Spring Academic Guidelines for the Academic Year

Spring mid-semester (March-April)

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Meet with your advisor. 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! Be prepared for your meeting!

Spring Preparation for Registration (April)

  • Declare a major. There are benefits to declaring a major at the end of your freshman year. You will be assigned to a faculty advisor within your major department. The faculty advisor plays a critical role in helping you navigate through your discipline.
  • Map out a four-year plan. This is a great exercise to learn how you can incorporate major requirements with other academic interests. It gives you a good understanding on how to balance your courses during your academic career at Hopkins.
  • Discuss summer plans. Discuss your summer plans w/ an advisor. Taking summer course(s) is an option you may consider. Discuss financial options with your Financial Aid advisor. You may take summer courses at JHU or another university with preapproval for transfer. Students may transfer up to 12 credits. Get details from your advisor.

End of Spring semester (May)

  • 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 your 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.