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.

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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. 

Mathématique pour Économie et Économie et Commerce

Présentation du cours

Pour vous aider à faire la transition vers votre première année de vie universitaire et la réussir, joignez-vous cet été à notre module d’introduction de cinq semaines aux mathématiques pour Économie et Écononie et Commerce. Ce module passe en revue les notions mathématiques de base qui sont les plus utiles pour les études dans ces domaines. Il aura lieu en ligne au moyen de la platforme eClass (avec lequel tous les étudiants de York doivent se familiariser) et Zoom.

Les objectifs d’apprentissage

Réviser et acquérir des connaissances sur les règles fondamentales de l’algèbre (incluant les propriétés des exposants et des radicaux), les équations linéaires et quadratiques, certaines inégalités, les classes de fonctions les plus fréquemment rencontrées (polynômes, fonctions racines, fonctions rationnelles, exponentielles et logarithmiques, et la fonction valeur absolue.)

 

Vous pourrez:

  • travailler à votre propre rythme et selon votre horaire;
  • côtoyer vos pairs à raison de trois heures par semaine;
  • travailler avec un professeur d’université;
  • maîtriser les mathématiques préparatoires à votre programme universitaire au moyen d’un outil développé spécifiquement à cet effet; et
  • tester votre compréhension et vos connaissances à votre guise.
Format du cours

Quelques rencontres synchrones et des activités asynchrones pour que les étudiants puissent travailler à leur rythme en révisant le contenu et en pratiquant avec les quiz

Besoins technologiques

Une connexion internet fiable est fortement recommandée. Accès à un ordinateur et la wifi. Utilisation des plateformes eClass et Zoom.

Langue d’instruction
French/Francais
Dates des cours
4 août – 2 septembre
Date de fin
5 semaines; 15 heures
Frais
Une charge de 50$ CAD sera mis sur votre compte et remboursé en forme de crédit après votre réussite dans le cours. Consultez le formulaire d’inscription pour les détails.
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Math for Business and Economics

Module Overview

Apply your knowledge of equations and algebra to the real world of business and economics! Prepare for first year classes with topics including exponents, functions, and rational expressions.

In this module you will:

• work at your own pace and according to your schedule;
• meet and work with your peers three hours a week;
• work with a university professor; and
• master university algebra using a free 6-week subscription to ALEKS, an award-winning adaptive learning environment.

Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • demonstrate mastery of the rule of algebra;
  • solve word problems using a system of equations; and
  • create algebraic expressions from graphs and graph algebraic expressions.
Module Delivery Format

Pre-recorded lecture videos for review at your own pace. Homework and weekly live activities scheduled for 2-3 hours a week.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a laptop or desktop computer with microphone and speakers (ALEKS will not work on a phone or tablet)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 28 - September 2 (Wednesdays)
Completion Time
36 hours (6+ hours/ week)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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 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.
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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.
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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
For More Details
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Writing in University

Module Overview

Join the Writing Centre to learn about helpful supports for effective writing at a university level. This session will cover strategies to generate ideas for your writing, and how to establish good writing habits.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will:

  • understand how to access help from the Writing Centre; and
  • adopt new strategies and habits for successful academic writing.
Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this session you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
June 9
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Canadian Academic Culture

Module Overview

Are you new to the Canadian classroom? Join Learning Skills Services to discover helpful supports that will allow you to build the skills that will help you succeed in a Canadian academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will have learned about: 

  • how to navigate Canadian academics; and
  • how to access the resources offered by Learning Skills Services
Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this session you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
June 23
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Understanding Academic Assignments

Module Overview

Join York International and Bethune Writing Centre in this session where you'll learn to critically read and understand your university assignments.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will:

  • Learn strategies for reading assignment instructions that will help you feel confident in your work
  • Understand fundamental issues to consider when writing university assignments 
Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this session you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
July 7
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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YorkU and You

Module Overview

In this session, gain a detailed introduction to York University's many supports for international students and the York International team. Discover non-academic programs, services and opportunities to build community.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will understand where to turn for student resources, services and programs to support your success.

Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this session you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
July 14
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Life in Toronto and Canada

Module Overview

Get to know the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto (virtually!) This module will introduce you to the city's events, sights, culture and neighbourhoods. You will also learn how to navigate the public transit system so that you feel confident exploring the city upon your eventual arrival.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will have an understanding of the city of Toronto, its neighbourhoods, cultural offerings and transit system.

Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this session you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
July 20
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Remote Academic Life at YorkU

Module Overview

This session will provide a student’s perspective on navigating your academics in the remote learning environment and give you tools for general academic success. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will:

  • have a new idea what to expect in the online classroom;
  • understand the Canadian academic culture from the perspective of a fellow student; and
  • know how to communicate with professors and TAs.
Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this session you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
August 11
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Day 1, Week 1 Prep

Module Overview

Plan for Day 1 and Week 1 of your university journey this Fall! In this session we'll answer the question: What will the first day of classes look like? 

