Study Tips - Fall 2018

Tip 14: Studying For Finals November 28, 2018

Important dates for the next few weeks:

  • Last day of instruction (classes): Monday, December 10th
  • Study day also referred to as “dead day”: Tuesday, December 11th
  • Final Exams: Wednesday, December 12th - Tuesday, December 18th

With finals arriving soon, start thinking about ways to best prepare for your exams. Here are some tips on how to get started:

  1. Make a finals game plan. If you plan out your study sessions (for ALL your exams), you’ll get a better handle on how much work you’re facing. Use the calendar on your phone to set alerts and reminders for yourself so you stick to your plan.
  2. Start early. Start studying for finals a few weeks before the first exam, and figure out how much time to set aside each day for each subject. Be realistic about how long it will take to, say, memorize dates or equations. Remember to fit in breaks too.
  3. Study in this order: a) definitely b) probably c) might be on the final
    Don’t just start from the beginning of your notes and try to cram everything in: Think about what you know for sure will be on each test and review that material first. Then move on to studying what will probably be on the test, then what might be covered. That way, if you run out of time, you know you at least have the basics nailed. Ask your professors if they’ll share copies of previous finals so you can see what might be covered or how questions will be phrased.
  4. Give yourself more time to study for your toughest classes.
    If biology gave you trouble all semester, devote more time to that subject—even if it’s your last final. Look over your previous tests for the year, if you scored poorly on one unit in algebra, chances are you didn’t absorb it all the first time. Take extra time now to review what you missed. By starting with the toughest stuff first, you have time to ask your professor questions or get help from our tutors.
  5. Form a study group. Make a plan with friends to review the class material, compare notes, or work through tricky concepts. You'll benefit from the good study habits and notes of the other members in your study group.
  6. Talk it out. Not only is it more fun to study with your friends than studying by yourself, but you’ll also learn more. By talking through the facts and formulas with a study partner, you’re thinking about the material more deeply, which means you’ll remember it better later.
  7. Get creative with study aids. Now that you know what key concepts from each subject you need to prioritize, find the best way to review and internalize what you predict will be on the final exam. Make flashcards to help you memorize dates and equations. Or come up with a mnemonic device—a system of memorizing facts using a phrase or acronym you’ll definitely remember. For example, using the name Roy G. Biv helps to remember the order of colors in a rainbow.
  8. Study your notes. Outline your class notes for daily review. Notes and flashcards are also great for last-minute review the morning of your exam.
  9. Quiz yourself. If you’re studying at home, have your family member or roommate quiz you on the information you’ve already studied. Students tend to remember the information they've been quizzed on better than the information they simply review.
  10. Make sleep a priority. While it may be tempting to pull an all-nighter and cram everything in at the last minute, it’s a bad idea. You just add stress, and you won’t retain the information for very long by studying that way. You may even forget some of it by the time the test begins.
  11. Take five. Take breaks to improve your concentration when you return to studying. For example, watch an episode of your favorite TV show and set a timer to follow when your break is over.
  12. Brain food is real. Eat healthily and drink plenty of water to keep your body energized and mind motivated.

More information: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/how-to-study-for-finals

Tip 13: Stress Management November 20, 2018

As finals approach, you may be feeling a little more stressed out than usual. You may find that you need to develop new skills in order to balance academic demands with a healthy lifestyle. Reducing levels of academic stress can be done by improving skills such as time management, stress management, and relaxation.

Stress is a part of everyday life. There are many instances when stress can be helpful. But when experienced in excess, stress has the opposite effect. It can harm our emotional and physical health, and limit our ability to function at home, in school, and within our relationships. The good news is that, since we are responsible for bringing about much of our own stress, we can also do much to manage stress by learning and practicing specific stress-reduction strategies.

Here are a few Common indicators of stress:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased worrying
  • Trouble completing assignments on time
  • Not going to class
  • Short temper or increased agitation
  • Tension
  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles
  • Changes in eating habits (e.g., “stress eating”)
  • Changes in sleeping habits

