The end of the semester usually involves major papers, projects, and tests that need to be completed before the final exam period, so you might not be thinking about finals just yet. Wise students know that one of the keys to strong final exam performance is preparing early. Use this guide from Academic Support Programs to help you form a plan to tackle this semester’s finals. Best wishes!
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Ministry Guidance Program
Seeking wise counsel is a critical component of exploring a call to vocational ministry. The Ministry Guidance Program at Baylor has several resources to help you learn more about yourself and the prospect of working in Christian ministry. Visit the program’s website to learn more about the different aspects of the program, and when you visit, make sure to follow the links on the left sidebar to get more detailed information.
Are You Serious About Medical School Admissions?
Any prehealth student at Baylor should be utilizing one of the most valuable resources that you have available on campus: the Prehealth Programs office. The sooner you connect with a prehealth advisor, the better. Current prehealth students can view announcements in Blackboard, attend information sessions, or enroll in courses to become more informed. You can also contact the Prehealth Programs office with your questions about the medical school admissions process. The advisors have expertise in guiding students through this process and helping them understand what it will take to be successful. Visit the website for Prehealth Programs to get started.
Preparing for Finals
The return to campus after Thanksgiving Break usually reminds students that final exams are imminent. To help you prepare appropriately, the Academic Support Programs department offers a guide and a workshop to help you in your exam preparation. Click here to give yourself the best possibility of ending the semester with stellar grades.
Majors in Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences houses more academic majors than any other school at Baylor University. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree have numerous options, and the College has a fantastic online resource for obtaining more information on each of their programs. Students who visit the Majors in Arts and Sciences website will find sections on major descriptions, sample classes, and career possibilities. For a quick comparison of your options, this site is excellent.
Interested in Sales?
Here is a great opportunity to hear from a sales professional about his career through the Baylor Business Professional Development Program “First Wednesdays”.
Here is some information about the event as seen in “On the Baylor Horizon”:
“Wednesday, November 7, 5 p.m. in the Kayser Auditorium. First Wednesdays provide an opportunity for students to hear from business professionals about various roles in sales and marketing. Paul Nelson, sales executive with IBM, will share insights from over 30 years of experience in sales, management, and executive management positions. For additional information, visit www.baylor.edu/business/selling/pdp.”
Financial Aid for Graduate School
A large percentage of Baylor undergraduate students say that they intend to pursue some type of postgraduate education. Earning a graduate or professional degree can enhance career and financial opportunities, but it is normal to wonder how to pay for graduate school. One of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of receiving financial aid is to begin your search early. You will also want to know what type of degree you are pursuing. From there, consider the following resources to help you in your search:
Funding Your Graduate Education: Sources of Information (United States Department of Education)
Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Student Employment (Baylor University Student Financial Services)
Sources of Funding (Baylor University Graduate School)
Financial Aid Advice (Baylor University Student Financial Services)
Scary Grades? What to Do if You Received an Academic Warning
The transition to the rigor of college-level work can be challenging, and Baylor has a system to alert students if their grades are significantly low. The purpose of the academic warnings is to alert a student in enough time that the grades could still be improved. This improvement does not happen by magic. If you received an academic warning, here are some steps you can take to orient yourself back to a successful path:
1) Talk to your professor. The professor is the person who noticed your difficulties and was concerned enough to issue the academic warning. Your professors want to help you, and this is why they have office hours. If you are unavailable during your professor’s office hours, contact them about scheduling an appointment. Professors are the foremost experts on their own classes. Therefore, they have the potential to offer more specific assistance than anyone else could.
2) Seek assistance and use the resources of Academic Support Programs. Supplemental Instruction, tutoring, and academic coaching on study skills and time management can work wonders for your grades.
3) If you are really struggling in a class specific to your major or your chosen career path, perhaps it is a good time to re-evaluate the goal. Meeting with a career counselor is a confidential way to explore your options. If there is a certain type of class that you would like to avoid, career counselors are knowledgeable about which majors might allow you to focus more energy on your strengths. Click here to schedule an appointment.
The bottom line is to take action to improve your grades. You have a team of faculty and staff eager to help you succeed. Just ask, and we are happy to help.