In this module you will learn about:

  • online classes with Zoom functionalities;
  • where to find your course schedule;
  • making use of office hours; and
  • FAQs for new international students in your first day/week of school.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will feel confident entering your first week of classes. You will understand how to effectively use Zoom for online learning, find your class schedule and access office hours.

Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • an internet browser
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
August 18
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Academic Integrity for Success

Module Overview

Set yourself up for academic success! Join in this session offered in collaboration with York University's Learning Commons. Learn how to conduct yourself with academic integrity by properly researching and citing your assignments. 

In this module you will learn about:

  • an introduction to academic integrity and plagiarism in Canada and at York University
  • why academic integrity is so important
  • how to properly cite your research
  • where to find helpful resources 
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • understand the definition and importance of academic integrity
  • know where to find supports and resources to help you properly cite your work
  • feel confident in approaching your research and assignments with integrity as a university student
Module Delivery Format

Live session hosted on Zoom

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for international students and/or students who have studied outside of Canada
Dates Scheduled
July 27
Completion Time
60 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Chemistry

Module Overview

Register for Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Chemistry 

Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Chemistry is designed to review and reinforce chemistry concepts as well as to enhance your learning skills in preparation for your first year at Lassonde. 

Pre-U Chemistry consists of multiple modules. Each module focuses on the concepts that are most important for your success in your first-year program.

We will review:

  • Acids, Bases and Equilibrium
  • Building Bonds
  • Reactions and Energy

To support your learning, each module contains:

  • mini-lessons focused on learning through problem-solving, along with tasks that will serve to support your learning and progress;
  • activities that will enhance your skills and create opportunities to apply your knowledge; and
  • a summative task that applies your learning in the module to a real-world problem connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Learning Outcomes

Throughout these modules you will:

  • organize, analyze and interpret data as it relates to classroom investigations and to real-world chemistry;
  • apply concepts and equations to systems that surround us – physical and chemical, natural and human; and
  • understand practical applications of chemistry in areas of engineering, science and technology.
Module Delivery Format

Remote/virtual delivery. This course is asynchronous, providing a self-paced program with opportunities to connect with your instructors. 

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • a high-speed internet connection and internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a laptop or desktop computer with speakers
  • a webcam and microphone (optional)
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Open to Lassonde School of Engineering students. Visit Module Webpage below to register.
Dates Scheduled
Mid-June to August
Completion Time
approx. 40 hours
Fee
$0
For More Details
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Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Math

Module Overview

Register for Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Math 

Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Math is designed to review and reinforce mathematical concepts as well as to enhance your learning skills in preparation for your first year at Lassonde. 

We will review:

  • Polynomial and Rational Functions
  • Trigonometric, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Vectors

To support your learning, each module contains:

  • mini-lessons focused on learning through problem solving, along with tasks that will serve to support your learning and progress;
  • activities that will enhance your skills and create opportunities to apply your knowledge; and
  • a summative task that applies your learning in the module to a real-world problem connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Learning Outcomes

Throughout these modules you will:

  • apply your understanding of various functions to create and explore a variety of models involving real life scenarios and applications;
  • solve problems involving the application of derivatives, such as optimization and curve sketching; and
  • develop understanding of geometric vectors in two-space and three-space by representing them algebraically and geometrically and by performing operations on vectors.
Module Delivery Format

Remote/virtual delivery. This course is asynchronous, providing a self-paced program with opportunities to connect with your instructors.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • a high-speed internet connection and internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a laptop or desktop computer with speakers
  • a webcam and microphone (optional)
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Open to Lassonde School of Engineering students. Visit Module Webpage below to register.
Dates Scheduled
Mid-June to August
Completion Time
approx. 40 hours
Fee
$0
For More Details
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Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Physics

Module Overview

Register for Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Physics 

Lassonde Academy: Pre-U Physics is designed to review and reinforce physics concepts as well as to enhance your learning skills in preparation for your first year at Lassonde.

Pre-U Physics consists of multiple modules. Each module focuses on the concepts that are most important for your success in your first-year program.

We will review:

  • Motion and Collisions
  • Forces and Fields
  • Waves and Mechanics

To support your learning, each module contains:

  • mini-lessons focused on learning through problem solving, along with tasks that will serve to support your learning and progress;
  • activities that will enhance your skills and create opportunities to apply your knowledge; and
  • a summative task that applies your learning in the module to a real-world problem connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Learning Outcomes

Throughout these modules you will:

  • select, prepare and analyze graphical representations of data collected in classroom and in real-world contexts;
  • develop understanding of physics concepts – principles, units, diagrams;
  • using simulations and data models; and
  • use physics and engineering conventions to understand and problem-solve for real-world scenarios.
Module Delivery Format

Remote/virtual delivery. This course is asynchronous, providing a self-paced program with opportunities to connect with your instructors.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • a high-speed internet connection and internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a laptop or desktop computer with speakers
  • a webcam and microphone (optional)
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Open to Lassonde School of Engineering students. Visit Module Webpage below to register.
Dates Scheduled
Mid-June to August
Completion Time
approx. 40 hours
Fee
$0
For More Details
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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. 

