Student Speak

What to expect in your first-year lectures

Posted by Rilita Theodora on June 26, 2019 at 9:09 AM

People say that university is different from high school. You have to be responsible for your own learning process, as well as all of the work.

Being independent, especially in lectures, is one of the keys for your studies to run smoothly. Let’s take a look at what to consider in your first-year lectures.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle

Why I Chose Ontario Tech University

Posted by Zahra Mustansir on June 24, 2019 at 9:04 AM

I can remember it clearly. Logging onto the OUAC website and hovering over my options, all the while studying for my grade 12 exams.

So why did I choose Ontario Tech University?

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Topics: Admissions and recruitment, Academics, Lifestyle

Why electives matter in your post-secondary education

Posted by Zahra Mustansir on June 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM

The oldest trick in the book to boost your GPA is to take easy electives or ‘bird’ courses as some call them.

These courses are the ones deemed by students as easy ‘A’ courses. I’ve been guilty of doing these in order to revive my plummeting GPA.

During first and second year I mindlessly took easy first year courses in an effort to get all my electives out of the way.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle

Pearls of wisdom: take a year off if you need it

Posted by Kari Clarkson on June 14, 2019 at 9:04 AM

I’ll admit that while my time at university was one of the best times in my life, it was quite a few years ago.

Despite being a little out-of-touch with the latest lingo and trends, I still feel like I have some timeless advice that will apply to students of any age.

As you start to think about or become deeply entrenched in your pursuit of post-secondary education, I hope some of my pearls of wisdom can help you along your journey.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle

Introducing our 2019-2020 Major Entrance Scholarship recipients

Posted by Kari Clarkson on June 13, 2019 at 3:29 PM

Researching the scholarships and bursaries offered by any university you’re interested in is a definite must.

At Ontario Tech, your hard work, leadership and involvement to your community can pay off through our Major Entrance Scholarships.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle, Finance and money

Research practicums in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Posted by Safa Nazir on June 10, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Continuing on with the series about Co-ops and Internships, I will be discussing what opportunities are available for students in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHSc).

A great form of experiential learning that will be offered to students is a practicum placement. Hands on experience is something FHSc offers all of its students, which is a very valuable asset in the workplace.


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Topics: Academics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Experiential learning

Four simple habits to improve your writing skills

Posted by Patricia Lora on June 7, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Becoming a great writer doesn’t happen overnight. Writing, like any other creative skill, requires you to step outside of your comfort zone and trust your abilities.

It is an intimate skill that can be nerve-racking when putting it into practice, however, with time and dedication you can improve your writing skills by maintaining a few simple habits in your everyday life.

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Topics: Academics

Why changing your education and career goals is not the end of the world

Posted by Keisha Deoraj on June 3, 2019 at 9:20 AM

Throughout the first four years of my now seven-year-journey in post-secondary education, I found myself tormented by my “wandering eye” when it came to my education and career pursuit.

Despite wanting to become a medical doctor from the age of three years old, upon starting school at Ontario Tech, I found myself becoming ever-more interested in topics outside of the course requirements for my degree.

Not having a lot of friends from my program that shared the same interests, I always felt like the odd one out. I couldn’t seem to make others understand that I was passionate about STEM and other fields.

It was also becoming increasingly clear to me that my education at that time did not please my new and evolving interests.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle

Co-ops in the Faculty of Science

Posted by Safa Nazir on May 24, 2019 at 9:03 AM

If you are looking for a way to develop your skills while in the Faculty of Science (FSci), a great way to do that is by getting a co-op position.

As we continue our series all about co-ops, internships and placements, I’ll be telling you about what a co-op is, why it will benefit you in the future and share experiences of students at Ontario Tech who were in these positions.


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Topics: Academics, Faculty of Science, Experiential learning