While the selection of electives are completely up to you, there are a number of required courses that students must fulfill in their first and second year. Here are some success tips (in a nutshell) from your fellow upper-year students.
ECO 100: Read the book ahead of time and take effective notes during class. Use tables and diagrams to organize information from lectures afterwards. Do ALL of the required questions, and when reviewing, link each concept to the 5W’s (who, what, where, when and why).
MGM 101: Take condensed notes from the textbook for each chapter. Jot down major concepts and keep a record book of BizCafe strategies. On exams, understanding of the topics are critical, so be sure to write short-answer questions in detail, with examples covered in class.
MAT 133/135: Practise, practise, practise! Do the tricky questions, attend tutorials and visit the professor during office hours for further clarification.
ECO 204: Skim the textbook to reinforce the concepts covered in class. When reviewing lecture notes, be sure to follow along the complicated graphs by re-creating them step-by-step.
ECO 209: Read and take notes of each chapter before it is covered in class. Like any other ECO course, ensure that you understand the graphs and do the major questions.
ECO 220: Regardless of who your professor is, it is highly recommended to attend all tutorials, go over the lectures after each class and work on problem sets.
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Don’t be afraid to go to your professor’s office hours for course help! Large lecture halls feel impersonal, so office hours can also help you develop a closer relationship with the professors. Sometimes your TA’s will also have designated office hours, so take advantage of the extra course help.
Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre
Peer-facilitated study groups offered by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre offers students an enhanced learning experience beyond lectures and tutorials. These are led by students previously successful in the course and designed to facilitate the learning process, analyze study strategies, and encourage group work and collaboration. These are drop-in sessions and anyone can attend them as often as they want.
Many students find it more effective to study together and ask each other questions. You can book group-study rooms in the Innovation Complex, in the Library, as well as in the Instructional Building.