned registration time for the Winter Term. Information about assigned registration time for the Winter Term is sent to your mun.ca email and should be available by the middle of October. Once information about your registration time has been made available, you will still have approximately six weeks to complete Integrity 100A before registration begins.

Many students have already successfully completed the course. That’s great! If you haven’t, note that you can start and complete INTG100A NOW before the Fall Term starts.
Here's a link to more information about the course: https://www.mun.ca/advice/guide/academic_integrity/academic_integrity.php

If you have questions about the course, please contact Lorna Adcock, Coordinator, Academic Integrity at: ladcock@mun.ca


  IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER

Here are some important dates for Fall 2016:

  • Wednesday, September 7: Classes begin.
  • Wednesday, September 21: Last day to add courses. Last day to drop courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition fees.
  • Wednesday, September 28: Last day to drop courses and receive a 50% refund of tuition fees.
  • Wednesday, October 5: Last day to drop courses and receive a 25% refund of tuition fees. No tuition fees will be refunded for courses dropped after this date.
  • Monday & Tuesday, October 10 & 11: No lectures. Fall Semester Break.
  • Wednesday, October 12: Lectures resume. Lectures follow the Monday schedule on this day only.
  • Thursday, October 13: Lectures follow the Tuesday schedule on this day only.
  • Wednesday, October 26: Last day for students to drop fall semester courses without academic prejudice.
  • Friday, November 11: Remembrance Day holiday. No lectures.
  • Friday, December 2: Lectures end.
  • Wednesday, December 7: Exams begin.
  • Friday, December 16: Exams end.
  • Wednesday, December 23: 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 a 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 ASSIGNED FACULTY ADVISOR

All first-year students are assigned an advisor who can help you adjust to your studies at Memorial and answer some of your questions about academic life.

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

If your advisor 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 advisors. Your advisor can serve as a great support and source of information for you during your first year. Even if you have a question that they are unable to answer, they can direct you to the appropriate person or place.

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


WELLNESS AND ACADEMIC EXPO

Date: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
Location: University Centre, Memorial University
Time: 10am - 2pm

The Wellness and Academic Expo highlights the various health and wellness-based resources that exist on campus and in the community. As well, representatives from the faculties and schools will be present to provide information about the programs available at Memorial!

You can find information about this event and other events occurring during Welcome Week here.


CAREER AND GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Loacation: The Fieldhouse, Memorial University
Time: 10am - 4pm

Students, upcoming graduate and alumni are invited to join recruiters from a variety of companies and universities. This event, organized by Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL), is an excellent opportunity for first-year students to begin to explore career options and discover what recruiters are looking for in new hires. Although you have some work to do before you'll graduate, it is never to early to start building your professional network and plan for your future.

You can find more information including a list of exhibitors and tips for preparing for the Fair here.


INFORMATION SESSIONS

To find out more about degree programs and their requirements, go to one of the faculty and school information sessions hosted by the Academic Advising Centre.

Information sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50pm in the Science Building in Room SN 4068:

  • September 14: Pharmacy
  • September 21: Nursing
  • September 28: Social Work
  • October 5: Engineering
  • October 12: Science
  • October 19: Arts
  • October 26: Occupational Therapy
  • November 2: Education
  • November 9: Physiotherapy
  • November 16: Business
  • November 23: Human Kinetics and Recreation

A PROGRAM TO HELP MAKE YOUR FIRST YEAR A SUCCESS

First Year SuccessYou may have heard some of your friends and classmates talking about the First Year Success (FYS) 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 (must be before the deadline to drop and add courses on September 21). 

The FYS program is aimed at helping students have a positive and successful experience during their first year of studies. It includes:

  • The courses University 1010 and 1500 in the fall and University 1020 in the winter
  • Smaller classes
  • Learning communities and networks
  • Ongoing academic and career advising

Through the courses and advising sessions, students can get a clearer sense of the expectations of university learning, the supports available to them, and the skills required to meet with success. FYS provides a good environment for becoming better connected with your instructors and peers and better prepared for the rest of your university career.


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

Beginning on Thursday, September 15, the Counselling Centre's study skills clinics are available to help you make your academic work at Memorial more effective and rewarding. Check out the schedule of sessions. 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.

The Counselling Centre is located in the University Centre on the fifth floor in UC 5000. They offer personal and group counselling services. To inquire about these services, 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.


ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE CONTACT INFO

AAC

Science Building, Room SN 4053

Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:45pm

(709) 864-8801

advice@mun.ca

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