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 July 27th, 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). Learn more and enrol here!

Faculty/School-Specific SOAR Studies:

Faculty Description
Arts and Science & Bader International Study Centre (BISC)

Learning and Working in a Digital Age – free mini non-credit course starts August 10.
Pre-registration is required.

Course overview:

What does it mean to learn and work in a digital age?  Success in university operates in this context. How can students best optimize their human skills to work in a digital age? The overarching theme of the course is to explore what we as humans bring to the equation. 

Additional key goals are to provide opportunities for students to: 

  • gain an understanding of what they can expect at the university level
  • show students what studying here could ‘look’ like 
  • provide a way for students to interact with some of the technological tools and engage with other new first year students. 

To register, email asc.el@queensu.ca.

Commerce

Throughout the summer, incoming Commerce students have the opportunity to 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. Additionally, chats with profs will be scheduled throughout August, along with further resources on how to transition to your studies at University.

Access Health Sciences SOAR Studies by logging into portal.bhsc.queensu.ca 

Nursing Nursing SOAR Studies includes chemistry and biology review material to help you gain confidence in your knowledge before you arrive on campus. Login to OnQ to access this material.