Official UMass business is conveyed via your UMail email address, and this includes anything that happens during the summer.Make sure you check your UMail on a regular basis, read any messages completely, and respond promptly, if required. Don't miss the deadline to apply for a special scholarship or appeal a suspension because you didn't read your UMail!
Make sure your personal information on SPIRE is up-to-date! Does SPIRE have your cell phone number? Correct address? Review your
information and make sure it is both correct and complete. It can be a
bit embarrassing if someone from a UMass office calls to change the time
of an appointment and reaches your parent, not you!
Read the Undergraduate Advising Blog during the summer to make sure you don't miss important information.
While many posts will be directed to incoming students, watch for
information that might pertain to you, your schedule, or your academic
program. Be among the first to know when grades will hit SPIRE or which
department is hosting an info session the first week of class!
Stop by to get help with your end of the year questions. We are open to all students in all majors.
If you need any help with your GenEds for next year, reading your ARR,
navigating SPIRE, questions about closed courses, or you have other questions, be sure to come talk to our trained Peer Advisors. We're located in the Learning Commons in the W.E.B. DuBois Library
Peer Advisors will be there from 4:00pm - 8:00pm from Sunday April 28 until Wednesday, May 1.
Have a great summer and we'll see you in the fall!
Wednesday, May 1st is the last day of classes, and finals begin on Friday the 3rd! Now is the time to take hold of your academics and wrap up your semester on a positive note. Try out some of these tips for a stress-free finals week:
Make sure you know if your exams are cumulative. Cumulative exams will cover more material and including some material you probably haven't seen since the first half of the semester. Try this 5 Day Study Plan to help manage your workload and time.
It's also important to know the format of each exam. Is the exam multiple choice? True/False? Fill-in-the-Blank or Short Answer? Essay? You'll want to prepare differently for each type of exam, so knowing what to expect on test day is step one.
Not sure where to begin? Knowing what type of learner you are can help you tailor your study methods to those that work best for you! Try this learning styles inventory to discover study strategies that will work best for you.
Try forming a study group with classmates. Study groups can help keep you motivated and discussing course concepts with others can actually increase your ability to commit such information to long-term memory!
Finally, don't forget to utilize campus resources. Many classes offer review sessions and most courses have TAs available to help clarify material. The Learning Resource Center in the library offers FREE peer-to-peer tutoring (by appointment only during finals week) and the Writing Center is a great place to have any essays or final papers reviewed before you hand them in.
Are you thinking of catching up, getting ahead, or retaking a class this summer? Here's what you need to know:
You can earn CREDIT for courses taken at another institution--such as a community college near home--but these courses WILL NOT affect your UMass Amherst GPA. Want to be sure the class you take will actually transfer to UMass before you spend your beach-time doing homework? Complete a Prior Approval Form before enrolling in the class.
You may also consider taking a class through UMass Amherst, either in-person or online. Only courses taken through UMass Amherst will grant you a grade as well as credit. You can check availability and cost and even register for such courses through UMass Continuing & Professional Education. If you plan on repeating a course that you got a C- or below in over the summer, this is the way to do it! Remember, you cannot repeat a course to replace a grade anywhere else but here. Before going this route though, you may want to speak to an advisor. The grade you get the second time is the one that counts toward your GPA, even if it's lower than your original grade, and summer courses can move at a very different pace than regular session courses, especially if they are taught online. Check in with your advisor to assess which summer course options are best for you!
This week, I asked some of my fellow peer advisors ways in which they deal with the high amounts of stress and work associated with the end of the semester. Here are their little tips on strategies on practicing self-care and make sure you stay focused and motivated during this critical time of the semester. Tyler: "Sleep, make time in your schedule to sleep before an exam...also set multiple alarms if you have an early exam. There is nothing more embarrassing than walking in late to a final or missing it completely." AND "Plan ahead. look at your finals schedule early to make sure you don't have 3 on one day or 2 at the same time. Also use this to plan out a study schedule for the week ahead" Gabby:"Go to the gym to release some stress from studying" Liz: "My main advice is taking small 5 minute breaks throughout studying (like every hour) but making sure that they only last 5 minutes. That and lots of sunshine/fresh air." So remember, it is important to stay busy and focused on your work during these next few weeks but it's also important to take care of yourself, get some sleep, and take breaks. Maybe one of those breaks you take could include going to this year's Acappellooza event this Wednesday at 7 PM in Bowker Auditorium featuring performances from all the acapella groups on campus! Great way to sit back and relax for a little while.
Career Services will be holding a free Ice Cream Social on Friday, April 26 from 12 - 4 in 511 Goodell. All students in all majors are invited to meet with Peer Adviors and Career Services staff to learn more about what Career Services can do for you!
Two important dates for next week
There will be an R1 Exemption Test on Monday, April 29 at 6:30pm in Marcus 131. Bring a #2 pencil, ID, and calculator. Passing the R1 exam (at
least 12 out of 20 correct) will satisfy the R1 requirement for
graduation but will not result in the awarding of any credits. There
are, however, credit courses that will also satisfy the R1 requirement.
>> Your chances improve if you've had an internship (or several).
As cited in an NPR story on 3/4/13, the “National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 63 percent of paid interns in the class of 2012 had at least one job offer when they graduated. Of those who did no internship, only about 40 percent had an offer.”
How do you get started?
Thursday April 18
from 4-5:00pm in 604 Goodell
Hear from staff and a student about what you need to do . . . and how cool it can be!