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Week One: 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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Posts will publish once a day, starting July 16.

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!

Week Two: 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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Posts will publish once a day, starting July 23.

What makes balancing your engagement with academics, people, and events difficult? How can you do it? Read more about this in Balance 101!

How should I approach scheduling? What do I need to include? Are to-do lists actually helpful? Scheduling 101 has the answers!

Should I buy all of my food on campus? What can I make for myself that will actually be quick and easy? Is it worth it to make some of my own food at all? Get answers to these (and other) questions in Food for Thought 101!

Week Three: Learning in Lectures

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.

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Posts will publish once a day, starting July 30.

How do I prepare for lecture? How can I stay organised? Do I really need to do anything before I show up? Lecture Preparation 101 has the answers for you!

What makes note-taking difficult? What is my brain trying to do when I take notes? How can I get the most out of what my instructors say? Read Note-Taking 101 to find out!

What is going to distract me during lecture? Do my peers also get distracted? Is there anything that I can do to keep focused? Distraction 101 has the answers to these questions!

Week Four: 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!

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Posts will publish once a day, starting August 7.

How should I approach assigned readings? Are there any strategies I could use to be a more engaged reader? Would those strategies even work for me? Check out Reading 101 to find out!

Is the 'hamburger' essay model still going to work? What can I do to improve it? What are some dos and don'ts of university essay-writing? Essays 101 has the answers to these and other questions!

What should my lab report look like? Where should I start? What structure should I follow? Check out Lab Reports 101 for the answers to these questions!