Keeping Up With Coursework


The U of T Engineering curriculum is challenging and demanding. Even if you were at the top of your class in high school, you may find you need to work harder to get good grades at university. It is common for student averages in first year to drop 10 to 20% from high school. In many cases, grades drop because students need to develop a new set of learning skills.

There are many services across campus and within U of T Engineering to help you develop the skills you need to succeed. Academic advising is available from the First Year Office. We can inform you of your options and provide helpful solutions. You can also request an appointment through the First Year Coordinator, ask questions or browse the rest of this site for information.

What can I do if I find it too hard to keep up with all my courses?
There are many resources available to help you develop new learning strategies and effective study habits. Your first-year advisor can help you understand if you need further assistance, and, if you do, in which areas. They can also tell you if a reduced course load is an option. You can also consider continuing your studies on a part-time basis.

As a way to help you transition to the challenges of university-level study, the First Year Office monitors midterm grades. If we suspect a student might be struggling, we invite them in for a one-on-one session to discuss study skills, resources and other strategies.

The First Year Office can also refer students to a number of specialized advisors, like a learning strategist or health and wellness counsellor.

What happens if I miss a quiz, lab or midterm?
Sometimes unexpected things happen — illness, accidents or family emergencies. If such an event arises, please complete a term-work petition online.

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