Student Success Checklist
Keep your academic goals clear and focused.
The academic support services at Dalhousie can help you realize your full potential. From before you even arrive on campus, to the day you graduate, you can count on our services and resources to help guide you through.
Steps to stay on top of your academic goals
Take time to reflect on why you're in university and what goals you hope to achieve
Talk to your academic advisor about your electives
Electives are a great way to challenge and learn more about yourself! They also enable you to provide balance to your studies and study a course out of personal interest - your academic advisor will know what's out there.
Familiarize yourself with and start using Brightspace
Read the full syllabus for each of your classes on the first day to plan out your semester
Important information you'll find in your syllabus:
- Contact information for your professor
- Your professor's office hours
- Class information (time, location)
- Important dates
- Course objectives and learning outcomes
- Evaluation criteria
- Required textbooks and reading information
- Information about academic integrity
- Student accommodation information
- About the culture of respect at Dalhousie
- And more
Important Tip: occasionally read your syllabus through the term to remind yourself of special resources & tips your instructors provided to help you succeed in their courses!
Contact Student Services if you require an academic accommodation
Student Services (Accessibility Services) is Dalhousie's centre of expertise for student accessibility and accommodation. Our advising team works with students who request accommodation as a result of:
- a disability,
- religious obligation, or
- any barrier related to any other characteristic protected under Human Rights legislation (NS,NB, PEI, NFLD)
- Information and education on accessibility and accommodation
- Determining and facilitating classroom and exam accommodations
- Determining and facilitating non-academic accommodations
- Note-taking program
- Advice on, and access to, technology supports
- Assistance in accessing financial aid
- Textbook scanning and/or publisher requests for PDFs
- Referrals to on and off-campus resources and services
Pay attention to important dates for paying your tuition and adding/dropping courses
Learn what academic standing and academic integrity are
- determines whether you can continue your studies at Dalhousie
- affects whether or not you can graduate
- reflects your Grade Point Average (GPA) – posted on your academic record
- is first assessed after you attempt 24 credit hours
Learn more about academic standing and the different types of academic standing (good standing, probation, and dismissal).
Academic integrity is a complex of concepts that includes ideas of ownership, scholarship and acceptable behaviour. Learning the conventions and practices of academic disciplines takes time. Learn more about academic integrity and complete the online module.
Use the online assignment calculator to manage the time you have to complete your research pape
Start or join a study group of students in your class(es)
Attend a study skills workshop on topics like effective reading strategies, short answer & essay exams, strategies for multiple choice, presentation & speaking skills, managing your time, working in a group, and concentration & memorization
Get feedback on your papers at the Writing Centre before you submit them
Meet with an academic advisor to create an educational plan, discuss your courses, major, minor, and career options
Get one-on-one tutoring to understand specific course content and prepare for tests and exams
Get help accessing journal articles and doing research at the McRae Library – the staff there will help you with your references and citations
Discuss opportunities to become involved in initiatives, research projects, clubs, and student societies with professors in your department
Your professors' office hours aren't just for asking about your class and assignments. Stop by and ask about their research or if they know of any opportunities to get involved in your department.