Wednesday, January 17, 2018

REPOST: Looking for an extra credit or two: here are some ways you might find one



Reminder: we recommend that you enroll in an average of 15 credits each semester

Why?
  1. To be on track for on-time graduation having completed 122 credits in 8 semesters (15.25 x 8 = 122).
  2. To keep some flexibility in case something goes badly awry during the semester.  All students must complete a minimum of 12 credits every semester, so if you're in 15 credits, you can drop something if you have to without falling below the minimum.


How?

If you're having trouble getting up to 15 and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add during the next add/drop window or later, here are some options and tips.  Know of something that's not on here?  Email first-year@barnard.edu, and we'll add it!



1-2 credit course options:

1.  Fulfill your PE requirement if you haven't yet -- register (or waitlist if need be) online and be sure to attend the first class meeting.  You may earn one additional PE credit beyond the requirement if there is room in a PE class and you want to take a second one*.  PE courses will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final registration deadline.  
*NOTE:  Only students who won't have fulfilled the PE requirement by the end of this semester may register in advance for PE next semester.  If you want to take a second PE class, you should go to the class you want to join on its first day, and see if there is space available.


2.  Take a dance class
Dance classes will will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.  

3.  Depending on your background and interests, below are some popular ways to enrich your academic experience while also adding a credit or two.  Some may be full when you attempt to register, but you may be able to join a waiting list.  Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites or special registration procedures!

4. Search the Columbia Directory of Classes for current-semester courses that contain the keyword "Points: 1" or "Points: 2" (single space between the colon and the number).  You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, or supervised senior research if you're a first-year, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing -- make sure anything you're interested in is offered in the current semester, is appropriate for undergrads, and allows Barnard students:



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

IMPORTANT: Please drop "extra" sections of FY Seminar or FY Writing ASAP



As a reminder, students may not register for more than one section of FY Seminar or FY Writing. There is simply not enough space to allow this, and it harms your fellow students by making them unable to register for a required course.  

If you are registered for more than one FY Seminar or FY Writing course, please immediately drop all but one.  

If you are trying to drop an extra FYS or FYW class and receive an error message, please contact or visit the Registrar ASAP.

If you are registered for multiple sections of FY Seminar or FY Writing on Wednesday, January 17 at 12 noon, the registrar will arbitrarily drop all but one from your schedule -- take care of this yourself ASAP if you want to have a choice in this matter.  

DEADLINE WEDNESDAY 11:30PM: Enrollment Confirmation Online for the spring semester


Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, at 11:30 p.m. is the deadline for Enrollment Confirmation online for the spring semester.

Check out this VIDEO (requires myBarnard login) for step-by-step directions. 

If you have a hold on your enrollment confirmation for any reason, be sure to take care of it as soon as possible; you’ll need to see the relevant person, address the issue, and get a signed clearance form to take to the Registrar's Office (107 Milbank).

If you miss the deadline, you will be charged late fees, so confirm your enrollment as soon as possible -- it will only take a few minutes.

If you're reading this after the deadline, you can still confirm your enrollment, but you can't do it online, and the late fees increase the longer you remain unconfirmed, so go the Registrar's Office ASAP to resolve this.

Have a great first day of classes!

Milestone: Your Second-Ever First Day of Classes


Welcome back and happy first day of classes!

Nearly all spring courses begin this week, so unless you've been told otherwise, be sure to attend all the classes you hope to take, whether you are registered or waitlisted.  In many cases, you need to do this to confirm you registration or increase your chances of being admitted from the waiting list.

Dance classes begin the first week of classes -- be sure to attend the first class meeting, even if you are waitlisted!

PE classes begin the second week of classes -- be sure to attend the first class meeting, even if you are waitlisted!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Meet with your adviser before Jan 26 -- advising & schedule review/approval

On the first day of classes each semester, everyone’s schedule in myBarnard/Student Planning is flagged for adviser review.

Plan to meet with your adviser during the first two weeks of the semester (variously known as add/drop, final registration, and “shopping period”), before the final registration deadline: Jan. 26. This deadline is listed in the Barnard Academic Calendar and in the Barnard First-Year Deadlines gBear calendar for your reference for this and future semesters. Once you and your adviser are satisfied with your current-semester course schedule, your adviser will review and approve your finalized course selections. To see if your adviser has reviewed your schedule, go to the home screen of Student Planning and click the Advising tab.




Under the advising tab, you’ll be able to see the last time your adviser reviewed your schedule. Your adviser will approve your schedule sometime during the shopping period, ordinarily during your advising meeting.




