Week One of SSC Academics

Resources 101

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Dear Marauder,

Yesterday, we talked about independence in social and academic contexts. Today’s and tomorrow’s posts build on this and illustrate some of the resources that you have access to as a McMaster student. If you answer yes to the following questions, you should engage with the corresponding resources. They exist to support you and your needs and are, in most cases, covered by your tuition. Explore the following resources!

SSC Academics First-Year Orientation

Register on OSCARplus for either Wednesday, August 1 or Thursday, August 2 (12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

SSC Academics Welcome Week Workshops

Last year, almost 2200 students participated in these workshops. If you are already thinking about your studies, you are not alone! Schedule to be released in July.

Academic and Writing Skills Tutoring Team

This service can benefit students at all skill levels; everyone can improve! Starting mid-September, get help with everything from essay notes to a full draft. Email skills@mcmaster.ca for more information.


Fluent English speakers are paired with non-native English speakers in settings that nurture exciting conversation. Through one-on-one conversations, debate clubs, and conversation circles, this program encourages mutual learning and personal development. For more information, email spkeasy@mcmaster.ca.

First Generation Student Program

Our First Generation student services are part of an integrated program, which means that most of the services on this page are available to all students. What makes our First Generation program different is that it highlights the services that our previous First Generation students found helpful during their time here and holds exclusive events to help you connect with students who share your experiences.

I’m pretty sure you answered yes to at least one of these questions!  I know it can be stressful to be the one to put yourself out there, especially with all the new independence you are about to experience. Try to remember that these resources exist to help support students; you are not burdening anyone by using them. SSC Academics can provide you a network of support, information, and connections. There are a number of ways to engage with us, and we strongly encourage you to do so!

Tomorrow, we will add to this list to include resources offered by other Student Affairs bodies such as Student Accessibility Services and the Student Wellness Centre. We’re all excited to support you, Marauder!



Join the conversation: which of these services are you most likely to engage with?

Is everything I heard about university true? Will it be unimaginably different from high school? Will I really just be a number in the system or will people want to help me? Read Expectations 101 to find answers to these and other questions you might have.

What even is a syllabus? Do I really have to care about it? What is the difference between a lecture and a tutorial? Find answers to these and other questions in Syllabus 101!

What does it mean to be independent at university? Will I be able to relate to my peers and make connections with them? Should I think about different kinds of independence and how prepared I am for them? Think about these (and other) questions in Independence 101!

2 thoughts on “Resources 101”

  1. The SSC Academics Welcome Week Workshops, I’ve been thinking about classes for a long time and I can’t wait to start. I think this would be a useful resource for me.

    1. That’s great! Definitely check back on OSCARPlus in the next few weeks to see a schedule of our Welcome Week workshops. I’m also glad to hear that you’re excited about classes and I hope you enjoy them once they get started! Our workshops will definitely help build some important academic skills.

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