Blog of the Peer Advising Leadership Program, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

05 October 2011

AHHH SO MUCH TO DO!!!

So just for your info the last day to change grading is October 28!!!! Put this on your calendar!!! Well it’s time for telebears again!! Remember to fill out your form BEFORE meeting with your advisor. You have no idea how many students come with nothing. Be prepared and your meeting will be super fast =)

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 0:53 | Permalink

28 September 2011

Telebears Time!

Telebears time is around the corner! I feel like the semester just began but midterms are already taking over (and contributing to sleep deprivation…..). While this is a very busy time in the semester, it is important to set aside a few hours to plan for your spring classes. Every semester my facebook newsfeed explodes with “I HATE TELEBEARS” statuses during Phase I and II appointment times. But telebears really isn’t all that bad with proper preparation – and it is such a relief when everything works out!

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Posted by Morgan Gooding at 3:14 | Permalink

12 April 2011

Tele-Bears Strategies (Phase I vs. Phase 2?)

Here are the basics of Tele-Bears:

During Phase I, you can sign up for a maximum of 10.5 units. Units for courses that you are on the waiting list for also count toward this 10.5 unit limit. The reasoning behind this is to distribute the distribution of class sign-ups and prevent "shopping around"-where people sign up for classes that they are sure to drop.

Generally, you should use Phase I to enroll in priority courses or classes that fill up quickly. You can check the Online Schedule of Classes (schedule.berkeley.edu) to see how full any particular course is and decide which classes to sign up for in Phase I.

Here are some tips for making those decisions:

  • Typically, if an elective is almost full, you might want to take that over a required class that is almost empty.
  • If you are taking a CNR class that is required for your major, chances are that there will be reserved seats for your major. Even if you don't get in Phase II, there will most likely be special considerations and the instructor might give you a course code. (Essentially, you have a better chance of getting in.)
  • Check to see if your classes are offered the semester after (i.e. if you are enrolling for fall, is the class offered during spring?) If you don't get in one of them, there is the option of taking it after the upcoming semester. On the other hand, if you don't sign up for a class that is ONLY offered during spring or fall, you won't be able to take it for another year.
  • When navigating the Online Schedule of Classes, make sure to click on the Current enrollment information and course restrictions (below the enrollment data). From here you can see updated enrollment information, and whether or not seats are reserved for any majors. If there are seats reserved for any major (not your own), then there are fewer seats available to you. This must be taken into consideration.

Hopefully this has helped you. Remember that Peer Advisors are tabling Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 3PM, and are open to any questions (including specific prioritizing of classes)!

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Posted by Elodie Tong-Lin at 0:07 | Permalink

30 March 2011

Planning out Summer/Fall Schedule

As Telebear appointments are approaching quickly, now might be a good time to bookmark schedule.berkeley.edu

At one point I bookmarked

Spring: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/srchsprg.html

Fall: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/srchfall.html

Summer: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/?PageID=srchsmr.html

Anyways, both summer and fall classes are out! As you can probably tell, I love planning schedules. Unlike last Telebears, this time you can select between the summer and fall schedules. Double the fun! Summer courses are

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Posted by Yanna Chen at 7:25 | Permalink

18 March 2011

My Favorite Things

A few of my favorites things...superb Cal classes and wonderful ways to invest your personal life in and around Berkeley (especially before you graduate this May like me!). Time flies. But instead of being overly emotional and reminiscent, I'd rather share this blog to help those with perhaps more "Cal time" than me. My friends and I have helped each other along the way throughout these years and now it's time to pass on the knowledge. Cal classes worthy of interest. PMB113 California Mushrooms taken alongside ESPM108A Tree Taxonamy contributed to one of the most memorable academic semesters I've had at Cal. The subjects go hand in hand fairly perfectly--if I may say so--and got me out in the field very often. Field trips include going to Humboldt for mycology in the name of science (more like mushroom forays) and busing it out to the foothills of Central California to see all those wicked trees out there. We even ate fresh pine nuts that we found. I find these little excursions and discoveries with friends and peers among the most rewarding memories I have from Cal on a personal sense. Yes, getting all the A's you can possibly grab is also a rewarding feeling, but come on. Really. Try taking classes that may perhaps spark your interest in topic that will last you a lifetime. I currently enjoy cooking up chantarelles with a little bit of olive oil and garlic during the wet season... One more class I will mention is Professor George Roderick's ESPM192 seminar on Molecular Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving. If he or Professor Rosie Gillespie teach this class again, it would be an understatement to say TAKE IT. The title may sound boring, but this class is one of the most invaluable ones I've ever had at Cal. I'm so fortunate to have class that's truly a discussion type where well-informed and engaging (not to mention scientifically famous) guest lecturers come in to give a 50 minute lecture about their field of specialty. I've learned about topics ranging from edible vaccines to Brazil's self-sustaining biofuel economy using sugar cane. Hot Spots worthy of interest. Even if you don't have a car, try biking around Tilden Park (I just discovered last weekend that it has a lake to hike around), take a bus to Solano Avenue in Albany, see a Cal Performance in Zellerbach Hall (50% off for students), attend a Music for Berkeley Hertz Hall free event at noon on Wednesdays, and take a stroll through the rose garden on Euclid when the weather gets better and the flowers bloom. And most importantly, enjoy your time at Cal while achieving your dreams.

