Sunday
12/10/17

Finding your Fall Semester Final Grades

Posted December 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Finding your Final Grades in the Academic Section of HUB

Monday
11/27/17

Have you Started Preparing for your Final Exams?

Posted November 27, 2017 in Study Tips

Week 14 - Have you begun to study for your final exams

The last of classes for the 2017 Fall Semester will be Friday, December 8, 2017.  The Final Exam Period begins Monday, December 11 through Monday, December 18, 2017.

Have you started preparing for your finals?

Below is an article titled “Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams” by Shaniese Alston for the BIG IDEAS –Blog of The State University of New York.

 Finals week can be a stressful time for all students–I know it is for me. So, knowing how to properly prepare for finals is the key to avoiding stress and acing every single one of your exams. Of course, all students would love to relax by receiving massages or by the healing power of dogs before finals (I sure would!).

But, we all know this isn’t really possible. There needs to be a uniform way to assess our performance as students and it has to happen at some point (hence, “finals”). So how else can we lower stress and know that we’re on the right track to excel in each course? Well, here are some proven methods that will have you focused and better prepared for final exams.

1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming.  Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention more than a short period.

2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you’re dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important!

3. Eat superfoods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal). But what you eat a week in advance matters, too. When 16 college students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day high-fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream and tested again, their performance declined. The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruit and vegetables, however, held steady, says Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford.  When you study, your brain consumes glucose, so  take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices).

4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.

5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.

6. Avoid the all-nighter: Almost every college student pulls an all-nighter, but it is a bad idea. Based on a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days.  As a result, you will receive lower grades. But that’s not all; you would then be forced to wake up earlier than expected–and that’s bad too. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, this will interfere with rapid-eye movement (REM), which aids memory. So, get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests. (Quick tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later, adds Taylor!)

7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!

8. MAXIMIZE practice-testing: You may have thought highlighting, re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again!  A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.

Link to article: Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams, By

Tuesday
11/07/17

Last day to Resign a Fall 2017 !5-week Class is Friday, November 10, 2017

Posted November 7, 2017 in Did You Know?, HUB Tips, Important Dates

The last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session course is Friday, November 10, 2017 by 11:59:59 p.m. Last day to resign a 15-week standard session course is Friday, November 10, 2017

Drop/Add/Resign Courses

Visit your HUB Student center (via MyUB, UBITName required) to add and drop courses. A course is not “dropped” until you process the request in your HUB Student Center.

Resigning a Course

During the fall and spring semesters, from the 7th day of classes until the end of the 11th week of classes, you may visit your HUB Student Center (via MyUB, UBITName and password required) to resign from one or more of your classes. The result of this action is that an “R” remains on your transcript as a neutral indicator of the action. There may be a 50% – 100% tuition penalty for resigning a course, depending on when you resign the course. See Financial Liability Deadlines.

Please also consider the following before resigning from a class:

  • You must resign by 11:59 pm EST on the last day to resign date for your transaction to be accepted and processed within the deadline.
  • You should speak with your academic and/or financial aid advisor regarding the impact of dropping or resigning a course.
  • If you do not drop or resign from a course, you are obligated to pay the tuition and fees, and you will be graded for the course, even if you did not attend it.
  • When resigning from a course, undergraduate students should determine if the course is impacted. Impacted courses cannot be repeated during the fall or spring semesters. (See Priority Registration for Students Attempting a Course for the First Time.)

 

Friday
10/27/17

Spring 2018 Class Schedule on-line Now

Posted October 27, 2017 in Did You Know?, HUB Tips

Spring Class Schedule is available for viewing

The Spring 2018 Class Schedule is available for viewing.

Have you logged into your HUB Student Center to:

  • Check the date and time that you can begin registering for Spring classes (HUB – Enrollment Date box)?
  • See if you have any HOLDs? A Hold may prevent you from adding, dropping or resigning classes. (HUB – Holds box)
  • Checked your Mid-term Grades (HUB – View My Grades link)
  • Select courses to meet Acceptance Criteria requirements for your intended major and or  (Undergraduate Catalog and HUB – My Requirements Report)?
  • Used Pathfinder Tool to select Thematic and Global Pathway courses, then send them to your HUB-Planner?
  • Used HUB – Schedule Builder to create ideal schedule and sent to HUB – Enrollment Shopping Cart?

Have you scheduled an advising meetingYou can find your Advising Office listed in the HUB – Advisor box or refer to the Undergraduate Advising Directory

