Fall Academic Guidelines for the Academic Year

Early Fall (September)

  • “Shop” for classes. Shopping involves visiting different classes, in addition to the classes you are registered for, on the first few days of the semester. It will give you an opportunity to get a better understanding of what each course is about and to understand the expectations of the professor. Class shopping should be fun, not stressful. Make sure that you commit to your courses by the end of the first week. All class selections must be finalized by the end of the second week of the semester.
  • Go to class. Enough said.
  • Establish healthy habits NOW! Eating, sleeping, and exercising majorly impact your ability to concentrate. Be healthy!
  • Leave your room! Get involved on campus through activities, organizations, community service, sports, work, etc. This is a great way to make connections with your peers! Don’t be afraid to try something new.
  • Balance life. Learn how to balance your social life and work life w/ academics. It’s extremely important to develop your time management, studying, note taking, listening, and communication skills.
  • Step-up studying habits. Understand that you will need to improve upon your work habits from high school. For every one hour of class time, you should study 2-3 hours. “Studying” means techniques like reading/highlighting/taking notes on textbook and PowerPoint slides both BEFORE and AFTER lectures, reviewing flashcards, and doing practice problems.

Fall mid-semester (October-November)

  • Review academic record. Verify that any AP, IB, French Bacc, GCE credits appear correctly on your transcript.
  • Know your academic progress. If you are unsure about your academic progress in a course, meet with your professor(s) and/or TA during office hours.
  • Recognize motivation vs. competition. Understand the difference. College is not about competing with others.
  • Use your resources (i.e. professors, TAs, academic advisors, tutors, study consultants). Our “A” students are the students who ask for help often.
  • Handling stress. If you begin to experience stress, anxiety, or any cause for concern, stop in to meet with an academic advisor or stop by the Counseling Center 3003 N. Charles Street, Suite S-200. In times of academic stress, you may need to further develop your study techniques. In times of emotional stress, you can learn effective techniques to cope better.
  • Advisor meeting. Make an appointment to meet with your advisor several weeks prior to next semester’s registration period. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to register on time!

Fall Preparation for Registration (November)

  • Select small classes. You should take at least ONE small class a semester. This will give you the opportunity to get to know faculty and for faculty to get to know you. Building relationships now will make it MUCH easier when requesting letters of recommendations later!
  • Be flexible. When it comes to registration, you must be OPEN and flexible about your class selections. You should ALWAYS have alternative options.
  • Select a well-balanced a schedule. Grad programs, law schools, and med schools ALL want to see diverse courses among your selections. Do not overload on any one area.
  • Explore Major. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Start narrowing your focus on potential majors.
  • Take an Intersession course. Consider a course in Intersession and/or B-more freshmen course.
  • End of Fall semester (December)
  • Complete assignments. It’s time to begin wrapping up your semester. In order to give you proper time to complete end-of- semester projects, papers, and exams, map out the last two – three weeks of the semester well in advance.
  • Academic assistance. Use available resources. Go to your professors/TA’s office hours. Meet with a study consultant. Attend tutoring at the Learning Den.
  • Plan for finals. Two weeks prior to finals, create your study calendar. Dedicate time over several days to prepare/study for each of your classes. Review all necessary materials, including PowerPoint slides, class notes, textbooks, etc.

End of Fall semester (December)

  • Complete assignments. It's time to begin wrapping up your semester. In order to give you proper time to complete end-of- semester projects, papers, and exams, map out the last two - three weeks of the semester well in advance.
  • Academic assistance. Use available resources. Go to your professors/TA's office hours. Meet with a study consultant. Attend tutoring at the Learning Den.
  • Plan for finals. Two weeks prior to finals, create your study calendar. Dedicate time over several days to prepare/study for each of your classes. Review all necessary materials, including PowerPoint slides, class notes, textbooks, etc.