First-Year Advising Meeting 3: Finishing Strong and Thinking Ahead
Semester Wrap-Up Evaluate where you stand in each course using the syllabus to determine how each of your completed assignments counts toward your final grade Consult with instructors/professors Plan out and schedule your time Keep your focus through the end of finals rather than the last day of classes
Course/Instructor EvaluationsCourse/Instructor Evaluations Occur Monday, 11/26 – Friday, 12/7 Are administered online via a link in an email delivered to you UMW inbox Are anonymous Results go to Deans, Chairs and Professors AFTER the semester is over Have questions? http ://academics.umw.edu/iae/outcomes-assessment-2/course-evaluation /
FinalsRead the entire entry in the Dictionary ofAcademic Regulations on “Examinations,Final.” Even if you think you have figured itall out or heard everything about finals, readthe entire entry. http://publications.umw.edu/dictionary/regulations -a-to-z/examinations-final/
Studying and Preparing for Finals Seven Study TipsGuess the language and get the tip.
GuessGreek the Language Before classes end your instructorwill likely talk about the exam, makesure that it is clear how each part will count toward the whole. If it is not brought up, ask.
Spanish Guess the LanguageUse prior exams as a guide to thetypes of questions that will likely be on the final and what the instructor thinks is important.
GuessArabic the LanguageSome commitments will probably need to be put aside for awhile -ask for time off from work and let family and friends know you willhave finals coming up so you need to prioritize your time.
Latin Guess the Language Find out if the topics on the exam will becumulative or just material covered since the last test. When studying, make a list of the broadtopics that will be covered and then fill it in with more details as you study.
Guess Italian the LanguagePlease note: “Foreign languages can bean exception to that tip. Short (10-15minute) study session, repeated two orthree times a day, more than 2 hour Study for no are much moreeffective than longer sessions15 minute blocks at a time (taking whenstudying foreignthe same subject, and breaks) with languages.”change Federico Schneidersubject when - to a dissimilar you switch. Assistant Professor of Italian, UMW
Guess French the Language If you form study groups, choosepeople with whom you will keep the commitment to actually study rather than letting it turn into a gossip session or a party.
GuessGerman the Language Avoid cramming. The strongest case against all-nighters is that depriving yourself of sleep and good nutrition,especially on a chronic basis, will work against you when trying to recall and apply the information you have just learned.
Having What You Need Bring several writing instruments (i.e. a few sharpened pencils and two pens) Have extra paper Have an appropriate answer sheet or blue book (if required by instructor) – have more than one blue book in case you write a lot Wear a watch Talk to your Professors in advance if you have any accommodation requests from the Office of Disability Resources
Preparing for the Exam Know the material. Nothing substitutes for being exceedingly well prepared – complete all assigned reading, review notes, practice problems, understand cause-and-effect, be able to explain concepts and connections to others. Be sure you have checked and rechecked to verify the date and time of the exam Eat a light snack before the exam Get a full, good night’s sleep
Taking the Test Arrive a few minutes early to settle yourself and relax. For some people, reading over notes at the last minute makes them more nervous. Map out your work timeline (with exact start and end times rather than one hour here, ½ hour there), i.e.: 2:15 - 3:15 – long essay 3:15 - 3:45 – short essay 3:45 - 4:45 – identify, multiple choice, etc. Pace yourself. Don’t rush and go on auto-pilot, which may lead to skipping questions or misreading instructions.
Essays Take a few moments to mull over the question. Plot out a rough (and quick) outline so you can organize your thoughts. Use a pencil, if possible, so that you can make changes and corrections to grammar and punctuation without looking messy or disorganized. Elaborate. This assumes you’re elaborating on something relevant to the question; irrelevancies won’t help your case. Leave time to read through and edit.
Quotable Quote on Essays“Multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false,etc. are an opportunity for the instructor to seewhat you don’t know; essays are a chance foryou to show him/her what you do know.” -Dr. Liane Houghtalin Associate Professor of Classics, UMW
Grades Registrar will e-mail your UMW account when grades are posted in Banner (grades will not be in the e-mail itself). After receiving this e-mail, log into Banner to see your final grades. Print your final grades and keep a copy for your records.
