Writing and Academic Skills

Students working at laptops outside on McMaster campus.

Using the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) for missed academic work

There are two pathways for reporting missed work and requesting relief 1. Online McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)   This is...

Large group of students working on laptops in library.

What you need to know about contract cheating as a university student

Contract cheating, the process of hiring a third-party company to complete your assignment, is a growing business scam. Companies target...

Student walking past Student Centre.

Finding the right study spots on campus

There are many great spots on campus for a variety of types of studying and it is important that you...

Person reviewing financial information at a desk with a calculator.

Ways to organize your time in university

Today, I will be focusing on organizing your time and using time pockets outside of class to get some studying...

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...

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.

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...

Simi Jayeoba

“My Golden Sun” (2021 Academic Skills Writing Contest)

This written piece was a winning submission (first place) for the 2021 Academic Skills Writing Contest. The 2021 theme was "comfort."

Rochelle Rosales

“(comfortindiscomfort)” (2021 Academic Skills Writing Contest)

This written piece was a winning submission (second place) for the 2021 Academic Skills Writing Contest. The 2021 theme was "comfort."

Student Success Centre mural

“It’s Okay.” (2021 Academic Skills Writing Contest)

This written piece was a winning submission (third place) for the 2021 Academic Skills Writing Contest. The 2021 theme was "comfort."

Student studying in MUSC. Wearing McMaster branded face mask.

Top exam tips for Winter 2021

There are a lot of tips being shared these days — some may be relevant to you, while others may...