Category: Advising Announcements

First-Year Engineering Learning Center

Engineering Fundamentals has a First-Year Engineering Learning Center for students taking first-year ENG courses. If you have questions regarding your ENG course you can see your instructor or go to the First-Year Engineering Learning Center.

  • Room: 208 Dillman
  • Sunday – Thursday
  • 7-9pm
  • Staffed with Coaches

Dillman 208 is also open for students to do homework when there is not a class in the room.

If you need help with other classes, there are other learning centers available across campus.


Important University Dates

Each semester, Michigan Tech has important dates regarding course schedule changes. These are based on the week of the semester (i.e., Orientation week is Week 0, the first week of classes is Week 1,  etc.). After orientation all first-year students will need their advisor’s signature to drop or add a course. Below is a list of these important dates (Add and Drop refer to adding and dropping a course):

  • Last day to Add (without instructor’s signature): Friday, Week 1
  • Last day to Late Add (with instructor’s signature): Wednesday, Week 2
  • Last day to Drop with a refund: Wednesday, Week 2
  • Last day to Drop with no record: Friday, Week 3
  • Last day to Drop (Withdraw) with a W grade: Friday, Week 10

For a full list of university academic dates go to the following link.

http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/calendars/academic/


Last day to drop without a “W” (withdraw) is September 21, 2012 (Friday, Week 3)

When a student drops a full semester class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdraw grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do. All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes through the Friday of 10th Week.


Important University Dates

Each semester, Michigan Tech has important dates regarding course schedule changes. These are based on the week of the semester (i.e., Orientation week is Week 0, the first week of classes is Week 1,  etc.). After orientation all first-year students will need their advisor’s signature to drop or add a course. Below is a list of these important dates (Add and Drop refer to adding and dropping a course):

  • Last day to Add (without instructor’s signature): Friday, Week 1
  • Last day to Late Add (with instructor’s signature): Wednesday, Week 2
  • Last day to Drop with a refund: Wednesday, Week 2
  • Last day to Drop with no record: Friday, Week 3
  • Last day to Drop (Withdraw) with a W grade: Friday, Week 10

For a full list of university academic dates go to the following link.

http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/calendars/academic/


Changing Fall 2012 Schedule

Whether you have decided to change your major, retake a class, or just want classes at different times, you may find yourself wondering if you should change your schedule. Fall 2011 registration will be open most of the summer, with a brief shutdown in mid-July. Before rescheduling classes, make sure that there are seats available in the classes that you intend to switch into. If you are changing your major and are unsure of which classes to take, contact that major’s academic advisor . If you need to get into a class that is full, here are some options:

  1. Check to see if there are open sections that may fit in your schedule if you move other classes. Double check seating availability for all classes that you will need to move before changing your schedule.
  2. Contact the department of the class that is full to see if you can get into the class.
  3. If you cannot get into a class, contact your academic advisor to see what other class you should take.

If a class is full, or you do not have the pre-reqs or there is a major or class restriction, then you will need a waiver to get into the class; contact the department offering the class.


Looking Ahead: Preparing to Get a Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the Michigan Tech Career Fair Spring 2012 by preparing a resume and polishing interview skills.

  • Resume Review: Visit the Career Center to schedule a one-on-one appointment to review your resume from now until February 11, 9am – 5pm.
  • Resume Blitz: Stop in for a quick resume review. In the MUB Commons, 11am-2pm, January 18, 19, 24, and 25. In Douglas Houghton Hall Ballroom and West McNair Lounge, 3-5pm, February 1. In Wadsworth Hall Annex, 3-5pm, February 2.
  • Interview Skills: Visit the Career Center webpage (www.career.mtu.edu/NACElink) to schedule a one- on-one appointment for a mock interview (resume required). February 13-17, 9am – 4pm.
  • Etiquette Dinner: MUB Ballroom, February 16, Social, Dinner and Programming, 5:30-7:30pm.
  • Career Fair: Student Development Complex, February 21, 12pm – 6pm.

For more details on career professionalism, see the September 2011 newsletter. For details on resume writing and preparing for the Career Fair, see the December blog “Getting Started“.


