Western offers many programs and services to help prepare you for academic success and university life. This August, we will be launching our SmartStart: Academics program. This one-month online program will reinforce key concepts in Grade 12 STEM courses and English skills, while connecting you with fellow students in your program.
FIRST YEAR SUCCESS
Not sure where you land? You will have the opportunity to take a diagnostic assessment to identify your understanding of Grade 12 course material. From there, we will recommend the best modules to solidify your knowledge.
Once you've found your fit, you will be paired with a learning coach. Learning coaches will be available to guide you, cheer you on, and connect you to all the other amazing resources Western has to offer.
You will join a community of students based on your program you're going into. Your learning coach will facilitate activities throughout the month that are designed to connect you with like-minded peers before you arrive on campus.
SmartStart: Academics is more than just coursework. We have an awesome group of speakers lined up to dive into all things Western. The themes and speakers for this series have been specially selected to ensure you have a successful transition and feel ready for your first year at Western.
The topics in each module were carefully selected to prepare you for success in your first year of undergraduate studies:
Counting and probability; and probability distributions.
Rate of change; derivatives and their applications; geometry; and algebra of vectors.
Exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions; polynomial and ration functions; and characteristics of functions.
Biochemistry; metabolic processes; molecular genetics; and homeostasis.
Organic chemistry; structure and properties of matter; and chemical systems and equilibrium.
Dynamics; energy and momentum; and gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields.
Subject-specific writing; academic writing styles; professor expectations; research; sourcing; and thesis statements.
Success strategies for academic writing in Canada; thesis statements; professor expectations; and process writing.
Not sure if you are prepared in a certain subject? That’s OK! A pre-assessment is used to evaluate your preparedness while helping to identify your strengths and weaknesses within courses to give you a better understanding of areas to focus on.