Academic Prep Week
What is Academic Prep Week?
Many of our students have told us that they feel overwhelmed and unsure about starting studies at university. They say there are a lot of “little things” to learn before they start attending classes and studying. Academic Prep Week is a week of sessions focused on covering the “little things” that provides a head start to ensuring you are well prepared to start your first semester at Memorial University. Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
- What to expect at University and how is it different from high school
- Using a library: Figure out why the library may be your new best friend
- Get ready for class: How to get the most out of your courses and understand what you need to do to succeed
- Prepare for tests: Strategies to cope with anxiety
- Prevent panic: Learn to how to read the course syllabus, schedule, organize, and plan
- Understand your marks: Disarming tests and written assignments
- What is Brightspace: Navigate our learning platform
- Establish a support network: Learn about resources and services available
Why should I attend Academic Prep Week?
- Build skills and feel ready for the start of the semester
- Attend social activities organized outside the classroom throughout the day and evening – we don’t want you sitting in class all day long!
- Move into Student Housing early
- Meet and develop new friendships
- Explore and get familiar with the campus and the city
Who can attend Academic Prep Week?
The program is available to all students who have been accepted to Memorial University for Fall 2024 AND have not attended university previously.
When is Academic Prep Week?
August 26 – 30, 2024
Where is Academic Prep Week?
Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook, NL. The course is being offered in-person, on-campus. Attendees must be in-person.
Are Residence Accommodations Available for Students who are enrolled in Academic Prep Week?
Those accepted to live in Student Housing at Grenfell Campus for Fall 2024 will be able to move in early with an additional cost. More details to follow in April 2024.
What is the COST of Academic Prep Week?
How do you register for Academic Prep Week?
Register for Academic Prep Week through Memorial Self-Service (online portal) in the same way that you register for Fall university courses. At your assigned registration time in July, you will be able to register for Academic Prep Week
along with your other university courses. You can review
how to register
and let us know if you have any further questions.
Is there a sample schedule of Academic Prep Week at Grenfell Campus?
8:30 – 9:30
Introduction & What WE know about University students
JARGON, JARGON and more JARGON!
I Don’t Really Understand CHEATING!
Speaking UP for YOU!
Advocating for YOU – Mini Lab
9:45 - 1030
Setting up the Accounts you need
Textbooks – how important are they?
Microsoft Word Mini Lab
Using University Resources
10:45 – 12:00
How is University DIFFERENT from high school
Reality Check – Getting everything done on time!
Test Anxiety? What?
Reading Charts and Rubrics
A Real Talk about Cellphones
12:00 – 1:00
1:00 – 1:30
Brightspace Mini Lab
Google Docs vs Microsoft Word
Let’s talk about UNIVERSITY Writing
The FINAL Clean UP – these things NEED to be DONE!
1:30 – 2:15
Fundamental HUB – THE LIBRARY
Back to the LIBRARY – there is more to learn!
Testing in University
2:15 – 3:00
Navigating the course SYLLABUS
Math Anxiety – It’s REAL!
The Importance of Getting Involved
Specific Math 1090, 1000, 1052 Practice #1
Disarm tests and Assignments
Specific Math 1090, 1000, 1052 Practice #2
Ask the students Panel
3:00 – 3:30
BRIGHTSPACE – what it is and how to use it!
What is the difference between the orientation programs we offer at Grenfell Campus?
Your Grenfell Experience – A non-credit, on-line, orientation course delivered through the Brightspace platform. It is designed to familiarize students with Grenfell Campus while introducing them to key people and resources needed to navigate their first year. The course will provide tools and techniques for academic success, health and wellness, and personal development. It is delivered through a series of 5 modules, over an 8-week period starting mid-July.
Academic Prep Week – A non-credit, 5-day orientation course, delivered in-person at Grenfell Campus. It is a concentrated course focused on learning the foundational skills and understanding the key components of university courses. Academic Prep Week provides the opportunity for students to complete and understand the “little things” necessary in order for them to start classes ready to study and succeed. It is delivered through a series of classroom lectures, mini labs, small groups sessions, and social engagements.
University 1010 – A 3-credit hour course, delivered either in-person or remotely through Grenfell Campus over a 13-week period. It is an introduction to being a university student and provides the tools and techniques of study and research. Students will utilize self-assessment tools and engage in reflection to gain an understanding of their own academic strengths and weaknesses. It is delivered through a series of classroom lectures and mini labs.