2014 April Timeline

APRIL 2014 TIMELINE – SURVIVING FINALS!

ACADEMIC SUCCESS: Here are some tips on how to survive this final homestretch with your health (physical, mental, and academic) relatively intact:

GET ORGANIZED! Take some time this evening (if you haven’t already done so) to step back, look over the assignments, exams, papers, etc., that you’re facing during the next 3 weeks. Figure out what needs to be done when, and how you’re going to do it.

DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Don’t put off studying for an exam or working on a paper until the day before it comes due. Do yourself a favor — give yourself the time you need to be successful. Break your assignments, papers, studying down into smaller chunks. Get started NOW, and do a little bit every day.

SET PRIORITIES! We are not saying that you should completely abandon your social life for the next few weeks, and we are not saying you should turn away from your friends — friends can be a VERY IMPORTANT source of support in stressful times. But choose your social activities carefully, and don’t allow yourself to get distracted from what’s really important (however you want to define that term for yourself).

STAY HEALTHY! Get adequate SLEEP every night, at least 6-8 hours. Forget about all-nighters, 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Rock Star, and Red Bull (not to mention stronger stimulants); nobody can do their best work when they’re both over stimulated and fighting their own fatigue.  Eat a balanced, healthful DIET; again, don’t overdo the caffeine. Get regular EXERCISE 4-5 times a week. Exercise is a great social activity, it allows you deal with stress effectively, it helps you sleep better, it calms you down and helps you to focus and concentrate on difficult tasks when you have to.

STUDY STRATEGIES! Check out the LSA Strategies for Success Website 

MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE! School is important; doing well at school is highly desirable. But don’t fall into the trap of defining yourself by the role you’re currently playing. Remember at all times that being a student is what you do, not who you are.

ACADEMIC ADVISING:

Last Day of Class. The last day of regularly scheduled classes for the Winter 2014 semester is Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Final Exams. The official final exam period begins Thursday, April 24, 2014 and concludes on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Some classes will have a last exam that takes place prior to the official final exam period, but most classes will have exams during the official final exam period.  Here is the link to the Winter 2014 Final Exam Schedule –http://ro.umich.edu/exams/winter14.php

Note:  It is important not to schedule end of the semester travel plans prior to the last day of final exams – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – prior to consulting with your instructor.

Online Course Guide for Fall 2014. The Fall 2014 Online Course Guide is now available and can be found at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/cg/

Registration for Fall 2014 begins on Monday, April 7 and runs through Thursday, April 22,2014

Note: Registration Appointment Times are issued according to the number of credits you have completed towards graduation.  Students are assigned a range of dates based on the number of credits they have, but within that range of dates, times are generated randomly.  Also your Registration Appointment Time is not an individual meeting with your Academic Advisor. For more information see the information from last month.

Walk-In Advising will be held between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 2 and ending on Thursday, April 22, 2014

Peer AdvisingCome talk to our crack staff of professionally trained Peer Academic Advisors.  They have taken many of the classes you are currently taking, have completed those classes successfully, and can give you good advice about how to study effectively.  The Peer Advising Office is located in 1255 Angell Hall and is open Monday, Wed, Friday from 12:00 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. or you can visit the newly renovated Peer Advising Website at http://lsapeeradvising.wordpress.com/

Good luck with final exams!!

February First Year Timeline

February First Year Timeline 2014 

February is a good time to start thinking about how your classes are going and if there are tweaks you need to make to your approach to time management or your study strategies.  Research shows that students who try NEW study strategies tend to do better in their courses. 

Taking Classes this spring/summer

February is also a good time to start thinking about whether or not you are going to take classes this spring or summer.  If you are considering taking courses in the spring or summer, call the Academic Advising Center and set up an appointment to see your advisor.  If you are planning on taking classes at UM, check out the LSA Online Course Guide – spring and summer classes are already listed. If you are considering taking classes elsewhere, then check the following link for a list of courses that have been pre-approved to transfer to UM – Transfer Credit Equivalencies.  If the course you are considering taking elsewhere has not been pre-approved to transfer, then click on the Transfer Credit Equivalency Request (formerly the OOR) form.

