Biology Help Room

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 21, 2016: 

The Biology Help Room located within the Biology Resource Center (Lilly B-401) has tutors available to help with first- and second-year biology courses during the following times:

  • Monday – Thursday:                9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday:                                      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tutors who speak Mandarin Chinese are available during the following times:

  • Monday          10:30am –   1:00pm
  • Tuesday            3:00pm –   5:00pm
  • Wednesday      1:00pm –   3:00pm
  • Thursday        10:30am –   1:00pm
  • Friday                9:00am – 11:00am

The rest of the BRC including the student lounge is open 24/7.  For more information, TA schedules, and listings of specific resources, check out the Biology Resource Center page!

Academic Help Resources Here!

Well, now that the first few weeks are over, you all have a good idea of which classes are going to be a breeze and which ones are, well, going to be a slogger.  Never fear – there are plenty of help resources on campus for every type of student!

A great primary resource for academic help is Student Success’s awesome site:  Workshops, free tutoring, tutoring for a fee, Help Room location and hours, Supplemental Instruction group learning sessions, and the BoilerGuide app to help you keep track of all of it.

Knowing about resources is your first step.  Using them consistently is the next step.  If one resource isn’t working for you, try another.  True learning is difficult – intelligence is something you build, not some fixed entity that chews on the info you pour into it!  Take ownership of your own learning, attend help resources regularly, and watch your study skills improve and your grades rise. :)

Supplemental Instruction Help (Spring 2016)

Are you taking any one of these courses for Spring 2016 and think you might need a little academic boost: BIOL 111, BIOL 204, CHM 112, CHM 115, CHM 116, CHM 257, CS 158, CS 159, CS 180, CS 240,  ECE 201, ECON 251, ME 200, MA 153, MA 16010, MA 16020, MA 161, MA 162, MGMT 200, MGMT 201, PHYS 172, PHYS 220, PHYS 241, STAT 225, or STAT 301?  Visit Purdue’s excellent Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions!  These are peer-led group meetings that review essential content covered in a given week’s lecture in fun and interesting ways.

Weekly study session and peer leader office hours are available at  The schedule and a handy map of the study session locations are also available on your smartphone via the Boilerguide app.  You can also use the app. to download session times directly into your mobile calendar for easy finding and reminding!

Will SI be useful for you?  Well, the SI Coordinator sums it up best:

 Last semester, 95% of the students who attended eight or more study sessions earned a C or better.  Of that same group, 76% earned a B or better, and 46% earned an A.

In other words, go to SI early and often for best results and a terrific semester!

Academic Success Workshops for Spring 2016

Building study skills, combating procrastination, and improving your motivation are worthwhile efforts that yield positive results in college and beyond.  To that end, check out the Academic Success Workshop Series!  Workshops are free and open to any Purdue student, but require registration:

  • Self-Management 101: Making the Most of Your Time, Motivation, and Concentration – Wednesday, January 20 in Shreve Hall, room C-107 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Smart Studying: Effective Ways to Prepare for Exams – Wednesday, February 3 in Shreve Hall, room C-107 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • “I’ll Do It Tomorrow”: How to Avoid Procrastination – Wednesday, February 17 in Shreve Hall, room C-107 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Smart Studying: Effective Ways to Prepare for Exams – Wednesday, March 30 in Shreve Hall, room C-107 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Spring 2016 Drop and Add Deadlines

Adding and dropping classes is fairly easy during the first few weeks of classes, then becomes harder as the semester progresses.  A one-page chart version of this information is available and includes deadlines for full semester, first 8-week, and second 8-week courses.  Here are the Add and Drop Deadlines for 16-week (full semester) courses for Spring 2016:

Adding courses or changing course times:

  • January 11 – January 18Students can add courses using MyPurdue.  They should consult with their advisor before adding anything new.
  • January 19 – February 8:  Students must pick up an add/drop form from their advisor.  Both the advisor and the instructor of the course they want to add must sign the form.  Then the form must be take to the Registar’s office (Hovde Hall, room 45) for processing.
  • February 9 – March 11: Students must pick up an add/drop form from their advisor.  Advisor, instructor, and department head signatures are required to add this late.  The form must be then taken to Hovde Hall, room 45.

Dropping courses:

  • January 11 – January 25Students can drop courses using MyPurdue. They should consult with their advisor before dropping anything.
  • January 26 – February 8: Students must pick up an add/drop form from their advisor.  The form can then be taken directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
  • February 9 – March 11: Students must pick up an add/drop form from their advisor.
    • Freshman (0 – 29 credit hours completed): Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Student will earn a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
    • Sophomores and above (30 + credit hours completed): Advisor and instructor signatures are required.  Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Students will earn either a “W” (withdraw) or “WF” (withdraw failing), depending on their current grade in the course. 

March 11th is the last day to drop a class.  It is also the last day to withdraw completely from the University without extensive documentation and committee review.

Info about W’s and WF’s:

  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s three attempts for a course per University policy.
  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s Exploratory Studies credit hour limit (if he or she is a transfer, re-admit, CODO-in, or re-entry student).
  • W’s and WF’s are not factored into the semester or cumulative GPAs.