WAYS OF REDUCING AND MANAGING STRESS

  • Practice time management skills to manage your academic schedule, social activities, and making time for yourself.
  • Set and implement specific goals for yourself that will improve your mood and help you reduce stress. Start by filling out a goal-setting worksheet.
  • Avoid procrastination. Procrastination can create more mental and physical stress. If you have trouble staying on task, consider downloading apps that will help keep you off things that are distracting.
  • Exercise- Physical activity can help you burn off the energy generated by stress.
  • Practice good sleep habits is needed to ensure that you are well-rested. Sleep deprivation can cause many physical and mental problems and can increase stress.
  • Try mindfulness meditation.
  • Limit (or eliminate) the use of stimulants like caffeine, which can elevate the stress response in your body.
  • Pace yourself throughout the day, taking regular breaks from work or other structured activities. During breaks from class, studying, or work, spend time walking outdoors, listen to music or just sit quietly, to clear and calm your mind.
  • Start a journal. Many people find journaling to be helpful for managing stress, understanding emotions, and making decisions and changes in their lives.
  • Realize that you have limits. Learn to work within your limits and set realistic expectations for yourself and others.
  • Plan leisure activities to break up your schedule. Click here for a list of fun things to do on campus.
  • Recognize the role your own thoughts can play in causing you distress. Challenge beliefs you may hold about yourself and your situation that may not be accurate. For example, do you continuously fall short of what you think you “should” accomplish? When our minds continuously feed us messages about what we “should” achieve, “ought” to be, or “mustn’t” do, we are setting ourselves up to fall short of goals that may be unrealistic and to experience stress along the way. Learn techniques for replacing unrealistic thoughts with realistic ones.
  • Find humor in your life. Laughter can be a great tension-reducer.
  • Seek the support of friends and family when you need to “vent” about situations that bring on stressful feelings. But make sure that you don’t focus exclusively on negative experiences; try to also think of at least three things that are going well for you, and share those experiences.

More Information: https://campusmindworks.org/help-yourself/self-care/managing-stress/

https://www.learnpsychology.org/student-stress-anxiety-guide/

Tip 12: Procrastination/Technology Usage November 13, 2018   Step 1: Recognize That You're Procrastinating

You might be putting off a task because you've had to re-prioritize your workload. However, if you start to put things off indefinitely, or switch focus because you want to avoid doing something, then you probably are.

Step 2: Work Out WHY You're Procrastinating
You need to understand the reasons why you are procrastinating before you can begin to tackle it.For instance, are you avoiding a particular task because you find it boring or unpleasant? If so, take steps to get it out of the way quickly, so that you can focus on the aspects of your job that you find more enjoyable.

You may also be procrastinating if you

  • Fill your day with low-priority tasks.
  • Leave an item on your To-Do list for a long time, even though it's important.
  • Read emails several times over without making a decision on what to do with them.
  • Start a high-priority task and then go off to make a coffee.
  • Fill your time with unimportant tasks that other people ask you to do, instead of getting on with the important tasks already on your list.
  • Wait to be in "right mood," or wait for the "right time" to tackle a task.

Step 3: Adopt Anti-Procrastination Strategies
Procrastination is a habit – a deeply ingrained pattern of behavior. This means that you probably can't break it overnight. Habits only stop being habits when you avoid practicing them, so try as many of the strategies, below, as possible to give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding.

  • Forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past. Studies show that self-forgiveness can help you to feel more positive about yourself and reduce the likelihood of procrastination in the future.
  • Commit to the task. Focus on doing, not avoiding. Write down the tasks that you need to complete, and specify a time for doing them. This will help you to proactively tackle your work.
  • Promise yourself a reward. If you complete a difficult task on time, reward yourself with a treat, such as a slice of cake or a coffee from your favorite coffee shop. And make sure you notice how good it feels to finish things!
  • Ask someone to check up on you. Peer pressure works! This is the principle behind self-help groups. If you don't have anyone to ask, an online tool such as Procraster can help you to self-monitor.
  • Act as you go. Tackle tasks as soon as they arise, rather than letting them build up over another day.
  • Rephrase your internal dialog. The phrases "need to" and "have to," for example, imply that you have no choice in what you do. This can make you feel disempowered and might even result in self-sabotage. However, saying, "I choose to," implies that you own a project, and can make you feel more in control of your workload.
  • Minimize distractions. Turn off your email and social media, and avoid sitting anywhere near a television while you work!

If you procrastinate because you're disorganized, here are six strategies to help you get organized:

  1. Keep a To-Do List. This will prevent you from "conveniently" forgetting about those unpleasant or overwhelming tasks.
  2. Prioritize your To-Do List. This will enable you to quickly identify the activities that you should focus on, as well as the ones you can ignore.
  3. Become a master of scheduling and project planning. If you have a big project or multiple projects on the go and you don't know where to start, these tools can help you to plan your time effectively, and reduce your stress levels.
  4. Tackle the hardest tasks at your peak times. Do you work better in the morning or the afternoon? Identify when you're most effective, and do the tasks that you find most difficult at these times.
  5. Set yourself time-bound goals. Setting yourself specific deadlines to complete tasks will keep you on track to achieve your goals, and will mean that you have no time for procrastination!
  6. Use task- and time-management apps. There are numerous apps designed to help you to be more organized.

