University Student Transition Resources

This list of resources is meant to augment learning and the skill sets needed for academic success in university. The following programs are available to all students attending Ontario universities.

This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, partly because universities regularly make adjustments to services.

Have questions or need more information? Contact the appropriate university directly.

View Transition Resources at French-language universities.

Last updated: August 29, 2017.

Algoma University
Brock University
Carleton University
University of Guelph
University of Guelph-Humber
Lakehead University
Laurentian University
McMaster University
Nipissing University
OCAD University
University of Ottawa
Queen’s University
Ryerson University
University of Toronto
University of Toronto – Mississauga
University of Toronto – Scarborough
Trent University
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
University of Waterloo
Western University
Wilfrid Laurier University
University of Windsor
York University


Algoma University

For more information, contact Algoma University directly.

STAR Program

  • Free 3 day program for university bound students
  • Designed to ease the transition
  • Especially beneficial for students with learning disabilities

Student Success Workshops

  • Help students reach their academic potential
  • Topics include: Note Taking, Time Management and Studying

Writing Lab

  • Open for 14 weeks in fall and winter semesters
  • Offers free writing instruction to individuals to assist them with improving their writing skills

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Brock University

For more information, contact Brock University directly.

CHEM1P00 Introductory Chemistry

  • Designed to assist those with an insufficient background in chemistry to succeed in required year one CHEM 1F92
  • Can be applied toward degree as an elective credit
  • Tuition fees apply

Mathematics Learning Centre

  • Free, drop-in help for students registered in first year math courses
  • No fees
  • Non-credit
  • Questions about course concepts or material can be discussed with course-specific Teaching Assistants, who are available at select times each week

SMART Start

  • First year, summer academic orientation program
  • Designed to assist in transitioning incoming students and their guests to the Brock community
  • Students participate in seminars outlining ways to succeed in postsecondary education and include information related to key support services
  • Our BLAST Off program continues to support students throughout the academic year with relevant information delivered via a variety of activities on campus and online
  • Small fee to cover materials, lunch and parking
  • Non-credit
  • Registration required

Student Development Centre

  • Offers online interactive skill tutorials on academic writing, grammar, numeracy, and science that engage students through video, examples, and game-like exercises, with modules that provide students with the fundamental skills needed for successful academic writing and mathematical operations
  • A-Z Learning Services provides free academic support for all Brock students to help them achieve their full potential in university and beyond: http://brocku.ca/learning-services(free, non-credit, registration required)
  • Workshops offered throughout the year that support academic learning and study skills: http://brocku.ca/learning-services/workshops(free, non-credit, registration required)
  • SDC Tutor Service: http://brocku.ca/learning-services(fees apply, non-credit, registration required)
  • Academic-Zone (Academic-Zone Online Interactive Tutorials): http://brocku.ca/learning-services/academic-zone(free, non-credit, registration required)

University 101

  • A program to enhance readiness for Brock University in both an on-site and online environment
  • A-Z Learning Services hosts a 3-hour U101 session where future and new students can explore essential university skills through challenging (and fun!) group activities
  • Topics include:
    • Critical Thinking
    • Study Strategies
    • Time Management
  • Fees apply
  • Non-credit
  • Registration required

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Carleton University

For more information, contact Carleton University directly.

Centre for Student Academic Support

  • Provides Carleton University students with academic skills development services
  • Offers a variety of support programs to improve student performance
  • No fees
  • Available online and through the CSAS drop-in centre

Computer Science Tutorial Assistance Centre

  • A tutoring service for first and second year programming courses
  • No registration or fees required

First-Year Engineering Support

  • Help with core engineering, math and science, CCDP 2100 and English-language written communication skills
  • Elsie MacGill Learning Centre for first year engineering students
  • No registration or fees required

Learning Support Services

  • Group sessions on topics like note-taking, research skills, citation and referencing, lab reports, learning strategies, balancing school and work, time management
  • No fees or registration required
  • Some topics offered online

Mathematics and Statistics Learning Assistance Program

  • Math Tutorial Centre
  • Online Math and Stats homework support
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions
  • Online support or drop in
  • No fees

Math Matters

  • 3 streams: Business and Economics; Engineering; Computer Science, Math and Science
  • Summer
  • Registration and fees required
  • Optional: Stay in residence
  • Non-credit

Peer-Assisted Study Sessions

  • Group sessions for individual subjects
  • No fees or registration required

Peer-Assisted Subject Coaching

  • One-on-one assistance for individual subjects
  • No fees or registration required

Science Student Success Centre – Upper-Year Science Mentoring

  • New Faculty of Science students matched with Upper-Year Science Mentors; First-Year Science Accelerator series
  • No fees
  • Registration required through website

Writing Tutorial Service

  • Supports students’ academic writing
  • No fees
  • On-line or on-campus appointments

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University of Guelph

For more information, contact the University of Guelph directly.

