YU Prep

Learning is a journey; begin yours with confidence

YU Prep is a series of online modules and workshops designed for incoming first year students. Developed and taught by York University instructors and student services professionals, YU Prep modules invite you to explore, study and engage with different subjects to support your successful transition to university. 

Modules are open to students of any program and provide a mix of academic instruction, skill-building and personal development opportunities. Choose subjects that support your interests and individual learning goals. 

L’apprentissage est un parcours; commencez le vôtre avec confiance

YU Prep est une série de modules en ligne et d’ateliers conçus pour les nouveaux étudiants et étudiantes de première année. Développés et donnés par des enseignants et des spécialistes des services étudiants de l’Université de York, les modules YU Prep vous invitent à explorer et à étudier différents sujets afin de réussir votre transition universitaire.

Les modules sont ouverts aux étudiants et étudiantes de tous les programmes et offrent un mélange d’enseignement académique, d’acquisition de compétences et de possibilités de développement personnel. Choisissez des sujets qui correspondent à vos intérêts et à vos objectifs d’apprentissage individuels.

Module Offerings

Self enrol in your choice of modules below, once you have accepted your offer of admission to York University.  Note that modules may be subject to registration limits and space is available on a first come, first served basis.  

YU Prep modules do not count for academic credit, require no pre-requisite classes and will not appear on your academic transcript. 

Module Fees

For YU Prep modules that indicate an enrolment fee, please note that $50 CAD will be charged to your York University student account after the registration deadline. Upon successful completion of the module, the fee will be reimbursed to you in full, as a $50 CAD credit applied to your student account in September. For details about your York University student account including fees and payment instructions, visit: https://sfs.yorku.ca.

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Cours offerts

Inscrivez-vous aux modules de votre choix ci-dessous, une fois que vous avez accepté votre offre d’admission à l’Université York. Veuillez noter qu’il peut y avoir des limites d’inscription et que les places sont offertes selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.

Les modules YU Prep ne donnent pas droit à des crédits universitaires; ils ne nécessitent pas de cours préalables et n’apparaîtront pas sur votre relevé de notes.

Frais liés aux cours

Pour les modules YU Prep qui font état de frais d’inscription, veuillez noter que 50 $ CA seront débités de votre compte étudiant de l’Université York après la date limite d’inscription. Une fois que vous aurez réussi le cours, les frais vous seront remboursés en totalité sous la forme d’un crédit de 50 $ CA appliqué à votre compte étudiant en septembre. Pour plus de détails sur votre compte étudiant de l’Université de York, y compris les frais et les instructions de paiement, visitez le site https://sfs.yorku.ca.

Cliquez pour agrandir la liste de cours ci-dessous.

Math Essentials
Fondements mathématiques

Hone your quantitative and problem-solving abilities: Review foundational math subjects that will prepare you to confidently approach material in your first year of university math and business courses. 

Math Essentials

Module Overview

This module will provide an overview of fundamental math subjects to prepare you for first year. Throughout the course, we will be also discussing study skills and mathematical problem-solving strategies.

In this module you will learn about:

Week 1: Exponents, factoring and rational expressions
Week 2: Solving linear/quadratic equations and inequalities
Week 3: Exponential and logarithmic functions
Week 4: Trigonometry
Week 5: Limits and an introduction to derivatives

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Still have questions? Contact science@yorku.ca 

This module is part of the Science Summer Transition Program: Transition to University Success. To learn more, visit the program website.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of fundamental math topics like exponents, algebra, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, and limits;
  • confidently communicate mathematical concepts orally, visually and in written form; and
  • have reflected on your mathematical skills and created a plan to succeed in first-year math courses.
Module Delivery Format

A combination of live virtual course meetings and asynchronous (pre-recorded) video lectures, plus discussion boards and quizzes.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  •  An internet connection that can support video streaming: broadband wired or wireless (at least 3G or 4G/LTE)
  • An internet browser (IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ or Safari 7+)
  • A laptop or desktop computer with speakers and microphone
  • A webcam or HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional technical recommendations

  • Minimum Recommended Processor
    • Single Core 1Ghz or Higher
    • Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) with 4GB RAM
  • Recommended Operating Systems
    • macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
    • Windows 10 (Devices with Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported)

 

Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 20
Completion Time
5 weeks; 30 hours
Fee
$50 CAD charged to your York University student account and reimbursed as a credit upon successful completion of the course. View registration form for details.
For More Details
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Science Essentials
Fondements scientifiques

Explore modules in this section for a comprehensive overview of key science concepts, theories and opportunities for self-assessment. Prepare yourself for success in biology, chemistry and physics course material at a university level. 

