Be prepared for co-op
The co-op process is worthwhile but can be time-consuming. Prepare early and follow these tips for success:
- Ensure that you are enrolled in Professional Development (PD)1 (Co-op Fundamentals) in the term immediately preceding your first work term.
- Attend the in-class session for PD1 (first week) and complete the remaining online assignments as scheduled.
- Visit WaterlooWorks (Co-operative Education and Career Action's (CECA's) electronic database of student and employer information) regularly and ensure that all of your data (personal, email and co-op) is correct.
- Prepare and load (or update) your resumes and cover letters on WaterlooWorks as soon as you begin the school term.
- Attend any and preferably all of the Centre for Career Action (CECA) development seminars. The techniques you will learn include valuable resume writing skills and successful interviewing strategies.
- Research thoroughly your prospective employers at CECA.
- Re-acquaint yourself with the Career Development eManual before the interview process begins.
Graduating on time
Students sometimes find that they cannot graduate when they expected because they have not met their plan or program requirements for their degree. Please read over your degree requirements to prevent this situation from occurring.
We encourage you to become familiar with your academic requirements at an early stage of your academic career.
You must satisfy all core requirements in order to graduate from any plan in the Faculty of Mathematics. These consist of degree requirements and core courses that must be taken.
A full list of these requirements can be found in Table I and Table II of the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.
Here are some points to keep in mind:
Plan your time effectively
It is not uncommon for students to encounter academic difficulties when making the transition from high school to university. If you are prepared for the challenges, you will enjoy a smoother transition.
Getting into the rhythm of university life takes time. If you lacked time management skills in high school, then adjusting to university life may be challenging and might cause academic difficulties.
The secret to academic success is to start working as soon as lectures begin, so you do not fall behind. It's recommended that you lead a balanced lifestyle while at university. Do not give extra-curricular activities a higher priority than your academic studies. If you keep up with your homework and assignments you will still have time for social activities.
Organize your time around classes as well as study periods. Schedule review time within 24 hours of the class to help you remember lecture material. In class, remember to write down why certain theorems or formulas are used. Don't simply record the problems your professor presents - it will be helpful later to remember the reasoning.
We encourage you to form study groups with your classmates to learn course material and complete assignments. Be sure to acknowledge their assistance on your assignments.
Counselling Services and the Student Success Office (SSO) offer workshops to help you with career exploration, decision making, stress management, writing skills, study skills, interview skills, and more.
Seek help from the tutorial centres
There are two math tutorial centres located in Mathematics & Computing Building (MC) rooms 4066 and 4067. The tutorial centres can help you with questions concerning your first- or second-year honours algebra and calculus courses. There is also a computer science tutorial centre in MC 4065 to help you with your first and second-year computer science courses.