Center for New Students

  • Transition Seminar
  • Bounce Back
  • Back on Track

Chemistry & Physics Help

  • Science Commons, a dedicated space for chemistry and physics teaching assistants (TAs) to help students enrolled in UG CHEM and PHYS courses

Exam Prep

  • The library offers many resources to help prepare students for and write many different types of exams

Learning Services

  • Provides assistance to students who want to enhance their skills and academic performance
  • Our professional staff, peer helpers, and student athlete mentors provide information, individual and small group assistance, workshops, and in-class sessions dealing with:
    • Time management, project management, and balancing life and academics
    • Presentation and speaking skills, including poster presentations
    • Controlling procrastination and perfectionism
    • Exam preparation
    • Working in groups
    • Critical reading and learning from texts
    • Learning in large lectures
    • Concentration and memory enhancement
  • Collaborative Programs & Partnerships
    • Student Athlete Mentorship (SAM)
    • Engineering Peer Helpers
    • EAL/ESL Student Support
    • Aboriginal Learning Peer Helpers
    • Learning Support for Science Students (LS3)
    • Residence Life Staff Academic Support

Math & Stats Help

  • Math & Stats Learning Centre, a drop-in space where a team of tutors can help you understand and solve course-work problems. Numeracy & Quantitative Reasoning tutorials are available online all year

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

  • Facilitates a variety of programs and services to assist students with disabilities participate fully in university life and maximize campus accessibility
  • The services of SAS are available to students registered at the University of Guelph who have a permanent disability.
  • This includes full-time or part-time, graduate and undergraduate students
  • The SAS also has a number of services available to students with temporary disabilities
  • Students become eligible for our programs and services when they register with the SAS and provide documentation  to support their disability

Studying

  • Students can book an appointment for advice and information about developing effective strategies and study approaches for different types of courses and for ideas on how to create their Academic Action Plan
  • Appointments are free and confidential

Supported Learning Groups (SLG)

  • provides course-specific support for students outside of classes
  • University staff and trained undergraduate students help students succeed in historically challenging courses
  • Sessions are free peer-led study groups that review course material and demonstrate new approaches to difficult concepts

Writing Services

We offer writing appointments, workshops, and help in all aspects of writing:

  • Citations & bibliographies
  • Grammar & style
  • Writing specific types of papers
  • Writing papers in different disciplines
  • We offer members of the University of Guelph free, confidential, individual, and group writing appointments to help improve their writing
  • Writing appointments can be pre-booked, or you can drop in for a same-day writing appointment

Writers Workshop

  • A free 2 day series of writing workshops which provide opportunities to learn about topics ranging from social media, creative fiction and non-fiction, academic writing, and publishing

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University of Guelph-Humber

For more information, contact the University of Guelph-Humber directly. Services are offered by the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College ITAL.

First Year Experience Program

  • Meet other first-year students in your program
  • Connect online throughout the summer and meet at Orientation for an exclusive First Year Experience (FYE) event
  • Mentoring and support from your FYE leader will continue through your first year

KickStart

  • Use this summer event to help prepare yourself and your family for your transition from high school to university life

Orientation

  • Connect with other incoming students at this fun, students-only, official welcome to life at the University
  • We’ll get you set for classes and show you how to get involved

Learning Support Peers

  • Learning Support Peers are current students who are available to offer support and provide general information about programs, assist with course selection, provide direction in the area of academic resources and personal support services and inform you of policies and procedures.
  • LSPs also offer a series of Learning Skills Workshops such as:
    • Exam preparation
    • Reading and note-taking
    • Time management
    • Procrastination
    • Memory strategies
    • Stress management
    • Presentation skills

Math & Writing Centre

  • You can receive support for help in writing or math, as well as find out about resources, workshops and related activities
  • Writing Centre
  • Math Centre

Career & Placement Services

  • Speak with a program-specific Career Services Coordinator for personalized career advice
  • Whether you’re looking for a job, working on your resume, developing networking skills or defining your career goals, we can help
  • Meet with your program-specific Placement Coordinator to help with your questions and plans for your placement or internship
  • Career Services
  • Placement Services

Lakehead University

For more information, contact Lakehead University directly.

