Advice for First Year Students
ADVICE is a newsletter for first-year students and this September edition is your first one of the 2018/2019 academic year. The Academic Advising Centre is here to provide academic guidance to help you make the most of your experience at Memorial.
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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.
The Academic Integrity course is mandatory for first-year, full-time undergraduate students. 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 the course 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 it now.
Here's a link to more information about the course:
If you have questions about the course, please contact Kate Shore, Coordinator, Academic Integrity at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER
Here are some important dates for Fall 2018:
|Wednesday, September 5||Classes begin|
|Wednesday, September 19||Last day to add courses. Last day to drop courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition fees|
|Wednesday, September 26||Last day to drop courses and receive a 50% refund of tuition fees|
|Wednesday, October 4||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 9 & 10||No lectures. Fall Semester Break.|
|Wednesday, October 11||Lectures resume. Lectures follow the Monday schedule on this day only.|
|Thursday, October 12||Lectures follow the Tuesday schedule on this day only.|
|Wednesday, October 25||Last day for students to drop fall semester courses without academic prejudice.|
|Monday, November 13||Remembrance Day holiday. No lectures.|
|Friday, November 17||Lectures will follow the Monday schedule on this day only.|
|Friday, December 1||Lectures end.|
|Wednesday, December 6||Exams begin|
|Friday, December 15||Exams end|
|Wednesday, December 20||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.
To see the name of your advisor download the Guide app! Your advisor will be listed under Resources.
WELLNESS AND ACADEMIC EXPO
Date: Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Location: University Centre, third floor, Memorial University
Time: 10am - 2pm
Come learn about all the wellness and academic services on campus!
CAREER AND GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
Loacation: The Fieldhouse, Memorial University
Time: 10am - 4pm
There will be employers from many sectors, so arriving with an updated and professional resume would benefit your experience. All career paths are different; the Career & Graduate School Fair hosts a number of employers and graduate programs to better inform students about career options. Click here for more information
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 4083:
|Oct. 24||Human Kinetics & Recreation|
|Oct. 31||Humanities & Social Sciences|
|Nov. 7||Social Work|
|Nov. 14||Occupational Therapy|
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:
- Chemistry First-Year Help Centre
- Computer Labs
- Computer Science Help Centre
- Digital Learning Centre
- Economics Help Centre
- ESL Resource Centre
- Cahill Engineering One Student Success Centre
- French & Spanish Help Centre
- German Student Resources
- Math Help Centre
- Physics Help Centre
- The Commons
- Writing Centre
ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE CONTACT INFO
Science Building, Room SN 4053
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:15pm