- One-on-one interactions between student and faculty.
- A peer-led study group in Trinity College at U of T St. George.
- A small Life Drawing Class at U of T St. George.
Where collaboration and small groups define experience.
At the University of Toronto first-year students have the opportunity to engage with students and professors in small seminars, mentorship programs and peer-led academic groups. These intimate learning opportunities ensure the U of T experience offers the best of large university options with a variety of small-group choices to suit personal learning and teaching styles. Intimate learning settings consistently prove helpful for students making the transition to university life, and directly correlate to improving academic results.
U of T Mississauga offers two distinctive learning options for students. The Smooth Transition Education Program (stepONE) is a life-skills course that helps with a variety of challenges facing new students, including exam preparation, interview skills and money management. Students living on campus at U of T Mississauga can also participate in RezOne, the first program of its kind in Canada, which groups first-year students in residence with others from the same academic program. Study sessions are led by accomplished upper-year students, called rezPALs (Peer Academic Leaders), and life-skills and study-skills seminars help students build confidence in all areas of university life.
U of T Scarborough’s First Year Experience Program (FEP) pairs first-year students with senior students during the fall and winter semesters. FEP offers small-group engagement, academic support and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. With guidance and coaching from their mentor, new students are able to adjust quickly to life at U of T Scarborough. They learn valuable tips and tricks to excel academically, and get introduced to campus resources, sports and social events. In addition, program involvement allows students to earn credits towards a leadership development certificate.
At U of T St. George, senior faculty members lead small first-year seminars on a range of varying topics such as Creative and Cultural Representations, Society and Its Institutions and The Physical and Mathematical Universes. Taken concurrently with other first-year courses, these seminars allow students to discuss challenging issues, questions and controversies in supportive small group settings that encourage the development of critical thinking, writing and presentation skills.
First-Year Learning Communities (“FLCs”) at U of T St. George are groups of 24-30 students in the same area of study who are enrolled in some of the same core courses and meet regularly outside of class with peer mentors. FLC meetings address three broad transition areas: academic, developmental and social.
U of T also offers special First Year Foundations: The One Programs for Arts & Science students. These dynamic small-group programs are offered by Innis College, New College, St. Michael’s College, Trinity College, University College, Victoria College, Woodsworth College, U of T Scarborough and U of T Mississauga. First Year Foundation Programs allow you to network with peers, mentors and professors, and explore a broad range of compelling issues. Select a program that complements your intended academic field or one that lets you explore a totally new area of study.
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