Admissions Counseling

  • Meet with an Admissions Officer to discuss your application status, conditions of admission, prerequisites and anything else related to your start at Lakehead
  • Our Admissions team is here to help you with the transition from high school to university
  • No fees
  • You can book an appointment or drop-ins are welcome

Fast Pass to Registration

  • A pre-orientation program designed to help new students get a head start on preparing for the transition to university
  • Work one-on-one with our Advisors to get personalized assistance with course registration and complete all your business to be ready for the start of the new year
  • No fees
  • Register or drop-ins are welcome

Gateway

  • A probationary program designed for students that show the potential for success but that may not be meeting the traditional admission average for entry
  • Gateway is designed to help students get through first year successfully and beyond
  • Students enroll in their program (for credit) while receiving additional supports to aid in their success
  • No fees (students pay regular tuition for their program)
  • Must apply to Lakehead University and will automatically be considered for admission through Gateway

Math Assistance Centre

  • A variety of free tutoring services for students enrolled in math courses, mainly first- and second-year courses.
  • No fees
  • Drop-in hours are maintained throughout the academic year

Orientation Activities (Parents)

  • Complementing the Orientation for New Students, Lakehead offers a robust orientation for parents to support their own transition into the Lakehead learning family
  • Tips on supporting your student, key milestones and dates, and strategies to aid student success are all covered.
  • No fees
  • Drop-in hours are maintained throughout the academic year

Orientation Activities (Students)

  • Comprehensive, interactive, and fun events await all new students to Lakehead through the Fall Orientation program
  • In addition to supporting the successful integration into our Lakehead learning community, topics covered include: Academic success from day one, accessing student support services, health and safety, and opportunities to get involved
  • No fees
  • No registration

Peer Tutoring Services

  • Every Lakehead student receives 5 free hours of personal tutoring each year
  • Peer tutors are available in a wide variety of academic disciplines and undergraduate courses
  • No fees
  • Book arrangements in advance

Personal Success Advising

  • One-on-one success advising to students through in-person sessions where students are encouraged to explore their strengths and identify areas and strategies for development.
  • Topics include: Academic success strategies, ongoing program fit assessment, study skills, transition assistance, career exploration, etc.
  • No fees
  • You can book an appointment or drop-ins are welcome

Skills for Success Seminars

A wide variety of topics are covered through the free Skills for Success Seminars, including:

  • Academic Reading & Note Taking
    • Time Management
    • Test Preparation
    • Getting Back on Track
    • Writing Multiple Choice Exams
    • Writing Essay Exams
  • No fees
  • Register in advance or drop in

Student Support Fairs

  • A series of student support fairs to encourage and connect students to the wide variety of on-campus services available to support their success
  • The fairs happen throughout the academic year
  • No fees
  • Register in advance or drop in

Writing Centre

  • A variety of free tutoring services to assist students with developing their academic writing skills within a variety of academic disciplines
  • No fees
  • Drop-ins and appointments can be booked with trained writing coaches
  • Seminars and workshops are offered throughout the year, including topics: Academic Writing & Grammar, Referencing Clinics, Avoiding Plagiarism

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Laurentian University

For more information, contact Laurentian University directly.

At Laurentian University, we offer some preparatory Science courses for students who have not met the Grade 12 prerequisite, or who wish to repeat the course prior to attempting the first-year University level course.

We will be exploring the possibility of offering some of these courses on campus for July and August.

Chemical Concepts

  • CHMI 1041EL
  • Can be used to replace SCH4U
  • Offered in fall on campus in Sudbury

Elementary Calculus

  • MATH 1912EL
  • Can be used to replace MCV4U
  • Offered in fall, on campus in Sudbury
  • Offered in winter, on campus in Barrie

Elementary Chemistry

  • CHMI 1031EL
  • Can be used to replace SCH4U
  • Offered in fall, online

Finite Mathematics

  • MATH 1911EL
  • Can be used to replace MHF4U
  • Offered in fall, on campus, both in Sudbury and Barrie

Physics for the Life Science I & II

  • PHYS 1206EL/1207EL
  • Taken in lieu of PHYS 1006/1007 (students without SPH4U)
  • Offered in fall and winter, on campus in Sudbury

Understanding Physics I & II

  • PHYS 1211EL/1212EL
  • Taken in lieu of PHYS 1006/1007 (students without SPH4U)
  • Offered in fall and winter, online

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McMaster University

For more information, contact McMaster University directly.

Student Success Centre

Academic Skills Workshops:

  • Strategies for Effective Note Taking
  • Reading for Speed and Comprehension
  • Improve Your Memory
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving for Math and Science

Student Success Workshops:

  • Setting Goals for Success
  • What’s Your Learning Style?