 

Additional Resources

https://www.rescuetime.com/  Rescue Time is a feature loaded desktop application for Windows, Mac, and Linux that tracks your activities. It helps you track not only applications but websites as well. You can set the number of hours you want to spend in a day on a particular site and Rescue Time will alert you on your email, RSS reader, or by SMS when you run out of time. You can create groups and compare your online stats with other users. You can also create a white-list of sites that you want Rescue Time to pay attention to.

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_96.htm

Tip 11: Inclusive Spaces/Resources on Campus November 6, 2018  

SJSU offers a wide range of free resources on campus. Many of these resources are physical spaces you can utilize throughout the semester. Listed below are a few resource centers you may or may not have known about:

Peer Connections serves as the campus-wide mentoring and tutoring program. Peer Mentors provide support and resources for SJSU students who have questions about the campus, student services, and programs, and the college transition process.  Peer Tutors are SJSU students who provide learning assistance with courses in a range of subjects, including but not limited to Mathematics, Writing, Science, Statistics, Physics, History, Political Science, and Engineering. Peer Connections also provides educational workshops on college success strategies and WST Preparation. Located in the Student Services Center Room 600.

http://peerconnections.sjsu.edu/

MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center provides support services and advocacy for students from historically underrepresented identity groups, along with programming, events, and leadership opportunities for all students, staff, faculty and San Jose community members at San Jose State University. Located in the Student Union (1st Floor of the Main Building across from the Bookstore).

http://www.sjsu.edu/mosaic/

The Gender Equity Center strives to empower students and educate the campus on a multitude of issues facing society based on gender. They organize and participate in a variety of events throughout the year, including: The Clothesline Project, Vagina Monologues, Take Back the Night, etc. Located in the Student Union Room 1650 (1st Floor of the Main Building).

http://www.sjsu.edu/genec/

The Pride Center is a place where LGBT students and allies can go for support and resources.  The center is a good place to meet other people who care about LGBT issues. It offers peer counseling/mentors, support groups, referrals to community resources, grassroots organizations, and events related to LGBT issues, and a small lending library. Located in the Student Union (1st Floor of the Main Building).

http://www.sjsu.edu/pride/

Established by Associated Students in July 2005, the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center (CCCAC) connects SJSU students with community service opportunities that deepen the educational experience while promoting the lifelong commitment to civic activism at the heart of the Cesar Chavez legacy.  Programs offered include: Alternative Spring Break, Campus Community Garden, Strive for College, Sembradores, In Solidarity, and the Spartan Legacy Training Academy. Located in the Student Union (1st Floor of the Main Building).

http://as.sjsu.edu/cccac/

The UndocuSpartan Student Resource Center (USRC) is invested in creating educational opportunities that will further the success of UndocuSpartans at SJSU. The USRC uses a cross-cultural and social justice lens to provide holistic support and resources to undocumented students and the campus community. Through collaboration, programming, trainings, and sharing of resources, the center hopes to create spaces where students and allies can have dialogue and learn about topics that pertain to immigration and access to educational opportunities. The center will work with undocumented students to include their voice in the work of the center and provide them with the platform to thrive and achieve their personal and educational goals.  Located in the Student Union (2nd Floor of the Main Building)

http://www.sjsu.edu/undocuspartan/

The Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center (CLSSC) is a responsive and culturally relevant academic success center devoted to providing inclusive and welcoming community spaces- ones that affirm students' intersecting identities, validate their capabilities, develop their skills, and foster positive interactions and relationships. Through a complex series of programs, services, and high-impact practices, the CLSSC builds coalitions with students, campus departments, and community partners to leverage our collective assets, and develop complementary strategies in pursuit of Chicanx/Latinx student Success. Located inside the Diaz Compean Student Union 1340 (across from Jamba Juice).

http://www.sjsu.edu/chicanxlatinxssc/

The African-American/Black Student Success Center’s primary mission is retaining, empowering, and successfully graduating African-American/Black students at SJSU. Their programs and services will include proven strategies for academic success and data-based assessment specifically designed to meet the needs of our students. They work with faculty, staff, administration, alumni and community stakeholders to foster academic achievement, pre-professional development, student leadership, and cultural awareness. Students are welcome to meet with the Program Director, Faculty Fellow-in-Residence and Student Success Interns at their convenience. Located in #1360 Diaz Compean Student Union Complex.

