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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University Prep Workshop Series For incoming or returning students
Other services Other academic services at U of T

University Prep Workshop Series

Learn the basic skills you need to have a great start to the school year! The University Prep Series features 3 core mini-courses covering the main topics you need to know: 

1. Navigating the Academic Supports

Strong students at U of T seek support- learn what supports you can use! In this mini-course you will:

  • Discover services like the registrar, writing centres, libraries and more that can help you succeed
  • Learn about useful online resources on a short virtual tour
  • Develop an action plan to use these resources for the academic year.

2. Effective Learning and Study Habits

Through interactive and hands-on exercises, you will:

  • 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

3. University-style Time Management and Organization

Through interactive and hands-on exercises, you will:

  • Understand how to break down large assignments and create study plans
  • Create a balanced weekly schedule- with room for activities beyond homework!
  • Learn skills to manage the stress of being a student and feel more in control of your learning

 

Registration

To register for the University Prep Series, please login to the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx), 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 mail.asc@utoronto.ca, call 416-978-7970, or try our online chat tool.

Session Details

Single session for all workshops: 

You can join us for all or some of our courses.

We will be hosting all 3 courses in one convenient session at the following times:

  • August 19, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • August 20, 10 – 1 p.m.
  • August 27, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • August 28, 10 – 1 p.m. 

 

Individual sessions and times: 

1. Navigating Academic Supports: 

  • August 19, 2 – 3 p.m. 
  • August 19, 5 – 6 p.m.  
  • August 20, 10 – 11 a.m. 
  • August 27, 3 – 4 p.m. 
  • August 27, 5 – 6 p.m. 
  • August 28, 12 – 1 p.m. 

2. Effective Learning & Study Habits: 

  • August 19, 3 – 4 p.m. 
  • August 20, 11  a.m. – 12 p.m. 
  • August 20, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • August 27, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • August 28, 10 – 11 a.m. 
  • August 28, 5 – 6 p.m. 

3. University-style Time Management & Organization: 

  • August 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • August 20, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • August 21, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • August 27, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • August 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • August 29, 5 – 6 p.m.

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.

 

 

 

Academic skills

Writing Centres

 

Resources and tools

 

Libraries

Assignment Calculator

GPA Calculator  This new application readily calculates sessional, cumulative and annual Grade Point Averages (GPAs).

Midterm Library at Arts & Science Student Union (ASSU)

Old Exam Repository

Used textbooks: TUSBEDiscount BookstoreU of T Bookstore