Finals can be a stressful time. The end of the semester is near, so trying to stay focused and productive can be challenging. For a quick lesson on how to optimize your study time, check out this video: The Science of Productivity
Want some more advice? The Sanger Learning Center has a great workshop called Surviving Finals 101 that can help you achieve success during finals.
Also, don’t forget that if a class is not going well, you should schedule an appointment to talk with your advisor about your options.
Best wishes on finals!
Tagged: ego depletion, Finals, productivity, studying, Zeigarnick Effect
How often have you asked that question or thought, “I wish that someone would just tell me what to do with my life” or, “is there some test I can take to figure out what career would be best?” While those things do not actually exist, we have something that can help point you in the right direction. The ACT Profile is a career assessment tool that evaluates your interests, abilities, and values in career fields.
What it DOES do:
- Show general direction of your career interests
- Provides a database to learn more about career and major options
- Generate ideas on majors and careers to explore
What it DOES NOT do:
- Tell you what to do for the rest of your life (nothing/no one can do that except you!)
What to expect:
You will need to first create an account. Then within 24 hours you will get an email verification. From there, take the values, abilities and values inventories, which are listed under “My Profile.” Your results will be shown on the career map, under the career tab. The letters in blue and red are the areas recommended for you specifically. You can also look at the major map to see what majors are related to the careers listed.
Think about what blue and red careers and majors are recommended for you to consider. Which seem most appealing?
Then, take a look at the Occupational Summary. Look at the tasks involved, work settings, training needed, majors associated with it and more.
Finally, it may be most helpful to set up an appointment with a career counselor to talk about your results. Your career counselor can also point you towards other career assessments, if you so choose. You can schedule an appointment by calling 512-232-8400.
So, what did your results say? Do you think they were accurate?
That is the question…
The thought “I want to drop a class” can come up at any point in the semester, for a variety of reasons. Maybe after a few weeks it turns out the class isn’t what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you thought it was going well, but after a few graded assignments or a test, you are starting to realize you don’t understand the material. It could even be that something is going on in your life (outside of school) that is really affecting your performance in a class.
Whatever the reason, you might come to the realization that dropping a class is the best option for you to salvage your GPA (and your sanity), and you need to know how to make that happen.
How to drop a class:
- After the 12th class day, but BEFORE the Q-drop deadline*, you have to schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss the drop and sign the form.
- After the Q-drop deadline, but BEFORE you take your final exam or receive a final grade for the course, you can ask your advisor about your eligibility for a One-Time Exception (OTE) Q-drop.
- If you would like to drop a course after a final grade has been posted for the semester, you may schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss your options.
What are the possible consequences of dropping a class?
- After the 12th class day, if you drop a class – Q Drop – you will have a “Q” on your transcript as the grade in that class. Your GPA is not negatively affected by a Q, but you are only allowed six Q-drops while you are in college.
- If you are dropping below 12 hours, you will be considered a part-time student. This MIGHT affect the following:
- Your financial aid - contact a financial aid counselor to discuss this
- On-campus housing
- International status (for international students only)
- Car & medical insurance – contact your insurance provider
- Participation in extracurricular activities (for example: Fraternity/Sorority) – contact the organization
- Your academic progress (completing degree requirements, internal transfer requirements, etc.)
What should you do?
If you are struggling in a class, for whatever reason, ALWAYS talk to your academic advisor to find out about all your options.
Tagged: Deadline, drop, full time, grades, hours, internal transfer, international status, OTE
Don’t wait! NOW is the time to schedule your Spring registration advising appointment.
These appointments typically last 30 minutes, and during this time we will:
• plan your Spring schedule,
• clear your advising bar,
• discuss your major exploration process, and
• address any concerns or questions you may have.
As a UGS student, you MUST meet with YOUR advisor prior to registration.
If you wait till the last minute to schedule your appointment, it is possible that your advisor’s schedule will be full, and UGS policy does NOT allow you to meet with another CSA&CC advisor for registration advising.
If you have not spoken with your advisor, you will not be able to get your bar cleared for registration, which means you will register late. Call 512.232.8400 as soon as possible to schedule your appointment. Our friendly front desk staff will be available to answer your call Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Important Registration Tidbits:
• Registration for Spring classes occurs between October 28 and November 8th (but, of course, you will have specific access times within that period).
• You may check your specific registration access times now by visiting your Registration Information Sheet (RIS).
• If you have priority registration (e.g., Longhorn Scholars, Discovery Scholars, NCAA Athletes, Longhorn Link, registered with SSD), it’s likely your registration time will start October 28th, so making an appointment with your advisor early is very IMPORTANT.
• After scheduling your appointment, write it down or put a reminder in your cell phone so you don’t forget. If you do not show up for your appointment (“no-show”), you may have a difficult time getting another one, as your advisor’s calendar might be full. If you no-show 3 times, you will not be allowed to schedule another appointment until the last day of registration.
• See more tips for registration here.
See you soon!
Have you heard about the Albino Squirrel? UT Legend states that if you see an albino squirrel the day of a test, you will do very well. In reality, success in college has little to do with luck. Rather than running around looking for squirrels, make your own luck by using one or more of the following resources:
These are all ways to help you succeed in your classes! Use any or all of the above and you will have no need for squirrels of any kind.