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.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 

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: 
www.mun.ca/fyi/academic_integrity/index.php

If you have questions about the course, please contact Kate Shore, Coordinator, Academic Integrity at: academicintegrity@mun.ca.


IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER

Here are some important dates for Fall 2018:

Wednesday, September 5Classes begin
Wednesday, September 19Last day to add courses. Last day to drop courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition fees
Wednesday, September 26Last day to drop courses and receive a 50% refund of tuition fees
Wednesday, October 4Last 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 & 10No lectures. Fall Semester Break.
Wednesday, October 11Lectures resume. Lectures follow the Monday schedule on this day only.
Thursday, October 12Lectures follow the Tuesday schedule on this day only.
Wednesday, October 25Last day for students to drop fall semester courses without academic prejudice.
Monday, November 13Remembrance Day holiday. No lectures.
Friday, November 17Lectures will follow the Monday schedule on this day only.
Friday, December 1Lectures end.
Wednesday, December 6Exams begin
Friday, December 15Exams end
Wednesday, December 20Official 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


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 4083:

Sept. 12Engineering
Sept. 19Pharmacy
Sept. 26Business
Oct. 3Nursing
Oct. 17Education
Oct. 24Human Kinetics & Recreation
Oct. 31Humanities & Social Sciences
Nov. 7Social Work
Nov. 14Occupational Therapy
Nov. 21Physiotherapy
Nov. 28Science

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 ADVISING CENTRE CONTACT INFO

Science Building, Room SN 4053
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:15pm
(709) 864-8801
advice@mun.ca

Contact

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