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									                                             Freshman Advising Syllabus
                                              Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
                                                 Office of Academic Advising

Location:      Garland Hall, Suite 3A
Telephone:     (410)516-8216
Website:       www.jhu.edu/advising
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Walk-In Advising Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Appointments: Advising appointments may be made in person or by phone. Appointments are scheduled to last 30 minutes.
Please reschedule your appointment if you are more than 10 minutes late.

Quick questions can be answered by walk-ins or by email. Email advising questions directly to your academic advisor. For
information about our office and the other services please refer to our website www.jhu.edu/advising

                                                   Advising Overview

The mission of academic advising in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is to encourage undergraduates to explore
opportunities and to excel as they identify and achieve meaningful academic and personal goals. Academic advisors foster a
learning community that values intellectual curiosity, personal development, and practical experience.

You Can Expect Academic Advisors to:

      Encourage and support your development of academic and personal goals
      Encourage exploration of course offerings and engagement in research, internships, study abroad, and experiential
       learning
      Serve as a resource as you learn degree requirements and university policies, procedures, and deadlines
      Help you transition to independently using your decision-making skills and accepting responsibility for your overall
       educational and life goals
      Be available for individual consultations
      Meet with pre-major and undeclared advisees at least once per semester
      Provide appropriate referrals to campus resources and services

Academic Advisors Expect You to:

      Clarify and develop your interests, skills, values and goals through active participation in the university community
      Come prepared to your advising meetings with questions or items to discuss
      Learn about university degree requirements and resources
      Understand and follow academic policies and procedures
      Accept responsibility for meeting your academic and personal goals
      Create an educational plan to explore your intellectual interests
      Meet with your assigned advisor at least once per semester
      Keep accurate records of academic progress toward degree requirements such as class schedules and add/drop
       activities, grade reports, advising notes, and degree checklists

You Will Learn:

      Requirements for graduation including major, writing, distribution and credit requirements
      To use campus resources and services, as needed, to be successful in reaching your academic and personal goals
      How to make decisions and take responsibility for your success at the university
      How to independently research opportunities to help you reach your academic and personal goals
      The role of academic advising in the college experience
                               Assignments and Guidelines for the Academic Year
Summer
    Complete To Do List. Follow each step of the Freshman Advising To Do List (including the advising profile).
      Completing the steps will lead to a successful registration and great start to college.
    Check JHU email. Read your JHU email once a day during the summer and into the school year. Your Hopkins email is
      the primary source of communication between the university and students. Students will also be contacted via email
      when a course that you are waitlisted in opens up. You will have 24 hours to take action.
    Select small classes. You should try to take at least ONE small class a semester. This will give you the opportunity to
      get to know faculty and for faculty to get to know you. An inspiring teacher will have a huge impact on your college
      experience.
    Explore Majors. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Also explore minors.
    Understand distribution, writing, and university requirements.
          o H= Humanities (classics, English, film and media studies, foreign languages- intermediate level and beyond,
              history, history of science, history of art, philosophy, theatre arts, and writing seminars,)
          o E= Engineering
          o N= Natural sciences (biology, biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, earth and planetary sciences,
              neuroscience, and physics)
          o Q=Quantitative (applied math and statistics, mathematics)
          o S= Social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology)
          o W= Writing intensive (denoted by an asterisk * on your transcript)
    Be flexible. When it comes to registration, you must be OPEN and flexible about your class selections. You should
      ALWAYS have alternative options!
    Exercise your freedom. Make a habit of taking one unique class each semester.
    Learn how AP credits work for pre-meds. If you are pre-med, read the Office of Pre-Professional AP guidelines:
      http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/prospective.html

Early Fall (September)
     “Shop” for classes. Shopping involves visiting different classes, in addition to the classes you are registered for, on the
        first few days of the semester. It will give you an opportunity to get a better understanding of what each course is
        about and to understand the expectations of the professor. Class shopping should be fun, not stressful. Make sure
        that you commit to your courses by the end of the first week. All class selections must be finalized by the end of the
        second week of the semester.
     Go to class. Enough said.
     Learn important dates, deadlines, and policies. Know the add/drop/withdrawal course deadlines! Review the
        Undergraduate Student Handbook. Assess your performance and adjust accordingly.
     Understand covered grades. Now that you’ve had a few weeks in your courses, rethink your registration. Make sure
        that you haven’t used the covered grades policy to rationalize taking too many challenging courses in your first
        semester.
     Establish healthy habits NOW! Eating, sleeping, and exercising majorly impact your ability to concentrate. Be healthy!
     Leave your room! Get involved on campus through activities, organizations, community service, sports, work, etc.
        This is a great way to make connections with your peers! Don’t be afraid to try something new.
     Balance life. Learn how to balance your social life and work life w/ academics. It’s extremely important to develop
        your time management, studying, note taking, listening, and communication skills.
     Step-up studying habits. Understand that you will need to improve upon your work habits from high school. For every
        one hour of class time, you should study 2-3 hours. “Studying” means techniques like reading/highlighting/taking notes
        on textbook and PowerPoint slides both BEFORE and AFTER lectures, reviewing flashcards, and doing practice problems.
Fall mid-semester (October-November)
      Review academic record. Verify that any AP, IB, French Bacc, GCE credits appear correctly on your transcript.
      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.
      Recognize motivation vs. competition. Understand the difference. College is not about competing with others.
      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 Garland Hall. 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.
      Advisor meeting. 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 by completing the
        “Worksheet for Fall Advising” on page 64 of the freshman planner.

Fall Preparation for Registration (November)
      Select small classes. You should take at least ONE small class a semester. This will give you the opportunity to get to
         know faculty and for faculty to get to know you. Building relationships now will make it MUCH easier when requesting
         letters of recommendations later!
      Be flexible. When it comes to registration, you must be OPEN and flexible about your class selections. You should
         ALWAYS have alternative options.
      Select a well-balanced a schedule. Grad programs, law schools, and med schools ALL want to see diverse courses
         among your selections. Do not overload on any one area.
      Explore Major. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Start narrowing your focus on
         potential majors.
      Take an Intersession course. Consider a course in Intersession and/or B-more freshmen course.

End of Fall semester (December)
    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 a 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.

Winter (January)
    Reflect. Now is your time to reflect on your first semester. Are there areas you need to address going into next
        semester: study habits, choice of classes, personal interests and goals?
    Don’t delay! You may still sign up for a B-more course during Intersession if it hasn’t already started.

Early Spring (February)
     Learn important dates, deadlines, and policies. Know the add/drop/withdrawal course deadlines! Review the
        Undergraduate Student Handbook. Assess your performance and adjust accordingly.
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 any four-
        year institution that grants bachelor’s degrees. 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.

								
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