Archive for 2012

Good Luck in Your Exams!

 

Good Luck in Your Exams!

Good Luck in Your Exams!

From Academic Advising Office

Message from the Academic Advising Office

 

 

Would you like to try out AAO’s newest online tool- the GPA Calculator – to help in planning for your academic success ?

The calculator is useful for

  • Setting GPA goals for the semester and remaining credits
  • Understanding more about CGPA calculations
  • Predicting if you might reach a CGPA requirement for scholarships

This is a quick and easy-to-use tool. Try it out and have a “Superpass” in your exams !

Expected Cumulative GPA Calculator

Three Minutes Exam Preparation Tips

 

 

Dear Student,

AAO would like to wish you good luck as you wrap up this semester and prepare for the upcoming assessment period.

Take a quick look at the “3-minute Exam Prep Tips” AAO has prepared for you. It is a good way to remind yourself of

  • How to develop your revision plan
  • How to revise smart
  • Dos and Don’ts on the exam day
  • Where to seek help

Remember, your Faculty Academic Adviser; AAO advisers; CEDARS counselors, and your peers are all around you if you need help.

Keep calm, study hard and good luck !!!

AAO Owl

 

 

Academic Advising Office

Message from the Academic Advising Office

 

 

The semester is almost over and exams are coming. Is everything on the right track? Are you fulfilling your study goals? If you have any issues of concerns regarding your studies, feel free to contact us and we are happy to help.

What is Academic Advising
Academic advising is a developmental process in which you are empowered to think critically, explore available academic options, and take personal responsibility for goal-setting and decision-making with the guidance of your teachers and academic advisers.

What we do

  • Provide quality and accessible advisory services to enhance academic success.
  • Help you develop study plans and understand resources available to achieve academic goals.
  • Help first-year students make a smooth transition to the University.
  • Conduct group workshops on general academic topics throughout the academic year.
  • Work closely with Faculties, CEDARS and halls of residence to co-ordinate and implement university-wide academic advising initiatives and to share best practices.

What we can help you with
The team at the Academic Advising Office (AAO) consists of seasoned academic advisers and experienced administrators who are ready to help. Service includes:

  • Adjustment to university studies
  • Development of study plan
  • Clarification of educational goals
  • Information about cross-Faculty learning opportunities
  • Plan for postgraduate studies
  • Attend to academic areas of weakness
  • Guidance on degree requirements, academic regulations and procedures

Contact us
AAO Owl

Address: UG 07, Knowles Building
Telephone: 2219 4686
Website: http://aao.hku.hk
Email: aaoffice@hku.hk

You can schedule an individual appointment with an AAO academic adviser in person, by phone, by email or by online booking (http://booking.aao.hku.hk).

Planning Ahead for Taught Postgraduate Programmes

 

 

Planning Ahead for Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Date: Nov 13, 2012 (Tues)
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Venue: MBG07
Who is it for?

All undergraduate students, especially Senior Year students

What is it about?

This workshop will provide students with practical advice for considering and applying for taught postgraduate programmes. Speakers will address common issues and take questions from the audience.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • What is the difference between a research and taught postgraduate programme?
  • What are the various types of taught postgraduate programmes?
  • How does being a postgraduate student differ from being an undergraduate student?
  • What are considerations for admission to postgraduate programmes?

… And many more questions that you bring forth.

Who will speak?
  • Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
  • Dr Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Representatives from HKU Taught Postgraduate Programmes
How to register?

Click here to register.

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Message from the Academic Advising Office

 

 

Dear Students,

The second semester has just started, and it is time to meet with your Faculty Academic Adviser again. Don’t sit back and fall victim of a number of common myths about academic advising, advising, reach out to your FAA today.

Myth 1

Academic advising is for the student with a low GPA.

Advising is not solely for students who have difficulties in coping with their studies. Even academically outstanding students can use guidance on matters like deciding on exchange opportunities, choosing a suitable majors and minors or planning for postgraduate studies. Go and tell your FAAs about your study plan or career goals, and you may be surprised to hear your FAAs insights and opinions that you have never thought of.

Myth 2

It is better to seek advice from my peers since they can relate more to my experience.

There is no doubt that your peers like o’camp leaders or senior hallmates can provide you with useful opinions. However, their advice, like all other advice, has its limitation – it is based on their own strengths and personality. This is most likely different from yours. Additionally, while your peers are able to give you views from a student’s perspective, your FAA sees matters from another perspective. Getting advice from peers and FAAs is not substitute of one another.

Myth 3

There is no point meeting my FAA because he/she is not teaching courses in my intended major.

