COMPASS: Navigating your first year at OCAD U

COMPASS is an in-depth and interactive two-day event for new first-year students. Through short workshops, hands-on activities, games and social opportunities, we aim to help you transition to your first year at OCAD U. Sessions may cover topics such as: 

  • what to expect at university and how to prepare
  • accessing available resources and support
  • managing your time and energy
  • communicating with your instructors
  • introduction to critique
  • note-taking, reading, and writing strategies
  • Q&A with first-year faculty and upper year students

COMPASS is open to any first-year student (to a maximum of 70 students) but may be especially helpful for students who have had a break in their schooling, who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary, or who don’t have a background in art and design education (such as through their high school).

Due to the limited number of spaces, you must be able to attend both days of COMPASS in order to register. Snacks and lunch are provided for both days.

Thursday, August 30 AND Friday, August 31, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm
MCC 512 (5th floor of the Annex building, 113 McCaul, above Grange food court)

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Academic Skills Training: Getting on track for success

This training reviews a variety of academic skills and offers time for you to practice using strategies for success. After completing a self-assessment survey to determine your own academic strengths and barriers, we will work through activities designed to help you:

  • manage your time and energy
  • set-realistic learning goals and stay motivated
  • improve your note-taking and critical reading skills
  • address difficult situations such as working under pressure, managing your workload, and dealing with procrastination
  • identify where and how to access help at OCAD U throughout your program
  • build a plan for success for the 2018-2019 academic year 

This training is hands-on and interactive. Snacks provided!

Tuesday, September 4th
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Rm 512 MCC

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Academic Integrity Workshop

Learning how to use and cite visual and textual sources can be challenging. This workshop provides clarity around how sources can be used, why they should be documented, and how to document them appropriately. It will introduce you to some practical strategies for tracking your visual and textual research, reading, note-taking and paraphrasing that can help you effectively integrate your research into your writing and making processes.

Wednesday, September 5th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MCC 512, 5th floor (113 McCaul Street)

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