If you make changes to your schedule after your adviser has reviewed and approved it, you’ll need to request another review from your adviser. To do this, click “Request Review” under the advising tab on Student Planning.



This will send an alert to your adviser and let them know that a further review of your schedule is necessary.

All schedules should be reviewed and approved by the end of shopping/final registration/add/drop period, which again is Jan 26.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Opportunity: Apply to Tutor through Barnard's Peer-to-Peer Learning Program



Apply to be a Peer Tutor
The Barnard Dean of Studies (DOS) Office and the Academic Success and Enrichment Program (ASEP) are seeking current Barnard students to serve as tutors in our Peer-to-Peer Learning programs.  DOS and ASEP Peer Tutors are paid $15/hour, for anywhere between two and ten hours per week (depending on your availability and demand for tutors in your area), to meet individually or in small groups (no more than three students) with fellow students who have requested a tutor for support in a particular class.  Tutors are also paid for approximately one hour per month of training/in-service.

Subjects where tutors are most in demand include:  Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Physics, and Foreign Language, but other subjects may also be needed depending on student requests, so you are encouraged to apply even if the subject you want to tutor does not appear on this list.

Qualifications:
Successful completion of the Barnard course(s) (or equivalent) that you are applying to tutor in
Experience as a peer tutor preferred but not required
Empathy, Patience, Clarity, and Kindness
Commitment to academic integrity
Good academic and disciplinary standing in the College
3.0 GPA
Senior, Junior, Sophomore, or second-semester First-Year status

To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Learning Tutor:
1.  Apply at BarnardWorks Ref # 4322
2.  Fill out this form: https://barnard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bwqkKKhpmQQE9Mh
3.  Make an appointment for an interview.  You may meet with either Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean & Dean for Academic Assistance or Elida Martinez-Gaynor, Associate Director for Collegiate Programs in the Academic Success and Enrichment Programs.

Questions? Email peertopeer@barnard.edu

Reminder: Enrollment Confirmation must be done EVERY SEMESTER - deadline = Wed 1/17/18

Barnard requires every student to confirm enrollment every semester, between the Friday before classes begin and the Wednesday of the first week of classes (Jan 12 - Jan 17 this semester).

Follow these simple steps to complete the required Enrollment Confirmation this semester and every semester!  This is separate from and unrelated to class registration but is also required.






Log into myBarnard on a computer connected to the Barnard network. 





Click on the ACADEMICS tab. Under myAcademicRecord, click “Enrollment Confirmation,” If you can't proceed due to some kind of hold, follow up with the relevant office ASAP. Once the hold is cleared, proceed as above and follow directions as they appear.


Don’t miss this deadline:  Wed., Jan.17, 11:30PM! 

Pro Tip: Do this during business hours in case you have a problem or question.




If you miss the deadline, go to the Registrar's Office at 107 Milbank ASAP. If it's past the deadline, you have to confirm in person at the registrar’s office, and you will be charged a late fee that increases the longer you wait.

FRIDAY 1/12/18 = Last Day to Add/Drop FY Writing or FY Seminar Online -- They're LOCKED once classes begin

If you want to switch into a different First-Year Writing (FYW) or First-Year Seminar (FYS) class that has space available, please note that today, Friday, January 12, is the last day you may do so.

As of this morning, all FYW sections are full -- please meet with the FY Dean ASAP if you are having a problem with your FYW registration

As of this morning, the following FYW sections have space:
FYSB-BC1216-01 REVOLUTION:LOCKE TO LUXEMBOURG
FYSB-BC1270-02 THE AMERICAS II
FYSB-BC1601-03 REACTING TO THE PAST

Once classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, all FY Writing and FY Seminar registrations will be locked.

Note that instructors cannot override this registration lock, and we are unable to accommodate email requests. If you have a FYW or FYS scheduling problem once classes begin, you must meet ASAP with the First-Year Dean, who may or may not be able to assist.  

Early Incomplete Deadline = Friday 1/12/18


If you took an Incomplete in any of your fall 2017 classes and want to do what is known as a "vanishing incomplete," please note that the deadline to turn in all outstanding work is this Friday, January 12.

Reminder: all such work must be turned in to both the instructor and the registrar, so that it can be time-stamped and they can confirm that you have met this deadline.

Read more about Incomplete policies and procedures at https://barnard.edu/registrar/incomplete.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FAQ: deferred exam information


If you received permission for a deferred exam in a Fall 2017 class, be sure to check this page of the Registrar's website to confirm the time and place of the exam on Friday, January 20.

