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News From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Spring 2013   |   Issue #5, March 25 - April 7


THE HEADLINES:

1.   Study Skills Workshop (Topic: Study Strategies Part 2)
2.   The GPNC Page
3.   The Registration Preparation Page
4.   Taking Summer Courses at Another School?
5.   How Many Upper Division Credits Do You Have Left to Complete?

6.   Pre-Health News
7.   Pre-Law News
8.   Academic Advising Offices

9.   Word of the Week


dates

Friday, April 5 @ 4 p.m.

  • Last day to process a Section Change or Credit Change for an enrolled course. Section change/Credit change form with appropriate signatures required for processing.
  • Last day to change a class to or from the Grade/Pass/No Credit (GPNC) option. Students are allowed to elect the GPNC option for only one course per semester.
  • Last day to drop a course. ("W" will be recorded). Full-time students must remain full-time with a minimum of twelve (12.0) credits.

Monday, April 8

Advance registration tentatively set to begin for Summer & Fall 2013.

***For more information about the Spring 2013 deadlines, please visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/calendar-academic.shtml



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Study Strategies Part 2
April 2nd @ 3:00pm ,SAC 305
April 3rd @ 4:00pm, SAC 305

This workshop will focus on effective study strategies to improve understanding and retention of course material. This interactive workshop will address the practical approach on to improve study habits, tips to create a better study environment and strategies to retain course information.

View the entire Study Skills schedule here.

 


 
THE GPNC PAGE

Everything you ever wanted to know about the GPNC option, all in one place!

  • The Top 10 things to Know About the G/P/NC option
  • The G/P/NC Video Tutorial
  • G/P/NC Screenshots
  • P.B.A. Show Discusses the G/P/NC Option

Learn About the New GPNC Policy & Watch the Video Tutorial!

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THE REGISTRATION PREPARATION PAGE

Visit the Registration Preparation Page on the Academic and Transfer Advising Services' website for some fantastic resources.  Browse a wonderful selection of Podcasts, Video Tutorials, FAQ's, and other great tools:

Podcasts:
How to Prepare For Registration Season
How to Avoid Late Graduation

Video Tutorials:
How to Find Your Enrollment Appointment Time
How to Search By D.E.C. Category
How to Use My Planner
Searching For Classes on the Registrar's Website
How to Search For DECs That Also Satisfy Major Requirements

FAQ's, The Course Repeat Policy, and much more!

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To find your Enrollment Appointment follow these steps below.  Your Enrollment Appointment is the date and time on which you can begin registering for Fall 2013 classes.

(Your Enrollment Appointment will be available on or around March 31 @ 4 p.m.)

1.  Log-in to SOLAR
2.  Click on Student Records & Registration
3.  Select Enrollment link
4.  Click Enrollment Date and choose Spring 2013

Watch the video tutorial!

 



TAKING SUMMER COURSES AT ANOTHER SCHOOL?

Students who are planning on taking summer courses at another college or University should visit Academic and Transfer Advising Services in the Melville Memorial Library for approval.  Please bring with you a course description.  If you are planning on taking a course for major credit you may also need to see your major department.  If you are an International student planning on returning home for the summer to take courses, you must attend a school that is recognized by the Ministry of Education.  We must receive an official transcript in a sealed envelope directly from the college or university attended.  We are not accepting courses from independent programs, such as SIE International Summer School, SCP Summer China Program or LION International Summer Program. 




HOW MANY UPPER DIVISION CREDITS DO YOU HAVE LEFT TO COMPLETE?

headingDon't forget that you must earn at least 39 upper-division credits (300-level or higher) in order to graduate from Stony Brook.  Some students mistakenly think that their DEC and major classes will fulfill the entire 39-credit requirement without needing additional coursework, but oftentimes, students need more classes to meet the goal.  Please login to SOLAR today to check your Degree Progress Report and see how many 300-level or higher classes you still need to earn your degree.

Need a little help?  Watch the Podcast!

"What You Need To Graduate From SBU"

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PRE-HEALTH
  |   www.stonybrook.edu/healthed 

A Healthy Dose of MCAT TV ~ "The Pulse"

MCAT 2015: What you need to know...now. — Monday, April 8th, at 8:00pm
The Pulse is a new event series for pre-med students.  Each month, we'll tackle topics relevant to med school, healthcare, the MCAT and other noteworthy topics for anyone interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  The first episode will focus around the "why" behind the upcoming MCAT 2015 test change.  We'll explore the big changes coming in 2015, why they're happening, and what you need to do now to be prepared.  Find out more at kaplanmcat.com/pulse.  Visit bit.ly/lievents to sign up for our MCAT 2015 info session on campus, 3/27 at 7pm.

Try Us for Free!
Attend a free preview of a Kaplan course—live and online.
Test out a Kaplan prep course for free this month, from the comfort of your dorm/bedroom!  Get a first-hand look at what Kaplan has to offer and learn invaluable strategies designed to help you ace your exam from an expert instructor.  Multiple dates available for all exams through April 7th.  Register for this and other events at bit.ly/lievents, updated on a rolling basis.

Prepare for the MCAT on campus for only $1599, all inclusive!
Sign up in March to prep at SBU and save $500.  Prepare with the best teachers at SBU and the leader in test prep - whether your class starts right away or not.  Find classes at kaptest.com/enroll/MCAT/11790/options or call 1-800-KAP-TEST.

Questions on campus?  Visit the Kaplan table in the SAC Lobby 4/2, 4/11, and 4/22 between 10am and 3pm.

 



PRE-LAW
  |   www.stonybrook.edu/prelaw

On The Next Episode of “The 180 – Live”
Making Law School Pay Off… Big Time! — Tuesday, April 2, 2013 @ 8pm
In today’s economic climate, many are rightfully taking a closer look at the value of a grad school education. This is no truer than for prospective law students. Join our panel of law school admissions experts with insight on the value of a legal education, and specifically, what to do as a law student to make the most of your experience – even get an edge over other graduates as you prepare to enter the workforce.
Register to watch at bit.ly/lievents and check out past shows at the180.com

Try Us for Free
Attend a free preview of a Kaplan course—live and online.
Test out a Kaplan prep course for free this month, from the comfort of your dorm/bedroom!  Get a first-hand look at what Kaplan has to offer and learn invaluable strategies designed to help you ace your exam from an expert instructor.
Multiple dates available for all exams through April 7th.  Register for this and other events at bit.ly/lievents, updated on a rolling basis.

Free LSAT Prep with Rima Pancholi
Logical Reasoning Workshop on campus ~ Thurs, 3/28 at 7pm in ESS 079- *Meet Rima Pancholi

  • Graduate of Cornell University
  • Accepted to 6 law schools all with either partial or full scholarships
  • Does research on adolescent education
  • Described by students as caring and engaging

Register at bit.ly/lievents

 



ACADEMIC ADVISING OFFICES 

Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml .



word of week
Perspicacious \pur-spi-KEY-shuhs\, adjective:

1. Having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning.
2. Archaic. Having keen vision.

 


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