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. 

If you have questions about YU Prep registration and/or offerings, please contact yuprep@yorku.ca.

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

Please note that most YU Prep modules are fully subsidized by York University and offered to incoming students at no charge. Some modules may indicate a required refundable deposit or registration fee. Upon your successful completion of these modules, the deposit will be reimbursed to you. In some cases, module providers have arranged for early access to electronic workbooks that you would have purchased later as a participant in specific courses. For those modules, a non-refundable materials fee will apply. Please read each module's registration details.  

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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

Veuillez noter que la plupart des modules YU Prep sont entièrement subventionnés par l’Université York et offerts gratuitement aux nouveaux étudiants et étudiantes. Certains modules peuvent exiger un dépôt remboursable ou des frais d’inscription. Lorsque vous aurez terminé ces modules avec succès, le dépôt vous sera remboursé. Dans certains cas, les fournisseurs de modules ont pris des dispositions pour vous donner un accès anticipé aux cahiers d’exercices électroniques que vous auriez achetés plus tard dans le cadre de certains cours. Pour ces modules, des frais de matériel non remboursables s’appliquent. Veuillez lire les détails d’inscription de chaque module.

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 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)
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 6 - August 12, 2022 (Wednesdays)
Completion Time
36 hours (6+ hours/ week)
Fee
$40 CAD materials fee
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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

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:

  • 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

The Science Summer Transition modules will be delivered in a Hyflex classroom which means students can attend and participate in the modules remotely in virtual meetings, or attend the modules in-person on our Keele campus.

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)

 

Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 18, 2022 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am - 11:30am)
Completion Time
5 weeks; 30 hours
Fee
$57.60 CAD (reimbursed upon successful completion of the module. 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 and register, 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

The Science Summer Transition modules will be delivered in a Hyflex classroom which means students can attend and participate in the modules remotely in virtual meetings, or attend the modules in-person on our Keele campus.

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)

 

Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 18, 2022 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm - 5:30pm)
Completion Time
5 weeks; 30 hours
Fee
$57.60 CAD (reimbursed upon successful completion of the module. 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

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

The Science Summer Transition modules will be delivered in a Hyflex classroom which means students can attend and participate in the modules remotely in virtual meetings, or attend the modules in-person on our Keele campus.

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)
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 18, 2022 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am - 1pm)
Completion Time
5 weeks; 30 hours
Fee
$57.60 CAD (reimbursed upon successful completion of the module. 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

The Science Summer Transition modules will be delivered in a Hyflex classroom which means students can attend and participate in the modules remotely in virtual meetings, or attend the modules in-person on our Keele campus.

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)

 

Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 19 - August 18, 2022 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm - 4pm)
Completion Time
5 weeks; 30 hours
Fee
$57.60 CAD (reimbursed upon successful completion of the module. View registration form for details.)
For More Details
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Specialized Supports for Success
Ressources de soutien spécialisées pour la réussite

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 2022.

Technical Requirements

To participate in BE YU you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Recommended for new Black students of York University who have accepted an offer of admission
Fee
$0
For More Details
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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
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Audience
Indigenous Students
Dates Scheduled
n/a
Fee
$0
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AccessYU: Getting Accessible with Accessibility Services

Module Overview

This student delivered module provides an in-depth introduction to accessibility and the supports provided by Student Accessibility Services at York University. Together, we will explore the popular myths surrounding disability and aim to provide a progressive definition of the term “disability”. We will also introduce the purpose of Student Accessibility Services and how it has helped many students throughout their academic career at York University. Finally, we will give you a newfound perspective on how accessibility is the future by referencing universal design principles.  

In this module, you will learn about:  

  • Shattering the myths and stigma surrounding disability.  

  • The definition of disability  

  • Why accessibility matters for everyone 

  • The supports provided by Student Accessibility Services 

  • The principles of universal design  
     

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, you will: 

  • Be able to demystify common misconceptions about disability. 

  • Have a new awareness of who people with disabilities are.  

  • Recognize what we mean by disability. 

  • Be informed about supports provided by Student Accessibility Services 

  • Understand how accessibility benefits everyone.  

Module Delivery Format

Asynchronous delivery. Registered students will receive access to recorded material to review.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection and internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 85, Chrome 89, Safari 14)
  • a laptop or desktop computer with speakers
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Pre-recorded session offered once a month
Completion Time
15 minutes
Fee
$0
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Accessing Academic Accommodations at York

Module Overview

Join Student Accessibility Services Peer Mentors and staff to learn more about what academic accommodations are, how to apply for them and how to access them at York.

In this module you will learn:

  • what Student Accessibility Services can offer students; 
  • what academic accommodations are; and
  • how to access academic accommodations if you are a student with a disability or medical condition.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • have a better knowledge about the supports and services that Student Accessibility Services offer and how to access them.

You may be interested in attending this session regardless of having a disability, as the information may be helpful to supporting a friend or classmate in the future.

Module Delivery Format

This session will be delivered live on Zoom. 

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a laptop, tablet or desktop computer
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Multiple dates available (May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30)
Completion Time
50 minutes
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. 

Skills to 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. 

In this module you will learn about: 

  • managing and understanding 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;
  • develop an awareness of campus resources and when to use them; and
  • feel confident in your readiness to begin university studies.
Module Delivery Format

Live webinars with Q&A sessions. Recorded versions available persistently throughout students' first year for asynchronous access. 

Instances of the workshop may be provided live in-person pending public health guidance.