Monday
10/09/17

Understanding your HUB My Requirements report – Course History section

Posted October 9, 2017 in Did You Know?, HUB Tips

  1. In this post we are going to look at the Course History section of a HUB My Requirement report.  We would start by clicking the Collapse All button.
  2. Throughout the My Requirements report you will see green triangle icons, they will either Expand or Collapse a section.
  3. The Legend is located toward the top of the page.  Currently three icons are displayed. One for courses that have been Completed, In-Progress, or Planned. You will see the respective icons listed next to each course in the Status Column. If you have assigned courses to your HUB Planner, and then assigned them to a semester, you will see that Planned courses are indicated using a BLUE Star.
  4. The first column in the Course History table is the Course Column.  In this example you will see that all but one course is a UB course, or is a transfer course that has an exact UB course articulation. In the third row, the course is MTH 141, if you follow the row across to the Grade column, the grade displayed is TB. T in this cases indicates that it is a transfer course, the second letter indicates the Letter Grade earned for the course. In the first row, you will see PSY 101.  The grade for this course is listed at TP. In this case TP is some form of Alternative Credit.  Alternative credit only award PASS Credits – these courses are not used in the computation of your grade point average.
  5. If a course has been completed, you will see a letter grade in the Grade Column.  If the course was taken at UB, you will see a Letter grade from A – F. UB uses a 4.0 Grading Scale. To see the Grade Point Value for each letter grade refer to the Catalog – Explanation of Grades section.

 

Friday
10/06/17

Have you looked at your My Requirements Report in HUB?

Posted October 6, 2017 in Did You Know?, HUB Tips

The My Requirements report is a very useful tool in terms of planning and evaluating your academic path.

The HUB Academic Advising Report

The HUB Academic Advisement Report, designed to be used in conjunction with the Undergraduate and Degree Catalog, is useful in the following respects:

  • As an advising tool: to determine progress toward completing all degree requirements;
  • Applying to a department: Reports can be included in the department application process.
  • Analysis of transfer credits: to verify that all transfer credits have been recorded and applied to degree requirements.
  • Evaluation for degree conferral: Reports will be used to determine if students have met the requirements for graduation.

The My requirements report has the following sections:

  • Course History.
  • University Requirements for Graduation.  This section provides
  • UB Curriculum (General Education program).
  • Courses not Allocated to a Major, or UB Curriculum.
  • Acceptance Criteria for Major.
  • Requirements for Major.

If you have questions about the Academic Advising Report, write them down and discuss with your academic advisor.

Friday
10/06/17

Graduating at the end of the Semester?

Posted October 6, 2017 in Did You Know?, Important Dates

Are you graduating at end of the semester? If so, you must file an Application for Graduation via your HUB Student Center.Will you finish all of your Degree Requirements by the end of the semester?

If so, you must Apply for Graduation from your HUB Student Center by October 15, 2017.  The Degree Auditors from the Office of the Registrar will review your record to ensure that you have met all University Degree Requirements.  If all criteria have been met, then your Degree will be Conferred in February 2018.

For complete information refer to the Registrar – Degrees & Graduation section.

Thursday
10/05/17

Are You On Track

Posted October 5, 2017 in Did You Know?, HUB Tips, Uncategorized

Image of a railroad yard. Are you on track, do you need help building your schedule?Are You On Track?

The Spring 2018 Class Schedule is available for viewing.  You can also start adding course selections to your HUB Enrollment Shopping Cart from your HUB Schedule Builder.  In the next week or so, you will see your Enrollment Date listed in HUB

Do you know which courses you should take next semester to:

  • Begin to satisfy Acceptance Criteria requirements for your major
  • Meet UB Curriculum areas (Foundations & Pathways)
  • Do you know how to select Pathway courses and send them to your HUB Planner
  • Do you know how to assign courses in your HUB Planner to specific semesters?
  • Do you know how to use the Undergraduate Catalog and HUB My Requirements report to help plan for next semester.
  • Do you know how to use the HUB Schedule Builder, and how to send a schedule to your HUB Enrollment Shopping Cart?
  • Have you checked your HUB Holds box to ensure that no holds are listed?
  • Have you looked at your HUB View My Grades section to view your mid-term grades

 

Finding Undergrad Advising Offices

Wednesday
10/04/17

Week 6 – Fall Semester 2017 (10/1/17 – 10/7/17)

Posted October 4, 2017 in Did You Know?, HUB Tips, Important Dates

Week 6 - Fall 2017 dates and remindersSunday, October 1 – Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Spring 2017 Semester Class Schedule will soon be able.

Have you scheduled an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss:

  • How semester is proceeding to date
  • How to find and understand Mid-term Grades
  • How to find courses needed to meet Acceptance Criteria for your Major
  • How to find courses to satisfy UB Curriculum (Gen Ed) requirements (Foundation areas, and Pathways)
  • How to find when you can begin to register for Spring 2017 classes
  • Determine if you have any Holds that might prevent you from adding, dropping, or resigning courses.
  • How to use tools to plan and register for Spring 2017 classes (HUB: My Requirements Report, Planner, Schedule builder, Enrollment Shopping Cart)

 

Finding Undergrad Advising Offices

Thursday
09/28/17

Germany: Foreign Reporting in Berlin (Winter)

Posted September 28, 2017 in Did You Know?

Winter Session Study Abroad Course to also satisfy UB Curriculum Communication Literacy 2 requirementsDuring this three-week program, students will transition from foreign tourists to international journalists. The moment they arrive in Berlin they will be encouraged to write about the city and the cultural differences they encounter.

This course will also satisfy the UB Curriculum Communication Literacy 2 requirement.

Read more about the program and costs at UB Study Abroad Germany: Foreign Reporting in Berlin (Winter) (Outgoing Program) page.