Dear Butler First Years and Sophomores,
Welcome back from spring break! I hope you had some time to recharge, and that you’re feeling ready for the second half of the term.
As you plan ahead for the second half of the semester, this is a good time to assess how things are going for you academically. You can see your midterm grades for many classes in TigerHub as they are posted. (Mid-term grades are usually reported for 100 and 200-level courses but instructors may choose to submit nothing or submit an “N” for “no grade.”)
If things are going well, take note of what helped you to be successful, and why. It’s just as important to know what strategies help you to do well as it is to understand your challenges.
If you’re not happy with how things are going, never fear! It is not at all uncommon to encounter some bumps on the road. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time in the term to make adjustments, such as joining a study group, improving your efficiency doing p-sets or preparing for exams, or getting help during office hours. The key is to take advantage of the many resources available to you, such as:
- Your professors and preceptors, who are often your best resources. They can identify areas where you can make adjustments and help you to make them.
- The McGraw Center, which provides a wide array of academic resources, including group and individual tutoring, academic strategies workshops, and one-on-one learning strategy consultations.
- Individual tutoring may also be available in courses not supported by McGraw. To ask about this and get a tutor, see me or Dean Stirk. You can schedule an appointment with me athttp://wass.princeton.edu.
- The Writing Center is another excellent resource for any paper you’re writing.
Dropping or PDFing a Class
You may be considering other adjustments such as potentially dropping or PDFing a class. The deadline for these changes is Friday, April 13, but you should consult with your faculty adviser or me before making any changes. (If you are considering dropping a class and would become course deficient, you must come speak to Dean Bogucki and me.) Sometimes dropping or PDFing a class is a reasonable decision but it can also have negative consequences (e.g., you can’t count a PDF’d class towards a major or certificate) and you may be faring much better in a class than you realize.
Open houses for students interested in BSE majors will be held on April 3. In addition, as early as March 27, there will be open houses for all AB departments and many certificate programs of interest for both ABs and BSEs. These open houses are primarily targeted at sophomores but all are welcome to attend.
Course Selection for Spring
As I said, now’s the time to reflect on the semester thus far and plan for a strong finish. So, for now, suffice it to say that Course Offerings for the spring will appear on the Registrar’s site on Thursday, April 5, and the first year course selection period is April 30 to May 2.
For AB students, you can begin meeting with your advisers April 16 and your Academic Planning forms are due by Friday, April 27 at 2:00pm. More info will be provided in a few weeks. BSE students should follow the advising procedures that will be outlined by the Undergraduate Office in your new department.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your faculty advisers, peer advisers, me, or Dean Stirk! You can make an appointment with me by going to http://wass.princeton.edu.
Matthew Lazen, Ph.D.
Director of Studies