Exam schedule posted
The April final exam timetable has been posted. If you have an exam time conflict (i.e., two exams at the same time, or three in three consecutive time slots; for example: afternoon, evening, next morning), don't worry - the Faculty Registrar's Office can help. Just drop by the office in room 1006, Sidney Smith Hall, and fill out a form - they'll resolve the conflict. You must report your conflict no later than Friday, March 30.
2012 summer courses
The summer session is a great time to pick up courses that you may have missed this fall/winter or courses that you may need or want to take before next September. The tentative 2012 summer timetable is now available. The final version will be available the week of March 19. Course enrolment begins in April. You will note again this year some courses are taught in an intensive 3-week mode. You should take no more than one of these at a time.
LWD - late withdrawal
A remedy is available for students who are having real difficulty in a course. If you are hopelessly behind or have not done any tests or assignments in one or more classes, you should talk to your college registrar immediately about the Late Withdrawl (LWD). The deadline for contacting your college registrar is the last day of classes in this term (April 5), but you should make the move before that if you are way behind.
Subject POSt Open House
Trying to decide on a Program Of Study (subject POSt)? Thinking of switching programs? Visit Arts & Science department and program offices all over campus during the Subject POSt Open House and talk to faculty members, staff, and students for detailed information on programs. They're opening their doors March 22 and 23, from 11:00am-2:00pm.
Arts & Science Council elections
Elections for next year's student representatives for Arts & Science Council will be held March 28 and 29. Information can be found on the Faculty's governance website.
The hectic year-end rush of papers and assignments is almost upon us. This is the time when most academic offences occur because some students get desperate, take risky decisions or become sloppy with documentation on their essays. The last thing any student wants is to suffer the consequences of those bad decisions. If you are struggling or have fallen behind, consult your college registrar immediately about legitimate remedies and stay away from desperate or sloppy behaviour. Such behaviour does get caught out, and the consequences can be severe - the penalties for offences are always worse than the original problem the student was trying to avoid. Getting advice and making an honest decision is always the better option.
Information & advising
Remember, if you are having academic difficulty or just have a question, your reliable first stop for advice and information is your college registrar's office. If you have specific questions about courses or programs, you are encouraged to contact departments and programs directly for answers.
Tax receipts for tuition
T2202A forms are tuition tax receipts issued to all students who paid tuition for courses in the previous calendar year. These show the amount of tuition that can be deducted for income tax purposes as well as the number of months eligible for the education deduction. . T2202A forms for 2011 are now available on ROSI. Click "tax forms" on the main menu to retrieve yours.
If you're planning to take courses this summer, remember that you must be in a course load of at least 60 per cent to qualify for OSAP. In the summer, this normally means that you must be enrolled in 1.5 courses or more. To be eligible for an OSAP fee deferral for the summer, applications must be submitted by late March. For details about OSAP applications, contact your College Registrar's office.
Clearing fees arrears
Please note that fees are to be paid before the end of the session, ideally before service charges are assessed but not later than the end of the session. Students will not be allowed to register in subsequent sessions with significant fees arrears owing from a previous session, i.e. course enrolment for the Fall/Winter session will be blocked as will final registration.
Human's oldest ancestor found
University of Toronto and University of Cambridge scientists have confirmed a 505 million-year-old creature, found only in the Burgess Shale fossil beds in Canada's Yoho National Park, is the most primitive known vertebrate and therefore the ancestor of all descendant vertebrates, including humans.
Professors and Wikipedia not such odd bedfellows
Wikipedia, long an academic bogeyman, is being invited into the classroom in an innovative new program that made its Canadian debut this year at U of T.
More Arts & Science news...
Student Leadership Award winner brings communities together to bring change
Jothi Shanmugam has put her questions about identity and the world to action by bringing communities together for change and creating new opportunities for students.
Books, libraries & the digital future
Harvard University professor and librarian Robert Darnton presents the Digital Library of America's vision to resist the commercialization of knowledge, and make the collections of American libraries available to everyone.
Become a mentor!
Being a mentor is a great way to develop your leadership skills and act as a role model to first-year students. The First-Year Learning Communities and the First in the Family Program have both posted their 2012-2013 mentorship positions. Both programs connect upper-year students with students making their transition into university.
Want international recognition for your coursework?
The Undergraduate Awards is an international non-profit awards programme that recognizes independent thinking and creativity amongst undergraduate students. UA accepts the coursework of final or penultimate year students across a wide range of disciplines. Winners ger their expenses paid to Dublin to take part in the Undergraduate Awards Summit.
Give it a shot
Enter the Great U of T Photo Contest! Submit photos in three categories by July 6 for your chance to win $500 and have your photo published in U of T Magazine.
What are you doing after class? For detailed listings of events and opportunities for students, be sure to check out Ulife at ulife.utoronto.ca and follow us on Twitter @UTulife.
You're almost there...
We know, we know. February seemed bad, but March and April are turning out to be even harder. At this time of year, most students get so focused on their studies that their balance goes off-kilter. Studying becomes so all-encompassing that everything else in your life disappears. Ironically, it's when your workload is heaviest that you need that balance more than ever.You're almost there. Let's think about some great ways to rebalance and stay motivated during the home stretch.
Maximize your studying through nutrition
With good nutrition comes better thinking and more motivation. Check out these nine nutrition tips to help maximize your studying!
English Language Learning (ELL)
The English Language Learning (ELL) Program will offer an eight-day non-credit course, ELL010H1F, Intensive Academic English, from May 2-11. The course is specially designed for multilingual students who want to improve their critical reading, academic writing, speaking, oral presentation, and listening skills. This course includes interactive lectures, small group activities, and individual feedback on students' writing and oral presentations. Register for ELL along with your summer courses in April.
Everyone looks the same in a hair net
I recently started a volunteer placement at a large food bank in Toronto. It was a requirement of a course I'm taking and, to tell you the truth, I was dreading it. I'm so busy, and this just seemed like one more thing that I needed to do before the end of the term. Read more about volunteering from our blogger, Lori.