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Great Expectations for Science Students

Great Expectations for Science Students

 

 

Great Expectations for Science Students

Teachers and students are partners in learning. In this tailor-made talk for students studying in the Faculty of Science, Professor Lung S. Chan, a University Teaching Excellence Award winner, will highlight his expectations for successful Science students, give advice on the various approaches and methods for studying science subjects, and tell you how your teachers and advisers can support your academic endeavours.

Talk and Tea gathering with Faculty Student Advisers

Date: February 18, 2014 (Tue)
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Venue: TT404, 4/F, T.T. Tsui Building
Speaker: Professor Lung S. Chan
University Teaching Excellence Award winner
Please click HERE to register!

 

 

Enquiries: aaoffice@hku.hk

Event Poster

Five Common Myths on Academic Advising

 

 

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.

Academic Advising Office

AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn: Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU

 

 

AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn:
Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU

Date: January 28, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Who is this event for?

This event is designed for all staff involved with the academic advising system at HKU.

What is the aim of this event?

The overall aims of the session are: (a) to gain exposure to current academic advising trends through reviewing cases, (b) to apply relational knowledge to case studies by suggesting solutions and identifying available resources, and (c) to network and share experiences with colleagues in academic advising roles.

What takes place during this event?
  • Learn from recent cases at HKU
  • Discover resources and referrals available for academic advising
  • Case study debriefing and experience sharing with:
    • -Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
    • -Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
    • -Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director, Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS
    • -Mr. Joe Poon, In-House Legal Counsel

* Sandwiches and tea will be provided.
Please click HERE to register!

 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Amy Lewis at 2219 4684 / alewis@hku.hk.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for the workshop?

You can have a look at our Quick Reference Guide for Faculty Academic Advisers to gain some ideas on academic advising. You will have the opportunity to interact with other academic advisers and staff of the Academic Advising Office during the workshop.

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!

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!

Good Luck!

Good Luck!

 

Wishing you a Superpass!

Wishing you a Superpass!

From Academic Advising Office

Bulkemail for When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair 2013-14

 

 

When Major Meets Minor Fair

When is it?

11:00 am to 4:00 pm, November 20 (Wednesday)

Where is it?

Student Advisory Services Zone (Zone R), 2/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

Who is it for?

All undergraduate students

What is its aim?

To provide an opportunity for students to explore different major and minor options available at the University

What can I get from the Fair?

  • Face to Face Consultation with Academic Advisers , Faculty Administrators and Career Advisers
  • Information Briefings by Faculties, Academic Advising Office and CEDAERS (Careers & Placement) (details and registration: http://aao.hku.hk/majorminor)
  • Peer Sharing
  • Fact Sheets

Planning Ahead for Postgraduate Studies

 

Planning Ahead for Postgraduate Studies

Date: October 24, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Venue: TT303, T.T. Tsui Building

(venue changed due to overwhelming response)

Who is it for?

Open to all students, especially targeted to seniors.

What is it about?

This workshop provides students with practical advice on what to consider and how to prepare for postgraduate studies. Highlights of the workshop include: critically questioning the advantages and disadvantages of postgraduate studies, exploring timelines and locations for postgraduate studies, and learning more about the academic transition from undergraduate to postgraduate. Current MPhil and PhD students will be on a panel addressing common issues and taking 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?
  • Should students already have a well-developed research topic before applying? Is previous research experience required?
  • What are important considerations in deciding which programme is a good fit? What are the differences between research postgraduate programmes (RPG) and taught postgraduate programmes (TPG)?
  • Are scholarships available? How do you finance postgraduate studies?
  • What can undergraduate students do to help them transition into a postgraduate programme?
  • At what point do you identify a supervisor for your research?
  • How does being a postgraduate student differ from being an undergraduate student?

… And many more questions that you bring forth.

Who will speak?
  • Dr Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Current MPhil and PhD students from the Faculties of Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences
Please click HERE to register!

 

Enquires:

Telephone: 2219 4686
Email: aaoffice@hku.hk

Meeting with your Faculty Academic Adviser

 

 

Dear Student,

Hope that everything goes well with you in your first semester at HKU! As a new student, you must be excited about your first Reading Week which will be starting next Monday (October 14, 2013). To ensure that you are transitioning well to University studies, you are required by the University to meet with your Faculty Academic Advisers (FAAs) at least once every semester in your first year of study.

