Academics 101

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An overview for 1st-year students


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Welcome to Queen’s! Congratulations on making the leap from high school to university.

This primer will give you an overview of some of the new approaches and ways of thinking that successful students use at Queen’s. The strategies you used in high school worked in that situation, but most students discover that university is a different ball game, with new expectations, demands and pitfalls.

Adapting to the educational style of university can be easier if you have an idea of what to expect and what is expected of you. Some aspects of university stand out, like the fast pace of learning new material, and the complexity and volume of material to be learned. Other significant features of university education are the high degree of independence you need to manage your learning, your social life, and your routines while away from home.


Academics 101

The First Six Weeks

A how-to manual for the first six weeks of university.

New Academic Expectations

How courses are taught, what efficient learners do, and how you can improve your own learning.

New Skills

Managing your time, effective reading, and how to prepare for tests & exams.

New Independence

Balancing academics and life, how to cope when you feel overwhelmed.

Additional Information

Writing, plagiarism, group work, available services.

SASS Webinar

From High School to University: The Academic Transition (Originally webcast on August 9, 2017)