Start where you are

Coming to university for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. If you feel lost, try to keep things in perspective. Each of us is a work in progress, and while others may look like they’ve got it all figured out, they’re probably just as busy as you. Stay true to yourself, find your own definition of success, and most importantly, ask for help when you need it!

Browse this page to find ways to prepare for your university experience – and who to ask for help when you need extra support.

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How people learn How do you learn best? Assess yourself using these tools.
Programs For first year students
University Prep Workshop Series For incoming or returning students
Other services at U of T Academic services at U of T

How people learn

How do you learn best? Assess yourself using these tools.


Programs for first-year students

First in the Family (FITF): support for first-generation students

First in the Family Peer Mentor Program

Being part of the first generation in your family to pursue post-secondary education is something to be proud of! It is also an experience that brings a unique set of challenges. Join the First in the Family Peer Mentor Program to connect with a supportive community that can help you navigate the challenges and achieve your best.

Who can join?

This program is only for first-generation students at U of T. You are considered a first-generation student if your parents or guardians did not complete post-secondary education, or attended post-secondary education outside of Canada, even if your older or younger sibling(s) attended post-secondary education. One in five students at U of T identify as first generation.

Learn more and register!

To learn more about the First in the Family Peer Mentor Program and how to register, check out the program's website.

If you have any questions, email us at

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University Prep Workshop Series

Academic Success is running a University Prep Series in late August, to help both new and returning students get off to a good start for the 2017-2018 academic year. Feel free to join us for the full series, or individual workshops. Please see registration info below.


Getting the Most out of University: Intro to Academic Resources and Supports

Monday, August 28th 4:30-6:30 p.m., Student Success Seminar Room

Learn your way around some of the essential academic services at U of T. Discover spaces and places that can help you succeed and learn about useful online resources on a short virtual tour. At the end of this workshop, you will have an action plan to use these resources for the academic year. Remember: strong students at U of T seek support!

The resources and services we will cover include:

  • Academic Success
  • Registrarial services
  • Writing Centres
  • Libraries
  • Study Aid Centres
  • Accessibility Services
  • Student Life Services


Gearing Up for Academic Success: Intro to Effective Learning & Study Habits

Tuesday, August 29th 4:30-6:30pm, Student Success Seminar Room

Get your year off to a good start and learn the basics of being a successful student at U of T. Through an interactive presentation and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • understand the difference between high school and university learning
  • develop effective study strategies, such as active reading, note-taking & review
  • build healthy habits and resilient attitudes to support your learning
  • identify helpful academic resources that will support you through the year
  • set academic and personal goals for the semester


Getting Organized and Staying on Track: Intro to Time Management & Concentration Skills

Wednesday, August 30th 4:30-6:30pm, Student Success Seminar Room

Being a student can be a full-time job. Learn essential skills and tools to manage your time and bring your full attention to your work.  Through an interactive presentation and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • develop your organization and time planning skills
  • break down large assignments and create study plans for tests
  • map your deadlines for the semester and create a balanced weekly schedule
  • increase your ability to minimize distraction and bring attention to your work
  • learn skills to manage the stress of being a student and feel more in control of your learning

If you have selected your courses, please bring your fall timetable and course syllabi to the workshop.


Details and registration information:

To register for the University Prep Series, please login to our Learning Network, click “Register for an Event” and select the “St. George Academic Success Events & Workshops” calendar.

All workshops take place in the Student Success Centre Seminar Room in the Koffler Student Services Centre. If you have any problems with registration, or any questions, please e-mail, call 416-978-7970 or try our online chat tool.

Other academic services

The University of Toronto offers a variety of services and resources to help you achieve your goals.


University information

Registrars and Academic Advisors

Academic Calendar and Timetable

Important dates and deadlines

Office of Student Academic Integrity (OSAI)


Helpful services and people

Accessibility Services for disability-related academic accommodations

Aid Centres

First Year Learning Communities (FLC)

University of Toronto Peer Tutoring (UTPT)

Departmental tutoring: Most departments have a list of upper-year and/or graduate tutors. Please note that most of these tutors charge money for their services, and are not always endorsed by the University. Please make use of them at your own discretion.