Week 3 – Spring Semester 2016

Posted February 4, 2016 in Did You Know?, Important Dates, Spring 2016: Week by Week - Important Dates, Study Tips, Time Management

Week 3 - Spring 2016
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Week 3 – Spring Semester 2016

Student Responsibility for Exam Conflicts

Check your Spring 2016 Final Exam Schedule in HUB to ensure that you do not have two exams schedule at the same time. Beginning in the fall 2014 term final exam information will be available one week prior to the start of fall classes.

A final exam conflict exists when a student has:
Three or more exams scheduled on the same day
Two exams occurring at the same time
When a student’s exam occurs contemporaneously with his or her commencement ceremony for Spring or Summer conferral

Students who find themselves with an unavoidable exam conflict should contact the instructors of the courses and explain the conflict in exams. Usually one instructor will be able to schedule an alternate time for the student to take their exam. If students are unable to arrange the re-scheduling of examinations with the faculty, undergraduate students should contact the appropriate dean’s office and graduate students should contact their academic department.
Source: Office of the Registrar – Final Exam Schedule

Course Resign Periods – Spring 2016
15-week Standard Session (full semester) courses: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Friday, April 15, 2016
7-week 1st half of semester courses: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Thursday, February 25, 2016
Source: Office of the Registrar – Spring 2016 Important Dates

Financial Liability Deadlines – Spring 2016
50% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability begins, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Source: Office of Student Accounts – Financial Liability Deadlines


Have you begun studying for your first test?

Posted August 28, 2014 in New Students, Study Tips, Time Management, Uncategorized

Studying outside

Your Study Schedule Checklist for Success
1. Set goals for the semester. Academics is the first priority.
2. Get to class early.
3. In large lecture rooms, sit close to the front of the room.
4. Review Course Syllabi for each course.
5. Are you using a planner or organizer to record important dates for the semester? (Enter dates upon which you will be evaluated via quizzes, tests, papers, or projects. Note some instructors may give unannounced quizzes.

6. Visualizing your class schedule. Use the Weekly Planning Worksheet ( to map your class and study times. Click on image to view full screen.
Visualizing Your class Schedule
7. Visualizing Your study times. Do you know that Professors expect you to spend at least two hours studying outside of class for each credit hour. So if you are registered for 15 credits hours, you schedule at least 30 hours per week for learning, reviewing, retaining course information.
Visualizing your Study Time
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7. Identify a place to study, other than your room.
8. Determine the times of day in which you are best able to concentrate. If you know that you do not study well in the evening, scheduling study time then will probably not be very beneficial.


What to Expect from the first week of Classes

Posted August 18, 2014 in New Students, Study Tips, Time Management

Elements of a Course Syllabus

Course Syllabi

A Course Syllabi should be distributed by your instructor during the first week of class. This document will become central to the development of your study schedule and will guide how you manage your time.

The course syllabus serves as a contract between the student and professor regarding course expectations and policies. The course syllabus should clearly communicate what the instructor expects of students and what students can expect from the instructor.

A course syllabus must be finalized and distributed to the class during the first week of classes. To see details of what components should be included in a syllabus refer to the Undergraduate Catalog – Course Syllabus

Course Description
Student Learning Outcomes
Course Requirements
Academic Content
Grading Policy
Office Hours
Academic Integrity
Accessibility Resources
Controlled Enrollment Courses

Components of a Syllabus - portrait


Getting Around UB

Posted August 13, 2014 in Getting Ready for your First Semester at UB, Time Management

Getting Around Campus

Getting ready for the upcoming semester? If this will be your first semester you will want to know how to get the campuses of UB. From a Time Management perspective you do not want to show up late for class.

Campus Buses (UB Stampede Buses)

The University provides connecting bus service between the North and South Campuses on UB Stampede buses which run approximately every 5 to 10 minutes Monday through Friday during the academic year; every 30 to 60 minutes on weekends and during the summer. Current Bus and Shuttle Schedules.

Stampede Bus Stop Locations
North Campus: Service Center Road, Flint Loop, Governors, Lee Loop, Ellicott Complex (North Campus Map pdf)
South Campus: Goodyear Hall, Main Circle (South Campus map pdf)
In-Between Campuses: Maynard Road and Grover Cleveland Highway (northbound and southbound)

UB does require passengers to swipe their UB Card in to a card reader as they enter UB Stampede buses.

Read more at Campus Transportation

There are many ways of getting around, especially in nice weather. You will find bicycle racks located around both the North and South Campus. If you did not bring a bike to campus, or you are a commuter, you can get a bike via UB’s Bike Share program. Read more at Bicycling at UB

Walking and/or biking are great ways to stay healthy. If you decide to walk to class on North Campus you may want to keep these time in mind:
It takes about 4 minutes to walk from the Natural Science Complex (NSC) to the Student Union.
It takes about 4 minutes to walk from the Student Union to Alumni Arena.
It takes about 12 minutes to walk from the Student Union to the Filmor Academic Classrooms (within the Ellicott Complex)
It takes about 4 minutes to walk from the Student Union to Park Hall and the Flint Loop Bus Stop.

Safety Awareness on Campus


Getting your Text books

Posted August 7, 2014 in Getting Ready for your First Semester at UB, Time Management


Time Management Tip: You should have all of your textbooks by the start of the classes.

To get your textbooks you will need to first look at your current Class Schedule. From that you will want to know for each course the Departmental (Course) Abbreviation, Course Number & Component, and Course Section.

Textbooks (no pictures) - Step 1

The Course Section is very important when ordering your textbooks. More than one section of a course may be offered, and each section is taught by a different instructor. Each instructor might order a a different book or books for the course. To ensure that you get the correct textbooks, make sure that you know the Course Section.


Once you have a copy of your class schedule, go the University Bookstore website. You will click the Books link and then you will select: Semester; Department; Course, and Section. Then click the Submit button.


Now you will see a listing of the Course Materials Options, and below that a listing of Purchasing Options: Buy – New; Buy – Used; Rent – New; or Rent – Used.
Textbook Renting Frequently Asked Questions

Ordering Options
You You can pre-order and pre-pay. In this scenario you would go to the Online Order Pick Up section of the Textbook Counter. Or, you can shop and pay for your textbooks when you arrive on campus. Lines may be long.

Not every instructor will place their textbook order with the University Bookstore.

If you cannot find your course, you will need to wait until the Instructor hands out his/her Course Syllabus.

Questions? Speak with a University Bookstore representative:
University Bookstore ,
North Campus
200 Lee Entrance
Buffalo,  NY  14228-2574
Phone:  (716) 636-6290 Fax: (716) 645-3731