Probation The University standard for good academic standing is a 2.0. If you earn less than a 2.0 your first semester at UMW, you will return on Probation. The purpose of Probation is to warn students that they are not doing satisfactory work and to stimulate them to improve their performance. A student placed on “academic probation” may continue to participate in extracurricular opportunities offered by the institution except those that require a specific GPA threshold. Failure to make satisfactory academic progress while on Probation will result in Suspension.
Repeating Courses If you receive a C- or lower in a course, you may repeat the course if it is offered. Students currently enrolled in a prerequisite course must pass the course to be eligible for the subsequent course. If you receive a C-, D+ or D in a prerequisite course, you cannot repeat the course once you complete the subsequent course. More details on the Repeat Policy can be found here: http://publications.umw.edu/dictionary/regulations-a- to-z/repeating-courses/.
Repeating Courses: Conclusions You should monitor your grades and adjust your schedule as soon as possible. Call the Office of Academic Services (x1010) if you have any questions about repeating a course. Be sure to take advantage of tutoring and study skills workshops (see Academic Services webpage).
Use Banner to Plan Run a “Degree Evaluation” in Banner (which is called a “What If Analysis” before you declare a major.) The Degree Evaluation/What-If Analysis will sort your completed coursework (and courses for which you are registered) into degree requirements (General Education, Intensives, major classes, electives, etc.) You can run a “What-If Analysis” in more than one potential major to compare degree progress and consider options.
Scheduling IssuesPre-registration for Spring 2013 is underway. Do you know your Registration Appointment Time? Do you have any holds on your account? What should you do if your preferred class isn’t open when you register? Monitor the open course list. When an opening becomes available, register for the class immediately. Contact the instructor or the department to see if there is a waiting list to get into the class. Plan to take the course in summer session or in a later semester.
Disability ResourcesStudents with disabilities should be certainthat they request accommodations for thespring semester. Students must requestaccommodations each semester and shoulddo so as early as possible. You shouldcontact them (x1266) immediately if you arecurrently receiving accommodations andhaven’t yet contacted them about the springsemester.
Academic CalendarReview the Academic Calendar for Spring 2013(http://academics.umw.edu/calendar/spring-2013/). Know the deadline to add a class Know the deadline to drop a class Know the deadline to withdraw without a grade of F Know the deadline to change from graded to Pass/Fail Good luck! Finish Strong!
Academic Probation, Suspension, Dismissal Students in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs are expected to make satisfactory academic progress by maintaining a 2.00 overall cumulative UMW GPA, the standard required for graduation. Students who fall below a 2.00 overall cumulative UMW GPA are in academic jeopardy and are subject to these probation, suspension and dismissal policies. Evaluation of academic standing is based on two factors: The number of attempted credits and minimum overall cumulative GPA
Probation A student is placed on probation whenever the student’s overall cumulative UMW GPA falls below 2.00. A notation of the student’s probation status is entered on the student’s permanent record. A student placed on “academic probation” may continue to participate in any extracurricular opportunities offered by the institution except those activities that require a specific GPA threshold. All students on probation who have not achieved the requisite minimum overall cumulative GPA at the conclusion of each fall or spring semester will be suspended/dismissed, according to the terms in your academic catalog.
Suspension/Dismissal Students who do not make satisfactory progress (please see chart below) while on probation will be suspended/dismissed. No student can be suspended after only one semester at the University. As appropriate, a notation of the student’s suspension/dismissal status is entered on the student’s permanent record. A suspended student may not register for any classes at UMW (semester or summer) until his or her term of suspension expires. A dismissed student is ineligible to obtain a degree from UMW or to continue enrollment in courses offered by the University.
Number of Attempted Credits Minimum Overall Cumulative GPA 12-30 1.60 31-45 1.80 46-60 1.90 61-122+ 2.00