Happy Week Five!

Week five means that we’re one week away from thanksgiving and two weeks away from reading week, but who’s counting, right?

As the semester starts to pick up, we are all counting down the minutes until a break and some time to relax; at least I know I am!

For a way to help us unwind through the semester – the Sheridan Student Union is hosting a club fair at all campuses on October 11 and 12! Joining a club at Sheridan is a great way to take your mind off all the school related things going on, and focus on doing something you enjoy!

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At the clubs fair, there will be booths for all Sheridan clubs offered at each specific campus.

As I mentioned before, all the clubs fairs are on October 11 and 12, but specifically for each campus they are at:

Davis: Student Centre from 11 a.m.- 4p.m.

HMC: B-Wing from 11a.m.-4p.m.

Trafalgar: SCAET Building from 11a.m.-4p.m.

Enjoy your upcoming thanksgiving weekend, and hopefully you find a club to join!

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How to Catch Up on Missed Classes!

We are now well into week 4 of classes. Some of you have made it to every class (good for you all!). With the flu going around, others, myself included, may have missed a class or two. Inevitably, at some point during your time at Sheridan, you may find that you have fallen a bit behind in your classes. You might be asking yourselves, “how do I catch up on the work I missed?” Don’t fret, here are a few easy ways you can catch up!

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  1. Speak with your professors! Your professors are all here to help you succeed. If you aren’t able to speak with your professor either before or after your class, you can always visit them during their office hours. Your professors will more than likely be willing to give you any important information you may have missed, or point you in the direction of that information. Connecting with your professors is a good way to show that you are eager to learn and that you care about your academic career.

 

  1. Make friends! In this particular situation, the benefits of making friends in your classes is two-fold. Firstly, you make that connection with someone who is in a similar situation as you; learning how to navigate post-secondary life. Secondly, if you ever miss a class, your friends can help you catch up on any important material you may have missed.

 

  1. Review the PowerPoints and course material posted on SLATE. For the most part, professors use PowerPoint presentations during their lectures. Those, as well as any handouts given out during class should be posted on SLATE. Reviewing PowerPoints and handouts is a great way to get a sense of what you might have missed in class. Although PowerPoints are typically just an outline of the lecture, reviewing the PowerPoint presentations will help you with catching up on important missed material.

 

  1. Keep up with your readings! Some of your assigned readings may be very interesting while others can be a little dry. However, it is very important to keep up with all of your readings. Ensuring that you are up to date with your readings will help you if you ever miss a class; you will have a general understanding of the course material taught during that particular class.

Whether you utilize one of those suggestions or all four, you will be that much closer to catching up on any classes you may have missed. When you are catching up on missed classes, remember to schedule in study breaks!

Quiet Places to Study at the Trafalgar campus!

Happy week four! As the semester starts to pick up and get busier, quiet places to study and do work are critical! To eliminate the headache from studying in loud places, or looking for somewhere to work – I have made up a list of perfect study places.

The Coffee Loft: at the Trafalgar campus, the coffee loft is a nice relaxing place to do your work – as well as get some study snacks! The Coffee Loft is located above the Marquee in the Student Union building. A perfect place to get work done!downloadThe Learning Commons: the learning commons can get a loud at times, but with the rented study rooms, you get all the peace and quiet you need! There is no fee to rent a study room in the learning commons, making it a relaxing place to unwind and focus!

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The library: the library is a quiet alternative to the learning commons – there’s always lots of space available and it’s always quiet! There are also lots of resources available to help with assignments and studying!

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Support Your Learning

Not sure how to cite your paper, or need assistance to better understand course materials. There are many ways to support your learning outside of class. Below are three great ways to support your learning.

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If you want some extra support with English, Math, Accounting, and Java, the tutoring office has tutors available at no additional cost to you! If you require extra assistance with a specific course, they can help you find a Peer Tutor. For more information about tutoring options you can visit Room J104 at Davis, Room C113 at Trafalgar, or Room A118B at HMC.

Study Group

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Another fantastic way to support your learning is to study in groups. Find other classmates and pick a time where you can all get together. You can review key concepts, discuss ideas, and build upon class content. Good places to study are the library or a group study room.

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If you need help with research or citing your paper the library staff are there to help. There are also research guides for many different subjects on the Sheridan library website. To visit the library website for the research guides and more visit https://www.sheridancollege.ca/life-at-sheridan/student-services/library-services.aspx. Or you can talk to your first-year librarian!

