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									NH101 Navigating MIT

    Emily Fox         (GRT)
    Christina Gomez   (RAA)
    Evgeniy Kreydin   (GRT)
    Nick Pearce       (RAA)
Academic Encounters
   Professors, TAs, students
   Classes
   Problem Sets
   Office hours
   Grades
   UROPs & UPOPs
   Other stuff: activities, illness, etc.
The Basics
Professors, TAs, students
   Professors: faculty member
   TA: graduate student (or ugrad)
   Student: you + your peers
   Others:
       Department Head – professor leading a given
        department
       Course administrators – person in charge of
        administrative issues for a given department
       Support staff – administrative assistants or
        “secretary” for prof or department headquarters
       Deans
Professors, TAs, students
   Typical class structures
       (1) Lecture + recitation
            Instructor – the professor in charge of lecturing and
             overall organization of the class
            TA – the graduate student who teaches recitations
       (2) Lecture + recitation + tutorial
            Instructor – the professor in charge of lecturing and
             overall organization of the class
            Recitation instructor – professor who teaches recitations
            Head TA – administrative TA
            TA – graduate student who teaches tutorials
Classes
   Go to them!
   Why? They’re so frickin’ early. 10am is
    just cruel.
       Helps you learn the material
       Gain insight into what the prof might put
        on the exam
       Hints for pset problems
Problem Sets
   General Stats
       Frequency: 1 per week
       Typical time per pset: 3-25hrs
   Strategies
       Skim over the problems when handed out
       Start making an effort to solve “easy” problems at
        the beginning of the week
       Attempt hard problems next
       Meet with study group at least 2 nights before due
       Go to office hours the day before the due date
Office Hours
   TA office hours
       INCREDIBLY useful!!!
       Go there with pset or lecture questions
       You won’t look stupid…It will actually help your
        grade in the class
   Professor office hours
       Go there to:
            Chat
            Discuss research interests
            Explain difficult situations
       More on professor-student relationships later…
              Punting vs. Tooling
                 What is this “punting” and “tooling” thing
                  everyone keeps talking about?
                 Punt
                     (1) v.t. To determine the analytical deliberation
                      not to do something, said of something often
                      academic in nature.
                     (2) v.i. To be in the process of not doing
                      something
                 Tool
                     (1) v. To study
Definitions          (2) n. One who studies to an extreme. Connotes
taken from
HowToGAMIT            over-concentration on problem sets.
Things to think about during
your first year at the ‘Tut
GIRs
   HASS Classes
        HASS-D must be distributed. You are required to take
         three HASS-D subjects from three different
         categories.
        HASS subjects that are CI may be used towards
         Comm Requirement
        Must take 8 subjects (at least 9 units each) can count.
        Only one CI-H per term
   PE
        4 PE classes for 8 points
             Varsity sport, 4 points per season; ROTC, 2 points per
              year, to a max of 4

   8.01T, etc.
GIRs (17)
   Science Requirement: 6
       Chemistry (3.091 or 5.111 or 5.112)
       Physics (8.01 or 8.011 or 8.012 or 8.01L and 8.02 or 8.022)
       Calculus (18.01 or 18.01A or 18.014 and 18.02 or 18.02A or 18.022
          or 18.023 or 18.024)
       Biology (7.012 or 7.013 or 7.014)
       Laboratory (LAB) Requirement (12 units) 1
       Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement2
       Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement
        includes 2 Communication Requirement subjects (CI-H)8
   Physical Education Requirement
   Communication Requirement, to be satisfied by 4
    subjects:
       2 Communication-Intensive HASS subjects (CI-H)
       2 Communication-Intensive Major subjects (CI-M)(1)
GIRs
   HASS Classes
       HASS-D must be distributed. You are required to take
        three HASS-D subjects from three different
        categories.
       HASS subjects that are CI may be used towards
        Comm Requirement
       Must take 8 subjects (at least 9 units each) can count.
       Only one CI-H per term

   PE
       4 PE classes for 8 points
           Varsity sport, 4 points per season; ROTC, 2 points

            per year, to a max of 4
Grades
   You’re used to being the big fish in the sea.
    Now what?
   Pass/No Record is a trial period, not a free
    pass
       In high school when you got a 94 on the exam
        you knew it was an A
       What does it mean to get class average or below?
   Make an effort and see how it goes.
UROP and UPOP
   Go see profs, don’t just email out
    generic message
   Act interested
   Past experience not crucial…Enthusiasm
    is more important
Activities
   Use first semester/year to explore clubs and
    see what works for you
   Free time does not have to be productive
   You don’t have to keep doing everything you
    did in high school
   The key is to maintain balance
Illness
   Scenario: You’re puking your guts out
    and it’s the night before finals. You:
       (a) Decide to go out with your BU friends.
        Some pizza should cure it.
       (b) Fall asleep and wake lay in bed until
        5pm the next day
       (c) Call your GRT, Housemaster, or Dean
        on Call (x100)
Distress
   Scenario: You get a phone call from home
    and hear about a situation that is so
    upsetting you can’t focus. You:
       (a) Punt your psets. Your profs will let you make
        them up later.
       (b) Email your profs at 3am the night before the
        deadline explaining why you won’t be turning in
        the pset.
       (c) Go see your GRT, Housemaster, S3, or MIT
        Mental Health
Questions?
   Thanks for your attention
   We’re here to help…Come seek us out.
       ebfox@mit.edu
       gomez_c@mit.edu
       kreydin@mit.edu
       npearce1@mit.edu

								
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