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The Office of Academic Advising has welcomed more than 6000 student visits since its opening in August 2009. The office in 125 Reynolda Hall seeks to provide a comprehensive system for monitoring student progress and for intervening as early and as proactively as possible when problems begin to arise. To that end, we monitor student course registrations, encourage the faculty to report absences and other behavioral problems, and pay close attention to midterm and final grade reports and degree evaluations. We have adopted a new “Academic Action Plan” contract for making clear our expectations of students who have been on probation or experienced similar academic difficulties in prior semesters, and meet actively with such students. In all cases, we work closely with student life, career development, counseling and other staff to enhance Wake Forest's efforts to mentor and educate the whole student.

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Strategies

 

Summer Registration Tips!

It is once again time for registration for fall classes!

While some of us struggle to find classes that are interesting, meet requirements, and are taught by reputable professors, it’s truly not so difficult if you plan things correctly. The Student Handbook certainly serves as a guide for detailed descriptions of classes and whether or not they fulfill a divisional or requirement.

Although you might think that you have the perfect schedule planned out before registration, the actual registration process is a whole new ball game. Make sure to have back-up choices that can easily be substituted into your schedule if your first choice is already full by your time to register. And if you find yourself searching for low credit classes to fill up your schedule, library sciences and career and personal development are always good choices.

While fall registration quickly snuck up on us, the summer is approaching even faster. Consider taking a few extra classes during the summertime to keep busy. It’s always a good idea, especially because it helps ease the workload in the fall. Also, many students are on campus and enjoy spending the North Carolina summers together. Do note that summer school doesn’t necessarily mean having to stay on campus.

There is always the option of taking classes at schools near your home and transferring the credits to Wake. While our university is selective in terms of what meets credit criteria, it is definitely something to look into. The online registrar is very useful and accessible if you want to research what classes can be taken at certain universities. It also contains the course number and department for quick and easy access to such important information.

Throughout this stressful process remember that with every registration, you are one step closer to your goals, dreams, and future!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Strategies

 

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CALENDAR UPDATE: Fall 2013 Registration

It’s that time of the semester — registration! Today marks the final week of registration advising and major/minor pre-registration. Please make a note of the important dates below in order to successfully build your Fall 2013 course schedule.

  • Those with declared majors and/or minors will be advised and registered for classes within the major/minor department between March 18-29th.

We highly encourage you to make an appointment with your student advisor, especially if you are an underclassman. Student advisors are unique from academic advisors in that they are able to provide you with a student’s perspective. Often they will have suggestions about what courses to take for certain majors, insight on professors in different departments, and are equipped to answer any and all of your questions.

  • April 1-4th: Round one of registration
    • Seniors: Monday, April 1st
    • Juniors: Tuesday, April 2nd
    • Sophomores: Wednesday, April 3rd
    • Freshman: Thursday, April 4th
  • April 8-11th: Round two of registration
    • Seniors: Monday, April 8th
    • Juniors: Tuesday, April 9th
    • Sophomores: Wednesday, April 10th
    • Freshman: Thursday, April 11th

Remember that registration for non-major/minor courses and for students who have not yet declared a major occurs in two rounds. Registration continues through June 30th.

Some last-minute tips:

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to register for classes. Classes fill up quickly, so use your allotted appointment time wisely.
  • Make a back-up schedule. It’s rare that you will get all of your first choice courses. Have a few back-up choices in mind in case all of your intended courses are full.
  • Use your resources. Student and academic advisors are here to help you. Make an appointment today and go over your plan of action with them.

For more registration tips, check out our past registration articles, including recent post, “Registration Tips from a Student Advisor.”

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Calendar Updates

 

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To Cram or Not To Cram?

As spring and its many activities approach us, I ask one question: How will we manage? Should we head to the ZSR for a few hours each day to prepare for a test, even with the quad glistening and the sundeck of South calling your name? Or should we wait until the night before and hide in our rooms, cramming the material for tomorrow’s computer science test into our brains?  This is a dilemma that most students at Wake face: To cram or not to cram?

With all of the activities and involvement available on campus (not to mention the beautiful weather we are about to have upon us), it is very difficult to carve out time each day to get ahead and practice long-term studying techniques.  Teachers, parents, and even fellow students advise each other to start studying early in order to avoid stress leading up to a big paper or exam, yet we rarely take their advice.  More often than not, the ZSR is filled with crammers, those waiting until the last minute to get their work done.

Here are some quick ideas about each method of studying:

  1. Cramming can be beneficial: Cramming, if effective, allows you to have more free time while also accomplishing your work.
  2. Cramming can be detrimental: Learning all the material in one night is not ideal.  If you write a paper in one night, you do not have time to edit or proofread the essay, leaving excessive room for error.
  3. Long-term can be beneficial: Long-term studying allows you to have minimal stress and a more well-rounded study method.
  4. Long-term can be detrimental:  Heading to the ZSR everyday can cut into time with friends, involvement with other organizations on campus and social life in general.Cramming_for_Test_H
 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Balance, Strategies

 

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CALENDAR UPDATE: Reynolda House Star Power Thursday

With midterms coming to an end and spring break about to begin, what better reason do you need to celebrate?  This Thursday, you can reward your hard work and the hard work of your classmates at the Reynolda House Star Power Thursday event.  On March 7, students and faculty from the Wake Forest departments of music, theatre, and dance will perform “Let’s Misbehave! A Cole Porter Revue.”  The party is meant to recreate a 1930s nightclub and is sure to be an evening full of art, music, dancing, and history.

Along with enjoying entertainment and refreshments, guests will also have the opportunity to view the current exhibition, Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography.  The exhibition includes clothing from the museum’s costume collection alongside Steichen’s iconic prints.  There is no cost for students for entertainment, refreshments, and admission to the exhibition through 8 p.m.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Calendar Updates

 

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Wake Up to Poetry: Poetry Contest and Celebration!

Do you like poetry? Happen to be a poet yourself? Consider entering the Wake Up to Poetry: Poetry Contest and Celebration!

What’s in it for you? 

 
  • FREE FOOD AND DRINK
  • CASH PRIZES
  • POETRY BOOKS
  • PUBLICATION OF THREE WINNING POEMS
 
There are three days left to submit your poems to wfupress@wfu.edu — subject line: Wake Up to Poetry Submission.
 
Even if you don’t want to submit a poem, come celebrate the art of poetry at the contest’s celebration on Saturday, April 6th at Community Arts Café. The event is FREE and will conclude with an open music session by the Irish musical group, The Belfast Boys.
 
Please direct additional questions to WFU Press (wfupress@wfu. edu/336-758-5448). 
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What are you doing for Spring Break?

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Strategies