Student Speak

Putting your presentation skills to good use: Three Minute Thesis

Posted by Daisy Raudales on May 2, 2019 at 9:06 AM

In my last entry, I told you about how important preparation is for any presentation. In particular, we looked at all the work that goes into Three Minute Thesis (3MT®).

In case you need a refresher, 3MT® is a university-wide competition where master’s and PhD students present their research in an engaging and compelling way, using only one static slide, in three minutes or less!  

Not only is 3MT® an excellent opportunity for our future master’s and PhD students to show off their research, the event also demonstrates the benefits of prepping your presentation skills.

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Topics: Academic, Graduate Studies, Three Minute Thesis

Practicums in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Posted by Erin Campbell on April 9, 2019 at 9:04 AM

As we continue our blog post series on internship, co-op an other hands-on learning experiences at our university, we are moving on to our practicums.

One form of experiential learning in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH), here at the university is a practicum. So what exactly does that mean for our students, and what does it entail? Check out FSSH's brand new website all about the experiential learning options in the faculty.

Today I’m going to walk you through what the practicum program is, how you become eligible for it, what is possible for you here with our FSSH and then we will look at some real student’s experiences in the program! 

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Placements

First Year Myths and Misconceptions

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on March 26, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As you prepare to enter your fist year of university, it is essential to prepare your mind. Do not come in with any preconceived notions because they usually end up false or making you feel disappointed.

Life at university will usually entail a lot of figuring out and sometimes you’ll even have to figure yourself out. So now before you arrive, clear your thoughts and control your imagination.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Fun Facts, student l, study abroad blog, study abroad, international student, Canada, Travel, first-year

Five ways to relax during exam season

Posted by Cate McPhee on March 14, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a future student, you might be hesitant about exam season and honestly, it is without a doubt one of the hardest times of the university school year.

It can be very overwhelming and it is so important to find ways that you can relax. Relaxation looks different to everyone but here are a few of my favorite ways to find some peace during this crazy season.


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Topics: Academic, Student Life

All about co-ops, internships and placements

Posted by Erin Campbell on March 11, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Our university is pretty well-known for vast amount of opportunities for experiential learning. In this blog, we’re talking all about our co-op, internship and placement programs for each faculty at the university.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has over 300 industry and community partners dedicated to supporting our students in their learning. Stay tuned for faculty-specific blogs in the future, featuring real students and their experiences in the programs. Let’s get into what experiential learning is, what we offer and why it is so beneficial.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Why you should book an appointment with your academic advisor

Posted by Erin Campbell on February 28, 2019 at 9:03 AM

Feeling lost? Having trouble navigating your courses, future or university path? Have no fear - your academic advisors are here!

Your academic advisors in university are invaluable resources that you should absolutely take advantage of.

I’m going to tell you all the reasons why you should go visit them, and how they can help you in so many different ways when various scenarios come up throughout your university career.

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Topics: Academic, first-year

Five Reasons Why You Should Love Group Work

Posted by Rilita Theodora on February 27, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Have you ever gotten frustrated because of a group project? Most of us have. That’s why we love to work individually, get our tasks done and not worry about anyone else.

BUT, have you ever noticed that sometime in the future, like in the workplace, you will have to work with other people? Do you think it will be less frustrating than group projects at university? The answer is NO!

We are so used to working individually but we will never be able to avoid human interaction or collaboration at least in the near future. Since you're going to run into group work as a university student, why don’t we learn some reasons why we should love group work to give us some motivation now? Here we go.


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Topics: Academic

Mature student support at our university

Posted by Kait Nienhuis on February 26, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Making the decision to return to school as a mature student can come with its own set of challenges, however it’s important to know the support that’s available through the university to help mature students be successful in their educational endeavours.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Pathway Student, Continuing Education

Do you have what it takes to build a robot in three days?

Posted by Kari Clarkson on February 21, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Do you think you could build a robot in just three days? With the knowledge you’ll get from our Engineering programs, you can. Just ask Wayne, the robot built by our university’s Robot in Three Days (Ri3D) team, UOIT Ri3D. 

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

How to successfully use your reading week

Posted by Cate McPhee on February 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM

As a future university student, you might not be too familiar with reading week. It's kind of like March break, except about a month earlier. 

Reading week is so exciting and usually rolls into town right when the schoolwork load is getting heavy. Prioritizing your schedule during reading week may be more important than ever.

You might be going home for the break, sticking around school or maybe you are so lucky to be going on vacation. Either way, planning ahead of time will be very useful, especially so your break doesn't end up looking like this...

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Topics: Academic, Student Life