Presentation on theme: "Following these guidelines will help you not only at Acadia, but also in your future. Dr. Shelley MacDougall & Dr. Rick Mehta With thanks to Drs. Karmen."— Presentation transcript:
Following these guidelines will help you not only at Acadia, but also in your future. Dr. Shelley MacDougall & Dr. Rick Mehta With thanks to Drs. Karmen Bleile and Connie Foote
Behaviour in the Classroom Interacting with your Professors Group work & Class Participation
Attendance is important Punctuality Cell phones
Laptop use in class Not mandatory to use in every class Have the laptop on before class Do not use the laptop for material that is unrelated to the course ▪Respect!
What if you are sick or have a family emergency? Documentation and contacting the professor Missing class, but not a test or assignment Assignments and tests
If you do not have a documented reason for missing class, do not expect the same type of accommodations Class Assignments Tests
How to address your professors? Take your cue from the professor When in doubt, be formal
Office hours Make use of office hours Come as soon as possible Be prepared
E-mail Use your Acadia e-mail address when communicating with faculty members Check your Acadia e-mail regularly
Saturday, 3:00 a.m. hey! i cudnt make it ta class yesturday because i wuz out late with my budies lost nite lol. i would of been there but i slept in and woke up with like this a magor wiked hungover dude:( did i miss anything important. send me notes of what missed. oh & whats on mundays test -- 2 minutes later -- hey! whazzup man why hevent you guten back to me
Group work Choose group members wisely Offer to do what you are good at Do not be shy to state what sections interest you Do not always do the same thing Do not be afraid to contribute your ideas to the group Be involved in presentations.
Class Participation Students often asked to discuss ideas Feel free (raise your hand) to ▪ask & answer questions, ▪express your viewpoint. Student-led discussions and presentations in class are common Always be respectful of classmates and professor.
Equality All students at Acadia are considered equal. If students are asked to participate, all should feel free to do so. Classrooms and group meetings should be a safe place to speak and state your views and even make mistakes.
Time Management Study Strategies Preparation for Class Academic Integrity
How much time? Use the course outline (syllabus) as a time management tool Look closely at point values and allocate your time accordingly
Testing and Grading Schedule Class Participation – 10% Lab reports (5) – 10% Term Assignment – 30% Midterm – 20% Final Exam – 30% It’s Monday. You have a lab report due on Wednesday and the term assignment due on Friday. What should you do?
Make sure you are well-rested Take occasional breaks while studying Don’t passively read over your notes
Set specific goals for each study session Active studying 3R: Read, Recite (set notes/books aside), Review ▪ Most important element: Testing yourself Try to anticipate what might be asked Give yourself cues to help you remember the information
Be prepared for lectures and labs by Read assigned chapters Do assigned tasks (questions, reports, etc) Forming a study group is a good idea. Get sufficient sleep, arrive on time Be aware of penalties for late papers, i.e.:
Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated in university. Read pp.35-36 of the 2010/11 Acadia University academic calendar. Penalties vary. Cheaters cheat themselves
Passing in someone else’s words or ideas as your own In reports and tests Copying, buying term papers, plagiarizing. Using the same paper in two or more courses. Helping someone else cheat. What is plagiarizing?
Plagiarism is taking another person’s work or ideas and presenting them as if they are your own Failing to cite sources of information used, Improper use of quotes.
How can you avoid plagiarizing? Read enough articles to educate yourself Summarize in your notes, Write your own words, Cite any idea that was not your own Never copy/paste text.
When & how do you cite a source? You do not need to cite a source if it is general knowledge. When in doubt, cite the source. Check out the plagiarism tutorial on the Library website: ▪ Tutorials Tutorials
Including the findings of other researchers in your term paper makes your paper better … just give credit where credit is due.
If you are having difficulty with your assignment or paper, seek help from: Professor Academic librarian Writing centre Numeracy centre.
After graduation, you will represent Acadia and your department. Your conduct at Acadia should be that of a professional on the job, starting today, starting now!
AAsk for help if you need it. UUse resources at the Student Resource Centre http://counsel.acadiau.ca/. SSocialize with a variety of people. TTake time to exercise & eat healthy food. MMost of all: Do your best and enjoy the Acadia experience!