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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)

Introduction to Academic Advising @ HKU

 

Introduction to Academic Advising @ HKU

Date: Sept 24, 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: Noon to 2:00 pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed for academic and academic-related staff, 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 a foundation on the developmental model of academic advising and to introduce key features of the academic advising system at HKU, as well as support for academic advisers.

What will I learn about?

Some of the topics covered in the workshops are:

  • Academic advising foundations and the role of academic advisers
  • Web-based academic advising support in the Student Information System
  • Referrals to University supporting units
  • Experiences from case studies
Programme Rundown
September 24, 2013 (Tue), Noon – 2:00 pm
Run Run Shaw, Room 321
Light lunch will be provided.
Noon – 12:15 pm
Welcome from the Academic Advising Office and Key Features of the Academic Advising System at HKU

Ms. Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office

12:15 – 12:40 pm
Academic Advising Foundations and the Role of Academic Advisers

Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office

12:40 – 1:00 pm
Using the Advising Features in the Student Information System (with Live Demonstration)

Mr. Nelson Chau, Administrative Assistant, Academic Advising Office
Mr. Cliff Chow, IT Manager, Academic Advising Office

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Academic Advising Case Studies and Experience Sharing

Prof. WK Chan, Associate Dean- Student Affairs, Faculty of Science; Chairman, Academic Advising Committee
Dr. Julia Kuehn, Associate Dean- Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office

Please click HERE to register!

 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Amy Lewis at 2219 4684 or Ms Wendy Yau at 2219 468.

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.

All You Need to Know about Common Core

 

All You Need to Know about Common Core

Date: Sept 12, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue: Meng Wah Complex, T3

Who is it for?

Open to all students.

What is it about?

This workshop will provide students with practical advice on understanding the common core curriculum requirement and how to prepare for these types of courses. Each area of inquiry will be highlighted. Current common core faculty and the director of common core will address typical questions from first year students and take questions from the audience.

Who will speak?

  • Mr. Gwyn Edwards, Director of the Common Core Curriculum
  • Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Representatives from the four Areas of Inquiry:
Humanities:

Dr. David Pomfret Convenor of the Humanities AoI and course co-ordinator for “Making History: Engaging with the Powerful Past” (CCHU9003)

Scientific and Technological Literacy:

Professor L.C. Chan Leader for the AoI and course co-ordinator for “Blood, Beliefs, Biology” (CCST9024)

Global Issues:

Professor Gina Marchetti Convenor for the AoI and involved in the teaching of “Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens” (CCGL9001) and “Hong Kong Culture in the Context of Globalization”(CCGL9002)

China Culture, State and Society:

Dr. Xianjun Yan Course co-ordinator of “Protests, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China: From 1840 until Today” (CCCH9009)

How to register?
Click here to register!

 

Enquiries:

Telephone: 2219 4686
Email: aaoffice@hku.hk

New to HKU? A 3-Minute Guide for Freshmen

 

 

Dear Freshmen,

Welcome to HKU!

Beginning a new academic year as a university student is exciting and fun! Yet, adapting to University life and the new academic environment might also be challenging.

Do spare 3 minutes to complete our online academic advising orientation (http://aao.hku.hk/welcome/). You’ll learn whom to seek advice from on academic matters and how to kick off a plan for your studies. Plus, you get a special gift after finishing it!

Good luck!

Welcome

 

 

Academic Advising Office

Sharing Session on Academic Advising Issues

 


Sharing Session on Current Issues in Academic Advising@ HKU:
How do you determine academic risks?
May 29, 2013 (Wed), 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Room MW405-406, 4/F, Meng Wah Complex
(Rescheduled from May 22, 2013 to May 29, 2013 due to bad weather)

  • What are identifiable trends from discontinuation and withdrawal cases?
  • How do you detect academic risks in your advisees?
  • Should you intervene when your advisees receive poor academic results?
  • What alert strategies are being used by faculties to identify academically at-risk students?
  • What advice is available for students balancing residential hall life with academics?
  • What are key issues when advising on enquiries about programme transfer?
  • Why is it important to utilize partnerships on campus?
  • When and in what ways do psychological issues affect academic performance?

Description:

This event will provide an analysis on students recommended for discontinuation or withdrawal of study and concerns in the rise in the number of cases. Discussion will follow on identifying academically at-risk students, the importance of early detection through the academic advising system, and new initiatives impacting the residential experience and academic performance. Experienced colleagues will also share recent cases that involved programme/faculty transfer and special counselling. They will specifically explain how partnering with support units and academic staff helped.

Colleagues are also welcome to share their experiences with academic advising. Light lunch will be provided.

Schedule:
Noon – 12:55 pm: Discussion Topics
Review trends of at-risk students and discontinuation cases Prof. Anthony Yeh, Chairman of the Committee on Discontinuation
Sharing of early alert strategies in faculties Dr. Gary Harfitt, Academic Advising Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Prof. W.K. Chan, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Balancing residential hall life and academics Dr. Samuel Chu, Warden, Swire Hall
Mr. Kevin Yung, Senior Tutor, Simon K.Y. Lee Hall
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Case Sharing
Should you support a change in a student’s academic interest through programme transfer and alternative study plans? Prof. Y.S. Chan, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Eric Chui, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Ms. Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
What happens when psychological/ adjustment issues affect academic performance? Prof. W.K. Chan, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS
Participants:

Open to all Faculty Academic Advisers, academic staff, and relevant administrators.

Registration:
Click here to register!

 

Enquiries:

Please contact Dr. Amy Lewis at 2219 4684.

Sharing Session on Academic Advising Issues

 


The Sharing Session on Academic Advising
has been postponed due to bad weather.



The updated information for the sharing session on Academic Advising can be found at here

Regards,
Academic Advising Office

Bulkemail for When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair

 

 

Dear Student,

Choosing a major and / or a minor will be one of the most important academic decisions you make. How can you make the choice that is best for you? To help you explore the wide spectrum of major and minor options which are made available under the new open curriculum, the Academic Advising Office (AAO) will organize the “When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair”:

Date: April 25, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: Student Advisory Services Zone (R Zone), 2/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

During the Fair, you can attend information briefings conducted by the teachers from different Faculties on the major/ minor options offered by their Faculties. Review the table below for further information and go to our website: http://aao.hku.hk for registration.

If you have questions on regulations and course requirements, administrators from Faculties and the Academic Advising Office will be there to help; Should you wish to know more about the relationship between your career prospect and your interested major/minor programmes, the careers advisers from CEDARS will give you a hand; Or maybe what you want is a causal discussion with your peers on your intended choices, representatives from over 15 student societies will be there to chat and share their first-hand experience.

For more details on the Fair, please click here.

See you at the Fair!
Academic Advising Office (AAO)
Information Briefings by Faculty Teachers on April 25, 2013 (Registration: http://aao.hku.hk)

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