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Online tutorials

Welcome to SASS’s online tutorials! You can use these interactive tools to build on your academic skills at your own pace, whenever you choose. Below, you’ll find descriptions, learning objectives, and time estimates for each tutorial.

Academics 101Levelling upAcademic integrity

Academics 101

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Academics 101 is SASS’s guide for the class of 2024, as you begin your undergraduate studies online. You’ll learn everything you need to know to get started at Queen’s and get through the first few weeks of your courses. Many of the strategies we discuss will be useful to you in the years to come, well after you graduate and continue on to further study or enter the workforce.

Learning outcomes

By the time you finish this series of tutorials, you’ll:

  • understand how your educational and cultural background relates to the academic culture at Queen’s
  • know how to succeed in online learning
  • have learned about the skills and approaches you’ll need to understand and excel in your courses and assignments
  • feel more confident about starting your courses at Queen’s!

Academics 101 is made up of eight tutorials that each take between 10 and 60 minutes to complete. We suggest that you work through the tutorials one or two at a time, not all at once.

Levelling up: Essential skills for 2nd year

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Levelling Up is our guide for you, the class of 2024, as you transition to your second year of undergraduate studies at Queen’s. You’ll learn how to build upon the skills you acquired in first year, and how to apply what you already know about university learning to the in-person or hybrid environment. Many of the strategies we discuss will be useful to you in the years to come, and well after you graduate. 

By the time you finish this course, you will:

  • Know how to adapt your existing skills to on-campus learning
  • Have learned about the additional skills and approaches you’ll need for second-year success
  • Feel more confident about beginning your second year at Queen’s!

Levelling Up is made up of six lessons that each take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. We suggest that you work through the lessons one or two at a time, not all at once.

Academic integrity

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This tutorial covers a fundamental aspect of university: academic integrity

Your understanding of academic integrity might involve words like cheating and plagiarism. You may know that violations of academic integrity can have some serious consequences: failing an assignment, failing a course, or being expelled from university. It’s also important to understand why these consequences exist and why practicing academic integrity is so critical to your identity as a student.

Learning outcomes

When you finish this tutorial, you’ll:

  • understand why academic integrity matters, beyond the consequences of not practicing it
  • know how to make good choices that prevent you from violating academic integrity
  • recognize academic integrity in practice when you write exams and assignments and work collaboratively
  • identify how becoming a scholar of integrity and having an academic integrity practice will actually improve your work as a student.

This tutorial takes approximately 35 minutes to complete.