http://www.sjsu.edu/africanamericanblackssc/

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is designed as a one-stop resource that plays a primary role in serving the university's community of veterans and military students. Located in the Student Union Room 1500 (1st Floor of the Main Building).

http://www.sjsu.edu/veterans/

IDEAS at San José State University is the premier student-led startup accelerator. They connect students from all majors and help them begin their startups by providing the resources, workshops and internship programs that entrepreneurs need to succeed. Located in the Student Union (1st Floor of the Main Building).

https://ideassjsu.org/

The Accessible Education Center (AEC) is a comprehensive center that provides both students and employees with accommodations and services and works closely with faculty/staff to deliver services and promote access for students with disabilities in the classroom and throughout the campus. Located in Administration Building 110.

http://www.sjsu.edu/aec/

Wellness and Health Promotion is a unit under the Student Health Center that provides an array of services, workshops, and events aimed at supporting the health and wellbeing of students. Services include one-one appointments to address topics such as sexual wellness, healthy relationships, alcohol or drug use, nutrition, and body image. We also operate the "Condom-Co-op" where students can obtain free safer sex supplies. Feeling stressed? Book time in our massage chairs or check out our new light therapy to address seasonal mood issues. The comfortable Wellness Lounge is a great place to study, connect, play, or just be. We train over 50 Peer Health Educators to deliver interactive educational workshops and campus events addressing violence prevention, healthy relationships, nutrition, healthy body image, sexual wellness, stress, alcohol and other drugs, sleep, and more! Student Wellness Center – Located across from the Event Center.     

http://www.sjsu.edu/wellness/

Additional Departments and Resources: http://www.sjsu.edu/studentaffairs/departments_and_services/index.html

Tip 10: Visit the Career Center October 31, 2018 

Have you checked out the Career Center? Need Quick Career Tips?
Career Counselors through the Career Center provide coaching and counseling to San José State University students on a variety of topics including: job/internship search strategies, interviewing tips, grad school, choosing a major, finding a career with your major, career planning, enhancing your resume, and more.

 

Search for full-time, part-time, internship, co-op, or seasonal opportunities for free through SJSU Handshake brought to you by the Career Center. SJSU Handshake will allow you to enhance your job search and connect with employers across the Silicon Valley.

 

SJSU Career Center Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/careercenter/

Tip 9: Practice Self Care October 24, 2018

What does self-care mean to you? How are you taking care of yourself mentally and physically? As college students, it is easy to forget to take time to recharge and take care of yourself properly. It is important you find self-care tips and practices that work for you throughout the semester as midterms and finals approach. Here are some practices you can follow:

  1. Sleep. It sounds simple but to function properly, your body needs 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleeping allows your body to heal naturally and helps your brain recharge. Think about taking quick naps throughout the day to re-energize yourself before you study. To help increase better sleeping habits try turning off your electronics 30 minutes before you prepare for bed.
  2. Eat healthy and balanced meals. By following a nutritious food plan, it will give your body the natural vitamins and nutrients it needs to thrive. As a college student, you should incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily intake. Things to do: Eat breakfast daily, take multivitamins, drink 6-8 glasses of water and pack snacks for those long hours in the library and lab. Things to avoid: fried foods, refined sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
  3. Exercise. Exercising can really help to decrease stress levels. As a Spartan, you have unlimited access to the gym on campus. In addition, some gyms will offer discounts to college students. Aside from the gym, you can integrate other fitness activities, such as yoga, kickboxing, riding your bike, hiking, running, etc.
  4. Take breaks to refuel. Take period breaks while studying in the library or writing your paper. Don’t cram a 15-page paper in 24 hours before the deadline. Give yourself sufficient time to write your papers, so you can schedule breaks to replenish your energy.
  5. Journal. Journaling is a great way to write out your thoughts and feelings. You can also create a gratitude list in your journal to write out the things you are thankful for. This will help to shift your mind to think positive even during stressful moments in college.
  6. Meditate and practice relaxation techniques. Meditation is a great way to build self-awareness and develop a strategy to manage stressors in college. You can practice meditation and relaxation techniques by finding a quiet space to take deep breaths in a relaxed position. Always remember to turn off your electronic devices to decrease distractions. Other forms of relaxation are listening to soothing music, religious rituals and reading. You can go on websites like Youtube to find guided meditation exercises.
  7. Set realistic goals for yourself. Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself. You can write out your goals and place them in an area where you can see it daily to stay motivated. Remember the S.M.A.R.T. goals formula: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Timely and Realistic when creating your goals. Don’t forget to reward yourself when accomplishing your goals.
  8. Get support from relationships. Having supportive relationships tends to be better for your mental health. Aside from spending time with your family and friends, get involved in campus organizations of your choice. Although you’re attending college to pursue a college degree, set aside time to have a social life. It will help you recharge!


