November 30, 2012

Frosh Survival Tips

We have a guest blogger today: Dean Christine Bonny, who has been a general adviser at SAS and University College for the past ten years. She offers great Frosh Survival Tips for students as you approach finals and spring semester:

Over the years, undergrads have shared many great survival tips – tips that I can now happily pass on to you. Here are four such tips that are consistently important year after year.

1. LEARN HOW TO STUDY FOR COLLEGE. UNLEARN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL HABITS.
You may discover that your previous study habits have been insufficient at Rutgers.  The most often mentioned successful “new” study habit by students is to read and complete assignments in advance of each lecture.  To learn how to shed old study habits and cultivate consistent and measured habits, visit one of our Learning Centers for academic coaching and tutoring. 

2. SEE ADVISORS. GET ADVISED. STAY ADVISED.
SAS advisors will give you advice on finalizing your spring 2013 registration, discuss your potential majors and minors, plan a graduation date, and answer your questions.

Call any of four SAS Advising Centers to schedule a General Advising appointment.   
Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. WE MEAN IT.
If you find yourself struggling through personal issues – a break-up, family issues, isolation or you just need someone to talk to, reach out for Counseling Services.

Contact CAPS to set up an appointment with a professional. 

4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH.

Visit a Rutgers Health Center for both preventative health care and routine medical care.
Visit a Rutgers Recreation Center for information on fitness programs.

Use the many resources Rutgers has and please feel free to pass on more tips.

Make Friends & Stay Active - excellent Frosh Survival Tips
from Connie Fiocco & her Rutgers Games teammates


November 18, 2012

You Never Forget Your First Time: Advice for your first time registering


Photo courtesy of Flikr user splineapple
Spring registration is here, and Dean Frosh has words of wisdom and registration tips to help our new first year students.

The most common (printable) word used to describe your first encounter with webreg is FRUSTRATING. Most first year students register on Nov. 19 and 20. Experience tells us that Webreg will struggle under the weight of that many students. Be patient.

Remember that registration is a process. That means the first day that you can register is the FIRST day, but not the LAST day you will register. You'll have access to webreg from that
first day through winter break. Remember, too, the add/drop week at the beginning of spring semester to finalize your schedule.


A few quick points to help:
Prepare well. Carefully review the Schedule of Classes to see how to make the best use of online resources like Degree Navigator, the Course Schedule Planner and Webreg.

Before or after you register, come for advising. If you can't see an adviser before your first day to register, come for advising after - get an adviser's opinion on your plans and advice on getting into classes or making changes.
Advising appointments are available through finals and even into Winter break!
Dean Matt Winkler advising an SAS student

The Schedule of Classes is not live, so it may show a course as Open when the seat has been filled because it has not yet updated.
Once you've clicked the button to "Add Courses," wait patiently for the system to respond. Continued clicking of the button will anger the registration gods and will likely result in your being logged out.
For most courses and prerequisites, webreg is accurate. If webreg tells you that you do not have the prereq, check the class listing again. If you're still unclear, call or stop by your local SAS advising office. If it’s between 10-11 p.m. on your registration night and you’re having a problem, check out the Academic Services homepage, deans may be on the new LiveChat feature and may be able to help!
There are 14 learning goals to complete in the SAS Core. If you can't get into a course you planned to fulfill one (or multiple) goal(s), look for other Core areas. Or do something really crazy, like take a course just because you're interested in the topic. Not every course has to be a Core, major, or minor course! Don't forget about elective credits. And don't worry, Public Speaking is offered every semester and will be a great option eventually.
Remember also to check out the Byrne Seminar listings; spring semester is your LAST chance to take a Byrne, so don't miss the opportunity.
And, again, if all else fails, plan to stop in to one of the SAS Advising Offices between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for help!