Important Advice & Info for Sophomores
Dear Butler Sophomores,
Welcome back from fall break!
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. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time in the term to make adjustments, such as joining a study group, improving your efficiency at taking notes or preparing for exams, or getting help in office hours.
You may want to consult the McGraw Center to find out more information about the wide array of academic resources available to you, including study halls, academic strategies workshops, the Writing Center, and individual learning strategies consultations. Also, your instructors are often your best academic resource, so be sure to talk to them. Additionally, if you are struggling in a 100- or 200-level math, science, or language course, tutoring may be available. To discuss getting a tutor, just schedule an appointment with me at wass.princeton.edu.
Your faculty adviser, Dean Stirk, and I are here to help you, as are your peer advisers, who have compiled the excellent advice attached to this e-mail. (As a reminder, the list of peer advisers paired with your RCA is attached to this e-mail, but you should also feel free to contact any of the ones listed on our website.) On the Major Choices website, you can also find the names of all Princeton peer advisers in particular departments on the department pages, along with other useful information. (Keep an eye out as more Major Choices events are planned in coming weeks.)
Finally, here are some useful dates and information for you to know about:
- Mid-term grades can be seen in SCORE as they are posted (mid-term grades are usually reported for 100 and 200-level courses).
- You may elect to drop a class or take a class Pass/D/F on SCORE until Friday, November 22. No course drops or grade option changes are permitted after Nov. 22. You should talk with your faculty adviser, Dean Stirk or me before making any changes. You may also find it valuable to talk to your peer advisers for their perspective.
- If you are considering dropping a class and would become course deficient, you must come speak to me or Dean Stirk first.
Course Offerings for the spring semester is already available on the Registrar’s site for those of you who can’t wait, and your advising period for fall course enrollment will begin November 18 and end on December 8. I will send you more information about enrollment for spring term courses in the next couple of weeks, as well as reminders about academic deadlines—so be sure to keep an eye out for these messages.
Don’t hesitate to contact your faculty advisers, peer advisers, me, or Dean Stirk if you have any concerns.
Matthew Lazen, Ph.D.
Director of Studies