First Year Timeline


ACADEMIC SUCCESS (April 2014 First Year Timeline)

By Robert Gordon, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
April 3, 2014

Here are some tips on how to survive this final homestretch with your health (physical, mental, and academic) relatively intact:


GET ORGANIZED! Take some time this evening (if you haven’t already done so) to step back, look over the assignments, exams, papers, etc., that you’re facing during the next 3 weeks. Figure out what needs to be done when, and how you’re going to do it.


DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Don’t put off studying for an exam or working on a paper until the day before it comes due. Do yourself a favor — give yourself the time you need to be successful. Break your assignments, papers, studying down into smaller chunks. Get started NOW, and do a little bit every day.


SET PRIORITIES! We are not saying that you should completely abandon your social life for the next few weeks, and we are not saying you should turn away from your friends — friends can be a VERY IMPORTANT source of support in stressful times. But choose your social activities carefully, and don’t allow yourself to get distracted from what’s really important (however you want to define that term for yourself).


STAY HEALTHY! Get adequate SLEEP every night, at least 6-8 hours. Forget about all-nighters, 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Rock Star, and Red Bull (not to mention stronger stimulants); nobody can do their best work when they’re both over stimulated and fighting their own fatigue.  Eat a balanced, healthful DIET; again, don’t overdo the caffeine. Get regular EXERCISE 4-5 times a week. Exercise is a great social activity, it allows you deal with stress effectively, it helps you sleep better, it calms you down and helps you to focus and concentrate on difficult tasks when you have to.


STUDY STRATEGIES! Check out the LSA Strategies for Success Website 


MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE! School is important; doing well at school is highly desirable. But don’t fall into the trap of defining yourself by the role you’re currently playing. Remember at all times that being a student is what you do, not who you are. 

Academic Advising News, April 2014

By Robert Gordon, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
April 3, 2014

Last Day of Class. The last day of regularly scheduled classes for the Winter 2014 semester is Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


Final Exams. The official final exam period begins Thursday, April 24, 2014 and concludes on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Some classes will have a last exam that takes place prior to the official final exam period, but most classes will have exams during the official final exam period.  Here is the link to the Winter 2014 Final Exam Schedule –


Note:  It is important not to schedule end of the semester travel plans prior to the last day of final exams – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – prior to consulting with your instructor.


Online Course Guide for Fall 2014. The Fall 2014 Online Course Guide is now available and can be found at


Registration for Fall 2014 begins on Monday, April 7 and runs through Thursday, April 22, 2014

Note: Registration Appointment Times are issued according to the number of credits you have completed towards graduation.  Students are assigned a range of dates based on the number of credits they have, but within that range of dates, times are generated randomly.  Also your Registration Appointment Time is not an individual meeting with your Academic Advisor. For more information see the information from last month.


Walk-In Advising – will be held between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 2 and ending on Thursday, April 22, 2014.


Peer Advising.  Come talk to our crack staff of professionally trained Peer Academic Advisors.  They have taken many of the classes you are currently taking, have completed those classes successfully, and can give you good advice about how to study effectively.  The Peer Advising Office is located in 1255 Angell Hall and is open Monday, Wed, Friday from 12:00 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. or you can visit the newly renovated Peer Advising Website at


Good luck with final exams!!