These tips were provided by: https://www.mindsoother.com/blog/8-quick-self-care-strategies-for-college-students

Tip 8: Meet with an Academic or Major Advisor October 22, 2018  Have you met with your academic or major advisor yet? Schedule a meeting with your advisor to plan out classes to take for the Spring and to clarify any questions you may have about courses. For some students, before you register for classes next semester, there may be a hold on your account. Make sure you check MySJSU to find out if there are any holds you must complete to lift it off your account and register for classes on time. Start making appointments or plans now to see your advisor before spots fill up. Enrollment dates for the Spring Semester will be posted on October 23rd and Registration begins on October 30th. 
Tip 7: Organizing Your Life October 22, 2018

You might find your new life as a student a little bit hectic; trying to balance your homework, job, family life, and also taking time for yourself. There are a lot of small things you can do to help with time management.

 

  1. Plan ahead: look at your semester as a whole, when are all your major assignments/projects/presentations due? This will help you determine when your busiest times of the semester might be. If you have large projects, try to create your own mini due dates throughout the semester, in order to avoid waiting until the last minute.  
  2. Use Calendars: whether it’s Google calendar, iCal, or even an paper calendar. Add assignment due dates, schedule study time for large projects, if you have group projects add your classmates to your calendar. The MLK library offers group study space that you can reserve online up to a week in advance, and they’re open 7 days a week, 24 hours Sunday through Thursday.
  3. Make weekly schedules: look at your week in advance and determine what you need to do. Make a list of tasks and prioritize them, think about how much time and energy each task requires. If you have a full day of classes with only a small break then pick the “low hanging fruit” of your tasks, things that are easily accomplishable.
  4. Remove the clutter: whether you’re at home, on the bus, in the library, create a clean environment for yourself so you can focus. Organize your documents on your laptop to make them easier to find, make your bed, do the dishes (even though it’s the worst thing ever), organize your backpack, replenish your supplies of pens, highlighters, snacks, get up five minutes earlier! If you feel overwhelmed take five minutes to declutter, every bit helps!
  5. Be kind to yourself: Start your day with five minute yoga, deep breathing or meditation. If you miss a deadline don’t beat yourself up. Take time for yourself, it’s ok to say no to that extra shift at work, or stay home on a Saturday night to rest. Being organized includes taking care of yourself and penciling in time to do things you enjoy.

 

Tools for getting organized:

  • Trello is web-based tool that allows you to create interactive boards for projects, create lists and tasks with due dates. They have a free version and you can even add collaborators for group projects.
  • Distraction blocking apps like Stay Focused and Anti-Social can help remove daily distractions and keep you on track.
  • Organize your time in 25 minutes intervals with the app Pomodero Technique.
  • Bullet journaling is an organizational method for those that like to use paper, however they do have an app companion.
Tip 6: Amplify Your Strengths October 3, 2018

What do you think of when you hear strengths? What strengths do you use in your everyday life? Often times it is easy to focus on developing and improving on weaknesses, but it can decrease chances of success. Instead, consider emphasizing and developing your top strengths and what you are good at to make it even better. You may find over time by devoting your energy into honing in your skills and strengths it will allow you to reach your goals more efficiently and effectively. Start taking advantage of who you are and what you can do with your abilities. Starting this week come to Peer Connections to learn about your Strengths during our weekly Strengths Workshops facilitated by Strengths Coaches and Mentors:

 

10/2 12pm-1pm Introduction to Strengths, SSC Room 604

10/9 12pm-1pm Self Exploration in Strengths, SSC Room 604

10/17 12pm-1pm Interpersonal Strengths, SSC Room 604

10/23 12pm-1pm Career Exploration in Strengths, SSC Room 604

10/31 12pm-1pm Closing Strengths Wrap up, SSC Room 604

Tip 5: Goal Setting September 27, 2018

What are your goals for this semester? Do you want to aim for A’s and B’s? Improve your study habits? Find opportunities to gain work experience? Take a moment and think about what you would like to accomplish in your first semester at SJSU. How can you make the best use of your time on campus and off? Consider the resources that are offered for free to students that will assist you in reaching your goals and how to stay on track to accomplish them. Meet with a Peer Mentor to discuss them and create an action plan.