In the event that your assigned FAA is not from your intended major, he or she as an academic staff of your Faculty can still advise you on how to draw up your study plan, how to prepare for declaring your intended major and to give you suggestions on the requisite study skills. If there are details that he / she is not familiar with, your FAA would guide and refer you to the most appropriate person for further advice.

Myth 4

Meeting with my FAA in a formal setting is intimidating. I don’t know what to talk about…

Although meeting with your FAA might not be as fun as chatting with your friends, it does not have to be intimidating. FAAs are teachers who are used to communicating with students. Your FAA has been specifically assigned to help you adjust to the University and to guide you through your academic plans. You can raise any study-related query (e.g. how to develop a study plan, how to improve study skills, what to consider when selecting a major questions on learning opportunities such as exchange, research and internship). It is advisable to write down the questions you wish to discuss with your FAA before you meet with him/her.

Myth 5

I did not contact my FAA in the first semester, therefore I better not approach my FAA now as he / she may already have a bad impression.

The old saying is “better late than never”. Whether or not you have met with your FAA in the first semester, now that you have your first semester results and more experience with the University, it would be timely to consult your FAA on your study plan. Your FAA is there to help and guide you and to review your progress, so there is no need to feel embarrassed or nervous to contact him/her.

Owl

 

 

 

 

Academic Advising Office

Academic Advising Services @ Learning Commons

 

 

Dear Students,

We hope you are all doing well and have settled into the new semester. To facilitate students to meet with us, particularly those from the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Law, our advising service will be extended to the Centennial Campus from October 18, 2012 (Thursday). The details are as follows:

Date: Every Thursday (from October 18, 2012 onwards)
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue: Student Advisory Services Zone, 2/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons

You can now schedule an individual appointment with us in the Centennial Campus through our online booking system. We will also answer walk-in enquires.

The advising service at our main office (UG 07, Knowles Building) will remain the same.
Thank you.
Academic Advising Office

Map of Learning Commons

Planning Ahead for Postgraduate Research Programmes (MPhil, PhD)

 

 

Planning Ahead for Postgraduate Research Programmes (MPhil, PhD)

Date: Oct 16, 2012 (Tues)
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Venue: LE 6, Library Extension Building
Who is it for?

All undergraduate students, especially Senior Year students

What is it about?

This workshop will provide students with practical advice on what to consider and how to prepare for postgraduate programmes. Current MPhil and PhD students will also address common issues, share their experience and take questions from the audience.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • How do students determine if they are academically prepared for postgraduate research programmes?
  • What are important considerations in determining where and what programme to apply?
  • How does being a postgraduate student differ from being an undergraduate student?

… And many more questions that you bring forth.

Who will speak?
  • Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
  • Dr Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Current MPhil and PhD students from Arts, Business, Engineering, and Social Sciences
How to register?

Click here to register.

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Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

 

 

 

Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

Date: September 26-27, 2012 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Venue: Sun Yat-sen Place
Organisers: CEDARS and the Academic Advising Office

Welcome to the new academic year. For students who have just joined HKU this year, a hearty welcome on board! We hope all of you are now refreshed and re-energized to meet the new challenges in the coming year!

The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a platform for different units to showcase their wide spectrum of learning opportunities outside the classroom such as student exchange, internship, service learning, library service, foreign languages, sports programmes, academic advising, English language support and many more. We hope that you will get a better idea of how to plan your University life and know where to go for assistance should you need it.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Exhibition. There will also be a lucky draw! Do come and join us!

Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

Do’s and Don’ts: Transitioning to University

 

Do’s and Don’ts: Transitioning to University

Date: Sept 25, 2012 (Tues)
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Venue: Meng Wah Complex, T2
Who is it for?

All new undergraduate students

What is it about?

This workshop will provide all new undergraduate students with practical advice on how to make a smooth transition from secondary school to University and how to prepare for successful University learning. There will be a panel discussion by experienced teachers and a student sharing session. Audience questions will also be taken.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • How to set academic goal and plan your study at University?
  • How to make smart educational choices and become an active learner?
  • How to balance study and extra-curricular/ hall activities?
  • How to get good grades /good GPA and avoid discontinuation of studies?

…And many more questions that you bring forth.

Who will speak?
  • Professor Bennett Yim, Professor and Associate Director of Chinese Management Centre, Faculty of Business and Economics; Warden of Simon K. Y. Lee Hall
  • Professor Francis Chin, Chair of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor WK Chan, Associate Dean, Faculty of Sciences
  • Dr Yoshiko Nakano, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office (Moderator)

~This will be followed by a student sharing session.~

How to register?

Click here to register.

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