Writing Skills Workshops:

  • Writing a Clear, Concise and Contentious Thesis Statements
  • Writing Introductions and Conclusions
  • Keep Calm and Proofread: Polish Your Paper like a Pro
  • University Essays 101
  • Research Skills for Stronger Essays
  • Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

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Nipissing University

For more information, contact Nipissing University directly.

Academic Success Program

  • The Academic Success Program provides Nipissing University students access to a dedicated support team to ensure they are academically successful.
  • Registered participants will participate in a structured program focused on retention and persistence which includes: monthly meetings with Academic Success Coaches to develop and revise Academic Success Plans, attending Student Success Workshops, and completing a capstone project.
  • Registration required

BIOL 1911 – Introduction to Biology

  • First-year biology course equivalent to SBI4U
  • Can be counted for credit
  • Tuition fees apply

CHEM 1911 – Introduction to Basic Chemistry

  • First-year chemistry course equivalent to SCH4U
  • Can be counted for credit
  • Tuition fees apply

MATH 1911 – Finite Mathematics

  • First-year math course equivalent to a 4U Math
  • Can be counted for credit
  • Tuition fees apply

MATH 1912 – Elementary Calculus

  • First-year math course equivalent to MCV4U
  • Can be counted for credit
  • Tuition fees apply

MATH 1922 – Mathematics of Data Management

  • First-year math course equivalent to MDM4U
  • Can be counted for credit
  • Tuition fees apply

New Student Orientation

  • New Student Orientation (NSO) is a full-day orientation program designed to introduce students and supporters to the academic expectations of Nipissing University, highlight the services and programs available to support student success, and integrate students and their supporters into the Laker community
  • Registration required
  • Fee will apply

Peer Tutoring

  • Peer tutoring provides learning assistance to students in a particular academic subject or skill area by pairing such students with fellow students who have demonstrated competence in that particular academic subject or skill area
  • Fees may apply

Student Success Workshops

  • Staff, student leaders, and faculty advisors collaborate to create a series of workshops on various topics relevant to student success. The focus is on relaying best practices to support students in their successful transition to Nipissing University
  • Topics may include:
    • time management,
    • research,
    • exam preparation,
    • plagiarism,
    • stress management and
    • note-taking

UNIV 1011 – Student Success: Theory and Practice

  • This introductory course is designed to help students understand and integrate effectively to the university environment, through the development of attitudes, skills and knowledge which promote success in higher education
  • Can be counted for credit
  • Tuition fees apply

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OCAD University

For more information, contact OCAD University directly.

Academic Integrity Workshop

  • Learning how to cite sources appropriately is challenging. This workshop provides clarity around when and how sources should be documented

COMPASS

This 2-day orientation provides First Generation students (i.e., whose parents/guardians have not attended university or college) the practical skills necessary for success in first year.

Highlights include:

  • time management tips,
  • meeting upper-year students,
  • getting to know student services
  • Registration required
  • Lunch and refreshments provided

INK: Academic Essentials for First Year

  • These workshops introduce students to the academic skills needed to transition into university.Some key topics include:
    • conducting research,
    • creativity on-demand and
    • introduction to critique.

IT Services

  • IT Services provides comprehensive information and tutorials with respect to OCAD University’s mandatory laptop programs and various technology platforms, including student email, print accounts and the course learning management system (Canvas)
  • Orientation is provided to technology available on-campus as well as on-line technology training through Lynda.com

Library

  • The Dorothy H Hoover Library offers students one-on-one research assistance, and conducts seminars and workshops to help library users find, retrieve and evaluate information sources

O-DAYS!

  • Orientation activities welcome new students to the OCAD U community

Registration Assistance Days (RAD)

  • New students are welcomed to campus, meet other new students and receive in-person assistance registering for their courses
  • No fee
  • Registration required

StART

  • In addition to providing year-round learning strategy support and academic accommodations to students with disabilities, the Centre for Students with Disabilities offers a week-long intensive summer transition program for new students with disabilities who will be attending OCAD University

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University of Ottawa

For more information, contact the University of Ottawa directly.

Bridging Courses in Science – Summer

  • Offered in summer

Chemistry Help Centre

  • Helps for students taking first- and second-year chemistry courses

Help Centre in Mathematics and Statistics

  • Help for students who may have trouble understanding concepts introduced in mathematics and statistics courses

Math Workshops

  • In August, to help students ensure that their math skills are at par.

Physics Help Centre

  • Help for students taking first-year physics courses.

