Heading to university for the first time is exciting and a little daunting. You know it’s not going to be like high school – you’ll have way more independence, for starters – but the differences don’t stop there.
Here are some things you can expect as you start this new chapter.
Your workload will be more demanding.
University-level course work is challenging and there can be a lot of it. Each course and instructor has its own set of expectations, and you’ll be responsible for balancing them.
What can I do? Develop time-management and long-term project management skills. Academic Success workshops will be super helpful.
Classes can be huge.
If your first-year lectures are really big, you might not be able to talk to your professor in class.
What can I do? Connect with your TA in tutorials and use your professor’s office hours.
You’re going to need guidance.
With new terms to learn, a big campus to navigate and new responsibilities on your plate, a little help will go a long way.
What can I do? Get to know your registrar. They can help you with academic advising, financial counselling, referrals to campus resources and more.
You need to advocate for yourself.
Students with academic/personal/physical challenges can absolutely thrive at U of T. You’re responsible for advocating for yourself, but you can get lots of help.
Join a Course Correction workshop for resources and support on how to get a fresh start after an academic setback, unexpected grade or failed course.Learn more about Course Correction
Identity & Learning
Identity & Learning workshops offer an informal, inclusive space to have conversations about how identity impacts learning.Learn more about Identity & Learning
Learning How to Learn
Explore workshops with evidence-based practices to help you with exam prep, meet new expectations and improve your studying at U of T.Learn more about Learning How to Learn
Learning Well in First Year
A 4-week program to help you adjust to university and learn more effectively in your first year at U of T.Learn more about Learning Well in First Year
Learning Well in Second Year
A 4-week learning program to help you get off to a good start in your second year.Learn more about Learning Well in Second Year
University Prep Workshops
This workshop series prepares you to enter and/or return to a university academic environment.Learn more about University Prep Workshops
Academic Success peer mentor appointmentsBook a one-on-one appointment with a peer mentor to get fast support and skills. Learn more about Academic Success peer mentor appointments
Academic Success resource libraryExplore our handouts and tip sheets on academic skills. Learn more about Academic Success resource library