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Submitted by dbmelchi on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 2:37pm

Are you nervous about starting classes? There are plenty of resources available to students throughout their time at UCalgary to assist with academics. Utilizing these resources can help you transition into studying at university and feel more comfortable completing your first assignments and tests.

Writing Support Services

Writing Support Services offers free consultations and writing workshops to help you build your long-term writing skills. Enhance your understanding of university writing expectations and develop new writing strategies by attending a Fundamentals of University Writing workshop or book an individual consultation with us for your first paper.

It was such a positive experience, that did not criticize mistakes but politely pointed them out to make sure you were aware but not embarrassed.

Writing support services

Success Seminars

The Student Success Centre offers a number of Success Seminars throughout the academic year run by trained student facilitators. Build your academic toolkit by attending sessions ranging from reading and note-taking strategies, techniques for time management, exam preparation and techniques for succeeding in Math and Science courses.

It was a very helpful workshop. I learned quite a bit and I am using the strategies in my current semester.

Success Seminars

One on one appointment with academic specialist

Academic Development Specialists at the Student Success Centre provide students with individual advising on academic planning, study skill development, scholarships and awards applications and time management. Set up a solid plan for making a smooth transition to university by meeting with an Academic Development Specialist in early Fall.

I now know what my personal strengths are and how I can use my strengths with my academics to become a better student.

One on one appointment with academic specialist

The importance of connecting with an academic advisor

The Student Success Centre also specializes in academic advising for current and prospective students who need a little extra help exploring and choosing a program that is best suited to their interests, abilities and career aspirations.

It was great to have realistic advice and someone to discuss all my options with. The strategies you offered were very useful and now I have the opportunity start out in my dream field!

Academic Advising

My First Six Weeks

My First Six Weeks is designed to help you develop the skills you will need to achieve personal and academic success in your first year at the University of Calgary. Learn what to expect in your first year and develop strategies for managing motivation, setting effective academic and life goals and building time-management skills. There is also a special focus on getting involved on campus, balancing your student life and other transitions you may encounter in your first year. This program also offers credit toward your Co-Curricular Record.

I found the tips on how to study and manage my time effectively under a university course load was the most useful. Furthermore, I thought it was useful that I was able to connect with other first year students, as well as upper year students.

My First Six Weeks

Desire2Learn (D2L)

Desire2Learn (D2L) is your online classroom and professors use it in different ways. You can view and download your lecture presentations or notes, check on your grades, submit assignments, read your course outlines, learn about assignments, add to class discussions, and more! Access D2L through

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In person: MSC 293

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