Discover McGill: Academic Expectations Day Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Do you have concerns about your study skills or what a university workload will entail? Perhaps you will be studying in English for the first time? If so, make sure you take advantage of and register for the workshops offered on Discover McGill's Academic Expectations Day which will provide you with plenty of tips and advice on how you can get a head start on your university career.

The following workshops will be available during Discover McGill Academic Expectations Day.  Schedules are listed first for each campus, and descriptions of each workshop are at the bottom of this page.

Faculties may have orientation on this day and faculty orientation should be your priority.

Take note: Attendance at workshops is first come, first served for seating and many sessions fill up quickly!

Downtown Campus Schedule - Wednesday, August 28, 2019



Session d’accueil (Information Session for Francophone students studying in English for the first time.)

Academic Culture for International Students

10:40 – 10:50

 Welcome & Schedule Review (For all First-Year Undergraduate Students) - Both locations

10:50 – 11:50

Making the Grade

Strategies for Academic Success

11:50 – 12:05


12:05 – 13:05

Strategies for Academic Success

Untangling the Academic Web

13:05 – 13:20


13:20 – 14:20

Untangling the Academic Web

Making the Grade

14:20 – 14:35


14:35 - 15:35


Dollars and Sense: Planning for Your Time at McGill

Macdonald Campus Schedule - Friday, August 30, 2019 


10:00 - 11:00

Session d’accueil (Information Session for Francophone students studying in English for the first time.)

Raymond Building, R3-045

10:00 - 11:00

International Students Welcome Session

Raymond Building, R2-045

11:00 - 12:00

Strategies for Academic Success

Raymond Building, R2-045

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch - Hosted by Macdonald Campus Student Services

Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

1:15 - 2:15

Making the Grade

Raymond Building, R2-045


Session d'acceuil pour étudiants francophones

Pendant la session d'acceuil pour étudiants francophones, l'Adjointe aux étudiants francophones vous souhaitera elle-même la bienvenue et vous communiquera des informations essentielles pour réussir à McGill. Cette session de bienvenue sera aussi l'occasion de rencontrer d'autres étudiants francophones.  

Manon Lemelin, First-Year Assistant for Francophone Students  An orientation/information session for Francophone students who will be studying in English for the first time.

Academic Culture for International Students (Downtown Campus)

Emily Love, International Student Services  Use this workshop to prepare for academic culture in North America (and specifically at McGill) in this helpful session addressing cultural differences and opportunities in the classroom.

Strategies for Academic Success

Alexander Liepins, Teaching and Learning Services

You have been accepted into McGill because you have all proven yourselves to be successful students. This session hopes to keep you staying successful by introducing strategies and resources to create the work/life balance necessary to have you master the adjustment to the challenges of university life.

Making the Grade

Dr. Edith Zorychta, Director of Graduate Studies, in the Department of Pathology, also teaches extensively to undergraduate students.

Come and get useful tips to help ensure that you make the most of your class time, and discover the range of resources available to you. Find out some of the things that your professors do when they’re not in class and what you can reasonably expect of them. Experience a “mini-lecture”, and consider ways to succeed by recognizing your personal learning style. Find out about exams, and how to decide if a course is right for you.

Dollars and Sense:  Planning for Your Time at McGill (Downtown Campus)

Alison Mackay, Scholarships & Student Aid Office

Time to talk money with Financial Aid Counsellor Alison Mackay, who will highlight the services, resources and day-to-day budgeting basics needed as start your studies at McGill.

Untangling the Academic Web (Downtown Campus)

Emily Kingsland, Liaison Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences Library

NuRee Lee, Liaison Librarian, Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering
Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of doing academic research? The library can help! Come learn about the extensive resources and services available to you at the McGill Library, from study spaces and computers to millions of books and journal articles. In this session, you will learn how to navigate the library’s website to get started and access the library’s electronic resources 24/7.

International Students Welcome Session (Macdonald Campus)

Anastasia Koutouzov, Associate Director, International Student Services

An information session to learn more about immigration advising services and everything you need to know about your health insurance plan. The session will be followed by a Q&A period with McGill immigration advisors.

Join us for a day of planning for your future success at McGill University

You’ll be glad you did!


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