The schedule should be posted by this Friday, January 12.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Breaking news!: BIOL-BC1002 now called "Global Health & Ecology" AND counts for Thinking Globally!


BIOL-BC1002, formerly called Contemporary Issues in Biology, is now called Global Health and Ecology and fulfills Thinking through Global Inquiry! 

The Directory of Classes description has not been updated yet -- correct info is on the Barnard Bio Department website and below:

BIOL BC1002 Global Health and Ecology (formerly Contemporary Issues in Biology) (Spring) Fulfills Thinking through Global Inquiry.

This is an introductory biology course intended for non-science majors. This course does not fulfill biology major requirements or premedical requirements. For students fulfilling a Foundations requirement, BC1002 may be taken as a one-semester course, with no prerequisites (BIOL BC1001 or AP/IB credit are prerequisites for students fulfilling Nine Ways of Knowing.)

What disease is the number one killer worldwide? What will be the next pandemic? Fundamentals of human physiology and microbiology are explored in the context of major global health issues. Principles of ecology are outlined, with an emphasis on the bidirectional impact of interactions of humans with the global environment. Lab exercises introduce biological techniques for studying these topics. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

What to do if you can't find a spot in a PE class but need to fulfill the requirement


If you're a first-year student who didn't complete one credit of Dance or PE this fall, don't forget that PE is a required course for all first-year students.  If you didn't register for PE during the fall advance-registration period, don't despair!  There is space available in a few sections of PE offered in Spring 2018.

Here's what to do:

1.  Check the Directory of Classes to find a PE or Dance class with space available.

2.  Plan and Register for this class to your Course Plan for spring 2018 in Student Planning.  Don't worry if it shows up as 0 credits -- the registrar will change this to 1 credit for all eligible students after the final registration deadline in January.

4.  Don't forget: you must attend the first class session (for Dance, the first two sessions) to confirm your enrollment.

5.  Dance classes begin the first week of classes.

6.  Barnard PE classes begin the second week of classes.

FAQ:  
What if I play a varsity sport?  Can I earn PE credit for that and if so how?
Yes!  Search the Catalogue for PHED-UN1005, select your sport from among the available sections, and register for that section as you would for any other class.

What if all the classes are full but I still need a PE class? Should I panic?
Do NOT panic!  For Dance classes, you may join a waitlist and attend the first meetings during the first week of classes to see if you can get in.  For PE:  identify several PE classes that fit into your schedule, and plan to attend all of their first meetings.  If space is available, you may well be admitted -- students get into PE classes this way every semester! 

Your Spring Schedule: enrolling in dance technique courses


If you plan to enroll in a Dance Technique course this semester, you can add the course to your Spring 2018 schedule in advance, but enrollments will be determined and confirmed during the first class meeting.  Dance classes begin the first week of classes, and you must attend the first two class meetings to confirm your enrollment. During the first class, the instructor may hold brief placement auditions to determine whether you are at the right level for the class.

You must add the dance technique course to your schedule in Student Planning in order to receive credit for it. The credit for a P.E. class or Dance Technique class will not appear on your Student Planning schedule until the third week of classes.

Note: The only dance technique courses that are graded pass/fail are Ballet I and Modern I. All other dance technique courses are graded using the letter-grade system; students may apply the Pass/D/Fail option to dance technique courses at their own discretion.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Next registration/add/drop periods Jan. 3-5 and Jan. 8-12

The next add/drop periods will be Jan. 3 - 5, 2018; and Jan. 8 - 12, 2018.  
You do not need to get your adviser's approval again to add and drop courses during this period.

Find your individual registration times on myBarnard


Register as usual by logging into Student Planning via myBarnard -- read this classic FY Blog post (with videos!) if you need to refresh your memory on how to do any of this:

You can still add/drop FY Seminar and FY Writing during these periods, but they will be LOCKED once classes begin on Tuesday, January 16. 
FYS/FYW/PE classes that currently have space available are:


The final add/drop/"shopping period will be Jan 16- spring 2018 Final Registration Deadline is Friday, January 27th.

UPDATED: Sections of FY Seminar and PE that currently have space available

Still need a FY Seminar or PE class for your Spring 2018 schedule or want to change the one you have?