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Posted by Katrina Hong at 1:26 | Permalink

16 November 2010

Telebear Troubles!

Hello everyone! Phase two of telebears has begun and everyone is scrambling to get the classes that they want/need for next semester! But what happens if a class that you wanted is full? What to do? Don’t fret! This unexpected set back can give you the opportunity to take that random class that you’ve been eyeing but were hesitating to take because you would prefer to do a major requirement. Feel free to explore departments that are not your major departments, take some humanities or just a random interesting science course. Some courses suggestions from my experience are: EPS 80, Nutritional science 10, Slavic literature, or a course on Greek Myths (I really liked this one!). There are tons of classes at Berkeley, and a lot of recommendations out there as well. Just talk to other students or maybe try looking at the student resource handbook at this link for some courses recommended by other students! Not all classes are offered in the spring but hey you might find something you weren’t expecting. :] http://resource.berkeley.edu/r_html/904recommend.html

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Posted by Cynthia Gaw at 2:57 | Permalink

05 October 2010

Telebears?! Yay new classes!

So I guess it’s that time of the year again…TELE-BEARS!!!! Earlier today I went to Mulford (and so should everybody since it is so amazing!) and picked up my telebears form in 260 so as to get ready for planning. CNR makes it especially easy with its emails and computerized scheduling system so that I could choose what convenient time to see my academic adviser, but first I have to see my faculty adviser. Luckily many of the advisers are nice and after only a short email transaction I’m now scheduled to see my faculty adviser this Friday. This is pretty nice since my appointment with Jenny is on Monday and you have to see your faculty adviser before you can see your academic adviser. Now for some of the classes I highly recommend for spring:

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 8:36 | Permalink

03 February 2010

Yay Spring Semester 10 is here!!!

Spring Semester is here and flying past us, so lets not forget of important deadlines. Such as the last day to drop or add a class being Friday February 19th. It is sometimes difficult to get our schedules set but the faster it is done the less we will stress about it and I will be able to focus on our classes. When it comes to getting our schedules set, if we have our doubts if the classes we are taking will be a good fit please feel free to come by 260 Mulford to ask an advisor at drop in or you can ask us, the peer advisors during our office hours. We sit right outside of 260 Mulford. Although we have different backgrounds in the classes we have taken, we can ask another peer advisor to contact you. We don't have all the answers to your questions but we are there of you, to help you get the information you need. We would love to see you all stop by. The peer advisors are there Mon-Thurs as of now. Just a quick reminder that if you are planning to take summer school at Berkeley, make sure that you sign up for classes soon as they will fill up fast and after Feb 15th it will be open for students from any university to sign up for these classes. Well enjoy the semester and know that the peer advisors have got your back!!!

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Posted by Liz Pelayo at 2:05 | Permalink

25 October 2009

My personal way of how to stay on track

Telebears is here once again, I don't know about you guys but I am frantically trying to plan my classes not just for next semester but also for the two after that. Due to budget cuts, many classes are not offered anymore but its important to have back up classes to take just in case. When I was a freshmen I planned out my four year plan to make sure that I can graduate within the four years. The funny thing is every semester by '4 year plan' looks a little different from before.

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Posted by Julie Zhu at 3:35 | Permalink

20 October 2009

Switching into CNR vs. Telebears

Time passes by very quickly and it doesn't feel like Spring Telebear appointments are coming up shortly. If you are new to the University or if you are wondering switching colleges or majors, here are some tips for you!