Biology

Module Overview

This module will provide you with a review of major concepts in Biology that you will see on a university syllabus. Refresh your familiarity with the materials through self-assessment activities, tests and fun games.

In this module you will learn about:

Week 1: Biological macromolecules I - Carbohydrates & Proteins
Week 2: Biological macromolecules II - Lipids & Nucleic Acids
Week 3: Cell Biology - Prokaryote vs Eukaryote Cell Structure, Mitosis and Meiosis
Week 4: Molecular Biology - Eukaryotic DNA Replication, Transcription and Translation
Week 5: Evolution - Natural selection, Adaptation, Convergent and Divergent Evolution

Click to view FAQs about this module

Still have questions? Contact science@yorku.ca 

This module is part of the Science Summer Transition Program: Transition to University Success. To learn more, visit the program website.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • have reviewed all major concepts in Biology at the intersection of high school and an undergraduate syllabus;
  • feel comfortable with your module materials with the help of lecture notes and resources; and
  • have enhanced your performance and self confidence in the subject material.
Module Delivery Format

Learning materials are provided for review at your own pace, including notes, recorded lectures, assignments and evaluations. Weekly live meetings are held via Zoom (3 hours each) for discussion and questions.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  •  An internet connection that can support video streaming: broadband wired or wireless (at least 3G or 4G/LTE)
  • An internet browser (IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ or Safari 7+)
  • A laptop or desktop computer with speakers and microphone
  • A webcam or HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional technical recommendations

  • Minimum Recommended Processor
    • Single Core 1Ghz or Higher
    • Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) with 4GB RAM
  • Recommended Operating Systems
    • macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
    • Windows 10 (Devices with Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported)

 

Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 20
Completion Time
5 weeks; 15 hours of virtual sessions + 8 hours of assessment activities
5 hours of self study time
Fee
$50 CAD charged to your York University student account and reimbursed as a credit upon successful completion of the course. View registration form for details.
For More Details
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Chemistry

Module Overview

Offered by the faculty of Science

This module will offer students a comprehensive review of high school material that will not be explicitly covered in university courses, but will be fundamental to succeed in first-year university chemistry courses.

In this module you will learn about:

Week 1: Experimentation and Measurement
Week 2: Atoms and Elements
Week 3: Molecules, Compounds and Nomenclature
Week 4: Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry
Week 5: Reactions in Aqueous Solution

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Still have questions? Contact science@yorku.ca 

This module is part of the Science Summer Transition Program: Transition to University Success. To learn more, visit the program website.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • have a deeper understanding of chemistry fundamentals;
  • have reviewed atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecules and compounds, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, solutions and solubility, precipitation reactions, acid-base reactions, and oxidation-reduction reactions; and
  • have developed systematic problem-solving skills.
Module Delivery Format

Lecture materials (slides and videos) are provided for review at your own pace. Weekly live tutorials and discussion sessions are held on Zoom (90 mins each).

Two tests will be scheduled during this course, both during live sessions.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  •  An internet connection that can support video streaming: broadband wired or wireless (at least 3G or 4G/LTE)
  • An internet browser (IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ or Safari 7+)
  • A laptop or desktop computer with speakers and microphone
  • A webcam or HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional technical recommendations

  • Minimum Recommended Processor
    • Single Core 1Ghz or Higher
    • Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) with 4GB RAM
  • Recommended Operating Systems
    • macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
    • Windows 10 (Devices with Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 20
Completion Time
5 weeks; 15 hours of virtual sessions + 15-20 hours of self study
Fee
$50 CAD charged to your York University student account and reimbursed as a credit upon successful completion of the course. View registration form for details.
For More Details
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Physics

Module Overview

Offered by the faculty of Science

This module will provide an overview of fundamental physics subjects to prepare you for first year. 

In this module you will learn about:

Week 1: 1-Dimensional (1D) motion.
Week 2: Conservation and relationships in energy and momentum; Rotational energy and torque.
Week 3: Graphing in linear motion, including interpretation of graphical data with calculus.
Week 4: Astronomy, Newtonian gravitation and orbital motion.
Week 5: Introduction to waves and oscillatory motion. Sound and linearly polarized light will be used in a series of demonstrations.

Click to view FAQs about this module

Still have questions? Contact science@yorku.ca 

This module is part of the Science Summer Transition Program: Transition to University Success. To learn more, visit the program website.