Things will of course change once people start adding and dropping, but as of the timestamp on this post, the following sections have space:

FY Writing:
  • ENGL-BC1211-03 FY WRITING: LEGACY OF MEDIT
  • ENGL-BC1211-05: FY WRITING: LEGACY OF MEDIT

  • FYSB-BC1105-01 LANGUAGE AND POWER
  • FYSB-BC1107-01 RACE,SCIENCE&REPRDCTV JUSTICE 
  • FYSB-BC1114-01 HOT STUFF
  • FYSB-BC1138-01 FREE SPEECH IN AGE OF NEOLIB
  • FYSB-BC1170-03 LEGACY OF MEDITERRANEAN II
  • FYSB-BC1216-01 REVOLUTION:LOCKE TO LUXEMBOURG
  • FYSB-BC1270-02 THE AMERICAS II
  • FYSB-BC1298-01 THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS
  • FYSB-BC1466-01 SUSTAINABILITY
  • FYSB-BC1601-02 REACTING TO THE PAST


PE:
  • PHED-BC1500-01 GROUP FITNESS SAMPLER
  • PHED-BC1510-01 CAMPUS CONDITIONING
  • PHED-BC1510-02 CAMPUS CONDITIONING
  • PHED-BC1692-01 QI GONG
  • PHED-BC1693-01 BEGINNING YOGA


I you have trouble finding a spot, please call the First-Year Dean during your registration appointment.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Break


Barnard administrative offices will close at 4 p.m. Friday, December 22nd, and reopen Wednesday, January 3rd at 9 a.m.  The First-Year Dean will be available for phone and in-person meetings beginning on Friday, January 5th. 

The First-Year Blog is also taking a little winter nap. Posts with information about the spring semester will begin to appear on Monday, January 2.

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!


Milestone: Well done, Class of 2021!

















As you finish your exams and head into the winter break, I hope that you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment in completing your first semester of college.

When you arrived here a scant few months ago, most of you had no idea what to expect from your classes, your professors and your peers, so in order to get to this point you have had to make some significant adjustments to any number of new challenges and new expectations.  Many of you have made it to this point in spite of significant obstacles, and we hope that you are now able to say, "I'm a Barnard student!" with conviction and pride.

So give yourself credit for learning, adapting, and facing challenges large and small.  And use the winter break to celebrate your achievement by getting some well deserved rest!


Repost: How and When to View Your Course Grades

You did it! You’re so close to the end of your first semester -- congratulations!


After your finals have wrapped up, you’ll probably want to check your final grades once they’re posted. There are two ways to do this and they’re both done on myBarnard/Student Planning.

Timeline
One way to check is via the “Timeline” tab on the Plan & Schedule section of Student Planning. Click on the tab, and a timeline of all the classes you’ve taken will come up, along with the grade for each class. Grades will be listed to the right of the course name and your semester GPA will be listed at the bottom of each tab.

Unofficial Transcript
The other way to check is on your unofficial transcript. Click on the “Unofficial Transcript” tab on the Plan & Schedule section of Student Planning. From here, you can download an unofficial copy of your transcript to see your grades.
             
 


When can you see your grades?
If you completed your course evaluations, you should be able to see your Fall 2017 final grades beginning this Friday. If a course is still in progress or the instructor has not yet turned in final grades, you won't see a grade yet.

If you have not completed your course evaluations, you won't see your grade for 21 days after they are first posted. Counting from this Friday, that would be January 5.

In all cases, you will not be able to see final grades until the instructor submits them for your entire class. If you don't see a grade, no grades for that class have yet been submitted. If you're in a large class with a lot of exams or papers to be graded, please be patient while your instructor is hard at work!












Thursday, December 21, 2017

Repost: what to do if you get sick or other emergency during finals



A message from the Dean of Studies Office (read it now in case you need it later!):

As the end of semester draws near, the Office of the Dean of Studies would like to go over several  important pieces of information that will help you make it through the coming exam period.

We want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress, you will know what to do.

One of the most important things to remember: if you are experiencing any kind of difficulty, whether it be academic or health-related, don't hesitate to contact our office at 212-854-2024, and we will direct you to the help you need.

FINAL EXAMINATION INFORMATION:
All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule. If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours, your first step should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where you will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

DEFERRED EXAMS:
Click  here for more info.
Students may defer an exam ONLY in cases of acute illness or personal emergency on the day of the exam. If you need to request a deferral, you must:

  1. Contact your instructor FIRST
  2. THEN Contact  the Dean of Studies Office (212-854-2024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. (There will be staff in the Dean of Studies Office as early as 8am during exam period).
  3. You may be asked to provide documentation of your illness; the staff in the Dean of Studies Office can talk with you about how to share documentation.
  4. If the instructor approves your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the fall term will be administered in January, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website the previous week for the time and location of your deferred exam. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.
Please be aware that deferred exams cannot be requested in advance of exam week. If you need to make arrangements to take an exam at another time due to circumstances not having to do with illness, then you must speak to your instructor directly

ILLNESS DURING EXAM: 

If you become ill during an examination:
  1. inform the proctor
  2. hand in the exam, and
  3. go directly to Health Services.
If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.

