Reading Week is Coming!

It’s that time of the semester! Exam week is upon us and reading week is very close!

Reading week provides everyone with the chance to get some well-deserved rest. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up on any of the work that you might be behind on!

To help you get caught up on some of that work, you can check out our Library and Learning Services “Information for First Year Students” page which provides research help, tip sheets for learning skills and more!

You can find all of the tip sheets here:

You can also find more information at the following link:

Get some rest next week and gear up for the second half of the semester! You’ve earned it!


Perfect Your Note-Taking Skills In 3 Simple Steps

      Note-taking skills is not only essential for us to survive classes, but it is also something that most of us will be continue doing for the rest of our lives.Since this semester is almost halfway, now it might be a good time to look back and review what you have learned so far. If your techniques are feeling a bit crowded recently, here we have summarized 3 simple tips to get you back on track.

College Student Study In The Class 1.Develop a note-taking method that works for you.

Learn, compare, collect the facts.” – Ivan Petrovic Pavlov (1849 – 1936), Russian physiologist.

Fine-tune the structure and organization of your notes to increase your note-taking speed and comprehension later.

  • Start each new lecture on a new page, and date and number each page. The sequence of material is important.
  • Write on one side of the paper only. You can set them out side-by-side for easier reviewing when studying for an exam.
  • Make your notes as brief as possible. “Never use a sentence when you can use a phrase, or a phrase when you can use a word” (Berkeley).
  • Develop a system of abbreviations and symbols you can use wherever possible.
  1. Play close attention to content.

There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it.” – Charles Kettering (1876 – 1958), American electrical engineer and inventor

Knowing what and how much to write down is sometimes difficult. Rely on some of the following tips for what to include in your notes.

  • Details, facts, or explanations that expand or explain the main points that are mentioned. Don’t forget examples.
  • Definitions, word for word.
  • Enumerations or lists of things that are discussed.
  • Material written on the chalkboard or on a transparency, including drawings or charts.
  • Information that is repeated or spelled out. (University of Texas at Austin)
  1. Review and edit your notes.

Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead (1861 – 1947), English mathematician and philosopher

Academic skills centers and other authorities on effective study skills consider reviewing and editing class notes to be the most important part of note-taking and essential to increasing learning capacity.

  • It is extremely important to review your notes within 24 hours.
  • Edit for words and phrases that are illegible or don’t make sense. Write out abbreviated words that might be unclear later.
  • Edit with a different colored pen to distinguish between what you wrote in class and what you filled in later.
  • Fill in key words and questions in the left-hand column.
  • Note anything you don’t understand by underlining or highlighting to remind you to ask the instructor.
  • Compare your notes with the textbook reading and fill in important details in the blank spaces you left.

Consider rewriting or typing up your notes. (Ellis).

4. Last but not the least, have fun doing it!party-01


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An In-Depth Look of FYC

Hello there friends! Hope you’re all ready for another wonderful entry of “Getting to Know Sheridan… Services”.

Now today’s topic won’t be much like the other services mentioned in previous posts, but I thought it would be a great idea to talk more about what we First Year Connections Peer Mentors are all about!

FYC LogoThe 2015/2016 FYC team consists of both new and returning Peers from a wide range of programs. From Game Design to Paralegal, we are quite a diverse crowd of people, all with our own unique and individual skillset. However, with this great mix of personalities, skills and traits, we have one common goal that each of us had joining the FYC team – to help you!

We here at First Year Connections strive to ensure the success of first year students during their time here at Sheridan College. We understand how difficult it can be coming into a new setting so we want to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. We accomplish our goals by running fun events to help you relax, or workshops that help you develop your skills. Not only that, but we are also available to you at any time to help with any questions or concerns that you may have, or even refer you to services we think you may benefit greatly from.

Sheridan Student Affairs

We encourage you to keep an eye on your Access Sheridan emails to stay informed about our latest events, newsletters and, of course, if you want to get a hold of your Peer Mentor! If you are unsure as to how to reach your Access Sheridan email, just head on over to > Sign in with your username and password > click on “Microsoft Office 365” under “Sheridan Resources” > and sign in once more to view your inbox!

Now before I let you go about your merry day, Sheridan College is now recruiting Peer Mentors for the 2016/2017 Sheridan Get Creativeacademic year. Positions are offered in many areas including First Year Connections. So, if you are interested in being part of the team head on over to for more details! Take part in this wonderful experience full of growth, and meet some amazing individuals along the way!

