|Tip 11: Getting Ready for Finals
May 15, 2018
Good luck on your finals. There are resources to support you listed on this website including when and where there will be resource tables to get supplies or snacks
as well as numerous activities to take a study break. This information is also on
the “Finals Programs and Resources” tile on the SJSU Sammy app.
Some tips for studying to keep in mind:
Take time to sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. These factors all are linked to greater
memory, efficiency in test taking, and creativity in problem solving.
Study actively- review concepts out loud or write down key thoughts, practice problems,
etc, You will enhance your memory versus just reading over notes or texts.
Study far enough in advance to get your questions answered. Study a little bit each
day for each subject. As you work on that class, create a list of questions. Go to
the professor’s office hours, post them on your class discussion board, or review
them with others in the class.
Study together - meet up with other students (or post things on the Canvas discussion
board) to talk through questions, practice problems, share ideas for possible test
questions, etc. You will learn more by answering others' questions and getting your
questions answered. You can reserve a study room for your group at the library.
|Tip 10: Now is the time to get ready for Fall 2018 registration
||April 25, 2018
Fall 2018 registration is coming soon. Now is the time to get prepared and get any
questions you have answered.
You want to be ready to register immediately at the start of your registration time.
Your registration time (enrollment appointment) is posted in your MySJSU account.
Check your account for holds (they show up on the right side of your home page after
you log into MySJSU). Get those holds addressed now. If you do not know how to remove
the hold, go to the front desk of Academic Advising and Retention Services in the
Student Services Center. They will help you figure out who you need to speak to about
If you have not already done so, watch the videos on advising and registration in
Module 1. These will guide you through the process of both figuring out what classes
you need and the registration process itself.
Check MyProgress to see how the courses you are in this semester count towards your degree. The courses
you are in this semester will have yellow diamonds by them. Make sure all courses
and test credit you brought in to SJSU are showing up in there. If you think there
is a discrepancy, contact your college success center.
Run MyPlanner. The tool automatically maps out next semester’s recommended courses along with all
the courses left for your degree in a multi-semester plan. If you do not have a link
for MyPlanner in your MySJSU, ask your department chair about the timeline of when
your major will be launched.
Right before your registration time, use MyScheduler to generate your ideal schedule and load your “shopping cart”. Then, when your registration
time comes you just need to submit it.
If you have any questions about what courses to take in the Fall, contact your college success center or enter your question in this form and an advisor will get back to you.
|Tip 9: Planning your Summer
||April 18, 2018
Summer Registration: Summer registration opens next week (on Monday April 9th). The class schedule and calendar are online. You can view your registration appointment for summer in MySJSU.
Year Round Pell: Effective July 2017, the federal government implemented the Year-Round Pell Grant
program. This means Pell Grant funds can be used to cover a portion of the cost of
summer courses. To take advantage of this, you must be eligible during the current
academic year for the Pell Grant and take a minimum of six units. These can all be
taken in one summer session or you can take three units in each session. If you have
questions on whether you are eligible to use the Pell Grant in the summer or if it
is the right financial decision for you, go meet with a drop-in financial aid counselor.
Using MyPlanner to Select Summer Courses: You can use MyPlanner to find summer courses that count towards your degree.
First log into MyPlanner through MySJSU. It is a left side link under “Academics” after you log into MySJSU.
There are a small number of majors not yet active in MyPlanner. If the link is not
there, ask your department chair about the timeline for when your major will be activated.
After MyPlanner sets up your plan (which will take about 15 seconds if this is your
first time using it), select “Continue”.
Then select "Edit Preferences". Click on the “+” sign in any of the rows to add a semester. Select “Summer 2018”
from the pull down menu.
Enter the number of units you would like to take in the summer. (To be eligible for
a Pell grant, you must take at last 6 units.)