Get Involved! – How to Get More Out of First Year

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Now that you are completing the second week of school, you are probably settling into your classes, and starting to form a routine. Now is the time to start thinking about how you can gain more experiences than just going to class and doing assignments. Here are three things to consider making your first year better!

 

  1. Find an Activity!

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Join a club, volunteer, or find a job on campus. There are many ways for students to get involved on campus. There are a diverse selection of clubs at Sheridan including; Toastmasters, Tea Club, Investment Club, Interior Design Club, and more! Getting involved allows you to meet new people, be involved with the school, and gain a stronger sense of community.

 

  1. Get to Know Your Faculty!

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Your professors have a lot of experiences in the industry you are studying. Asking them about their past experiences can give you insights into what it will be like working in the industry. It is also a chance to have deeper discussions about class content or reinforce knowledge.

 

  1. Athletics!

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Why not consider joining a Sheridan Sports Team? Or try taking a yoga class. Sports are a fantastic way to connect with others and get some exercise into your busy week. As a student, you also have access to the fitness facilities, so you can workout.  If you are looking for something fun to do, consider coming out and cheering on your schoolmates at the next game!

Overall, the best way to make the most out of your first year is to try something new and make connections!

Tips for the First Semester

Adjusting to the first semester at a new school, or even the first semester back after a long 4 months off can be difficult. Waking up for an 8 a.m. class, doing actual schoolwork, it all seems impossible. Luckily for all of you, I have come up with a list of tips for surviving the first semester at Sheridan.

  1. The first one is a big one, GO TO CLASS! You can only be successful if you use all of your resources in order to reach the success you desire; going to class is the ultimate resource in achieving that success. It’s a lot easier to learn the content you’re being taught when you have it explained to you by your professors, as well as help by the peers in class with you.o-COLLEGE-CLASS-facebook
  2. Make connections with your peers: In case you do have to miss a class, having connections with your peers is helpful to pass notes along and give you the information from the class you missed. As well as making connections and friendships with your peers makes going to class more enjoyable and interesting! mi_presento
  3. Stay organized: The easiest way to stay on top of your work is to make sure you have everything organized. As students, we have a million things floating around in our heads that have to get done. A tip that I found really works is using an agenda or a planner to write down all of your due dates, class times, and any other things you have that you need to remember. Agenda Concept
  4. Ask questions: When you don’t understand something, it’s so important to ask questions! Most of the time, someone else is wondering the exact same thing. Always remember, no question is a stupid question! o-ASKING-QUESTIONS-facebook
  5. Meet your deadlines: The final, and simplest tip for being successful is to always meet your deadlines! Handing assignments in on time shows your professors that you’re professional and reliable. Also – it ensures you get a better mark on the assignment with no late penalties!

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Hopefully these tips benefit you in being successful this year!

How to Prepare for Your First Year

1.Go To Your Orientation!

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Going to orientation is one of the best ways to get accustomed to life at Sheridan. It is your first chance to meet some of your faculty and gain important information. One of the best parts is meeting the other people in your program! Wouldn’t it be nice to go into class the first week already knowing someone? Orientation is also a good opportunity to pick up your onecard!

2.Get Your onecard!

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Your onecard is your student ID and so much more. You can use it for access to the gym; for purchases on campus; to print; and more. The great thing about the onecard is that you can upload your own photo. Gone are the days where you want to hide your ID because of a bad picture. Simply visit https://it.sheridancollege.ca/onecard/onecardupload.html to upload yours today!

3.Check Your Timetable!

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There are two types of timetables; assigned and custom. With assigned timetables your timetable is created for you. With custom timetables  you are responsible for registering into your classes. Your timetable is important as it tells you when and where your classes are. Remember to give yourself time the first week to find your classes.

4.Get Your Textbooks!

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You may be wondering what textbooks you need for class. The great news is your timetable acts as your booklist! You can visit the bookstore or you can order your books online through the Sheridan e-store. Each campus has their own e-store.

5.Get Your School Supplies Ready!

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Calculators, erasers, and pencils – oh my! Organizing your supplies early gives you one less thing to worry about when classes start. If you’re a mobile computing student, you need a laptop that meets your program requirements. Don’t forget to run the pre-check prior to school in the fall.

6. Check the New Student Checklist!

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For a detailed list of everything you should complete before starting classes, check out the New Student Checklist! If you have done everything on the checklist, you will be all set for classes September 5th.