Module Delivery Format

A series of live and/or prerecorded video streams delivered remotely. Extensive use of examples and demonstrations are mixed into the presentations.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  •  An internet connection that can support video streaming: broadband wired or wireless (at least 3G or 4G/LTE)
  • An internet browser (IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ or Safari 7+)
  • A laptop or desktop computer with speakers and microphone
  • A webcam or HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional technical recommendations

  • Minimum Recommended Processor
    • Single Core 1Ghz or Higher
    • Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) with 4GB RAM
  • Recommended Operating Systems
    • macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
    • Windows 10 (Devices with Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported)

 

Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 20
Completion Time
5 weeks; 12.5 hours
Fee
$50 CAD charged to your York University student account and reimbursed as a credit upon successful completion of the course. View registration form for details.
For More Details
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Customized Supports
Supports personnalisés

Modules offered in this section were designed with a specific group of students in mind. If you identify as a member of the recommended Audience listed in the course details below, you are encouraged to register for any of these supports. 

Black Excellence at York University (BE YU)

Module Overview

Black Excellence at York University (BE YU) provides Black students with the supports they need to transition to university and maximize their student experience on the path to graduation. Through workshops, specialized events, mentoring, academic advising and more, BE YU is designed to champion the academic, professional and personal success of York’s Black student community. 

Learning Outcomes

Throughout BE YU you will:

  • develop resilience and positive, race-based identities;
  • build leadership and create community;
  • experience an empowered university transition;
  • learn about a variety of supports for academic accommodations, peer mentorship, counseling and mental wellbeing;
  • learn about financial supports available to Black university students; and
  • think about lifelong learning and career goals. 
Module Delivery Format

Registering for BE YU provides you with access to online modules offering a variety of supports including workshops, specialized events, mentoring, academic advising and more.

Note that access to services will be available to new students in August 2021.

Technical Requirements

To participate in BE YU you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for new Black students who have accepted an offer of admission
Fee
$0
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Indigenous Perspectives: Finding Your Community

Module Overview

Through the voices of current Indigenous students and alumnae, you will gain knowledge into the lived experience of participating in university life at York. The Indigenous Perspectives module shares honest conversations about the participants' personal stories that will provide support for your successful transition into your first year of university study. In addition to gaining confidence through finding and developing your personal support system, you will learn how the faculty, academic services and the Centre for Indigenous Student Services (CISS) are here to help you succeed on your path to graduating, by providing access to academic and peer support, mentoring, information for Indigenous-led workshops and events and more. 

Learning Outcomes

Indigenous Perspectives will offer guidance for the following:

  • building a healthy community, both inside and outside the classroom
  • understanding why kinship is important throughout your university career
  • supporting your emotional and spiritual well-being
  • accessing assistance for academic preparation
  • accessing cultural activities for Indigenous students (ie. sweat lodge, talking circles, powwow)
  • the importance of completing your degree

 

Module Delivery Format

Pre-recorded videos for review at your own pace.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a laptop or desktop computer with microphone
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Indigenous Students
Dates Scheduled
n/a
Fee
$0
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University Transition
Transition universitaire

Prepare for university life and learning: Modules in this section will help you build important skills for maximizing your success in first year classes, from taking effective course notes, to writing your best academic papers, to effectively managing your time and health. 

The University Experience

Module Overview

The University Experience module is designed to help students develop and/or enhance essential skills that they will use in most of their university courses. 

In this module you will learn about:

  • note-taking and academic reading;
  • effective studying and the myths of multitasking;
  • maintaining academic integrity in class and online;
  • writing and research strategies; and
  • how to communicate professionally with instructors and peers.

Click to view FAQs about this module

Still have questions? Contact science@yorku.ca 

This module is part of the Science Summer Transition Program: Transition to University Success. To learn more, visit the program website.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • improve your academic reading capabilities;
  • develop strategies for effective note-taking;
  • explore alternatives to multitasking (ie. Pomodoro Technique);
  • understand universal elements of effective writing and communication;
  • know how to identify, validate, cite and paraphrase research sources; and
  • understand the importance of academic integrity.
Module Delivery Format

A series of live classes on Zoom will be recorded for you to review at alternate times. There will also be opportunities for live online Q&A discussions.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  •  An internet connection that can support video streaming: broadband wired or wireless (at least 3G or 4G/LTE)
  • An internet browser (IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ or Safari 7+)
  • A laptop or desktop computer with speakers and microphone
  • A webcam or HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional technical recommendations

  • Minimum Recommended Processor
    • Single Core 1Ghz or Higher
    • Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) with 4GB RAM
  • Recommended Operating Systems
    • macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
    • Windows 10 (Devices with Windows 10 must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported)

 

Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
August 3 - September 3
Completion Time
5 weeks; 15 hours
Fee
$50 CAD charged to your York University student account and reimbursed as a credit upon successful completion of the course. View registration form for details.
For More Details
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