First Week Success Tips

 

Welcspring-2017-bitmojiome to the new semester! Even though the first week of classes is coming to an end, you still have time to adjust your schedule and be sure you are ready for the semester.

Your decisions during this first week about your courses can impact your entire semester. Metro students repeatedly identify certain factors that are significant in passing their classes. Here is advice from experienced Metro students on what is important to do the first week of class:

“For me the most important thing is to schedule enough study time every day and every week!”
Students often underestimate study time needed outside of class. Successful students know they need to be realistic about how much study is required. Plan on a minimum of 8 – 12 hours of study outside of class per week for a 4 credit class, and 6 – 8 hours of study each week for a 3 credit class. Challenges posed by different types of courses and your obligations outside school will also impact study time. To succeed in all your classes, you need to commit to the study time needed every week.

“This is common sense, but you need to attend the first class, read the syllabus, and ask questions.”
Attending classes the first week helps you understand faculty expectations and weekly work load; be aware – some classes require attendance at the first class. Read the course syllabus and ask your instructor questions. Use a calendar to plan a semester timeline for all your class quizzes, exams, papers, and major projects. Then analyze your timeline. Will you have enough time during the semester to prepare for all your assignments, quizzes, papers, and final exams?

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Many courses have prerequisite courses that must be completed first. Be sure to click into the course title on eServices to check for course prerequisites and course descriptions. If you have not completed required prerequisites, you will lack the knowledge needed to be successful in the course, and the instructor may even drop you from the course. Be sure you are academically prepared for your courses and following the correct course sequence.

“Make sure you add or drop courses or change your schedule before the DROP deadline.”
The drop/add deadline is the end of the first week of classes. January 15th is the deadline for many classes for this spring semester. However, the exact drop date for each course is in the course description on eServices. If you decide to drop or change a course, you must do so through eServices. Changes to or from S/N grading must also be made by the drop deadline. Dropping a class by the DROP deadline gives you a refund and removes the course from your academic record.

“Don’t ever assume you will be dropped from a class if you don’t attend.”
Students who do not attend class in their first and second week, may be dropped for non-attendance. However, there is no guarantee that you will be dropped. Always check with your instructor and check your eServices schedule. Students are ultimately the one responsible for dropping any courses they don’t attend.

“It’s important to contact Gateway to find out if class changes will affect your financial aid.”
If you receive Financial Aid and have questions about the impact of registration changes on your aid, check with Gateway Student Services.

“You should always consult with your academic advisor before dropping or adding a class.”
Making a change in your registration can impact your whole degree plan and time to graduation. Your advisor can help you make choices that will contribute to your success, and tell you if there are unintended consequences for changing your class schedule.

Have a great semester!

grad-expo

Herff Jones/Collegiate Cap and Gown–optional items available for purchase

  • Purchase cap and gown (bring cash, credit card or checkbook [checks made payable to Herff Jones]); Please note, the price of the cap and gown increases as we get closer to commencement because the supplier must rush the order so you can receive it on time.  Purchase generic commencement invitations or order personalized invitations; and
  • Order Grad rings, diploma covers or diploma frames.

GradImages/GradTrak (Photography)

  • Sit for a pre-commencement portrait photo in cap and gown;
  • Receive a free 5 x 7 coupon when you have a photo taken. You can order additional photos online at www.gradimages.com;
  • Portrait walk-ins accepted; and
  • You will receive a passport-sized color proof in the mail about a week after the Grad Expo and an opportunity to order pictures. There is no obligation to purchase.

Take advantage of these centralized services:

Register for door prizes with the Alumni Association. Submit your e-mail to join the Alumni Association listserv. If you need more information, go to the Grad Expo website.

Remember, we’ve designed this event with you in mind. We hope you’ll join us.

If you are unable to attend Grad Expo, you will be able to order your cap and gown through our supplier Herff-Jones. Diploma covers and frames can be ordered through our supplier Framing Success. 

If you are unable to attend, you will receive information on how to request your guest tickets for the ceremony from the Grad Office in your university e-mail.
To request an accommodation for a disability, contact Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 (voice) or 651-772-7687 TTY

Spring 2017 Registration Access Codes

 Accesspointing-man Codes will be set for spring 2017 registration on Monday, October 10th. Submit your major declaration even if you have in progress or completed Foundation courses with a C- (or S) or better, to avoid the access code restriction.

What is an Access Code Registration Restriction?An Access Code is a number that your assigned academic advisor (or an advisor on his or her behalf) gives you once you are eligible to and have submitted your major declaration. Contact your advisor early to receive your access code! It could mean the difference between registering for the course you need or finding it’s full because you waited too long.

University policy requires that all students have an officially approved major by the time they have been at Metropolitan State for at least one year and have completed at least 80 total credits.  If you have not formally declared your major by the time you hit that checkpoint, you will need to get a Registration Access Code before you can register.

If you need a Registration Access Code, contact your academic advisor using your university-assigned email.  You must either declare your major (if you have completed the Foundation courses), or register for any remaining Foundation courses in order to receive your Registration Access Code. 

foundation-courses-complete-picFinished your College of Management Foundation courses? Declare your major!

The College of Management Foundation courses, MIS 100, ACCT 210, MATH 115, ECON 201 and 202, and STAT 201, must be completed (with grades of C- or better, or S) early in your program and before you can apply for acceptance to a College of Management major. Completing these courses provides a foundation for your success in more advanced courses. The Foundation courses are also prerequisites for many other courses, and so you must complete them to make progress in your major program. (Note that the Economics and MIS majors have slightly different prerequisites for admission to the major – check the catalog or major checklist online for more information.) Contact your assigned academic advisor if you have questions. Don’t know who your assigned academic advisor is? declare-major-1You can find his or her name and contact information on your DARS report.

If you have completed the Foundation courses for your College of Management major, now is the time to submit your major program declaration form in order to have your major approved! Declaring your major as soon as possible locks in your major requirements so that you can plan effectively and will not be disadvantaged if major requirements change in the future. Students who have declared their major are often assigned to faculty in their major area for advising, making it easier to establish relationships with faculty.

sad-manCollege of Management strictly enforces course prerequisites!

Satisfying prerequisites is critical to enabling you to succeed in courses. Do not take a risk that you could be dropped from a course, or that you will fail because you are not prepared to succeed in a course. Do not register for a course if you have not met the prerequisites – it is that simple! The major course sequence is a great tool for mapping out the order to take your courses. Note that you can be dropped from a course at any point before or during a term if you are discovered to be registered without the required prerequisite. Plan now, and if you need assistance, contact your assigned academic advisor before registration gets started to get the quickest response.