Science Preparatory Workshop

  • Offered late summer

Student Academic Success Service (SASS)

  • Offers a variety of centres, workshops and study groups to help students in their transition and in the preparation of exams, essays, etc. (Academic Writing Help Centre, Workshops and Study Groups, Mentoring program, Access Services)

Undergraduate Student Guide

  • A summary of tasks and things to think about to help students start off on the right foot—register for courses, pay tuition fees and become familiar with timetable and class locations
  • Information about orientation activities for new students

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Queen’s University

For more information, contact Queen’s University directly.

Academic Counselling and Tutoring Resources

ATLAS

  • One-day program for international students new to Queen’s.

First-Year Bounce Back

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

July One-day Program

  • Prepare effectively for new academic expectations
  • Prepare for potential personal stresses and academic pressure points during first year
  • Make the most of services and resources to support student learning and academic success
  • Anticipate important academic dates and deadlines
  • Navigate administrative processes, including academic registration and financial accounts
  • Get tips for staying healthy and getting involved in the campus community
  • Students participate in a one day program in summer. There are specific dates for each faculty

Learning Strategies

  • Workshops, advising, study skills, peer mentoring and online resources

Q Success: A First-Year Experience Program

Student Academic Success Services

Writing Centre

  • Workshops, advising, study skills, peer mentoring and online resources

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Ryerson University

For more information, contact Ryerson University directly.

Academic Bridging Courses (via The Chang School of Continuing Education)

  • For students who need general academic upgrading to prepare for postsecondary studies or who lack subject prerequisite requirements for consideration for admission to a degree or certificate program at Ryerson
  • Subject areas include Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, Data Management, Physics
  • Non-credit courses
  • 78 hours/two terms
  • Standard fee of $755 (some variation for part-time and international students)

Math Diagnostic Test for Engineering, Part I and Part II (Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science)

  • To test skills on equations and inequalities, polynomial functions and trigonometric functions
  • After taking the diagnostic tests, if students feel they could benefit from a refresher course, they may register for the Math Mini Course
  • No fees

Math Mini Course (Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science)

  • For newly admitted students to sharpen math skills before starting at Ryerson
  • Non-credit preparation
  • 24 hours, contact for dates
  • Free for all incoming students

Ryerson’s Academic Preparation (Spanning the Gaps)

  • For students to gain practice writing university-level essays, generate ideas using critical thinking skills, utilize time management techniques to meet deadlines, and learn to properly tailor learning based on their individual learning styles
  • This interactive workshop will provide a comprehensive set of skills for success in a post-secondary environment
  • Non-credit course
  • 27 hours
  • fees apply

Student Learning Support

  • In addition to the subject-specific support noted above, Ryerson also offers a wealth of learning support services for new students in communication, literacy, numeracy and academic skills
  • Online resources and a comprehensive list of handouts are available at: www.ryerson.ca/studentlearningsupport/online-resources/index.html

SHIFT (Students Heading Into Full Time) and Portage

  • SHIFT and Portage are transition programs for students with disabilities who are heading into any postsecondary institution in Ontario
  • These programs offer participants a space to explore possibilities for personal empowerment, and a positive start to their academic studies
  • To register or find out more, contact shift@ryerson.ca

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University of Toronto

For more information, contact the University of Toronto directly.

Academic Orientation

  • Brief overview of what to expect in first year
  • Parents’ welcome – aimed more at parents, but students do attend; focus on what first year is like and what parents can do to support their children
  • Biweekly newsletters on important things to do or remember before the start of term
  • During the summer

Kickstart Program

  • offers a general orientation to university with some focus on academic transition
  • Academic advising takes place all summer, by appointment and by email
  • Academic orientations for newly admitted students are delivered by the colleges
  • Study skills workshops are typically offered late in the summer

First-Year Foundation Courses

In the following areas:

  • Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Design
  • Fee is charged
  • During the summer

Free Academic Resources

  • For all registered students

Math Aid Centres

  • Drop-in centres for all Arts and Science students.
  • Drop in
  • Tutors available on a one-on-one basis
  • During the school year

Math (Assessing Preparedness)

  • No charge

Math (First-Year Calculus)

  • This course teaches the material required for first-year calculus
  • Fee: $600
  • In-class instruction, 2 times/week

Engineering Academic Success Centre

  • Academic assistance for Engineering students
  • No charge

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University of Toronto – Mississauga

Office of Student Transition

  • Student Orientation
  • Transition classes for credit
  • First Generation support
  • Parent and Family Orientation

Academic Resources

Academic Culture and English Program

  • For students who require additional English language skills training

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University of Toronto – Scarborough

For more information, contact the University of Toronto Scarborough directly.

