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Academic Events

Have you enjoyed our summer academic programs? Did you miss our SCC Academic Skills Orientation?

Don’t worry. We will have sessions covering different topics throughout the week, offering you many opportunities to learn about how we can support you academically during your time at McMaster. Learn about the skills that will help you be successful in university – from effective note-taking and time management strategies to goal-setting and using the libraries. Find out from current McMaster students what they wish they knew in first-year and join us for Faculty-specific sessions.

Sessions Offered Each Day

Thriving as a Social Sciences, Humanities or Commerce student

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Burke Science Building (BSB) 147

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Burke Science Building (BSB) 147

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Burke Science Building (BSB) 147

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Burke Science Building (BSB) 147

In this session, you will learn what it takes to thrive as a student in the DeGroote School of Business, or Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. Want to know how to juggle readings, midterms and papers? Come find out!

Students participating in Indigenous Students and Studies Welcome Week programming may choose to attend sessions related to their area of study.

Thriving as a Health Sciences, Nursing or Arts and Science student

4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Burke Science Building (BSB) 147

In this session, you will learn what it takes to thrive as a Nursing, Arts and Science or Health Sciences student. Come and hear from the group work and inquiry pros!

Students participating in Indigenous Students and Studies Welcome Week programming may choose to attend sessions related to their area of study.

Engineering Academic Event supported by SSC Academic Skills

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) 264, 376, 144, 326H

The Engineering Academic Event is here to answer your questions about what life is like in the Faculty of Engineering! There are four academic presentations for each Engineering stream, which will be followed by a Q&A myth-buster panel. After this session, we will be holding a design challenge competition!

What I Wish I Knew in First-Year

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Even the most successful students reflect back on their first-year and wish they’d had certain habits and/or picked up on key pieces of information. We’ll share these insights with you so that you make the most of your undergrad experience!

Communicating with Professors

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Scared to talk to a prof? Unsure how to email? As a university student, you will need to visit office hours, ask questions, and send emails, and you need to do all of these things appropriately. Come for a panel of McMaster Faculty as they share their advice for professor communication.

For students with disabilities, this session will cover communicating about academic accommodations.

Note-Taking in University

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

This workshop will prepare you for university lectures by introducing a variety of effective note-taking strategies. With real examples, you will learn how to actively note-take for key points and summarize main ideas, so you can prepare more meaningful and effective notes.

For students with disabilities, this session will cover information about learning strategies.

This session includes a mock lecture by a McMaster professor.

Time Management and Procrastination

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Concerned you will feel overwhelmed and put off work? This workshop explores why we procrastinate and teaches time management strategies to help you organize your schedule, improve efficiency, and reduce academic stress. Learn how to balance your workload, prioritize your tasks, and save time for fun. Don’t let time slip away; stay in control!

Career Access Professional Services (CAPS)

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110

Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) is for students and alumni who identify as a member of an equity-seeking group or have barriers to employment. The CAPS team provides individualized support to assist with all aspects of career development including exploration, preparation and the building of skills and confidence. Through fostering employer and partner connections, the Student Success Centre supports students and alumni in gaining access to experience-building and career opportunities.

This session includes a mock lecture by a McMaster professor.

Stress Less

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110

Stress Less is an interactive workshop that is designed to help you distinguish between stress, anxiety, and fear. You’ll also learn how to identify stressors and notice how stress impacts your body. To give you practical a new strategy: Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

Science Faculty Fest supported by SSC Academic Skills

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For Faculty Fest, we will have program-specific professors come in to tell you how you can be successful, in terms of studying, test-taking, courses and subjects. Faculty Fest will have Program Booths on BSB Field (right in front of BSB) with your entry-level program to answer any questions that you may have.

We will have a number of sessions running throughout the day, such as How to Survive First-Year, Getting Involved in Science, and a special guest speaker coming to talk about coping with mental stress in university. Want something a little more hands-on? We have a reptile zoo all day and a yoga class in the morning!

Supports for Students with Disabilities

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110

Are you a student with a disability interested in learning about academic accommodations? This session will review the accommodations process including registering with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). This orientation session will also review supports available through Student Accessibility Services and other student support services on-campus.

Please email sastransition@mcmaster.ca for any accommodation requests.

Reading Academic Articles and Textbooks

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Everyone says that university requires a lot of reading, but they don’t explain how you’re supposed to read. Textbooks and journal articles are dry and lengthy, so it can be difficult to stay focused! In this session, you’ll find out how to read actively and get the information you need from advanced texts.

Note-Taking in University

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

This workshop will prepare you for university lectures by introducing a variety of effective note-taking strategies. With real examples, you will learn how to actively note-take for key points and summarize main ideas, so you can prepare more meaningful and effective notes.

For students with disabilities, this session will cover information about learning strategies.

This session includes a mock lecture by a McMaster professor.

How to Get Involved

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Were you a leader in high school? Want to start now? Whether you’re a new or experienced leader, there are different ways to get involved and make an impact at McMaster. Presented by a panel of student leaders, this session will introduce the benefits of getting involved at Mac and what opportunities are available in first-year.

What I Wish I Knew in First-Year

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Even the most successful students reflect back on their first-year and wish they’d had certain habits and/or picked up on key pieces of information. We’ll share these insights with you so that you make the most of your undergrad experience!

Kin 101 supported by SSC Academic Skills

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Join us for a lecture that will include an introduction by a Kinesiology professor as well as mini informative talks given by students that have previously been involved with volunteer experience, research experience and work experience. This lecture will show you different ways to be involved and how you can make the best out of your time at McMaster. The SSC Academic Skills team will share how they can support your academic development through workshops, tutoring, writing support and more!

Goal-Setting

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Have a goal for first year? Great! Do you know how to reach it? This session will help you set focused and realistic goals and the action plans to complete them. Increase your motivation, overcome obstacles, and reach your goals!

Using the Libraries

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110

Think libraries are just for reading? Think again! As you start university, libraries will become your home away from home. But how do you use them? What are the untold secrets of McMaster Libraries? Come to this session to find out what the libraries have to offer and how to be a library pro.

For students with disabilities, this session will cover information about Library Accessibility Services.

Reading Academic Articles and Textbooks

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Everyone says that university requires a lot of reading, but they don’t explain how you’re supposed to read. Textbooks and journal articles are dry and lengthy, so it can be difficult to stay focused! In this session, you’ll find out how to read actively and get the information you need from advanced texts.

Time Management and Procrastination

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Concerned you will feel overwhelmed and put off work? This workshop explores why we procrastinate and teaches time management strategies to help you organize your schedule, improve efficiency, and reduce academic stress. Learn how to balance your workload, prioritize your tasks, and save time for fun. Don’t let time slip away; stay in control!