New Year, New Resolutions

Hello friends, and welcome to another segment of “Getting to Know Sheridan… Services” (creative huh?).

We heSleepy Catre at First Year Connections hope your semester is going great, but remember that even though grades and assignments are of high priority, you have to take care of number one. What? No, not me, you!

The key to success in any field, be it the work place or in an academic setting, is a good night’s rest and some good old-fashioned exercise. Now, I don’t mean running marathons at 6am before class or bench-pressing way more than you can handle to impress everyone around you, but maybe something like Zumba once a week.  The New Year has made us think about many year-long goals and resolutions, so why not utilize some of Sheridan’s services.

“Geez, I need to start working out”

– Me walking up the stairs

It’s starting to look like this college has something for everyone. Doing some weekly exercises Sheridan Gym 1can help keep you on your toes, maintain that energetic spirit, and it’s also good for the soul! What could be more important than the soul? Whether you like to stick to weight lifting or Sheridan Gym 2cardio, you can always pop by the on-campus weight and cardio rooms.

They are available to all Sheridan students. All you need to get inside these glamorous facilities is your Sheridan oneCARD (the one with the best photo of you of all time!).  But it doesn’t end there folks. Sheridan also offers intramural and extramural sports teams if you enjoy being active with a team, but if that isn’t your cup of tea you can always check out the many instructional classes offered on campus too. Did I mention that we also offer free tickets for swimming and ice skating once a week? I did now!

From Zumba to Yoga, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned work out individual or someone who wants to start getting active. Check out your Athletics centre at Trafalgar – in the J.M. Porter Athletic Centre, Davis – in the Davis Athletic Centre, and HMC… well, you have access to the YMCA at 325 Burnhamthorpe Road.

More information can be found here – or you can always contact your Peer Mentor. We are here for you!

Library Services and Such

Happy week four fellow students, how you holding up? Have you hopped on that coffee or energy drink train? Or perhaps Coffeeyou’re on that highest amount of caffeine that tea can offer regimen; what? Only me? Awkward.

Putting aside my lame attempts at finding ways to become functional in the mornings, congratulations everyone for getting to week three! It may only be the beginning, but the wheels are starting to turn and this journey is well on its way to its destination, wherever that may be for you.

As the weeks have been rolling by, you may have been hearing whispers about assignments. And, what’s this about a test? Also what is this citation/referencing my professors keep talking about?

Question Marks“Wait, what?”

 – Ancient proverb used by students

Let’s get real, we’ve all been there. After watching our professor solve that math problem, or explain a theory you’ve never even heard of, it still didn’t make any sense. Well if you are in need of some clarification, taking advantage of the library’s tutoring service may prove to be helpful. They offer free tutoring in Computer Programming, Math, English and Business Math. They also offer more one-on-one tutoring at a cost of $40 per course for ten hours.

APA, AMA, MLA, Chicago? I thought that was a city. Referencing is a cool way of being able to use the ideas and quotes of others to help support your assignment, while still giving credit where it’s due and avoiding plagiarism. But wait, there’s more! The different citation styles come with different ideas of how your assignment should be laid out, if you’re unsure which style you should be using make sure to ask your professor.

I could go on for hours about referencing and tutoring, but I will not do that, ever. Instead let the professionals over at the Library assist you! Not only are they there to help you throughout your academic career, they are also holding an event of their own! On February 2nd to February 4th you can stop by the Library at Davis in the J-wing, Trafalgar in the C-wing or HMC in A-217 or check out this link for more information and participate in the Citation Campaign, and isn’t it better to learn something new when fun is involved?

If you ever have questions about any of the services the library has to offer you can always go to their website or head on over to the reference desk at Trafalgar in the C-Wing, Davis in J124, and HMC at A217. You can always ask your Peer Mentor as well!

A Poem for February


Oh February, the month of love

The time when school becomes push to shove

Between bitter cold and freezing rain

How on earth are students staying sane


We’re still writing “2015” as the date

Reading week is February 29th, can’t wait!

Oh February, I guess my fees are due

And upcoming midterms galore, what to do!


I’ll sit in my chair watching the time tick by

Cursing away that cupid, what a guy

Oh February, why do you have so many Rs

I miss summer, and staring up at the stars.