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 (recommended)
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Offered June 28, July 11 or July 28 (choose one)
Completion Time
2 hours (choice of dates and times)
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 to support success and guidance on maintaining a healthy balance between school, work and social activities. You will also review the wealth of campus well-being resources and how to access them proactively. 

This workshop is presented by York University's Health Education & Promotion team, a division of of Student Counselling, Health and Well-being. We offer a range of services including training programs, workshops, and peer-to-peer consulting. We educate in the areas of mental health and well-being, physical health, nutrition, sleep, sexual health, alcohol, cannabis and other drugs.

In this module you will learn about: 

  • debunking myths of unhealthy university lifestyles (ie. all-nighters, drinking, drugs, sex.)
  • wellness tips for body, mind and spirit, including physical fitness, stress management and relaxation;
  • 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;
  • develop an awareness of campus well-being resources and when to use them; and
  • build confidence in your readiness to begin university studies.
Module Delivery Format

Live webinars with Q&A sessions. Recorded versions available persistently throughout students' first year for asynchronous access. 

Instances of this workshop may be presented live in-person, pending public health guidance.

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 (recommended)
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 4 - July 29, 2022
Completion Time
2 hours
Fee
$0
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University 101: Preparing for Academic Success

Module Overview

This module assists new students with the transition to university by providing the knowledge and tools they will need to succeed in first year and beyond. Students will learn about the nature of university education, become familiar with campus resources, prepare for challenges common to the first-year experience, 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.
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
  • Asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures and synchronous (live) meetings on Zoom
    • one hour asynchronous lectures per week
    • two hours synchronous meetings per week, every Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:30pm EST.
  • 1-2 optional in-person meetings on campus, to build community and to participate in a campus tour.
Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
August 3 - 24, 2022
Completion Time
4 weeks; 12 hours (3/week)
Fee
$0
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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.

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

The Science Summer Transition modules will be delivered in a Hyflex classroom which means students can attend and participate in the modules remotely in virtual meetings, or attend the modules in-person on our Keele campus.

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)

 

Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 18 - August 22, 2022 (Mondays from 1pm - 4pm)
Completion Time
30 hours
Fee
$57.60 CAD (reimbursed upon successful completion of the module. View registration form for details.)
For More Details
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University Research and Writing

Module Overview

The LA&PS Summer Writing Module is offered by York's Writing Centre. In this module, experienced faculty will guide you in the research, drafting, and revision of a university-level essay. Over five workshops, you'll be exposed to, and practice, many skills essential to good composition: understanding assignment prompts; generating ideas; locating, integrating, explaining, and citing good sources; advancing beyond a five-paragraph essay format; and many practical tips for editing your work/improving your writing process. Each workshop will feature writing activities and the chance to share your work with your university peers. Get your university career off to a strong start and learn about all the ways the Writing Centre can help you become a better writer!

Module workshop topics:

  • Understanding University Assignment Prompts: What does your professor want?
  • Writing Starts with Research: What is a good source and where do you find them?
  • Constructing Your Argument: The thesis statement, simplified.
  • Anti-Racist Writing/Citation and Signal Phrases: Being fair and giving credit.
  • Organize Your Draft: Good Introductions and Reverse Outlines.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will know how to:

  • analyze assignment prompts and generate ideas;
  • locate, analyze, and cite credible sources at an advanced level;
  • compose a university level thesis statement;
  • develop strategies to organize papers of more than five paragraphs;
  • recognize the strengths and weakness of your writing process and apply composing strategies to reduce frustration; and
  • practice anti-racist composition, especially in Indigenous contexts.
Module Delivery Format

Synchronous (live) workshops on Zoom will integrate video, short lectures, group work, and writing prompts and activities.

 

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a web cam and microphone
  • Zoom software client (optional)
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
July 6 - August 2, 2022 (Tuesdays)
Completion Time
7.5 hours (90 minutes/week for 5 weeks)
Fee
$0
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How to Win at University: the Environmental & Urban Change Perspective

Module Overview

Professors from different programs in Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) will speak about how to succeed in university and in your environmental or urban career. Learn how to get the most out of your classes and your university experience.

In this module you will learn:

  • habits that will maximize your success in university;
  • what professors look for in assignments and essays;
  • why you should never pull an all-nighter; and
  • how reading is also a practical activity to complement hands-on learning. 
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • understand what is unique about university;
  • grow familiar with the university experience when you arrive; and
  • gain practical knowledge about how to maximize your university experience.
Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a laptop or desktop computer with microphone
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
TBD
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Getting the Most Out of SAVY

Module Overview

Navigating York University's systems and processes can be challenging for new students. Luckily, York students have a friend to whom they can turn when they have questions about almost anything to do with the university. SAVY, York's student virtual assistant, can help students find their way - both literally and figuratively - around the complexities of York.

In this module you will learn:

  • the breadth of topics and types of support you can gain from SAVY;
  • how best to interact with SAVY to ensure you find the information you need;
  • ways to find SAVY even when you're not in front of your computer; and
  • what to expect from SAVY during the upcoming academic year.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • learn how to leverage the SAVY AI virtual assistant to inform yourself of York University's online and offline processes, protocols, and supports.
  • become empowered to use a self-service tool for access and interaction with administrative processes;
  • leverage the SAVY tool to better acquaint yourself with York University and finding your way within the institution. 
Module Delivery Format

One online tutorial session. For best results, students should be able to attend the online session and also interact with SAVY for hands-on learning.

Technical Requirements

To complete this module you will need:

  • an internet connection
  • a laptop, tablet or desktop computer
Questions? Contact yuprep@yorku.ca.
Language of Instruction
English
Dates Scheduled
Various dates offered weekly
Fee
$0
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