 

Peer Mentor Online Appointment Scheduling: http://peerconnections.sjsu.edu/appointments/

Tip 4: Personalized Research Help  September 27, 2018

Did you know there is a librarian expert for every major? Even if you’re undeclared you can still get help from a librarian for every class you take! Find your librarian from this list of subject librarians.

Here is what your librarian can do for you:

  • Help explore your research topic
  • Show you all the library resources on your topic
  • Help develop effective search strategies for library databases as well as Google
  • Meet with you one-on-one for an in-depth research consultation
  • Show you tools for managing your research citations
  • Explore technologies in the library

 

You can also find online guides for your courses and major if you want to explore what the library has on your own. Browse this list of online research guides, you can search by subject (major), or by librarian.  

 

If all else fails come to the first floor service desk in the library and speak with a librarian from 9am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, 9am to 1pm Friday, and 1pm to 7pm on Sunday.  

 
Tip 3: Are you using SJSU's resources? September 6, 2018 

Make sure you are taking full advantage of the resources you have already paid for through your tuition to get questions answered you may have about your classes.

Connect with faculty: First off, don’t miss out on the opportunity of connecting with the faculty who teach your classes. Go to office hours or approach them after class with a question. Introduce yourself and remind them what class you are in. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time so you are organized. If you are nervous, recruit a friend from the class to join you. In addition to tapping in to their expertise, asking them questions and sharing ideas you have with them is a great way to gain experience in professional networking, a skill critical to getting a job and being promoted in your field.

Tutoring and workshops: There are also numerous tutoring resources and professional development workshops included in your tuition. Take a moment now to look over all the resources ranging from development in writing, communication, technology, and specific content areas and fields.

Tutoring Hub:http://www.sjsu.edu/tutoring/

Academic Success and Professional Development Workshops:http://www.sjsu.edu/tutoring/docs/index.html

 
Tip 2: Details on the drop/ withdrawing process August 30, 2018

 

This Friday Aug 31st (at 11:59 p.m.) is the last day to drop any classes online through MySJSU.

Right now you should review all your syllabi. Evaluate assignments, due dates, and course workload with everything else you have going on. Make sure this is the right schedule for you.

After Friday 8/31, you will need to submit petition to drop or withdraw. The drop petition is used for individual classes.  If you are dropping more than one, fill out a petition for each class. The withdrawal petition is used to drop all classes. Petitions can will be available next week at Drop/Withdrawal Petitions. The HealthCare Provider form is also found on this page.

The only exception to submitting a petition is if you are changing from one section of a class to another section of the same class through Monday, 9/10, the last day to add. In this case, you should take your permission/add code to Window R in the lobby of the Student Services Center, and the Registrar’s Office will make the section change.

For the drop and withdrawal petitions, read the instruction page carefully and note the following:

 

  • You should submit a drop or withdrawal petition if you have had a significant change in life circumstances that occurred after the drop date (or, because of the scope of the incident, clearly prevented you from dropping classes by the deadline). These must be verifiable in some way. Really, you need to show what changed in your life- something unanticipated that is contributing to not being able to handle that load of classes or specific times of classes.  If you are only dropping some classes, you need to address why you must drop those specific classes.
  • Drops will not be approved because of lack of prerequisites, poor academic performance, non-attendance, change of major, or because a class is not required.
  • Final approval is granted by Academic Advising and Retention Services (AARS). Instructors, Major Advisors, and Associate Deans either acknowledge or recommend. They do not approve.
  • There are no refunds for drops (except for Open U classes). Refunds for withdrawals are pro-rated and may affect financial aid.
  • All approved classes that are dropped will show a W grade, which does not calculate in the gpa.
  • You are expected to continue to attend class until notified by a MySJSU message that the drop has been approved.
  • All petitions require both a personal statement and supporting documentation.

 

Tip 1:Do you have your textbooks yet? August 23, 2018

Don't postpone getting your textbooks and other course materials. If you delay, you can get behind in class.

Check out this site for some low/ no cost options for textbooks: https://library.sjsu.edu/affordable-learning-solutions/resources-students (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

If the textbook for your class is not on reserve in the library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. already, send an email or Canvas message to your course instructor asking her/him if they could put one on reserve.