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Undeclared Newsletter

November/December 2013

Academic Assistance for Undeclared Students Beyond First Year

  MSRP         Information Sessions       Important Dates 

Registration for Winter 2014        Registration and Courses      

   Counselling Centre     Helpful Places for Students 

Academic Help Centres      Degree Audit 

Continuance and Re-Admissions Regulations     Academic Warning

Dealing with Exam Anxiety      Three Exams in 24 Hours

Career Development and Experiential Learning


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 the Academic Advising Centre by following these steps:

1. Login to my.mun.ca.

2. Under the Student Services tab, click My MUNLife.

3. Select the Academic Advising Centre tab.

4. Select: Book Appointment by Provider or Book Appointment by Type to view available appointment times.

5. Select an appointment time that is convenient for you.

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 website.

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Information Sessions - Fall 2013                     

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

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

Monday, November 11th - Rememberance Day holiday. No lectures.

Wednesday, December 4th - Lectures end

Monday, December 9th - Examinations begin

Friday, December 14th - Examinations end

Wednesday, December 19th - Final grades released at 5:00pm

Your personal exam schedule is available now through Memorial Self-Service at www.mun.ca

Ensure that you know exactly where your exam is being written. If the location of your exam is not listed on the schedule, check with your instructor about the location before the last day of classes. Good luck in your exams!

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Registration - Winter 2014

Registration for Winter 2014 will begin Monday, November 4th.

The system is available for Winter Registration as of November 4th. The last day to add courses for the Winter 2014 semester is January 20, 2014. Should you require assistance, the Registrar's Office (A-2003) is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM-4:45 PM. You may also e-mail reghelp@mun.ca for assistance.

For the most current information on registration procedures, students are encouraged to access the registration information on the Office of the Registrar website.

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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 an academic advisor. In addition to dropping by our office in the Science Building (SN-4053), you can now schedule an appointment for a time that is convenient for you. Appointments are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during our office hours of 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

Please note that during registration the Academic Advising Centre will remain open until 6:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday evenings beginning on November 4th with the exception of Monday Nov. 11th which is a holiday.

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Counselling Centre Offers Academic Support

The primary function of the Counselling Centre is to help students develop their personal capabilities. This can be achieved through individualized and personal counselling as well as a wide range of group programs.

Career planning resources are offered to help students plan for the future. For more information on career development seminars, assessments, and other opportunities, visit the Career Planning Group website.

The Counselling Centre also offers drop-in study clinics, to assist students with managing academic responsibilities. Their drop-in clinic schedule is as follows:

Mondays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

                 

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

The University Counselling Centre is located on the 5th floor of the University Centre, room UC 5000. You can also call (709) 864 8874 or e-mail councelc@mun.ca.

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Helpful Places for Students

Academic Advising Centre: SN-4053; www.mun.ca/advice

Answers: UC-3005; www.mun.ca/answers

Career Development and Experiential Learning: UC-4002; www.mun.ca/cdel/career

Cashier's Office: A-1023; www.mun.ca/finance/departments/cashier_office.php

Counselling Centre: UC-5011; www.mun.ca/counselling

Registrar's Office: A-2003; www.mun.ca/regoff

   

Each of the locations above provides support to students in a variety of ways. From providing academic advice and helping students choose courses, to helping students develop effective study skills. Each of these places exist to assist students and to help them with their studies at Memorial. Students should visit each location to see how the centres can help!

 


Help Centres

Many students rush to help centres on campus during the remaining weeks of the semester with the idea of doing extra work to prepare for exams. Great idea, but...

  • Don't be surprised if the help centre you are visiting is really busy and you have to wait. Find out if there are times when the centre is not as crowded.
  • Do some common sense planning. Arriving half an hour before class seeking assistance with a problem that you need completed for that class is not a good plan.
  • Come prepared to ask specific questions.
  • Check the operating hours. Some of the help centres may offer extended hours in preparation for exams.

                    

 

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What is a Degree Audit?

A degree audit is a very helpful tool that will ensure you are completing the correct courses to meet graduation requirements and will also help you avoid any unexpected course surprises. You can apply for an audit when you have 20 or more courses completed.

To obtain an audit you must complete a Request for Degree Advice form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. You can pick-up the request forms at the Registrar's Office, A-2003, or print the form from the website.

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Continuance and Re-admissions Regulations

To be eligible to continue your studies at Memorial you must meet the continuance and re-admission regulations at the end of each semester. The regulations apply to any student who is registered for at least nine credit hours on the last day for adding courses that semester; for the fall semester the last day to add courses was September 18th. If you were registered for three of more courses as of that date, you are subject to these regulations:

At the end of each semester, in order to be eligible for continuance at Memorial University, you are required to have either:

  • obtained a current average of 50 per cent in the courses for which you were registered on the last day for dropping courses without academic prejudice;

OR

  • obtained a cumulative average of at least 55 per cent on your entire undergraduate university academic career at Memorial.

 

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Academic Warning

The first time you fail to meet the requirements outlined above, you will be given an academic warning. You will be permitted to return to university studies but will be subject to the continuance and re-admission regulations as outlined above.

If you have previously been given an academic warning and again fail to meet the above requirements, you will not be eligible for re-admission until after the following two semesters.

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Dealing with Exam Anxiety

Exam time is very stressful. Here are some helpful hints that will help you deal effectively with that stress:

  • While studying, try breathing more deeply than usual, or tensing and relaxing your muscles where you are experiencing tension
  • Visualize success. Imagine yourself sitting calmly in the exam room, reading the paper thoroughly, noting exactly what the questions are asking you to do, planning your time, producing detailed, thoughtful answers and doing well.
  • In the exam room, jot down important information (i.e. formulas) right at the start if the exam. Then keep calm by focusing on what you know and starting with the questions you understand.

The Counselling Centre offers assistance with dealing with test anxiety and other topics. Visit the Counselling Centre in The University Centre, 5th floor, room UC-5002.

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Three Exams in 24 Hours

What happens if you have three 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. You must make requests for deferrals directly to the department in question. For example, if your exams were scheduled as follows:

English 1080: December 7 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Political Science 1010: December 8 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am

History 1012: December 8 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

You may request a deferral from Department of Political Science.

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Career Development and Experiential Learning

Career Development and Exeriential Learning (CDEL) offers many different services such as: work and volunteer experience; career consultations; resume and cover letter critiques; as well as job search guidance.

ArtsWorks and ScienceM@tters focus on helping students discover how the skills and knowledge they're gathering while in pursuit of a bachelor of arts or science can be turned into tangible future employment or further study.

To search their job postings, book appointments and view the career calendar of events, please follow the steps below for general career planning:

  1. Go to my.mun.ca and login;
  2. Click "students" at the top of the page
  3. Under the "Student Services" box, click "My MUNlife"
  4. Click on CAREER 

Career Development and Experiential Learning is located in the University Centre, UC4002. You contact CDEL by email at cdel@mun.ca or by phone at (709) 864-2033.         

               

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