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University College e-Newsletter — December Newsletter

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Studying for Finals

Finals are just a few days away, so make sure to study and prepare accordingly for your upcoming first round of final exams. It is important to take time to not only study but also remain well rested to help you perform best on your finals.

Here are some tips for successful final exams:

  • Create a study schedule with plenty of time allocated to studying. Be sure you are planning enough time to organize your materials, develop study aids, incorporate study groups, and begin studying for a particular final at least five days in advance for the test. This means that you may be studying for more than one exam on any given day before and during the finals week.

  • Organize your notes and materials and create study aids to help you study. While your time is limited and divided between multiple exams, you need to make the most of your study time. Actively engage with the material integrating notes and text information and utilizing study aids that will help you self-test your knowledge.

  • Reduce stress levels. Moderate levels of stress are expected and can be helpful to motivate during studying, but excessive stress can impair your ability to study and effectively test. Take reasonable breaks to exercise, eat right, talk with friends, practice relaxation techniques, etc. Plan study groups to prepare for exams.

  • Be sure you get to your final exams on time. If you have taken the time to prepare for the test, it would be a shame to miss it because you overslept or did not know when it was going to be held. Check (and double check) your exam schedule and verify with your professors. Exchange contact information with a classmate who will commit to calling you before your exam to make sure you are awake or have not forgotten. Set multiple alarm clocks.

  • Talk with your employers well in advance to schedule time off to study and take finals. Be proactive with your employers and share with them your finals schedule so that you are able to get time off to take your finals.

  • Motivate yourself to commit to fully preparing for your finals. Remember why you are here! Doing well on your final exams brings you one step closer to graduation. What you learn this semester will impact your learning in future semesters, so find ways to motivate yourself for this week-long studying marathon. Avoid distractions- turn off your cell phone while studying, do not make plans to spend time with your friends until finals are finished, explain to your family that you need this time to focus on your school work, etc.

Click the link below to learn about some additional useful techniques to help you prepare.

http://www.uta.edu/universitycollege/resources/success-strategies/studying.php

Click the link to view the entire Fall 2015 final exam schedule.

http://www.uta.edu/records/calendars/final-exams.php

Winter Break

As you approach the end of your first semester in college, you may be looking forward to the Winter Break. Please remember that all Residence Halls close on Saturday, December 19th and do not reopen until Friday, January 15th. 

If you have not been living at home this semester and will be moving back in with your parents, you may find that things have changed more than you expected, both for you and your other family members.

Here are some tips for making the adjustment peaceful for everyone:

  • Don’t over plan activities for your break. Be sure to plan some down time.

  • Plan some time for just your family. Ask what they want to do and share with them the things you like to do.

  • Remember long-standing courtesies that are important to your family and follow them.

  • Help with the chores around the house even though you may not have been asked.

  • Understand that your room may have some new purposes, but accept that you are no less important to your family than before you went to college.

  • When going out, talk with your family about where you are going, what you are doing, and when you plan to be home. Mature discussions about curfews and such issues can help reduce arguments and worry.

Tips from Helium™ and FamilyEducation.com

Click the link below to see the full Official University Academic Calendar for Spring 2015.

https://www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal.php?session=20161  

Petition for Credit

Students who have credit to claim must do so before registering for Spring classes. Be sure to check that UTA accepts the exam and score by going to the credit-by-exam section in the Testing Services website. Additionally, make sure to check with your advisor that the credit fits with your degree plan. Credit can be claimed by logging on to MYMAV and clicking on UTA Customizations > UTA Testing Services > Petition for Credit.

Please read through all the instructions on the Petition for Credit screen before scrolling to the bottom of the page.    Exams for which you are eligible to receive credit are listed by test type.  Each exam lists the UT Arlington course for which you are eligible to receive credit.  If you wish to have the credit added to your transcript, click “Select Credit” box next to the course name.   You may notice if you have duplicates of a course, that the duplicates will no longer have a “Select Credit” option.  You may receive credit for a course only once.   If you click the “Select Credit” box again it will unselect the option and you may make another choice.   

Once you have completed the selection process, please click on the “Submit my Request for Credit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you have submitted your choices, you may not go back and unselect any of the items you submitted.  However, if you choose not to Petition for a particular course at this time, you may come back at any time while you are a current student and complete the Petition for that course.

Maverick Resource Hotline

Do you need help finding a resource that best meet your needs? Do you have further questions about a specific campus resource? Whatever your situation may be, The Maverick Resource Hotline is here to answer your questions.

The Maverick Resource Hotline is a referral-based service that aims to connect students with the answers they are looking for.

There are two convenient ways to contact us: by phone or by email.

To reach us by phone, call 817-272-6107.  Our operating hours are 8am to 5pm, but we do have voicemail.  If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and question, and someone will contact you by the next business day.

You can also email us at resources@uta.edu.  Your email will be returned as quickly as possible, generally by the next business day if sent after hours or on a weekend.

 

Success Series

The success series are a workshop series designed to improve academic performance and enhance important life skills. The success series are specialized with three programming tracks: FIRST for first year generation students, ADVANCE for sophomores and juniors, and FINISH for transfer students. Some of the topics covered include Time Management, Money Management, Library Resources, Research Process, and more.

All workshops are free of cost and are held in Preston Hall 104.

Visit the Success Series Schedule to view times and a full list of upcoming seminars.

Working On Campus

The SNAP Job Office assists students with finding an on-campus job through the Students Needing A Part-time Job (SNAP Job) system. There are a variety of jobs offered to both students who have work-study from Financial Aid and those who do not. Jobs include but are not limited to: office assistants, computer assistants, lab assistants, resident assistants, tutors, and many more. Most of the jobs have flexible work schedules and average 19 hours per week.

All non-academic student jobs are advertised online and require an online resume-based application. Students can register with the SNAP Job system at www.uta.edu/snapjob and can create up to four different versions of their resume and letter of interest which they can use to apply for various jobs. In addition, students can create job-agents to receive email notifications when a new job that meets their preset criteria is posted in the system.

The SNAP Job staff is available to assist students with preparing their resume and letter of interest, as well as to provide interviewing tips and assistance with the online application. Students may contact the SNAP Job office via email at snapjob@uta.edu or by phone at (817) 272-3463 or come in person to the SNAP Job office and computer lab located in the Workforce Development Building at 140 West Mitchell St., B200. The SNAP Job office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Registering for Spring 2016 Classes

Registration for Spring semester classes began on November 9th. Keep in mind that the Office of Records and Registration sets “appointments” or periods of time when groups of students can enroll in courses. These appointments are set in the following order: graduate students and honors college students, athletes, graduating seniors, seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. You can check in your MyMav Student Center to see what date you will be allowed to start registering.

Since this is the first semester that you will be enrolling yourself, you may have some questions about how the process works.  Your first step will be to meet with an academic advisor to be cleared for classes.  You will need to schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor to discuss spring registration and your progress toward transitioning to your academic department. Watch for emails from your academic advisor to discuss your advising appointment.

 

Important Dates to Remember

Registration Begins for Spring 2016 Term        Nov 9th

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday          Jan 18th

First Day of Classes                Jan 19th

 

Is your student looking for some fun activities? Campus Recreation keeps its calendar busy with events all semester long.

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