English-Language Development

  • English-language development for students whose first language is not English

Get Started

  • A fun and interactive full day academic orientation hosted by the Academic Advising & Career Centre to help you transition to UTSC

Math & Statistics Learning Centre

  • Aims to improve students’ proficiency in various subjects of mathematics and statistics

STARTUP

  • If you have a documented disability, attend the 3-day STARTUP event (parents are invited too!) to learn more about how the AccessAbility Office can help you succeed

Trent University

For more information, contact Trent University directly.

Academic Skills Resources

Offering in-person and online instruction in writing and study skills including in the areas of:

  • Online Documentation Guide: What to Cite and How to Cite it
  • Thinking it Through: Essay-Writing Guide
  • Study Skills for University
  • Exam Preparation
  • Referencing, Formatting and Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Grammar and Clear Writing
  • Essays, Writing Assignments and Presentations
  • Resources for Math and Sciences

Academic Skills Instructors included for these areas:

  • Grammar and composition
  • Critical reading and thinking
  • Research and citation
  • Time management
  • Essay writing
  • Listening and note-taking
  • Oral presentations
  • Exam preparation
  • Mathematics
  • Science writing and laboratory reports

Bring It On! (Peterborough)

  • Provides students with a chance to learn and build strategies for academic and social success through participating in a wide variety of interactive and fun activities with other first-year students new to Trent
  • Students spend the weekend in small groups with other first-year students, participating in a variety of activities across campus lead by upper-year students
  • Advanced registration required
  • Fee of $100

Fall Orientation (Peterborough)

  • Contact for dates
  • Academic and social integration sessions, including specialized sessions for residence student, off-campus students, and partnerships with specialized support departments such as colleges, academic skills, First Peoples House of Learning, Trent International Program, etc.
  • Sessions include Take The University Challenge, which provides just-in-time workshops on academic skills.

Student Accessibility Services

  • For students with disabilities to arrange accommodation plans and who need coaching for academic success

Summer Orientation

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University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

For more information, contact UOIT directly.

iBegin

  • Designed to promote academic and personal success by providing insight about what it will be like to be a UOIT student
  • Meet fellow classmates, faculty and staff, learn strategies for attending university lectures, and discuss what might make the university experience unique
  • Parent and Family Orientation will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the student experience at UOIT and how we can best support you as you begin and progress through your university career

Smart Start

  • Interactive, one- or two-day sessions that provide students with a recap of foundational academic concepts for their program.
  • Sessions are strongly recommended and specialized programming is offered for all faculties.
  • Students will also learn about study skills and time management, and develop effective strategies to be successful in university.
  • Non-credit
  • No fees
  • Registration required

Peer Mentoring

  • Foster a culture of inclusivity and support for students throughout their postsecondary journey and beyond
  • The programs ensure students have the opportunity to connect with the mentorship community, receive support and engage with their peers
  • Goals include:
    • Establishing an inclusive and welcoming community of peers that cultivates a network and culture of mentorship.
    • Providing support and guidance to UOIT students through various transitions in their postsecondary journey, from acceptance to post-graduation
    • Engaging participants in personal growth, lifelong learning and leadership opportunities through flexible, experiential programming that leverages the development of interpersonal, academic and professional skills
    • Creating a unified mentorship network that fosters respectful, interdisciplinary connections between individual peer programs and provides opportunities for collaborative programming

September Orientation

  • Prepare for success in first-year by learning from upper-year students who volunteer their time to welcome you to the UOIT community
  • As an incoming UOIT student, September Orientation will provide you with the opportunity to
    • familiarize yourself with the campus,
    • learn how to get the most from your university experience, and
    • meet new friends, faculty and staff.
  • Contact for dates

Summer Transition Program (Student Accessibility Services)

  • Program for incoming students with documented disabilities
  • Understand the real differences between high school, college and university
  • Learn about self-advocacy and how to use your strengths
  • Learn to use software you will use every day
  • Learn tried-and-true strategies to make the most of your university experience
  • Meet key staff who will provide academic and learning support
  • Become familiar with the campus and the Oshawa area
  • Contact for dates
  • No fees
  • Registration required

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University of Waterloo

For more information, contact the University of Waterloo directly.

