ADVICE for First-Year Students

October 2016

ADVICE is a newsletter created by the Academic Advising Centre for first-year students and this is your October edition. 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 October edition provides information that you may find useful at this point in the semester.

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


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

1. Login to and click "Students" at the top
2. Find the "Student Services" box and click "MyMUNLife".
3. Select the Academic Advising Centre tab.

Then you can look at the schedule through Type (all the possible times) or Provider (if you want to see a specific advisor's appointment times). When you find a time that is good for you, select "Book Appointment" and fill in any additional information or details.

Once the appointment is booked, the system will send a confirmation email to your 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.


October 26 is the last day to drop without academic prejudice. This means that if you drop a course before this date, you will not be given a grade for the course. It will appear on your transcript as "DR" for dropped and therefore there is no score to affect your cumulative average.

Academic regulations ensure that students have a good sense of their academic progress early in the semester. At least 20 per cent of course work should be graded and returned to you by the last day to drop classes without academic prejudice. This is to ensure that you have some piece of evaluated work on which to base this decision.

If you have not received some graded piece of work in a particular course, contact your instructor to discuss your progress. If you are having difficulty in any of your courses, you should speak with your instructor about what you can do to improve your performance.

Drop by the Academic Advising Centre or make an appointment with an advisor if you have any questions or concerns about continuing with your courses.


Find out more about degree programs offered at Memorial at these information sessions hosted by the faculities and schools and the Academic Advising Centre. 

  • Oct. 5: Engineering, SN 4068, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
  • Oct. 12: Science, SN 3060, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
  • Oct. 19: Arts, SN 4068, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
  • Oct. 25: Social Work, SN 4068, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
  • Oct. 26: Occupational Therapy, SN 4068, 1 - 1:50 p.m.


As mid-term 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 senior students who have experience with that subject.

Here is the list of help centres and their locations:


Here are some practical suggestions that may help improve your academic performance.

  • Keep a daily agenda, as well as a weekly calendar, on which you can keep track of classes, assignments, tests, tutorials, appointments, etc.
  • Keep a binder with pockets on the inside covers to keep handouts secure and use tabs to separate each subject's notes and paper. Remember to write the date and page numbers on each set of lecture notes, as this makes review easier.
  • Budget your time to maximize its use. On average, you should spend two hours of study for every hour spent in class.
  • Start your written assignments well in advance of the due date. Preparation time varies depending on the required length of the paper and the complexity of the topic. You won't always be able to predict how much time and effort will be required for each until after you start a particular assignment.
  • Keep up with the readings and review notes regularly so you won't have to cram everything in at the last minute. It is easy to fall behind when midterms and assignments are all scheduled around the same time; keeping ahead of things can help prevent that.
  • Make a realistic daily to-do list. Finishing even small tasks gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Keep in mind that the University Counselling Centre offers workshops throughout the semester aimed at improving your study skills.


The Academic Integrity Course is mandatory for first year full time undergraduate students starting in Fall 2016. All students required to take the course were automatically registered in July. The course is online and can be accessed in D2L using your login.

Many students have completed Part A and that’s great. Part B became available on October 1st. You have to complete Part B by February 2017.

Remember - You have to pass Part A of the course before you receive your assigned registration time for the Winter Term and before you can start Part B.

Information about assigned registration time for the Winter Term is sent to your 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. Registration will begin for eligible students on Oct. 31.

Here's a link to the Academic Integrity website:

If you have questions about the course, please contact Lorna Adcock, Coordinator, Academic Integrity at:


Registration for the winter semester begins on Oct. 31 so it's time to start thinking about the courses you will take in January. The Registrar's Office will assign you a specific date and time to log into Memorial Self-Service and register for your courses. Check your email for that information or click on Registration Times in your Self-Service account.

Course offerings for Winter 2017 will be available to view soon 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.


Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) can offer you advice as you explore careeer options and help you connect to opportunities.

The CDEL team provides career consultations, programs, workshops, resume critiquing, interview tips and practice, career fairs and events, labour market information, skills inventory assessments and employment counselling. CDEL coordinates employment programs on campus such as MUCEP, SWASP, Gradswep, and ISWEP, and offers students a chance to gain practical career-related experiences by connecting with employers on and off campus.

Postings for part-time, summer and full-time employment are advertised for students and alumni throughout the year in at MyMunLife in the CAREER section. Students are encouraged to check the job postings and calendar of events on a regular basis.

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. You can reach them at 864-2033 or


Some important dates this month include:

  • Oct. 5: Last day to drop courses and receive 25 per cent refund of tuition fees. No tuition fees will be refunded for courses dropped after this date.
  • Oct. 10 & 11: Fall semester break, no lectures.
  • Oct. 12: Lectures resume. Lectures will follow the Monday schedule on this day only
  • Oct. 13: Lectures follow the Tuesday schedule on this day only.
  • Oct. 26: Last day to drop a course without academic prejudice.

You may also wish to refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates or the University Diary 2016-2017.


ADVICE Archive Newsletters:

September 2016



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Office Location & Hours

Science Building, Room SN 4053

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  • Extended hours during the registration periods
  • Drop-ins welcome everyday; appointments available Monday, Wednesday and Friday









Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000