INCOMPLETES:Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site and proceed from there. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For information about deferring exams, see above.) Click  here for more info.

GRADES:Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of  additional or revised work.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is never, ever the way to respond to a  difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice. Please also be aware that any misrepresentation of your circumstances in order to obtain an exam deferral or an incomplete is a violation of the Honor Code. 


ACADEMIC PROBATION or SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS WARNING:Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. For more information, see the Dean of Studies webpage.  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Resource: Additional Study Space Available


Looking for a place to study?

The Dean of Studies Office has you covered!

Study Rooms Available
December 13-21,  8am-11pm   

Barnard Hall   Rooms 406 and 407

Deadline Reminder: Course Evals due THURSDAY, 11:59pm


Deadline: Thursday 11:59pm!  

Help your profs and future students by filling out Course Evaluations!  

Also, if you don't, you won't be able to see your grades until Jan. 5.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Resource: Barnard Summer Pre-Health Opportunities Database


Are you a pre-health student wondering what to do this summer?

Barnard Health Professions Advising is here to help!

Check out their Pre-Health Opportunities database to find opportunities for growth and exploration tailored for pre-med students.
Link to Google Sheet: Pre-Health Opportunities Database

Monday, December 11, 2017

Self-Care & Resources Reminder



The end of semester may bring a decrease in sleep and an increase in stress for many of us.  Many of us experience distressing life events that don't stop just because we're busy with schoolwork.  Some studies have shown that watching fish is relaxing and lowers your blood pressure.  In case that helps, please enjoy this video.  For times when that's not enough, there are resources on campus where you can find peers, professionals, and space to get some support.  Below are just a few examples:


Furman Counseling Center offers several forms of support for Barnard students:
  • Our counselors offer one-hour workshops throughout the year to help students develop personal skills in a variety of areas, such as maintaining balance, stress management, romantic well-being, and smart emotional living. Watch for announcements and flyers about these workshops on the FY Blog and in the residence halls.




Your class deans are available to meet with you by appointment and during walk-in hours.  Click this link to make an appointment or see when walk-ins are.  Need to see someone but can't find an available time that fits in your schedule?  Call the Dean of Studies office at 212-854-2024 any time 9-5, Monday through Friday.
  • Worried about a class? Confused about program filing?  Just need a friendly, nonjudgmental listener?  Have a question but aren't sure whom to ask?  We're here for all this and more.



Well Woman is the health promotion program and wellness center at Barnard College. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Barnard students through a variety of programming activities. Our philosophical approach to wellness focuses on an integration of body, mind and spirit, which moves us toward a more proactive, healthier existence. We use as our model the Wellness Wheel which includes physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social and spiritual, service and cultural dimensions which represent all aspects of human growth. The open center of the wellness wheel reflects the notion that each "spoke" impacts on the others and that we cannot be truly healthy if we neglect any aspect of the wheel. However, it is important to remember that gaining total wellness is a journey and a process that continues throughout life.












Your RA and Res Life staff are on site, trained, and ready to listen and support you.





Nightline is an anonymous, nonjudgmental peer listening hotline that primarily serves the Columbia/Barnard community and its affiliates by providing them with a listening and referral service. Staffed by committed, caring, and trained Columbia/Barnard undergraduates, Nightline offers a safe space for you to talk about anything that is on your mind. Operating by the mottos, "We are here to listen" and "We are here to get you through the night," Nightline is here to listen to anything you have to say; no problem is too big or too small.
  • Nightline is here to listen every night of the academic year from 10:00PM-3:00AM at (212) 854-7777.
  • Anonymous: All Nightline peer listeners, excluding the Directors of Nightline (who no longer take calls) are anonymous, and remain so during the entirety of their time at Barnard/Columbia. Callers also have the privilege of anonymity--listeners do not ask callers to identify themselves, nor do they have means to gather this information. The phones used by Nightline have no caller ID.
  • Nonjudgmental: No matter what you want to talk about, be it sexual orientation, depression, eating disorders, family, friends, or just stress, we are willing to listen and will never judge a caller on what you have to say. No problem is too big or too small.