Maximize Your Success at University

Module Overview

This session provides an overview of active university learning and the academic skills needed to maximize your success. We'll explore "thinking about thinking" with an introduction to metacognition principles and Bloom's Taxonomy. 

In this module you will learn about: 

  • managing the time demands of university;
  • active, self-directed learning;
  • using the course outline to shape your learning;
  • motivation and Growth Mindset;
  • the 'hidden rules' of success in academic culture and the importance of academic honesty; and
  • using York’s academic success resources to their full potential.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • be acquainted with the culture and expectations of university learning;
  • understand and apply practical tips and skills for university success;
  • have a new awareness of campus resources and when to use them; and
  • feel confident in your readiness to begin university studies.
Module Delivery Format

Live webinar with Q&A session. Recorded sessions will remain available to you throughout your first year of university to revisit.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • a high speed internet connection
  • an internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Offered July 13, 20 and 22
Completion Time
90 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Online Learning at University

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to online learning platforms and the academic skills and approaches you can use to be successful in virtual and blended courses. We'll introduce practical tips for well-being in online learning environments and ways to get involved in campus life.

In this module you will learn about: 

  • university learning platforms: the basics of eClass and Zoom;
  • organizing yourself for online learning;
  • health and wellness for online learning;
  • campus life and campus resources in the virtual world; and
  • preparing for a return to in-person learning.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • be acquainted with commonly used platforms for online learning at York;
  • possess practical tips and skills for online learning;
  • have a new awareness of campus resources and when to use them;
  • understand principles to support your well-being as an online learner; and
  • feel confident to begin university studies.
Module Delivery Format

Live webinar with Q&A session. Recorded sessions will remain available to you throughout your first year of university to revisit.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • a high speed internet connection
  • an internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Offered July 6, 14 and 28
Completion Time
90 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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Wellbeing for Academic and Personal Success

Module Overview

This module focuses on skills and principles of wellness and well-being. You'll gain valuable insight on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle that supports your success and learn ways to maintain a balance between school, work and social activities. 

In this module you will learn about: 

  • debunking myths of unhealthy university lifestyles;
  • wellness tips for body, mind and spirit;
  • dealing with isolation and loneliness in the online world;
  • university resources to support well-being;
  • balancing school, work, and the rest of life; and
  • accessing wellness resources proactively.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • know and be able to apply practical tips and skills for personal well-being;
  • have a new awareness of campus well-being resources and when to use them; and
  • feel confident to begin university studies.
Module Delivery Format

Live webinar with Q&A session. Recorded sessions will remain available to you throughout your first year of university to revisit.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • a high speed internet connection
  • an internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Offered July 19, July 23 and August 4
Completion Time
90 minutes (single session)
Fee
$0
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The University Experience: Preparation for Academic Success

Module Overview

This module assists new students with the transition to university by providing the knowledge and tools to succeed in first year and beyond. You will learn about the nature of university education and how it differs from high school. Become familiar with campus resources, prepare for challenges common to first year students and develop important academic skills.

In this module you will learn about:

  • academic reading and notetaking;
  • study techniques and time management strategies;
  • academic writing, research, and integrity; and
  • effective communication.

Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • understand the history and purpose of university education and how it differs from high school;
  • be connected with campus resources that support academic success;
  • have identified and practiced critical academic reading, writing, and research skills;
  • understand how to practice academic integrity, study methods and time management techniques;
  • possess new strategies that support well-being; and
  • have clear educational goals for yourself, and strategies for overcoming potential challenges.
Module Delivery Format

Pre-recorded lectures provided for review at your own pace. Live tutorials on Zoom are scheduled for 1 hour per week.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
August 3 - 24
Completion Time
4 weeks; 12 hours (3/week)
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.
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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.

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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:

  • 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 2 - 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.
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University Research and Writing

Module Overview

This module will guide you in the research, drafting, and revision of a piece of university-level writing. Over six course meetings, you’ll practice many skills essential to good composition. 

Expect to write in this class and to receive feedback on your work! This module will be gamified, so you will gain a sense of your progress, but without the pressure of being graded. 

In this module you will learn about:

  • understanding assignment prompts;
  • generating ideas;
  • locating, integrating, explaining and citing good sources;
  • distinguishing between description, summary, and analysis;
  • advancing beyond a five-paragraph essay format; and
  • practical tips for editing your work/improving your writing process.

Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout this module you will:

  • analyze assignment prompts;
  • locate, analyze and cite credible sources, using them to develop your central idea;
  • compose and link coherent paragraphs;
  • recognize strengths and weaknesses in your writing process and employ strategies to reduce frustration; and
  • adopt a drafting process to produce strong, university-level writing.
Module Delivery Format

Pre-recorded lecture videos provided for review at your own pace. Weekly live lectures (1 hour) and live group Zoom meetings (2 hours). Homework will be assigned. 

 

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 21 - August 27 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Completion Time
24 hours (approx 3-4 hours required for 6 weeks)
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.
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