MyPlanner is linked to the existing summer schedule and will bring up summer courses
that count towards your degree. This will also automatically adjust the remaining
semesters' scheduled, allowing you to see if taking these summer courses reduces the
number of semesters you will be at SJSU. The cost of summer tuition may be countered
by reducing your time to degree. If taking summer courses moves the graduation date
up a semester, this will increase your savings by an estimated $25,000 (based on a
study by the Campaign for College Opportunity which accounts for saved tuition and average potential earned income with a bachelor’s
|Tip 8: It is time to start building your professional network
||April 4, 2018
If you aren’t looking for a job right now, it may seem to early for you to start networking
with professionals. However, it is important to start on this early. Not only, to
hone your skills but also because it will help you succeed in the classes you are
Often it is who you know and who knows you that is a key factor in securing a job.
Therefore, it is important to start to meet people in your prospective field and to
practice communicating about yourself with others. Communicating about yourself and
concepts in your field will also help reinforce what you are learning about that discipline
in your classes.
So, how can you work on networking?
The Career Center has extensive resources on how to go about building your network.
Get involved in an SJSU student org for your major
Attend talks on campus or in the local area. Ask questions, approach the speaker afterwards
to introduce yourself.
Go to office hours. Talk with your professor about questions you have for the class
but also about what interests you in your field.
Practice talking with your friends and family about the content in your classes. The
more confident you get explaining the material, the easier it will be to talk to professionals
in your field. This will also have the added benefit of helping you secure that material
in your memory.
|Tip 7: MLK Library
||March 9, 2018
Top 10 Reasons SJSU Students Are Always at the Library
1. Plenty of space to study: Nine floors and 475,000 square feet. Includes 39 study rooms, and
both quiet and talking floors.
2. A librarian for every SJSU major. Contact your librarian for research help.
3. Wifi on every floor! Your MySJSU account is your login.
4. Your textbook might be free as an ebook or on reserve.
5. 3D printing for your assignments.
6. Technology to borrow for free.
Laptops, iPads, calculators, cables, chargers, adapters, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and more can be borrowed for free rom the library: library.sjsu.edu/student-computing-services.
7. Software training to complete an assignment. library.sjsu.edu/sttc.
8. Rooms you can reserve to work with your project team or study group.
9. Unique collections. The King Library houses the Beethoven Center, Steinbeck Center,
California Room, SJSU Special Collections, Cultural Heritage Center,
and Mark Trent Goldberg musical theater collection.
10. All-night study hours and late night tutoring.
|Tip 6: Are You Maximizing Your Studying?
||March 6, 2018
Here are some tips to maximize your studying.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Eating right, getting adequate sleep, and exercising are all scientifically shown to impact memory and test performance.
- Make your studying active. Don’t just re-read notes or look over homework problems.
Take new notes. Write down important concepts and questions you have. Work on new
problems. You can make up problems or essay prompts and share them with others in
- Explain what you understand to someone else. This is sure to highlight what you need
to study more. A great way to do this is to study with others from your class. Reserve a study room in the library and use the Canvas discussion board to invite others from the class
to join you there. You can also review material with a family member or friend. Even
if they know nothing about the topic, they will ask you some great questions.
- Your instructor is there to help you. Make a list of questions and go to his/her office
hours or send her/him an email or Canvas message. Be sure to leave plenty of time
(don’t do this the night before the test). The ability to explain yourself to your
peers and those above you at work is a key skill needed for promotions. So, consider
office hours as a safe way to practice that skill now.
Other SJSU resources including free tutoring and workshops are listed on the Tutoring Hub
|Tip 5: Free Resources for Writing
||February 23, 2018
A key component to excelling in most any field is your oral and written communication
skills. SJSU has free resources to help you hone these skills. This will help you
both in classes now and benefit you down the road in your professional career.
Check out the expanded resources of the SJSU Writing Center! During the spring 2018 semester, they are offering drop-in tutoring services in their Clark Hall 126 location, and they are offering their regularly scheduled tutoring sessions in their new location on the second floor of the MLK Library. They serve all active SJSU students (graduate and undergraduate).
