Dear Parents Newsletter: November Edition

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Greetings from The Office of Student Transition at UTM!

Thank you for your continued investment in your students' journey through university. Your continued interest is essential to help support and guide your student as they transition in and through the university experience.

This month we are hosting a workshop for parents and families to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about your student's continuing journey through university. Our monthly session will focus on "Health, Wellness and Your Student." Learn more about our workshop in our "Parent and Family Workshop" section.

In the first issue...

We hope that you and your student are continuing to enjoy your transition to life at UTM.

Office of Student Transition

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What a busy time for you and your students! As we continue on this journey through your student's first year at UTM, we will break down some of the common experiences that a student may face during the month of November.

As your student will be completing their final assignments and preparing for exams, it can be common for them to experience physical drain or illness. With an often overwhelming workload, your student may experience stress. As a parent, you can coach your student through this time by checking in with them. It can also be useful for students to take on an opportunity to reflect on the growth and development they have experienced during the first term of university.

Outside the classroom, the newness of it all has likely faded. If they haven't already found friends and community on campus, they may look around and start to feel uncomfortable. Taking study breaks, getting involved outside the classroom, and participating in campus events are important for maintaining a well-rounded and healthy university experience.

Some of the conversation starters you can use with your student include:

  • How is your exam schedule looking like?
  • Have you created a schedule of upcoming assignments and tests?
  • What topics did you most enjoy during your first semester?
  • Are you taking time to rest, exercise, and meet up with friends?
  • What are some things that you have learned about yourself over the past few months

If your student lives in residence, some questions to ask could include:

  • What type of activities do you and your roommate do together?
  • What events in residence have you participated in?

If your student is commuting to campus, other questions you could ask:

  • How can we support your schedule during this busy time?
  • Are there considerable changes to your schedule over the next two months that we may expect?
  • Are you participating in events and de-stressors on campus?

These common experiences and check-in strategies can help you and your student to keep on track with important details, deadlines, and keep communication open during the year. Many of your students may experience disappointment at this stage of the university life cycle and will need your positive support and problem solving skills.

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Health, Wellness and Your Student
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 PM
 Davis Building, Room 3129

Join us for this session that explores resources and programs at UTM for your student to help maintain a healthy life balance as they complete their exams.

Staff from Health and Counselling Services and the Office of Student Transition will be available to provide information about resources and supports available to your students.

In addition to the session, you are welcome to come and visit the beautiful UTM Campus, meet with student service representatives and converse with other UTM families.

Register now for our third workshop here

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Exam Jam

Date: Tuesday December 5, 2017

Time: 10am-7:30pm

Your student can experience a day full of helpful academic review and de-stressing fun at Exam Jam! While students are preparing for final exams, Exam Jam provides an opportunity to attend course-specific review sessions led by course instructors, general exam preparation workshops offered by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, and Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs).

When they are not attending review sessiosn and other academic activities, students are welcome to participate in a variety of exciting wellness activities that help build healthy study practices and manage stress, such as therapy dogs, nature walks, crafts, music, health snacks and more!

For more information about Exam Jam program and regular updates, visit the Exam Jam wesbite.  

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November 16, 2017
First day to confirm or withdraw June 2018 graduation request on ACORN.
 
November 30, 2017
For students registered in the Fall/Winter session: Deadline to pay fees for Winter term to avoid service charges (if you were registered by paying at least the minimum payment).
 
November 30, 2017
For students registered in the 'S' term only, last day to pay minimum amount of tuition fees as indicated on ACORN invoice.
 
December 1, 2017 - December 11, 2017
For students registered in the 'S' term only, if payment of fees is made during this period, students must submit their proof of payment to the Office of Registrar to avoid being removed from classes on December 12.
 
December 4, 2017
F classes end, Y classes break for holidays
 
December 4, 2017
Last day to request LWD (Late Withdrawal After the Drop Date ) status or to cancel or select Credit/No Credit option for F courses.
 
December 7, 2017 - December 19, 2017
Examination period. Exams may be scheduled during the day for classes held in the evening and vice versa. Exams may also be held on Saturdays. Students who make personal commitments during the exam period do so at their own risk. Petitions will not be accepted for deferred exams to accommodate personal or vacation plans.
December 21, 2017 - January 2, 2018
University closes for the holidays.

For more important dates and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar's Website.

UTM Lingo Banner

RAWC
This is an acronym that stands for Recreation, Athletic, and Wellness Centre. The RAWC is a facility for all current University of Toronto students, staff, alumni, and community members. The facility provides fitness centres, fields/outdoor courts, gymnasiums, a pool, a dance studio, a fitness studio, a multi purpose room, and squash courts.

Exam Repository
A collection of exams provided by UofT Mississauga Library, that contain the three most recent academic years of certain courses. 

5 Ways to Wellbeing
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based health messages that promote positive mental health, increase happiness, and reduce stress and anxiety. The recommendation is that individuals engage in each of these 5 activities once a day:

  • Be active 
  • Connect
  • Give back
  • Learn
  • Take notice

Learn more about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing at the Health Promotion Section of the Health and Counselling Centre Website.

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Time to hit the books! While your UTM student may be spending their days in the library as we near exams, it is only fitting that we present you with some facts about the UofT Library System, starting with our own Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre. Until 2007, UTM's library occupied the space that is now the TFC (Temporary Food Court) within the Davis Building. Our library now has a beautiful facility that includes study spaces of all kinds and provides services including bookable study rooms, laptop loans and the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre. As an affiliate of the U of T, your students have access to the 44 total libraries and 19.3 million physical holdings. Did you know that U of T maintains the third largest library system in North America, behind only Harvard and Yale?


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This service is provided through funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in support of student outreach, transition, and retention.

You are receiving this newsletter as a new UTM parent or family member.  If your student is no longer attending UTM, please disregard this message. Please note that this newsletter will stop when classes end in April. To be removed from the mailing list, send an email to amendoza.pereira@utoronto.ca

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