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Freshmen 101 Workshop: Be a SMART Learner – Work hard Play hard!

 


Freshmen 101 Workshop
Be a SMART Learner – Work hard Play hard!


Date: September 14, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Venue: MB218 (Convocation Room), Main Building, Main Campus

Who is it for?

Open for all to attend (especially First-Year students)

What is it about?

To win a game you must fully understand the rules! Working hard on your lectures, revisions and assignments does not guarantee a good grade. To ensure that your efforts pay off, you have to understand the aims of university learning and among many other things, assessment rubrics, that is, how you will be assessed. Now comes a great opportunity to learn from Dr. Cecilia Chan, an expert in outcome-based approach to student learning and assessment!

  • Differences between secondary and university education
  • Course learning outcomes, assessment methods and rubics
  • How to cope with academic challenges
  • Expectations of a university student and effective use of effort in attaining your goals

AAO will also explain how to find academic support and useful campus resources.

Who will speak?

  • Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development/Associate Professor, The Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • Ms. Rachel Hong, Acting Head, Academic Advising Office
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

    Contact Miss Jenny Cheng of AAO by email aaoffice@hku.hk or phone 2219 4686

Freshmen 101 Workshop: Be a SMART Learner – Work hard Play hard!

 


Freshmen 101 Workshop
Be a SMART Learner – Work hard Play hard!


Date: September 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Venue: MB218 (Convocation Room), Main Building, HKU Main Campus

Who is it for?

Open for all to attend (especially First-Year students)

What is it about?

This highly interactive workshop aims at facilitating a smooth transition to university study for freshmen and maximizing overall learning success. Through different activities, participants will better understand important concepts and approaches to tackle common academic challenges most students may encounter in university studies:

  • Differences between secondary and university education
  • Expectations of a university student
  • How to cope with challenges encountered in classes
  • Course learning outcomes and assessments
  • Effective use of effort in attaining your goals

AAO Academic Adviser will also explain how to find academic support and useful campus resources.

Who will speak?

  • Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development/Associate Professor, The Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • Ms. Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
  • Ms. Rachel Hong, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
Click HERE for registration!

 

Enquiries:

    Contact Miss Jenny Cheng of AAO by email aaoffice@hku.hk or phone 2219 4686

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:

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:

Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

 

 

 

Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

Date: September 25-26, 2014 (Thursday and Friday)
Time: 12:00 nn – 16:00 pm
Venue: Haking Wong Podium
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

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

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

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

First Year Seminars

First Year Seminars

The responses from students on the seminar have been overwhelming, so act fast and enroll now before it is full by clicking here.

First Year Seminar – Building Academic Success I

 

 

To: All first year undergraduate students

The First Year Seminar – Building Academic Success I

  • How can I get good grades and a good GPA?
  • What is academic success? What are the benchmarks in HKU and in the world?
  • What can I do if my first year results are not good?
  • Why were some students discontinued from their studies? Is there something we can learn from their experiences and do something to prevent this from happening to me?

Join the First Year Seminar – Building Academic Success I (course code: Ind006 of the CEDARS Induction Programmes 2011) if you wish to hear advices from Prof Anthony Yeh (Chairman of the Committee on Discontinuation), Prof Bennett Yim (Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics) and Dr Otto Heim (Head of School of English) on the above questions. We have also invited several senior students to share with you their own experiences and tips on studying and making the best out of your university life.

The details of the Seminar are as follow:
Date: September 9, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 5:05 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre
(located between the Run Run Shaw Building and the Runme Shaw Building)

The responses from students on the seminar have been overwhelming, so act fast and enroll now before it is full by clicking here.

For those who have already enrolled in the seminar, please note that the event will be held in the Rayson Huang Theatre (instead of Theatre 6 of the Meng Wah Complex). The venues of the other First-year seminars on Sept 14 (Building Academic Success II) and Sept 16 (Planning your Goal-directed Time Management Strategy) will remain unchanged at Theatre 6, Meng Wah Complex.

Academic Advising Office