Studying Abroad

Participating in the Study Abroad program can be an exciting and life-changing experience. Studying abroad can be done during the summer, or for one semester or two semesters. Whether you know what country you would like to visit or simply want to know the opportunities available to you, visit the International Programs and Services (IPS) website (www.mtu.edu/international/study-abroad/program/).
Once you have determined that you want to study abroad, start the process by contacting the IPS office. As long as you plan ahead, courses taken abroad can be used to satisfy your degree requirements and should not impact your graduation date. Coordination is required among the IPS staff, your academic advisor, and other departments to determine course offerings and to get them pre-approved to transfer to Michigan Tech.
IPS hosts weekly information sessions, Study Abroad 101. Each session includes an overview of the study abroad options, the study abroad process, and how to work it into your academic plan. The sessions are in the IPS Office, 200 Administration Building, Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 2pm. The application deadline for Summer is March 1, for Fall is April 1, and for Spring is October 15.


Fall Grades, Bills, and Registration

Fall 2011 course grades will be available on Banweb by December 21, 5pm. If you think there might be an error in a course grade, you should contact the instructor of the course.

Spring semester bills are due and spring enrollment must be confirmed by January 4, 5pm. A $50 late fee will be assessed for bills paid or enrollments confirmed after January 4, 5 pm.

On-line registration is currently open and will close January 13. Students may lateregister, with the instructor’s approval, until January 18.


Final exam preparation

Fall 2011 final exams are December 12th through 16th. All exams are two hours in duration. A list of each course, section, exam start time, building, and room can be found at: https://www.banweb.mtu.edu/pls/owa/stu_ctg_utils.p_final_exam_sched?ps_subj_code=. Or, students can view their personal final exam schedule by logging into Banweb, selecting Student Services, selecting Registration, and selecting Student Final Exam Schedule.
Please check your final exam schedule. If you have a time conflict or more than three exams on one day, the Registrar’s Office will be e-mailing one of your professors to have an exam moved. They will also cc you on that e-mail so you know what is happening. In addition, some larger courses have more than one room for the final exam, please check for your course section number and last name to determine where to go for your final exam.
To help you prepare for final exams, below are exam preparation tips from Engineering Fundamentals faculty.

To help you prepare for final exams, below are exam preparation tips from Engineering Fundamentals faculty.

  • Get enough rest – do not save all your studying until the last minute and lose sleep because you are not prepared for the exam.
  • Manage your study time effectively – focus your efforts on the material you are least confident in or topics you know will be the majority of the exam.
  • Make use of the study materials provided by the instructor. Complete the assigned reading.
  • Ask questions during class if there is something you do not understand.

– Ms. Amber Kemppainen

  • Rewrite or type up your notes and review class slides.
  • Take a short (10 minute) walk before your exam.
  • Take study breaks.

– Dr. AJ Hamlin

  • Higher thinking is one of the first things to go when you are exhausted or malnourished, so getting proper rest and nutrition during finals week is very important. It is best to allow at least a week of adjustment on this. So, check your final exam schedule to find the earliest time you will need to get out of bed, and then adjust your sleep schedule for that wake-up time in the week before finals, if possible. Eating right will also help you do your best on all those tests. Good luck on them!

– Dr. Jean Kampe

  • When preparing for a final exam and reviewing each topic in the course – ask yourself “How could I test for this topic?” When you can answer that question, you are ready for the exam.

– Dr. Brett Hamlin

  • What worked best for me was paging through my notes.

– Mr. Mir Sadri-Sabet

  • Do not just cram for the exam the night before. This is a difficult task and generally is a waste of time. Your best bet is to come to class every day and pay attention. Being actively involved in the classroom and in your learning process in general will make studying for the final exam an easier task.
  • Go through the course outline and make sure you are comfortable with each day’s topic(s). Being familiar with the course’s structure helps you get concepts more aligned in your head. This also helps you determine which topics you are not as comfortable with and where to focus your study efforts more thoroughly.
  • Do not worry too much. Worrying is not going to help you pass the test anyway, so why waste
    your time worrying?

– Mr. Jonathan Riehl

  • Redo the homework problems without looking at your graded homework.
  • Make flashcards with key concepts. Carry them everywhere and review a few whenever you have a minute.

– Ms. Ruth Archer

  • Write your own exam with your friends/class mates. Each write two problems. Take the exam, grade your questions, and review the exam as a group.
  • Review homework and exams. Redo problems that you completed incorrectly. Complete additional problems at the end of the chapter.

– Ms. Amy Monte