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Everyone reacts to the university transition in their own way, but there are some common challenges that there are some common challenges that all students face. While getting oriented to a new campus, learning university policies and procedures and adjusting to different class sizes and academic expectations may seem daunting, we have some tips to help ease your transition to life at Carleton.
Download the Carleton Mobile app! Available for iPhone and Android, this app allows you to view your class and exam schedules, access grades and academic apps like cuLearn, view student account information and get around campus using the campus map. The app will help you get to know campus in your first couple of weeks while you locate your classrooms and lecture halls. You can also see your course schedule on Carleton Central.
The Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) is a centralized collection of learning support services designed to help students achieve their goals and improve their learning both inside and outside the classroom. CSAS offers academic assistance with course content, academic writing and skill development. Visit us on the 4th floor, MacOdrum Library and find out which of our services is best for you!
One-on-one support is available at the Centre for Student Academic Support for students who are looking for an opportunity to build on skills that can help them achieve personal and academic success. Learn how to tackle academic challenges, such as time management, and develop study skills that can strengthen your academic performance get help with your academic writing by visiting with a Writing Services tutor or sit down with a PASC Subject Coach for help understanding difficult course material.
If you enjoy learning in groups and collaborating with others, CSAS runs weekly sessions and workshops. Practice your English speaking skills at an English Conversation Session. You can review course material through fun, collaborative activities and gain a better understanding of the concepts discussed in your lectures at a Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) workshop. You can also attend a Skill Development Workshop to improve your study habits.
For students who have a difficult first semester at Carleton, Bounce Back is a mentorship program that pairs first-year students with an upper-year Facilitator. This Facilitator can offer support and help the student work through issues that may be impacting their academic performance and help them work towards academic and personal success.
If you’re a transfer student, the Transfer Student Peer Mentor Program matches new upper-year students with former transfer students for personalized support. Mentors are able to draw from their personal experiences as new students and can advise you on important student services.
If you’re looking for some support and guidance in your first months at Carleton, look no further than the First Year Connections (FYC) program. The First Year Connections program helps first year students make a successful transition to university life by guiding them to achieve their personal and academic goals. Having a mentor during your first few weeks at Carleton can help you get adjusted to your new surroundings. You will be paired with an upper year student who is in a similar academic program and has a similar schedule as you in order to match you with someone who will have the skills needed to help you along your way as you get acclimated to Carleton. Having a mentor is a great way to become connected to campus, focus on your academic success and personal growth, gain support from your peers at Carleton, and make connections with other students.
Carleton is pleased to welcome college graduates and university transfer students to our campus community. We recognize that transfer students have unique backgrounds and transition needs. We have developed dedicated support services to help facilitate a smooth transition into a new cultural and academic environment. Here, you’ll find a stimulating campus community where you can meet new people, get involved in activities that interest you, and experience all that living in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, has to offer.