SSC Academics: Online

Have questions about starting University?

SSC Academics: Online will help prepare you for school by answering questions and introducing you to skills needed to be successful. Join us online as we discuss University academics through videos, short articles, and personal reflections.

SSC Academics: Online runs for four weeks in the summer. The program starts on Monday, July 16, 2018.

The workshops are actually helpful.

McMaster University Student

Your Next Four Weeks


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Week 1: Welcome
to University

This week will introduce you to university life and how to start your journey on the right foot. Learn some of the differences between high school and university, meet some of the key people and resources that will help in your transition, and start thinking about your long-term goals!

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Week 2: Managing Time and
Finding Balance

University life can be difficult to manage; there are a number of conflicting priorities and with so many clubs, social events, and assignments to balance, many students find themselves overwhelmed and busy. We will share real strategies and show you where to go when you need some extra support.

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Week 3: Learning in

For most students, lecture halls are new and sometimes intimidating environments. Classrooms might hold hundreds of students, material moves along quickly, and there might not be time to ask questions. It’s completely normal to feel a bit lost at first. This week we will talk all about lectures and note-taking.

Week 4: Being a
University Learner

University academics will require different learning and study strategies than you’re used to. This week we will discuss how to think at the university level, focusing on study strategies, active learning, critical thinking, and how to write essays. Let’s get ready for university academics!

SSC Academics: Online is an orientation program offered by the Student Success Centre.

To learn more about what we offer, visit the Student Success Centre website.