The Peer Ac ademic Advising Office (PAAO)
Winter 2014 Hours – Mon, Wed, Fri 12:00 – 5:00 pm and Tue, Thurs from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The PAAO office features a staff of experienced and highly trained UM undergraduates ready to help other UM undergraduates on wide variety of issues.  Come to the PAAO to talk about: Course Selection, Wolverine Access, Drop/Add/Swap/Modify Questions, Time Management, Study Strategies, Choosing a Concentration, Whether or not Grad School makes sense, Getting involved outside of the classroom and How to get the most out of your time at Michigan.  For more information check out the PAAO website

Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor…

to talk about how your classes are going, what concentrations/majors you are thinking about, and how things are going in general.  To set up an appointment with your Advisor, call the Academic Advising Center at 764-0332.

See a Concentration Advisor

If you already have some ideas about possible concentrations/majors, now is a good time to set up an appointment to see a departmental Concentration Advisor.  Here is as list of all of the LSA Departments.

Also, don’t forget that Friday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day.

Newnan Advising Center’s Strategies for Success Website

Have you ever wondered how some students earn “A”s while you struggle no matter how much time you study? Do you feel that your grades don’t reflect your academic potential? Many UM students believe that the “A” students receive high scores without a strong effort.  In reality, students who earn high grades have developed or adapted their study strategies to meet the rigors of college coursework. You can do the same. Use the information on the Strategies for Success website to develop your personal study strategies plan.

·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/06/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/10/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Strategies for Success Workshop #4: Interpreting an Essay Assignment

Having a hard time understanding a paper assignment? We’ll look at examples and discuss how to read an assignment carefully, how to identify implied expectations and criteria, and how to break the assignment down into key tasks and goals.READ MORE
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/12/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 AH


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/13/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/17/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/20/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/24/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Strategies for Success Workshop #5: Learning from Graded Exams

Now that you’ve gotten your first exams back, how can you use them to prepare for the next round? This session will cover tips to help you improve your performance on exams. READ MORE
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/26/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 AH


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 02/27/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/03/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/06/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/10/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/13/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Strategies for Success Workshop #6: Learning from a Graded Paper

How can you use a returned paper to do better on the next one? We’ll talk about strategies for “digesting” professors’ written comments and turning them into specific tasks and goals for improvement.READ MORE
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/13/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 AH


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/17/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Strategies for Success Workshop #7: Backpacking and End-of-Semester Strategies

Do you have questions about your class choices for spring, summer, and fall? Come in for backpacking help and course selection advice. Need some help planning the last few weeks of winter semester? While you are here, get some tips for getting everything done. READ MORE
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/19/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 AH


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/20/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/24/2014; 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: G243 Angell Hall


·         Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success

Learning mindfulness is a great way to strengthen your focus and concentration, improve your performance, quiet an overactive mind, learn ways to let go of stress, and manage anxiety.READ MORE
Speaker: Denise Kozikowski
Academic Unit: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
Date: 03/27/2014; 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: G243 Angell Hall

November First Year Timeline

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Late Drop Deadline.  The Fall 2013 Late Drop Deadline is November 8, 2013.  If you are considering withdrawing from a course it is important to talk to your instructor or GSI about how you are doing in the class.  It would also be a good idea to talk to your Academic Advisor to consider all of your options before you make a decision.  If you decide to drop a course you must fill out a Late Drop Form and make sure you submit it no later than 4:00 p.m. November 8, 2013.  The Late Drop Form is also available online.

Final Exam Schedule.  Click here for the Fall 2013 Final Exam Schedule.  Remember that most final exams will not be at your regularly scheduled class time or in your regularly scheduled classroom.  Be sure to check your course syllabus for specific details.