Pre-Arrival: Online Resources

Online resources students can reference to help them be successful in their first year, including:

  • Life skills
  • Test Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Notes and Reading
  • Learning
  • Writing Skills
  • Registration required
  • No Fee
  • No credit

Pre-Arrival: Science/Engineering/Environment/Applied Health Sciences 101

  • Attend a faculty specific day in July to learn how to be successful in your academic program.
  • Registration suggested
  • No Fee
  • No credit

Upon-Arrival: Drop-in Tutoring

  • Free drop-in tutoring is available each term on the main UWaterloo campus for a variety of courses.
  • Students enrolled in any of the courses listed may attend to get academic support.
  • No registration
  • No Fee
  • No credit

Upon-Arrival: Mentorship Programs 

  • Departments across the university provide a number of programs that support Waterloo students in their social, cultural and academic transition to university.
  • Peer mentorship programs can connect you with upper-year mentors who act as a non-judgmental, approachable and knowledgeable first resource and support system.
  • Each of these programs are targeted at groups of students seeking specific types of support.
  • Registration depends on the program
  • No Fee
  • No credit

Upon-Arrival: Success Coach Appointments

  • A success coaching appointment is a one-on-one meeting, usually with one of our peer success coaches.
  • During the meeting you’ll discuss your goals and learn how to develop your skills in order to reach these goals.
  • Registration required
  • No Fee
  • No credit

Upon-Arrival: Writing Appointments

  • Get help starting an assignment
  • Work on a piece of writing
  • Talk about how to organize your ideas
  • Learn how to revise and edit
  • Registration suggested
  • No Fee
  • No credit
  • 50-minute appointments for an individual or a group.
  • Online meetings are available for students completing their degree through the Centre for Extended Learning, for satellite campus students, or for students who are on a co-op work term

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Western University

Brescia University College, Huron University College, King’s University College

For more information, contact Western University directly.

International & Exchange Student Centre (IESC)

The IESC offers the following services to international students:

  • Orientation Activities
  • Peer Guide Program
  • English Conversation Program
  • Individual Assistance
  • Welcome Centre and after-hours Helpline
  • Porch Light Program
  • International Student Network
  • Friendly staff and volunteers help welcome new students, provide orientation activities and offer support programs, social events, and individual assistance
  • Students can apply to be matched with an upper-year student who will be their peer guide

Ready for University

Future students:

  • experience a sample lecture
  • learn to read texts efficiently
  • study more effectively
  • undertake useful library research
  • learn to succeed on a sample test
  • Cost: $100
  • Non-credit course
  • Advanced registration required

Student Development Centre

Student Success Centre

The Student Success Centre facilitates the development of career, educational, and life competencies for students through programs and services that:

  • Guide successful transitions
  • Foster local and global citizenship
  • Promote leadership opportunities
  • Encourage personal growth
  • Deliver career resources
  • Ignite active engagement

Student Life Centre (Brescia University College)

Student Life Support Services (Huron University College)

Student Support Services (King’s University College)

Summer Academic Writing Clinic

  • For incoming first-year students to introduce them to the ins and outs of writing at the university level.
  • July and August

Summer Academic Orientation (SAO) (Main Campus)

Program for new first-year Western students who will:

  • receive one-to-one course advising from a professor
  • meet other first-year and upper-year student leaders from their faculty
  • receive personalized assistance with timetabling and course registration
  • learn about important campus resources and supports
  • complete an individualized assessment to help students understand their strengths and areas of improvement pertaining to the academic transition to university

Summer Orientation Days (SOD) (Brescia University College)

Summer Transition Sessions (Huron University College)

Summer Academic Orientation (SAO – King’s University College)

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Wilfrid Laurier University

For more information, contact Wilfrid Laurier University directly.

Centre for Student Success

  • Triage for all student support inquiries
  • Contains Accessible Learning, Writing Centre, Math Assistance Centre and Study Skills & Supplemental Instruction Centre

Headstart

  • Offers a glimpse into the student’s academic program, expectations, difference between high school and university and campus services and resources that will help them be successful in university
  • Half-day program designed to make the transition to university life easier for Laurier’s incoming students and their parents
  • $30 per family

Students Offering Support

  • Offers extensive crash courses prior to tough exams
  • $20 per session; all proceeds go to charitable initiatives

Student Wellness Centre

  • One-stop shop for all student wellness concerns,including counselling and health services – includes drop-in hours and services by appointment covered under Laurier student health plan
  • Located centrally on campus within steps of student residences and academic buildings

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University of Windsor

For more information, contact the University of Windsor directly.

