Incoming Undergraduate Students

Incoming Students Welcome to Queen's
Incoming Students Welcome to Queen's

Remote, free summer options to support your academic transition to Queen’s 

SOAR Studies will help you hone your academic skills for a successful first term.

Led by your faculty/school and supported by Student Academic Success Services (SASS), these short, free online modules, courses, tutorials and other materials and resources will help you prepare effectively for new academic expectations. You can review academic material essential to your area of study, and learn skills and approaches for effective time management, note taking, exam and essay preparation.    

For students from all Faculties/Schools:

Academics 101 is a series of free and interactive online tutorials to help incoming students develop essential academic and writing skills. You can do any or all of the seven tutorials at your own pace while learning how to be successful in an online learning environment. Academics 101 concludes by showing you how to make a plan to succeed throughout your first six weeks at Queen’s. Check it out on the Student Academic Success Services (SASS) website

Setting Yourself Up for Success (SYUS) is a FREE 6-module online course, beginning June 21st, 2021, that will introduce you to what lies ahead, what supports are available to you, how to ensure equitable access to your education if you have a disability or mental health condition and generally how to be successful in university. SYUS is brought to you by Queen's University's Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) and Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS). Access the registration form to sign up, and email syus@queensu.ca with any questions!

Faculty/School-Specific SOAR Studies:

Faculty Description
Arts and Science

FAStrack: Skills for Navigating University and Beyond  

This free, non-credit course is designed to assist your transition to academic study at Queen’s and to the world beyond university. You will begin to develop a transferable and flexible toolbox of skills and knowledge that will prepare you to succeed at Queen’s and beyond. This course will explore strategies for approaching your university courses such as effective writing, critical thinking, logical reasoning, teamwork, and intercultural competency.     

Two sessions of FAStrack will be offered over the summer to allow you to choose a date that suits your schedule best. Classes will be delivered in a combination of both synchronous and non-synchronous elements.   

Course Dates:
FAStrack I: July 12-30, 2021
FAStrack II: August 3-20, 2021

For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/FAStrack

Commerce

Throughout the summer, incoming Commerce students can learn the ins and outs of the program, including policies and procedures, system tutorials and helpful supports and resources via the First-Year Commerce Onboarding Portal.   

Launching in August, students can prepare for academics by completing optional, non-credit preparatory courses in calculus and financial accounting.     

Please monitor the Onboarding Portal or your Queen’s email account for content release announcements!   

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences

QEng Prep is a free program that was designed to help incoming first year students in the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science bridge the gap between high school and university.   

QEng Prep is an entirely online and self-guided program that gives students the ability to self-evaluate their overall math, chemistry and physics knowledge, and then sharpen their skills with online learning modules and practice quizzes.   

To start, go to the QEng Prep website! 

Health Sciences

Health Sciences SOAR Studies provides extended access to the many resources made available to you during SOAR. Preview first-year course modules, learn what technical tools you need to study, discover strategies to be successful in the BHSc flipped-classroom, and more!   

Also, please continue to monitor your Queen’s email account for our student newsletters covering topics from orientation to course registration.  

Use your Queen’s netID log-in to access these resources through the SOAR onQ course page or reach out to bhsc@queensu.ca to connect with our program office.