Archive for 2015

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Message from the Academic Advising Office (AAO)

Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Exams are coming! Are you ready?

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Dear Student,

Exams are coming! Are you ready?

AAO has prepared a set of “3-minute Exam Prep Tips” for you. It is a good way to remind yourself of

Remember, your Faculty Academic Adviser (http://aao.hku.hk/video/video-04/); AAO advisers (http://booking.aao.hku.hk/); CEDARS counselors (http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/web/cope/) , and your peers are all around if you need help.
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Keep calm, study hard and good luck!!!

Academic Advising Office

3-minute orientation for scholarship application

 

 

 

Dear Student,

As you are probably aware, there are numerous scholarship opportunities being offered now and throughout the academic year. Apart from those intended for students with financial needs, many are awarded in recognition of academic excellence, as well as achievement in specific areas of value to the community. As such the award will be an important enhancement to your credentials for future postgraduate studies or career pursuits.

While the applications are competitive, understanding the nature and process of scholarship application would improve your chance of success and this is the reason why we compile this 3-minute briefing:

http://aao.hku.hk/3minscholarships/

This short guide will give you important tips on your scholarship application and interview. If you want to learn more on the skills to present your best at scholarship interviews, stay tuned for workshops organized by Academic Advising Office.

Best of luck on your scholarship search and application!

Academic Advising Office

Postgraduate Student: To Be or Not to Be?

 


Postgraduate Student: To Be or Not to Be?


Date: October 20, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue: Library Extension 2 (LE 2), Main Campus

Who is it for?

Open to all undergraduates (especially senior year students)

What is it about?

In this workshop, students consider and question if postgraduate study is the right next step. Highlights of the workshop include examining the advantages and disadvantages of further studies and exploring the academic transition from the undergraduate to postgraduate level. Current TPG, M Phil and PhD students will be on a panel discussing common issues faced by prospective postgraduate students. Individual questions from workshop participants will be addressed in small groups.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Why pursue postgraduate studies?
  • How does being a postgraduate student differ from being an undergraduate student?
  • What determines if you are academically ready for postgraduate research?
  • What are important considerations for finding programmes that are a good fit?
  • What can you do now to help transition next into postgraduate study?
    … and any questions that you bring forth.

Who will speak?

  • Ms Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Current M Phil and PhD students from various Faculties
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

The Essentials of Academic Advising @HKU (Sep 2015)

The Essentials of Academic Advising @HKU (Sep 2015)

Workshop Highlights

To keep colleagues abreast of the key features and developments of the University Academic Advising System, AAO has conducted a workshop entitled “The Essentials of Academic Advising @HKU” on September 30, 2015.

A wide range of topics were covered in the workshop, such as first year students’ perception of academic advising, types of academic advisers at the University, essential information about the academic advising system, updated advising tools and campus resources, etc. Through sharing on non-local student cases, Professor WK Chan (Chairman of the Academic Advising Committee, Associate Dean (Student Affairs) Faculty of Science) highlighted the unique academic and socio-cultural challenges they might encounter.

The workshop received encouraging response, attracting about 40 teaching staff and administrators from different Faculties and University units.

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Freshmen 101 Series: Effective Communication with Professors

 


Freshmen 101 Series: Effective Communication with Professors


Date: October 6, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, 3/F, Main Library

Who is it for?

Open to all undergraduates (especially First Year students)

What is it about?

At University, the interaction between professors and students is key to student learning. Students meet their professors in lectures and on the campus, but for many reasons they dreaded talking with professors even if they have questions or study problems. This would inevitably affect the learning process and students’ academic performance in the long run.

With due recognition of its importance, this interactive workshop focuses on successful communication with your professors during your study. Through role-plays and sharing by professors, you will understand more about the teachers’ perspectives, and find answers to questions that you might have when approaching your teachers. Moreover, you will learn the skills that you need to build relationship and communicate effectively with your professors on different occasions. Topics to be covered include:

  • Barriers to communication
  • Hear what the professors say: the Dos and Don’ts
  • How to communicate with professors in person and by email

Who will speak?

