Tips For Academic Success

You are most likely to succeed if you take courses which interest you and in areas where you have academic strength.  It is also important to be enrolled in a course load that is manageable for you.

Good academic skills are essential.  The Academic Success Centre offers help with note-taking, writing tests and examinations and time management.  The Writing Centre offers workshops and one-on-one appointments to assist you with written assignments and the sUCcess Centre provides easy access to essential campus services by bringing them directly into the College.

It is important to be aware of the dates and deadlines for withdrawing from courses in which you are experiencing major difficulty or to make your workload more manageable.

Check out our Advice Tip Sheets for helpful advice on settling into University life and getting the most of your experience here:

Choosing Your Courses
An Academic Skills Inventory
Financial Planning
Ready, Set, Go!
Morale and Your Results So Far
Learning the Ropes
Course Extensions and Consideration
Preparing for Exams
Final Exam Regulations
Looking Ahead
Advice for Parents

If you are experiencing difficulties,  make an appointment with an academic advisor in the Registrar's Office who can offer advice in a variety of areas.  Try to reach out for support as soon as you begin to find you may be struggling.  The sooner you get support, the sooner you'll be back on the path to success.

Be well-prepared for the final examinations.  Reviewing your course material is essential, and knowing the regulations concerning exams is also important.  It is also crucial that you know the rules regarding conduct in examination halls to avoid academic sanctions.  See the Tips for Avoiding Academic Misconduct provided by the Academic Integrity Office.  

Exams 101 is a new resource from the Faculty of Arts and Science which will help you understand what to expect in the exam hall, give you some strategies to avoid unnecessary stress before and during the exam period, provide some information on what your options are in the event of illness during the exam period, other tips on what to do after your exams  and when your marks come in.

Helpful Resources
Assignment Calculator: The purpose of UTSC's Assignment Calculator is to help you break down your assignment or project into manageable steps, direct you to useful guides & services (particularly the Library and Writing Centres).  If you log in and supply an email address, it will also email you reminders and links on the schedule calculated.
University of Toronto Peer Tutoring (UTPT): University of Toronto Peer Tutoring (UTPT) is an academic club run by undergraduate & graduate students. UTPT provides academic support to students in the form of free tutoring sessions with qualified student volunteer tutors.

Chemistry Peer Tutoring: Need help in CHM138H1, CHM139H1, or CHM247H1? Victoria College offers weekly chemistry peer tutoring sessions for all Arts & Science students.