Registration for Winter 2014

Registration for Winter 2014 will take place between Monday, November 25, 2013 and Monday, December 11, 2013.  For most of you, this will be the first time that you are registering for classes on your own.  If you would like some assistance with the Backpacking and Registration process, we will be providing a series of workshops where you will be able to ask questions and get advice.  These workshops are on a drop-in basis and you don’t need an appointment.

**As you think about classes for next semester, you might want to look at this document that has a list of the Prerequisites for all of the LSA majors.

ACADEMIC ADVISING APPOINTMENTS:

The Academic Advising Office (1255 Angell Hall) gets very busy this time of year.  We very much encourage you to plan ahead and make an advising appointment – but don’t do it too soon.  We suggest that First Year Students schedule an appointment during the weeks of Dec 2- Dec 9, 2013.  You can schedule an appointment by calling (734) 764-0332.

Online Course Guide for Winter 2014.  The Winter 2014 Online Course Guide goes live on Friday, November 1, 2013.  The main advantage of the Online Course Guide is that it has detailed descriptions of classes and in some cases lists course assignments and required readings.  After the Online Course Guide is released, start browsing for courses that you are interested in.

Backpack and Registration for Winter 2014.

Beginning on November 13, 2013 you can go into Wolverine Access and start backpacking classes you are interested in taking.

Registration for Winter 2014 will begin on November 25 and end on December 11, 2013.

Note: Registration Appointment Times are issued according to the number of credits you have completed towards graduation.  Students are assigned a range of dates based on the number of credits they have, but within that range of dates, times are generated randomly.  Also your Registration Appointment Time is not an individual meeting with your Academic Advisor.

Walk-In Advising.  The Academic Advising Office will have a limited number of Walk-In Advising Hours.  Walk-In Advising will be available Monday, November 18 through Tuesday, December 11.  Call (734) 764-0332 for more information.

WOLVERINE ACCESS/REGISTRATION TUTORIALS:

The LSA Advising Office has developed a series of short Wolverine Access/Registration Tutorials.  These tutorials give you a quick overview of how to register for a class, how to swap, how to drop, how modify a class from graded to pass/fail, how to use an override, how to find mini-courses, how to backpack, and how to search for classes using the LSA Online Course Guide.

 

October First Year Timeline

By now we hope that you are settled in and feeling at home.  The drop/add deadline is passed so your schedule is now set (don’t forget the November 8, 2013 Late Drop Deadline).  There are several things you might want to do to ensure success this semester.image (4)

Own the Homework, Ace the Exam
Perhaps you’ve noticed: UM professors sometimes seem not to care if you do your homework.  This is partly because it’s your responsibility, and partly because they really will collect it, but at UM “collecting homework” is called THE EXAM.  The exam is often the first chance you get to demonstrate that you understand the core ideas of the course, which means you’ve been doing the homework–the reading, the questions, the sample problems–all along.

All along:  To do well on a UM exam you can’t just cram the night before.  You have to build up your understanding of a class’s key concepts over time.  It’s like training for a sport, or practicing lines for a play.  You have to stay on top of the reading and the homework.  Often the exam just is a tool to measure exactly this: the extent to which you have taken responsibility and kept up with the reading and other opportunities (homework) to develop your understanding of the core ideas.

If you’re running into challenges with self-motivation, consult the strategies put together by the Newnan’s Academic Success Committee (see below) or schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Preparing for upcoming exams:
Mid-term exam season is coming quickly. If you have upcoming exams, it might be a good idea to attend the Prepping for Tests workshop being put on by the LSA Strategies for Success Committee. The workshop is on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Newnan Academic Advising Center (1255 Angell Hall),

Fall Study Break: October 14-15 – No classes, but use at least part of this time off from class to study for exams and work on projects.

Don’t forget:

*Join a study group at the Science Learning Center.

*Try the Math Lab for help in any math classes.

*The Physics Help Room has instructors to answer questions, computers, and text books.

*The Language Resource Center has study groups, advising and supplemental materials.

*Visit the Sweetland Center for Writing to try out their writing support – either In Person or On-Line.