  • Dr. Jetty Chung-Yung Lee, Food & Nutritional Science, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Otto Heim, School of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Ms. Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
  • Ms. Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

Success Strategies for the Common Core

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Dear New Student,

A few weeks passed and you should have attended a few Common Core classes. How do you feel about them?

It is not uncommon for Year One students to find the Common Core courses challenging in view of the amount of readings and the variety of new learning experiences involved, such as field trips, reflective journals, making videos and doing group presentations, etc.. If you feel the same way, this workshop is for you:

Success Strategies for the Common Core

Date: September 22, 2015 (Next Tuesday)
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue: MB 218, Main Building
Speaker: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of Common Core Curriculum
Ms Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
Click here to register

 

This playful and interactive workshop will provide you with an introduction to assessment methods and practical advice for a successful learning experience in the Common Core. Through group activities, Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, the Director of Common Core Curriculum, will demonstrate a typical learning environment and the skills for active participation in class and tutorials. AAO will also highlight key academic skills and explain how to find academic support and get a right start on your study. In fact, this is the second time we run this Workshop. Let’s see what students said last year:

“It is my first time in HKU to see that the lecturer successfully managed to activate everyone to participate.”

“Great workshop – very thankful I signed up!”

“The speaker appears to be outstanding and humorous!”

If you have any questions, please contact us at 2219 4686 / aaoffice@hku.hk

See you then.

Academic Advising Office

The Essentials of Academic Advising @ HKU

 


The Essentials of Academic Advising @ HKU


Date: September 30, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time:12:45 to 13:45
Venue: Rm 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed for academic and academic-related staff, in particular those who recently joined the University or have been newly appointed to academic advising responsibilities at HKU.

What is the aim of this workshop?

The overall aim of the workshop is to provide information on the key features of the academic advising system of the University, the advising tools in SIS and relevant campus support resources at HKU.

What will I learn about?

Some of the “Must-know” information covered in the workshops are:

  • Academic advising roles and timeline
  • Student development roadmap and common issues
  • How to use simple SIS advising tools
  • Advising students with academic risks
  • Referrals and campus resources
  • Quick recap of academic regulations

Who will be speakers?

Presentation by

  • Ms. Katherine Wan, Head, AAO
  • Ms. Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, AAO

Experience Sharing by

  • Professor WK Chan, Chairman of the Academic Advising Committee & Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Science
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

Freshmen 101 Series: Success Strategies for the Common Core

 


Freshmen 101 Series: Success Strategies for the Common Core


Date: September 22, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:45 to 7:00 pm
Venue: MB 218, Main Building

Who is it for?

Open to all undergraduates (especially First Year students)

What is it about?

This playful and interactive workshop will provide students with an introduction to assessment methods and practical advice for a successful learning experience in the Common Core. Through group activities, the Director of Common Core Curriculum will demonstrate a typical learning environment and the skills for active participation in class and tutorials. AAO will highlight key academic skills and explain how to find academic support.

Who will speak?

  • Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of Common Core Curriculum
  • Ms Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

Freshmen 101 Series: Effective Planning for Academic Success

 


Freshmen 101 Series: Effective Planning for Academic Success


Date: September 10, 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 5:45 to 7:00 pm
Venue: MB 218, Main Building

Who is it for?

Open to all undergraduates (especially First Year students)

What is it about?

This interactive workshop is designed to provide students with important information about different aspects of university study for developing an effective and efficient academic plan. Through discussing different “myths” commonly held by students and first-hand experience sharing by senior students, participants will learn to approach their study and make academic decisions wisely with a positive mind set. Topics to be addressed include:

  • How to make a good study plan
  • Dos and Don’ts from senior students
  • The 7 Myths about university study
  • Campus support resources

Who will speak?

Experienced interviewers in various scholarship selection panels:

  • Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
  • Ms Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Senior students from different faculties
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

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