All students are encouraged to attend Writing Center workshops, visit them for one-on-one tutoring, read their blog, and use their handouts and videos (all of which are created by SJSU writing tutors).
|Tip 4: Using University Resources
||February 16, 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
Tutoring Hub: http://www.sjsu.edu/tutoring/
Academic Success and Professional Development Workshops: http://www.sjsu.edu/tutoring/docs/index.html
|Tip 3: Time Management
||February 9, 2018
Now is the time in the semester to make sure you are organized and have your time
managed well. Need some tips on that?
Peer Connections has a time management workshop coming up: Thursday, February 15th,
2-3pm in SSC 603
Also, the Spartan Success Portal has an online time management workshop. To access
- Go to My.SJSU.edu
- Click on the “Spartan Success Portal”
- Create an account (free to all SJSU students)
- Search “Time Management” (There are also 53 other online workshops on professional
As you collect all your class syllabi, you should take some time to make a formal, weekly time management schedule.
- Plan out when you will be in class and other set commitments like work or caring for
- Allot time for exercise, eating, commuting, and adequate sleep.
- Block out times during each day when you are going to study. Set aside to do the weekly
recurring activities like homework, readings, etc.
- Use a calendar and block out when the major assignments for each class are due all
- Be realistic and allow time for you to be yourself. That is, put in time for things
that are important to you like socializing, spending time online, or volunteering.
- Recruit one of your friends to be an “accountability buddy”. Share you schedule with
them and ask them to check in with you about how often you study or how much time
you spend on other things that might be hard for you to limit like socializing or
- Share your schedule with your family. Help them to understand the new time commitments
you will have with college.
There are more time management resources here:
|Tip 2: Details on dropping/withdrawing from classes
||February 2, 2018
Monday 2/5 (at 11:59 p.m.) is the last day to drop any classes online through MySJSU. (Please note that the system
will be down from midnight on Friday 2/2 through 5 p.m. on Sunday 2/4. Plan to adjust
your schedule before Friday night.) 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.
Beginning Tuesday 2/6 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 be found
at Drop/Withdrawal Petitions. The HealthCare Provider form is also found on this page. The petitions for Spring
18 will be posted on 2/6.
The only exception to submitting a petition starting Tuesday, 2/6 is if you are changing
from one section of a class to another section of the same class through Monday, 2/12,
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
- 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: Welcome Back- are you in the right classes?
||January 25, 2018
Welcome back! We hope you had a good fall semester and a restful break. We are thrilled
to have the energy and enthusiasm of students back on campus.
Here are some tips for making sure you are in the classes you need this semester:
- Check your schedule: If you have not already done so, log into MySJSU and make sure the schedule appears
matches what you think you are in. Make sure you know where each class is located.
- 15 to Finish: You should be registered for 15 units to make timely progress to your degree. Students
who register for more units per semester actually have higher GPAs. Also, registering for 15 units each semester instead of 12 will save you over $20,000 in
tuition and lost income.
- Wait list/ adding a class: The wait lists from the regular registration period have gone away. If you want to add a class, you
need to contact the instructor and/or go to the first class session. Using MyScheduler is the easiest way to find classes that fit in your schedule and have space available.
- MyProgess: Have you run MyProgress yet? If not, take some time now. The courses you passed in fall (and any AP or other
units you transferred in) will show up as “green” on your MyProgress. The courses
you are registered for in spring will be “yellow”. The “red” courses will show you
the remaining requirements for your degree.
- Dropping a class: You have until Monday Feb 5th to drop a class. So, for now, do not drop a class until you have been added into an
- GE options not at SJSU: If you can't find a GE course at SJSU that matches your schedule, try using Quottly to find options. This site will help you find transferable, online courses at other
Cal State Universities and California Community Colleges that count towards SJSU's
GE requirements. It is free to search (there is a $34 fee if you register for the
course through Quottly).
Any questions? Contact an advisor in your college success center or email firstname.lastname@example.org