Milestone: last day of classes of your first semester of college



It's hard to believe that it's already the last day of classes.  You've almost made it through your first semester of college, although it probably feels that the end is nowhere in sight as you contemplate everything that needs to be done in the next two weeks.  We hope that you'll remember to do a few things over the next two weeks in addition to studying:
  • Sleep!
  • Get some exercise.
  • Eat some veggies.
  • Take some slow, deep breaths.
  • Have some social time somewhere other than the library.
  • Most importantly: be kind to yourself and your peers.
And remember that your performance on a final exam represents your performance on a final exam...no more, no less. For each one, study hard, do your best, and then move on. You're almost there!

More helpful tips -- and some relaxation exercises -- on the Furman Counseling Center website:  https://barnard.edu/counseling/resources/anxiety


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Help/Workshop Room Schedules during Reading Period



Need some last minute study help before finals begin? Check out the schedule below to see what departments will have Help Rooms during reading week and when:

Biology: Help Room will not be open during reading week

Chemistry:

Computer Science: Help Room will not be open during reading week

Economics: Help Room open on 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 PM in 117 Barnard

Math: Open 12/12 and 12/13 during normal hours, open 12/14 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

College Algebra – Analytic Geometry, Calculus I, II and III courses - 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (staffed by Barnard undergrads 6-10 p.m.) in 333B Milbank

Calculus IV and Higher Math courses - 9 AM - 6 PM in 406 Mathematics 

Physics: Help Room will not be open during reading week

Spanish: Open 12/12 and 12/13 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in 303 Altschul

Statistics: Help Room will not be open during reading week



Friday, December 8, 2017

IMPORTANT: Please double-check your schedule if you're registered for FYSB-BC1113 FEMINIST FUTURES


Please note updated end-time -- correct meeting times for this class are: 
Tuesdays    5:40pm-6:55pm
Thursdays   5:40pm-6:55pm

Due to a computer error, the end-time was previously incorrectly listed as 6:25pm in myBarnard/Student Planning. So if you registered for this class, please double-check your Spring 2018 schedule to make sure you don't now have a scheduling conflict.

Thank you to those of you who alerted us to this issue!

Deadline: Current registration period ends TODAY/FRIDAY, 9:45 p.m.



Still need a FY Writing or FY Seminar class?

Forgot to sign up for a lab or discussion section?

Changed your mind about something you thought you wanted to take?

Still waitlisted for something and need to add a Plan B in case it doesn't work out?

Don't yet have 12 (minimum) or 15 (recommended) credits on your spring 2018 schedule?

You have until 9:45 p.m. Today/Friday to add and drop courses for spring 2018.

(See Columbia Academic Calendar or Barnard First-Year Deadlines gBear Calendar for upcoming add/drop periods)

You do not need to get your adviser's approval again to add and drop courses during this period, though of course please consult as needed for advice.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Course Evaluations: what are they and why should you do them?

At the end of each semester, Barnard students are asked to evaluate their courses via evaluation forms in CourseWorks/Canvas.

Student feedback is used in two ways:
  • The faculty incorporate student feedback as they continuously revise and enhance their courses.
  • Data from these surveys are key elements in how the College evaluates teaching during the reappointment, tenure and promotion processes.

Confidentiality
In the CourseWorks system, the identity of respondents is confidential; responses are not linked to the student who submitted them.  As an additional step, instructors cannot view any responses at all until after their course grades have been submitted. The CourseWorks system allows instructors to send an email to "nonrespondents" to encourage participation, but they cannot identify which particular students have or have not completed the evaluation.

Grade Blocks for nonresponding students
Students are requested to submit all assigned evaluation forms for all courses. To encourage participation, Barnard students (except for graduating seniors) who don't submit all the evaluation forms for a Barnard course (whether filled in completely, partially, or not at all) will be blocked from viewing their grade online in that course for three (3) weeks after the deadline.

Dates & Deadlines:
You should by now have received an email informing you about Course Evaluations.  Access evaluations on CourseWorks Canvas, or by clicking a link in any of the reminder notification emails sent.  Evaluations are completely anonymous.  To request a reset/retake please email courseworks@barnard.edu and provide the full course ID.  IMATS cannot move responses, nor see them to provide you a copy (recall that evaluations are anonymous).

  • Dec. 4:  Evaluations are available to fill out via CourseWorks/Canvas
  • Dec. 14, 11:59 p.m.:  Deadline to submit evaluations
  • Jan. 5:  First day you can view your grades if you don't submit evaluations
Questions?
Technical difficulties?