A fresh start? Or already overwhelmed?
- It’s September. At this time of year, many students feel jazzed and agree to take on additional responsibilities, which they may regret come Halloween. Plan your time in ways that help you to space out your energy and commitments over the semester or the year, helping you to avoid burnout. You may even want to apply this to planning your course schedule. Think you can handle 4 courses (12~16 credits) at a time? You may well be able to, but it's worth a second thought. Remember, courses typically require at least 3~4 hours of study time per credit, outside of class. So, if you are taking 12~16 credits, you might need to spend around 36~64 hours studying, learning, writing, and reviewing per week.
- Check out the SFU Academic Calendar and mark the important dates in your diary, your phone calendar, or your brain. That way, you won’t come to class during holidays. And you won’t miss the tuition payment deadline. And you'll know when you have to drop a class if it really isn't working for you.
Broke? Need money? (who doesn't!)
- Check out Financial Aid and Awards. The SFU financial advisors just might surprise you. You will notice that they offer a lot of helpful ways to support your financial life. You may even be eligible for extra scholarship income.
Feeling stuck with all the learning and writing you have to do for this "school" thing, but don’t know who can help?
- Come visit us at the Student Learning Commons! The SLC offers lots of workshops that you will find helpful! We can also offer you one-on-one writing and learning consultations.
- Have you ever wanted to join a writing group? Sign up for the SLC's self-led Writing Group initiative here.
Have you talked to your departmental advisors?
- It's never too early to get in touch and make sure you are planning out your academic trajectory well.
- If you are a returning student, note that sometimes your grades from a previous semester might be entered wrong. Check go.sfu and let your advisors know. They will help!
- If you are graduating this semester, congrats! Remember to talk to your departmental advisors to plan your degree (e.g. WQB, or missing courses). I have seen students lacking just one credit hour, so they couldn’t graduate. How sad! Don't let that happen to you, get an advisor on your side!
Wishing you the best of luck for the Fall 2018 semester!
- Daniel Chang