If you have not met with your FAA yet, please do so as soon as possible. Your FAA will be happy to advise you on different academic matters and we are sure that he/she will be able to give you some insights on how to plan your studies ahead. Appointment can be made by e-mail and this video will show you how to identify your FAA in SIS: http://aao.hku.hk/video/video-04/

For enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 2219 4686 or email us at aaoffice@hku.hk

We wish you all the best for your studies!

AAO Owl

Thank you.

Academic Advising Office

Major in Success: Transitioning to University Studies

 

Major in Success: Transitioning to University Studies

Date: Sept 25, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Venue: Meng Wah Complex, T7

Who is it for?

All undergraduate students

What is it about?

This workshop will provide 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 students. Audience questions will also be taken.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • How to set an academic goal and plan your study at University?
  • How to make smart educational choices and become an active learner?
  • How to handle overwhelming workload and adjustment to the new teaching and learning environment?
  • How to balance study and extra-curricular/ hall activities?
  • How to get good academic results and avoid discontinuation of studies?

… and other questions that you bring forth.

Who will speak?
  • Professor Frederick Leung, Warden of Starr Hall and Professor, School of Biological Science
  • Professor Karen Laidler, Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of the Centre of Criminology
  • Dr. James Vere, Programme Director of BEcon/Fin and Chairman of the Faculty Review Committee, Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Ms Katherine Wan, Head Academic Advising Office (Moderator)

… and a panel of current students who will share their experience on balancing hall activities and academic studies, programme transfer, adaptation to university studies and many more.
Please click HERE to register!

 

Enquires:

Telephone: 2219 4686
Email: aaoffice@hku.hk

Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

 

 

To: All undergraduate students,


Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

The start of semester is always exciting – new courses, new professors and new friends and opportunities everywhere. To introduce you to the wide variety of learning opportunities available, the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) and the Academic Advising Office (AAO) will jointly organize the Pathfinding Exhibition:

Date: September 17-18, 2013 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Time: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Venue: Student Advisory Services Zone (Zone R), 2/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

You will find a wide spectrum of learning opportunities and student support services outside classroom such as exchange, internship, service learning and experiential learning, mentorship programmes, library service, health education, foreign languages, sports programmes, English language support, person enrichment, career planning, campus life, student development, academic advising, general education and many more.

You can also attend the following lunch time information briefings conducted by different units:

Sept 17, 2013 (Tue)
Time Unit Topic Venue*
12:30pm-1:00 pm Development & Alumni Affairs Office HKU Campus Tour by Green Gown Guides • HKU Mentorship Programme CPD 2.75
12:30pm-1:00 pm General Education Unit GE: Searching for ChangeMakers and Talents CPD 2.77
1:00 pm-1:30 pm Library Discover HKUL CPD 2.75
1:00 pm-1:30 pm Centre for Applied English Studies CAES English Language Support in the Learning Commons CPD 2.77
1:30 pm-2:00 pm Equal Opportunity Unit Creating a Barrier-free Campus CPD 2.75
1:30 pm-2:00 pm Sustainability Office Sustainability@HKU CPD 2.77
Sept 18, 2013 (Wed)
Time Unit Topic Venue*
12:30pm-1:00 pm CEDARS (Careers) Resources and Services by Careers and Placement CPD 2.75
12:30pm-1:00 pm Academic Advising Office Developing a Study Plan CPD 2.77
1:00 pm-1:30 pm CEDARS (CoPE) Study Challenges, Challenging Studies – How to Cope? CPD 2.75
1:00 pm-1:30 pm Office of International Student Exchange Go Abroad. The World is Yours. CPD 2.77
1:30 pm-2:00 pm CEDARS (Student Development) Global Y’s Trainee Programme 2014: Summer Overseas Internship CPD 2.75
1:30 pm-2:00 pm Sustainability Office Sustainability@HKU CPD 2.77

*Chi Wah Learning Commons

There will also be a lucky draw! Do come and have fun!

Academic Advising Office (AAO)
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)

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