Summer Academic Skills Institute (SASI)

Summer Academic Skills Institute (SASI)
August 29 - 31, 2022

What is SASI?

SASI is a comprehensive transition program for all Accessibility students who are preparing to enter their first year of undergraduate studies at UTM.  This free program will provide students with the opportunity to develop academic skills that are essential for success in their upcoming courses; allow incoming first-year students to meet their peers; connect students to upper-year Peer Mentors; help students learn how to navigate campus resources, and much more!

SASI 2022 Schedule & Registration


Location: In-Person (room 1100 Maanjiwe nendamowinan)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Guest Speaker Session: Strategies for Handling Academic Stress at University

  • During this session, staff from the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) will lead a session on the importance of managing academic stress in undergraduate studies.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Social Event: Meet-up with Peer Mentors - Lunch & Campus Tour!

  • Connect with your fellow peers and our supporting Peer Mentors over lunch (free boxed lunch will be provided)!  Our Peer Mentors will also lead a short campus tour (this a great opportunity for you to locate where your classes will be held in September)!

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Guest Speaker Session: Mock Lecture and Q&A Session with Professor Derry

  • Professor Ken Derry (Department of Historical Studies) will deliver a mock-style lecture.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions related to the mock lecture and other questions you may have (i.e. lecture hall etiquette, instructor's office hours, how to take notes during the lecture, etc.).

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Guest Speaker Session: UTM Library Information Session & Tour

  • Get to know the UTM Library!  Join us for a quick tour and learn about the resources, services, and study spaces available at the UTM Library.
Location: Online (ZOOM)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Interactive Workshop: Peer Mentor's Undergrad Survival Guide (Part 1)

  • Learn about the basics of transitioning into your undergraduate degree; how to access university resources; creating structure and finding focus; beating procrastination; joining campus clubs; and more!

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Interactive Workshop: Peer Mentor's Undergrad Survival Guide (Part 2)

  • Learn the importance of the course syllabi - understand the course objectives and requirements, the grading structure and scale, and what to do if you require an extension for coursework; learn how to stay organized; learn how to email instructor's with proper email etiquette; and more!

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Guest Speaker Session: The Importance of Resilience in University

  • Our Academic Life Strategist will lead a presentation on the importance of resilience in undergraduate studies.  You will also have the opportunity to ask an Accessibility Advisor any questions that you may have about Accessibility Services.  General questions (ex. how to use AIMS or request extensions) can be asked in the main group.  Specific questions of a more personal nature (ex. how to change one of your current accommodations) can be asked in a breakout room, where you will briefly meet with an Accessibility Advisor one-on-one.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Interactive Workshop: Time Management, Study Planning, and Project Management

  • Learn how to: use an online calendar to keep track of your classes, appointments, and deadlines; schedule study time, social time, and self-care; assign tasks a priority level and allocate time accordingly; break down large projects into smaller steps; hold yourself accountable to reaching your goals; and more!
Location: Online (ZOOM)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Interactive Workshop: Effective Reading and Understanding Research Papers

  • Have you ever finished reading a page and realized that you don't remember what you just read?  Learn how to use the SQ3R method to prevent this from happening and stay focused on the materials in front of you.
  • Learn how to read and understand research papers at the university level.  Learning how to read an abstract, how to interpret figures, and how to understand the article's conclusion, will not only help you with academic reading but also benefit your own academic writing.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Interactive Workshop: Evidence-Based Note-taking and Study Strategies

  • Students often find that study strategies which worked well for them in high school (such as rereading, highlighting, and rewriting notes) do not achieve the same results at the undergraduate level. 
  • Learn about evidence-based study strategies that have been proven to increase academic performance such as: Active Studying; Spaced Repetition; Quizlet; Practising application-style questions.
  • This session will also highlight effective note-taking styles and strategies that you can use for lectures and readings.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Social Event: Meet-up (Online) with Peer Mentors - Virtual Games & Drawing!

  • Get to know your fellow students and Peer Mentors while playing a virtual game or practicing your drawing!  Our Peer Mentors are also free to answer any questions that you may have about university resources and campus life.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Interactive Workshop: Test-Taking Strategies

  • To succeed on a test, knowing the course content is essential, but knowing how to use effective test-taking strategies is also critical.
  • In this session, you will learn how to remain calm and confident while writing tests, and learn strategies for answering multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.


CCR Accreditation

A student who participates in SASI 2022 is eligible to receive a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) notation by attending a minimum of 3 Interactive Workshops2 Guest Speaker Sessions, and 1 Social Event. However, students are welcome to attend as many events as they would like. For more information about the CCR, please CLICK HERE.

Questions or Comments?

Please contact us by phone or email.
Phone: 905-828-5422

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