Materials you will need:
- A pen or pencil (probably more than one)
- A clipboard with loose leaf paper (so that you don't have to carry around a series of binders)
- AND a binder with dividers at home, in which to store all of your notes from your clipboard
- OR a laptop, which can replace the clipboard/binder system. You can bring your laptop with you to class, type notes as you go along and organize them on your hard drive. You could also save them to your ‘folder' in PAWS, where it is less possible that you will lose them permanently.
- Textbooks, purchased either at the U of S bookstore, the bookstore online, Louis' Loft, or another used bookstore. Make sure you are getting an acceptable copy of the text. Some professors are more lenient about which edition is acceptable. Sometimes used copies require a little more work on your part, because you won't have the same page numbers as everyone else. Be Book Smart!
- As mentioned above, a binder in which to keep your notes
- A computer to write papers & lab reports and access online resources
If you've found this short orientation helpful, you may want to look at these other resources, which go much more in depth about the university experience and offer plenty of helpful advice:
Bernstein, Mark W., and Yadin Kaufmann, Eds. How to Survive Your Freshman Year. 2nd Ed. Atlanta: Hundreds of Heads Books, 2006. Print.
Dougan, Catherine and Ron Dougan. College Smarts: the survival and success guide for Canadian students. Calgary and Toronto: Redstone and Stoddart, 1998.
McIntyre, Michael and Sharon McIntyre. University Matters: prepare for the challenges-realize your potential. Rockcliffe, Ontario: University Matters, 2005. Print.
Newport, Cal. How to Win at College: surprising secrets for success from the country's top students. New York: Broadway, 2005. Print.
Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh. College Rules!: how to study, survive, and succeed in college. 2nd Ed. Toronto: Ten Speed Press, 2007. Print.
Van Blerkom, Dianna L. Orientation to College Learning. 5th Ed. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007. Print.