Bridge to University for Individuals with Learning Disabilities (BUILD)– Student Success Centre

  • BUILD is a 5 day, pre-fall semester program that eases the transition to university for students with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD
  • Explore the unique opportunities and challenges faced by students with learning disabilities
  • Learn about the services and supports available through Student Disability Services
  • Discover valuable techniques, strategies and technology to help maximize learning potential

Connecting4Success Mentorship Program – Student Success Centre

  • A mentorship for First Generation Students to support their transition to the University of Windsor
  • One-on-one support from an upper year student
  • Academic workshops
  • Social events

English Language Improvement Program

  • The Centre for English Language Development provides comprehensive English language preparatory programs for English as an additional language students

Head Start Orientation – Student Success Centre

  • Early orientation for new students while they are still attending high school
  • Finalize course registration
  • Take UwinCARD photo
  • Buy a parking pass
  • Sign the Class of 2019 banner
  • Pick up student handbook
  • Sign up for a UWindsor email account
  • Enter the daily draw to win a $500 award
  • Separate parent and family orientation

Math and Stats Learning Centre

  • The Math and Stats Learning Centre offers assistance to students in first year Math and Statistics courses

Outstanding Scholars Program

  • The Outstanding Scholars Program provides Outstanding Scholars candidates during first year with mentoring that lays the groundwork for entering the Outstanding Scholars Program in second year

Peer Support Centre

  • The Peer Support Centre is a drop-in centre where students from across campus can find a supportive peer to talk to
  • Safe and inclusive space where trained peer support volunteers offer peer counselling to all University of Windsor students

Skills to Enhance Personal Success (STEPS) – Student Success Centre

  • STEPS offers workshops throughout the semester to introduce practical methods that can help students improve learning and study skills across disciplines

Student Counselling Centre

  • The Student Counselling Centre provides free, confidential counselling as well as consultation and referral services
  • Services are provided by psychologists, clinical therapists, a registered nurse and master’s-level graduate students

Student Disability Services – Student Success Centre

  • Students seeking academic accommodation for an ongoing, diagnosed disability (whether permanent or temporary) are supported by Student Disability Services
  • Meet with an Intake Advisor
  • Register with Student Disability Services

Windsor Welcome Week – Student Success Centre

  • New student orientation is provided throughout students’ first week on campus.
  • Academic program orientation
  • Welcoming Celebration
  • Social activities
  • Annual Welcome Back Concert

Writing Support for Students – Student Success Centre

  • Peer writing advisors and volunteers provide writing support to students at any stage of the writing process

Learning Centres – Faculty of Science

Various Learning Centres are a valuable resource for students taking science courses at the University of Windsor, who are looking for assistance.

  • Chemistry & Physics Resource Centre
  • Computer Science Resource Centre
  • Economics Help Centre
  • Math Resource Centre
  • Science Tutor/MySci Advisor program
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences Resource Centre

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Mentorship Program

  • Student mentors receive training to act as peer-learning facilitators in certain first-year classes

Odette School of Business: Odette Student Success Centre

  • The Odette Student Success Centre provides you with a team of highly skilled advisors who are available to help you throughout your university career.

Faculty of Engineering: WINONE

  • Through the WINONE office, we will promote a positive learning experience and environment for all of our first-year students
  • Whether your transition is from high school, a local or international college or university, our WINONE first-year office is here to guide you in this new and demanding environment

Human Kinetics: Kin-One First Year Experience Program

  • Get involved. Ask questions. And have a great first year! First-year HK students are automatically members of the Kin-One First Year Experience Program.

Faculty of Nursing

Dedicated, highly skilled faculty, clinical instructors, staff, and enthusiastic student body enhance the education experience of UWindsor nursing students by offering a variety of support services which include, but are not limited to:

  • Peer mentors (Nursing Lab)
  • First-year support and tutoring
  • Academic and career advising
  • Student counselling services

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York University

For more information, contact York University directly.

Learning Commons – Career Centre

  • Services and events, workshops, job search help and career planning support for students up until 2 years after graduation

Writing Centre

  • One-to-one support, workshops, online writing support and question and answer periods are offered to help students improve their writing skills.
  • Other writing centres at York

SPARK (Student Papers and Academic Research Kit)

  • An online student guide to academic papers
  • Helps students with assignment comprehension, time management, academic integrity, argument formation, research and editing

Learning Skills Services

Targeted workshops and one-on-one sessions to help students succeed academically, including:
•  Stress Management
•  Test Anxiety
•  Critical Thinking
•  Effective Reading

Project ADVANCE

  • Summer transition program to help students with documented disabilities prepare for postsecondary studies at York

Strengthening Transitions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

  • Program that helps students with ASD transition into a postsecondary program

Math Help

  • Mini-courses, tutorials, tutor services and planned exercises through Bethune College (at York)

Student Community and Leadership Development

  • Dedicated to the successful transition of first-year students into university life

YU Start

  • A new student transition program designed to support students as they make their way into and through first year at York University.
  • During this transitional program, students will:
    • enroll in courses;
    • connect with fellow classmates, student leaders, faculty members and student services staff; and
    • become more familiar with campus life, supports and resources available.

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