*Visit your professor’s and GSI’s office hours even if you aren’t having trouble in class.

*Check out the PAAO (Peer Academic Advising Office). Talk with the peer advisors about study skills, time management, course selection for next semester, how to choose a major, or how to get involved in extracurricular activities.

*Get involved outside the classroom.  Check out Maize Pages to see a list of UM organizations.

*Make an appointment with your advisor. Be sure to let your advisor know if you are having difficulty in a class.  And don’t forget advising in the Residence Hall.

*Check out the all of the great study strategies on the Strategies for Success website.

Do your best to stay on top of things and plan your time well.  Be sure to schedule some time to have fun and de-stress.

Good luck with mid-terms!!

Welcome Back!

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Your academic peer advisors are a unique resource to you because they have the knowledge and experience from being a successful LSA student.

With expertise from academics to zen, your APAs know what its like to be a student here.  So don’t be shy, stop in the Advising center to chat… you have nothing to lose!

Stephan and Stats 250

My favorite class is Statistics 250 (Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis).

When I first registered for this class, I was really skeptical as to whether or not I’d take much away from the class, or how much of the information could be used in other contexts at the University (or even in my field of study). However, after looking back on the class, I have found that this class really helped me to learn many relevant concepts that can definitely transfer to skills needed in another course or post-graduate work (and I really enjoyed learning the material!), such as determining a margin of error or ideal sample sizes for surveys, for example.

Plus, Statistics 250 counts towards the Quantitative Reasoning 1 (QR/1) and Math and Symbolical Analysis (MSA) requirements!

Reducing Stress

Stress in college is inevitable, but sometimes life can become a little overwhelming. This can definitely effect your academic performance and personal well-being. There are many resources on campus to help us deal with and manage our stress:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): This is a great resource available to students at the university. CAPS features one-on-one and group counseling for more personal stress. There’s also a new wellness zone that’s open to students throughout the week, providing a relaxing space to relieve some stress. The link to some great CAPS events can be found  HERE.

Another great way to reduce stress is to hit the gym. “Working out” in whatever way you can may help reduce stress dramatically. The gyms on campus offer great resources – whether you want to swim a few laps in the Bell Pool, or take part in any of the wonderful health and fitness programs, you can view all information HERE.

Also, if school has you stressed, stop into the Peer Academic Advising Office (PAAO)! We’re in from 12-5PM and would love to help in whatever way we can. Reduce stress to the best of your abilities and good luck with your continuing semesters!

-Nick

I love Orgo, and so can you!

My favorite class is, and will always be, Chemistry 210 (Organic Chemistry 1).  No, I’m not joking!  I genuinely love this class, because I love science and chemistry, solving problems, and thinking “outside the box”.  Chem 210 gets a bad wrap, but a lot of it is hearsay, or from students who had a bad time in it.  If you’re a visual learner, like to think spatially, and like having many ways to approach and solve problems, then this class is for you.  As organic chemistry’s biggest fan, I must say, I love orgo, and so can you!

-John

Living in a Visual World

Jen’s favorite class:

SAC 236, Introduction to the Art of Film, is a fun class that teaches students how to understand and appreciate cinema as an art form. This course will help you develop a greater appreciation of some of Hollywood’s classic movies and gain a deeper understanding of what goes into the creation of your own favorite movies.

We live in a visual society today; we are constantly bombarded with visual images and media is an increasingly utilized tool in many disciplines. The skills you develop in this course will help you understand the artistic decisions behind the creation of cinematic media products and the implications of them.

As a humanities course, it will also help you improve your analytical writing skills while writing about fun topics.

Nadia’s favorite class: Intro to Women’s Studies

Women’s Studies 240 is a class for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and the society we live in! The class covers a broad range of topics from reproductive rights, gender and the law and global feminism. We also talked about other social identities like class, race, and sexuality as well as gender identity.

I gained a lot of critical thinking skills and improved a lot as a writer as a result of taking this class.

This course also counts as a Race and Ethnicity course!