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Posted by Selina Chou at 3:47 | Permalink

14 October 2009

Tips for planning out your best fit spring schedule

Wow it's amazing how telebears phase 1 is here yet we are in the middle of getting through this fall semester!! For this reason it is important that we start looking into classes and start asking our friends about classes they recommend. Something that I have learned from planning out my schedule (for the past 4 years) is that we should not set our schedule in stone early on but have some options to decide on the first week of classes. Although those classes may seem very interesting to us, during the first week we may realize that two of our most challenging classes will have midterms on the same day. If you have other class options you can have the choice of taking another class (this happened to me for PH162A- Microbiology and MCB 102 and I had a horrible semester even though the classes were interesting I was not able to study as well as I would have liked to because both of the midterms were back to back from one another). This brings me to another very important point that when choosing classes it is important to understand that everybody can handle different levels of courses and that you need to realize what would be a good fit for YOU!!!! Just because your roommate was able to take a combination of classes it doesn't make it a good fit for you and vice versa. Especially for the lower division classes like chem 1a, chem 3a/b, the math 16 series, the bio's etc, it is important to understand that these classes take up a lot of time to study and people can handle certain combination of classes better than others. It does not make you inferior if you need to make a preparation course for chem 1a or need to start with precalculus (I needed to), if it will help you in the long run than you should definitely go for it. The truth of the matter is that people come to Cal with different levels of preparation based on what their high schools offered -it is not a fair playing field :-( The best we can do is acknowledge it and take classes that we can handle. Obviously we are stressed to graduate on time, but if you have the flexibility to spread out some of your core science classes (you know the classes that you need to really super dedicate yourself to), then why not. After all the classes have to be a good fit for you!!!!

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Posted by Liz Pelayo at 0:10 | Permalink

13 October 2009

TELEBEARS IS HERE! Spring 2010 advice on classes?

Telebears is here! The big question is... What classes do you take?! Don't go completely crazy yet, we can figure this out. Taking the wrong combination of classes here at UC Berkeley can make a student crawl into a hole and never want to come out. Never fret, CNR PALS are coming to your rescue! I have some quick tips on how I've come to select classes....

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Posted by Wellington Onyenwe at 6:38 | Permalink

10 September 2009

Getting into Classes and how to deal with being wait-listed

School has officially started! I hope everyone got into all the classes that they wanted this semester and even if you have not, do not panic. Just send the professor a friendly email and tell them why you want to take their class and they will try their best to move you up on the wait list.

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Posted by Julie Zhu at 2:21 | Permalink

08 October 2008

Tips for Tele-Bears

I know most of us just finished midterms and it seems like the semester just started but it's almost time to sign up for classes for next semester! Remember, it's never too early to start planning your future courses. This is my first semester at CAL and I've only used Tele-Bears once. I don't have much experience to share in that respect so I've asked some of my fellow PALS and some others on campus about the most important things to keep in mind for registering on Tele-Bears. I think the most important tip is to use your phase 1 appointment time to register for the classes you need and that you know are going to fill up quickly. It is a good idea to use strategy ahead of time and see which classes are popular prerequisites and make sure you get into them by signing up in phase 1 . Use phase 2 to enroll in classes that are less popular and you may not necessarily need for your major. One student suggested enrolling in more units than you intend on staying in for the semester. That way if one of the classes turns out to not be what you expected or were looking for then you will be able to drop one class without having to scramble for units. Another suggestion was to enroll in a class even if you cannot get into the discussion section of your choice. In other words, enroll in another discussion section because the class may completely fill up if you wait list for the discussion section you want. I hope this helps!

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Posted by Jessica Lebeau at 3:11 | Permalink

08 October 2008

Tips for Tele-Bears

I know most of us just finished midterms and it seems like the semester just started but it's almost time to sign up for classes for next semester! Remember, it's never too early to start planning your future courses. This is my first semester at CAL and I've only used Tele-Bears once. I don't have much experience to share in that respect so I've asked some of my fellow PALS and some others on campus about the most important things to keep in mind for registering on Tele-Bears. I think the most important tip is to use your phase 1 appointment time to register for the classes you need and that you know are going to fill up quickly. It is a good idea to use strategy ahead of time and see which classes are popular prerequisites and make sure you get into them by signing up in phase 1 . Use phase 2 to enroll in classes that are less popular and you may not necessarily need for your major. One student suggested enrolling in more units than you intend on staying in for the semester. That way if one of the classes turns out to not be what you expected or were looking for then you will be able to drop one class without having to scramble for units. Another suggestion was to enroll in a class even if you cannot get into the discussion section of your choice. In other words, enroll in another discussion section because the class may completely fill up if you wait list for the discussion section you want. I hope this helps!

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