Seven Underutilized Online Resources for Waterloo Students

As a student, there is so much information and opportunities out there that it can be hard to keep track of all that is available to you. To help you cut through the noise, we’ve made a list of some of the online resources that you may not know about — and should definitely take advantage of.

1. CareerHub

CareerHub is provided by the Center for Career Action for all students -- and also alumni – to help you prepare yourself for job searching and career planning.

Accessible with your WatIAM username and password, CareerHub takes you through six sections to guide you through the work search process.

6 headings of CareerHub

If you’re looking to refresh your resume before co-op interviews, looking for a summer job, or even planning your future career path, check out CareerHub.

2. Counselling Services

Counselling Services provides a series of seminars and workshops to enhance and support your student experience. If you can’t make it to an on-campus event, their resources are  also available online and accessible to you at any time.

Coping Skills Seminars include Managing Emotions and Cultivating Resiliency, and workshops include Stress Management and Calming the Panic, which offer practical strategies to help cope with these common challenges.

They even have a big list of self-care activities

You can also check out the Campus Wellness Blog for more information and resources weekly. Some recent topics include social media and mental health, relaxation techniques and wellness podcast recommendations.

3.  The Writing and Communication Center Resources

The Writing Center is a great place to get help with essays, assignments, reports and theses, but they also go beyond academic communications to support a variety of communication formats, including professional emails and blogs. Their online resources are helpfully organized by topic.

COmmunication Center Headings

The Writing Center also offers and Waterloo Writing Works. Both are helpful resources when you’re looking for help with a particular type of writing.

WriteOnline offers help specifically for:

Waterloo Writing Works covers the process of creating a technical report (structure, research, and content) as well as writing style.


Waterloo Students now have access to over 6000 courses online through Lynda. Sign in with your WatIAM to watch hours of courses to build your skills and bolster your resume.


Learning Paths are tailored course playlists that play hours of relevant courses. Beyond programming, they also host courses about music production, photography, marketing and animation.

5. Student Success Office Resources

The Student Success Office provides  workshops and peer coaching sessions for personal and academic development. If you  want an idea of what we cover, or if you want to refresh your memory of key test taking strategies while you prep for exams, we provide online resources to help you develop skills like time management, note taking and test preparation. We also have resources to support life skills and personal development, so you can learn to budget or explore your emotional intelligence.

Online Resources from the SSO

6. Library Resources

The library is one of the best places to study on-campus, but did you know that the library also provides a host of resources online such as:

  • Subject Research Guides – Along with contacting a subject librarian, Subject Research Guides are a great place to start when you might feel overwhelmed with starting a research project. There are many guides offered, such as ones for entrepreneurs and for specific courses like ENGL 109/119.
  •  “Ask a Librarian” chat feature – Need quick help for a problem? You can message a librarian in real-time during business hours and they will respond.
  • Access to a digital library – The Waterloo Digital Library includes the University of Waterloo Archives and the Library’s Special Collections and Archive.

Library Ask Us Display

7. Portal

You may be wondering why the app/website we all know and love is on this list. With great personalized widgets like the WatCard balance viewer, and your Class and Exam Schedules, Portal is a great tool for Waterloo students on mobile and desktop.

Something you might not know however, is that Portal has the Open Classrooms, Computer Labs and Study Space widgets. All are great tools to help you find space to study on campus. The difference is that Open Classrooms lets you search which classrooms have finished classes and are empty, whereas Study Spaces shares what bookable study spaces are free on campus, and Computer Labs shows real-time computer lab availability.

Portal display

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