About Fresh Start

Build resiliency skills and learn how to bounce back from academic setbacks by attending the Fresh Start conference.

Discover how you learn best and hear from others who have thrived after experiencing difficult academic situations.

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Conference Fresh Start: One-Day Conference
Contact Please email freshstart@utoronto.ca for more information.

Fresh Start: One-Day Conference

Fresh Start: One-Day Conference
Saturday, February 9, 2019 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

In this one-day conference, hear from students and alumni about bouncing back from academic setbacks, learn key study strategies, engage in goal setting and more.

The Fresh Start Conference is open to:

  • All undergraduate students at the St. George campus.
  • Students who have struggled in one or more courses, and/or who have failed a course, and/or who are on probation or returning from suspension.
  • Students interested in developing skills and setting achievable goals for success.


Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Galbraith Building, Room 202, 35 St. George Street

  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote: Equity, Education and Empowerment Janelle Joseph, Director Academic Success
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Myths and Realities of Resilience Part I
  • 11:20 - 11:30 a.m. Break
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Myths and Realities of Resilience Part II
  • 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch provided
  • 12:45 - 1:50 p.m. The Science of Success: Neuroplasticity 
  • 1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Break
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Student and Alumni Panel: Stories of Success and Failure
  • 3:00 - 3:10 p.m. Break
  • 3:10 - 4:00 p.m. Getting into Gear: Key Academic Study Strategies To Support Your Learning
  • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Reflection + Goal Setting + Prizes

This is a free event. 

If you require childcare, please email freshstart@utoronto.ca for more information.

To Register: You can register on CLNx (St. George Academic Success Events and Workshops).

Please visit Academic Success and Career Exploration & Education for support in getting a fresh start at U of T, through our ongoing appointments, workshops and programs.

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If you have questions, if you are a student that can no longer attend, or you would like to be added to the wait list, please email freshstart@utoronto.ca.