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September/October 2013

September/October 2013

Academic Assistance for Undeclared Students Beyond First Year


  MSRP         Information Sessions       Important Dates

Undeclared Information Session      Registration and Courses      

Am I Studying the Right Thing?     Counselling Centre    Midterm Resource Fair

Tips for Success     Campus Card 


Are you an undeclared student beyond first year that is unsure of what degree program to study? Have you applied to a degree program but were not accepted? Do you know what program you want to study but are not sure if you are on track for admission? If you answered yes to any of these questions there is help for you!

 

The Maintaining Student Relationships Program (MSRP) is coordinated through the Academic Advising Centre. Its main focus is to help support undeclared students who are beyond their first year of study with developing an academic path. Therefore, if you are undeclared and beyond first year and have any questions about your academic path, you can set up an appointment with Linda Walsh by following these steps:

1. Go to my.mun.ca and login

2.Click the "Student Services" or "Alumni Services" link near the top of the page

3. Click the 'Launch My MUNLife" button

4. Click "Academic Advising Centre"

In addition to the academic advice that is available to you via email, telephone and in person, there are also some very important links on the MSRP's website.

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Information Sessions - Fall 2013

The Academic Advising Centre will be conducting information sessions to review admission requirements for the following faculties and schools. All sessions are scheduled in the Science Building from 1-2pm:

Monday, Sept. 16: Engineering    SN 4073

Wednesday, Oct. 2: Education    SN 4068

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Business    SN 4068

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Nursing    SN 4068

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Social Work    SN 4068

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Arts    SN 4068

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Human Kinetics and Recreation   SN 4068

Wednesday, Nov. 27: Pharmacy    SN 4068

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Important Dates: Fall 2013

Here are some important Fall semester dates to keep in mind:

  • The last day to add fall semester courses is Wednesday, Sept. 18.
  • The last day to drop fall semester courses and receive a 100 per cent refund of tuition is Wednesday, Sept. 18.
  • The last day to drop fall semester courses and receive a 50 per cent of tuition fees is Wednesday, Sept. 25.
  • The last day to drop fall semester courses and receive a 25 per cent refund of tuition fees is Wednesday, Oct. 2.
  • The last day for students to drop courses for fall semester without incurring academic prejudice is Wednesday, Oct. 23.
  • Lectures end for fall semester courses on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
  • Exams begin for fall semester courses on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
  • Exans end for fall semester courses on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
  • Final grades released via Memorial Self-Service beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2013.

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Undeclared Information Session

Are you usure of an academic path? Unsure of a career path?

If so, please join us for an information session for undeclared students beyond first year on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. in room SN 4063 and learn how the Maintaining Student Relationships Program (MSRP) and Career Development and Experiential Learning can assist you.

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Am I Registered for the Appropriate Courses?

To ensure you are registered for the right courses you should review the Memorial University Calendar and look up the specific program you are interested in studying. You can find the Calendar on the Memorial University homepage and type Calendar in the search bar. If you are still not sure if you are registered for the appropriate courses, you should set up an appointment with Linda Walsh.

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The Pressures of Not Knowing What Program to Study

Many students have no idea what they want to pursue once they come to Memorial. This can be a very difficult experience especially if it seems like many students around you know exactly what they want to study and are on the path from the first day of classes of their first year. The key thing to keep in mind is to not put too much pressure on yourself to figure out right away what you want to complete. This argument can also relate to ideas you had when you first started- don't feel that you have to stick with the degree program you originally had in mind when you started at Memorial. The only way you will truly know what you like and dislike is by trying different courses and subjects. Having honest informed dislikes is not a limitation, but a benefit. The best way to figure out what you want to study and what you enjoy is to cross dislikes off your list; it means you are getting closer to what you truly like.  

One important thing to keep in mind is that it is hard to find the motivation to do well when you are not enjoying what you are studying. Once you figure out what you want to pursue you will not have to simply go through the motions of getting the work done; you will actually enjoy it. Once you find the level of interest, you will want to put the work in and thus you will do well.

Bottom line: take time to figure out what it is you really enjoy and what you really want to study. Once you figure that out, no matter how long it takes, you will be much better off in the end and much more contented.

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Counselling Centre Offers Academic Support

The Counselling Centre now offers Study Skills Clinics. Study Clinics are available to help you make your academic work at Memorial more effective and rewarding. 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 will 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.

The University Counselling Centre is located on the 5th floor of the University Centre, room UC 5000 or call 709 864 8874.

The Counselling Centre also has a variety of Study Skills Links that are quite helpful.

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Midterm Resource Fair: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Coordinated by the Academic Advising Centre,  the Wellness Program, Student Engagement and Career Development and Experiential Learning this new and collaborative Midterm Resource Fair brings together many of Memorial’s departments, faculties and schools aiming 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!

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Tips for Success

Many students are surprised at the demands of university life. For many students, however, even though University can be challenging it can bring about personal growth and a change in attitude concerning their education and future.

Here are some tips:

  • Attend all classes, as there is much material covered in a single class, as well, material from class may build on previous discussed material. 
  • Avail of all help services such as the various Help Centres on campus.
  • Be sure that your grades reflect your capabilities. Your first-year grades remain on your transcript and will have an impact on whether or not you are accepted into your intended program.
  • Use your time carefully. Mastering a skill or a new knowldge requires time and effort. Develope a study schedule and stick to it. Include some of your time between classes in your study schedule. Study every day, but make time for yourself.
  • Always take notes. Unless you write it down, you won't recall what happened in English after you've gone to math. Use brief sentences, point form, diagrams, etc. Listen carefully to the instructor for clues to help you highlight the essential information.
  • Try to get involved in class discussion. You will learn more when you talk and listen to other students. Discuss ideas with other students outside of class as well.
  • Ask questions if you don't understand, either in class or out. Make youself known to your instructors. Discuss ideas with other students outside of class as well.
  • Ask for help if you need it. There is always somewhere on campus you can go for assistance. Feel free to drop by the Academic Advising Centre, room SN 4053, any time you have questions about your academic path or make an appointment at a time that works for you.

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You Will Need A Campus Card

The campus card is the student card you will need for many things around campus.

What the card is used for:

  • Identification
  • Library Card
  • Photocopies
  • Laser Printing
  • Electronic Door Access

You can request your campus card online and pick it up at Answers. Answers is located on the third floor of the University Centre, room UC 3005. It is opened Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. To request your card online.

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