Academic Skills

David Vaz, writing contest winner.

“Self-talk (a poem inverse)” (2022 Academic Skills Writing Contest)

This written piece was a winning submission (third place) for the 2022 Academic Skills Writing Contest. The 2022 theme was "potential."

Exam space with desks and chairs.

In-person exams aren’t as scary as you think

This year, we’ve learned that many of you might feel anxious or overwhelmed about in-person exams. For example, in a...

Yashaswani Chauhan, writing contest winner.

“Bated Breath” (2022 Academic Skills Writing Contest)

This written piece was a winning submission (second place) for the 2022 Academic Skills Writing Contest. The 2022 theme was "potential."

Rowan Miles, writing contest winner.

“horn of plenty” (2022 Academic Skills Writing Contest)

This written piece was a winning submission (first place) for the 2022 Academic Skills Writing Contest. The 2022 theme was "potential."

Students studying in the Student Centre.

Managing your time with a weekly study schedule

It's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to balance course work, extracurriculars, free time and any other commitments you may...

Groups of students studying in the Student Centre.

Study smarter with active study strategies

Studying is much more than just memorizing. Make the most of your study time with active study strategies.

Students studying in Mills Library.

Mastering multiple-choice tests

Multiple-choice tests can be overwhelming — but they don't have to be! Improve your performance in these tests by addressing...

Edwards Arch in winter.

Winter 2022 workshops

Workshops are online for the Winter 2022 term. The most updated listings are on OSCARplus under the Student Success Centre...

Students studying at Math Cafe.

5 strategies to improve your academic and personal well-being

"New term, new me." We've all said it before. And most of us have learned that sticking to our resolutions...

Zuzanna Wolos

Let’s chat about resilience: Responsibilities, relaxation and realistic thinking

What does resilience mean to you? Resilience, to me, means staying true to your feelings and working with them accordingly....

Ashley Huang

Let’s chat about resilience: Program decisions, planning and pandemic pets

What does resilience mean to you? To me, resilience means never giving up. Not giving up when things get hard,...

String mural by Brittany Forrest in L.R. Wilson Hall. Text reads "you are here."

It’s okay (and helpful) to talk about failure

Failure and setbacks impact us all. Resilience is what happens when we keep going in spite of these challenges.

Samantha Li

Studying for success

Hey, Marauders! Welcome to our final post in the Academic Prep Skills Series. I can’t believe we’re on the last...

Samantha Li

Reading and writing for academic purposes

Hi, Marauders! Today, we’re exploring best practices for reading and writing in university. All students have to read academic texts...

Samantha Li

Note-taking in university

Hi, Marauders! In today’s blog post, we’re “taking note” of various note-taking strategies (pun intended!). In university, your learning becomes very self-directed, so your ability to take effective...

Samantha Li

Being an online learner

Hey, Marauders! Welcome to the next blog post. Today, we’re uncovering the recipe for successful online learning. Many of us...

Samantha Li

Mastering time management

Hi, Marauders! Today, we’re mastering the art of time management. You don’t think you can master the skill in one...

Samantha Li

Being a university learner

Hi, Marauders! Congratulations on your acceptance to McMaster University! Let me introduce myself — my name is Sam, my pronouns...

Bench, sitting area near Life Sciences building.

Summer prep for fall success

Asking for help early is key to success in university. Regardless of learning ability, all students should take advantage of...

Brighter World Banner on McMaster campus.

A guide to succeed in your first six weeks

In university, successful students plan for success. They find support early, manage their time using schedules and tools, study actively,...