Advising Updates

UNL Mathematics
UNL Mathematics

Hello Math and Data Science Majors,

I hope you are doing well and that you had a good break. This week, I want to write about preparing for final exams since having a plan will make things easier for you and reduce your stress. Now is the time to be making plans as next week is "dead week" already.

Final exams can be very stressful things, and I'll admit that I was terrible at studying for them. Thus, I would strongly encourage you to start thinking about how to study for exams sooner rather than later. The Princeton Review has a great article outlining to how prepare for final exams, and here are the key points:

1. Make a finals game plan.
2. Start early.
3. Study in this order: a) definitely b) probably c) might be on the final.
4. Give yourself more time to study for your toughest classes.
5. Form a study group.
6. Talk it out.
7. Get creative with study aids.
8. Study your notes.
9. Quiz yourself.
10. Make sleep a priority. (DO NOT CRAM ALL NIGHT LONG!)
11. Take five.
12. Brain food is real.

You can read the full article at for more information about each of the above 12 points.

I hope these tips help you have a successful final exam week. Please contact your course instructor as soon as possible if something happens that could prevent you from taking your final exam. The worst thing that you can do is not contacting your course instructor if an extraordinary event or circumstance is going to prevent you from sitting for the exam. Things happen, and more often than not, an alternative will be available.

Enrolling in Spring 2024 Classes
It is not too late to spend some time enrolling in classes for the Spring 2024 semester. I am still available to help you with planning, building, and enrolling in classes, and I would be glad to meet with you now rather than in January to work on this.

Best wishes, Doug

Fall 2023 Advising
I am taking in-person, Zoom, and phone meetings in 45-minute blocks from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm every weekday when I am not taking Zoom drop-in advising meetings. I am also take Zoom drop-in advising meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Zoom drop-in meetings are being coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences with a schedule and a link to the Zoom room available at

You can schedule a meeting with me by using the Student Success Hub via this link, by calling the College of Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center at 402-472-4190, by calling me at 402-472-4319, or by emailing me at You can find instructions for how to access and schedule meetings in the Student Success Hub system here.

Math Department Events
The Math Department has many upcoming events that might be of interest to you along with a weekly (or almost weekly) colloquium series. A listing of all upcoming Math Department events can be found at

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