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RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart

Whether you are excited or nervous (or a mix of both!) about your first year at Ryerson, we've got you! We're hosting events, workshops, and other experiences for students and their parents and supporters to help all incoming Ryerson students get ready for their first semester. Our goal with the RU Ready Summer Jumpstart program is to offer enhanced summer transition programming for all incoming students to ensure you are feeling Ryerson ready to be successful as a first-year student.

RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart events and workshops are available for viewing now and the information below will give you all of the details you need to participate! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and sign up for PeopleGrove when the time comes for access to new events and to receive information about the upcoming RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart program.

The fun starts on July 5th, 2021 and continues into the start of Orientation Week on August 23rd! 

Upcoming Pre-Orientation Events

Expand the menu below for more information about upcoming events. We'll continue to update this page with additional events as they become available. Keep scrolling to see events included in RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart

Academic Writing Crash Course

 Tuesday June 29th, 2021 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Feeling nervous about university writing? Need help fine-tuning your grammar and essay writing skills? We invite all prospective Ryerson students to join us for a crash course introduction to university-level writing. Enjoy the long lasting benefits of an intensive and tailored learning experience dedicated to academic research and writing

What to Expect: Navigating Ryerson - Transitioning into Higher Education (An Overview)

 Wednesday June 30th, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Please join us as we introduce you to the nuts and bolts of first-year university academic encounters and university culture, from how to read a course syllabus to communicating effectively with your profs!

Let's Move: Virtual Group Fitness

 Monday to Friday: Various Times (see link below)

Regular physical activity is proven to bolster your creativity, recall, attention and understanding, as well as your mood, sleep and digestion - all critical as our lives continue to be disrupted and we take on more remote learning and work. Join our google docLIVE Virtual Group Fitness classes, external link to get you refreshed and ready to take on your day!

 We Are Ready to Help You With:

A List of Summer Transition Programs

We want to ensure that you have all of the information you need for the programming happening throughout the summer that will support your transition into Ryerson.

Multiple Ways to Experience Our Programming

Considering diverse learning styles and preferences, all of our programming will utilize multiple methods of delivery including online instructor-led learning, self-directed e-learning, and drop-in sessions (if/when it is possible).

Pathways to Guide Your Transition

During RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart, structured pathways will guide you through writing, math, study skills, wellness and community-focused programs to ease the transition into your studies in the fall 2021 term. You can choose to follow these pathways or create your own learning experience! Programming will utilize technology platforms that you will also use throughout your studies at Ryerson, preparing you for life at Ryerson both online and in-person.

Have questions?

Email summerjumpstart@ryerson.ca for more information.

How to Access RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart

RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart is a comprehensive pre-orientation program structured into 5 distinct streams, including, community, health and wellness, math, study skills and writing. When the time comes you will be directed via email to create your PeopleGrove account in order to access information and view the events calendar. 

What is PeopleGrove?

PeopleGrove is a student engagement and learning platform that you will use to access the various learning pathways, view the events calendar and interact with your peers, upper year students and staff. These interactions take place through the use of discussion boards around specific areas of interest (e.g. your program of choice) or through the use of 1 to 1 connections based your personal interests, questions you may have or areas of interest.

 RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart on PeopleGrove

Want to know what we're planning for RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart? Keep scrolling! We're adding new things everyday! For up-to-date access, make sure you register to join PeopleGrove by accessing the link in your email. Once in, you'll be able to see the full event schedule, earn badges and prizes for participation. See you there!

Didn't receive an email and need access? Email summerjumpstart@ryerson.ca

Our Community Ready programs are ready to welcome you to the Ramily by connecting you with current and new students in fun ways. We have discussion circles, game nights, and more. Get a feel for the kind of community you're now a part of and join us!

RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart program begins on July 5th, 2021

Topic Description
Family, Friends, and Supporters Orientation You’ve reached this important milestone. Going to university is a passage marked by change, exploration, growth and self-discovery. Both you and your student will be faced with the challenge of “letting go” as they mature, assert their independence, and step out of the final stages of adolescence and into adulthood. At times, you may be the first person to whom they turn with a problem; at others they may fiercely resist your efforts to intervene. Old expectations and patterns of interacting will give way to new roles, understandings, and ways of relating.

This is where the Family, Friends and Supporters Orientation may be able to help. Throughout the Summer we’ll be hosting several sessions where we invite numerous campus partners to speak to the services and resources they provide to students. Each session will begin with a short presentation, after which we will break off into smaller groups where you will have an opportunity to speak to all of the representatives we have available in the form of a Human Library.
Connect with your Crew: A Friend, A Guide, A Mentor: Discussion Boards Looking to engage online with other new Ryerson students? We've created discussion boards for you to meet new people, connect with staff and upper year students, and have fun. Feel free to join as many or as few of the boards as you'd like.
#RoadtoRyerson: The Online Commuter Guide Did you know that most Ryerson students commute, some travelling more than 1.5 hours, to get to campus? This resource--featuring a fun and educational video and online handout--will provide you with advice, tips, and tricks for making the most of your commuting time and the time you'll spend on campus!
Let's Chat: Navigating University Let's Chat: Navigating University sessions are a chance for you to join us on Zoom and discuss things that are important to you! We'll be chatting about topics including:

- Demystifying the University Experience 
- What Do Equity, Diversity and, Inclusion Look Like on Campus? 
- Programs and Services on Campus 
Let's Connect: Finding  Community There's a place for you here! In this session we'll explore some of the communities across campus that you can connect with and join. Topics will include:

- Race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation on campus
- Societies, course unions and student groups 
What to Expect: The First Year Experience Part discussion and part social, at this event students across years and programs will share their first year experiences and tips and tricks to conquer your first year! Session topics will include:

- Racialized student experiences (July 7, 2021)
- Black student experiences (July 14, 2021)
- Indigenous student experiences (July 21, 2021)
- Experiences of students with disabilities (July 28, 2021)
- Leadership experiences (August 11, 2021)
Student Housing 101 Still looking for a place to stay? In this session, we'll explore on- and off-campus housing options. We'll provide tips about searching for housing, understanding your tenant rights, and maintaining a safe and comfortable living space once you move in.

Our Math Ready courses are taught by our math program specialists in Learning Support and have been specially redesigned this year to suit students needing to brush up on their math or who want a taste of what a first year math experience might be like. 

Topic Description
Self-Directed Learning: Advanced Functions for Engineering and Science Students Take some time to learn or review the Advanced Functions curriculum at your own pace, through instructional videos and interactive practice modules. The content is selected specific for engineering and science students. This does not replace a Grade 12 U Mathematics prerequisite for admission, however it is available for you anytime you need a refresher on high school math topics.
Self-Directed Learning: Advanced Functions for Business Technology Management and Accounting and Finance Students Take some time to learn or review the Advanced Functions curriculum at your own pace, through instructional videos and interactive practice modules. The content is selected specific for students entering the Business Techology Mangement Program or the Accounting and Finance Program. This does not replace a Grade 12 U Mathematics prerequisite for admission, however it is available for you anytime you need a refresher on high school math topics.
Self-Directed Learning: Calculus Take some time to learn or review the Calculus curriculum at your own pace, through instructional videos and interactive practice modules. The content is applicable for students going into Engineering, Science, Business Technology Management or Accounting and Finance.
Self-Directed Learning: Grade 10 Math Concepts Review Take some time to learn or review the Grade 10 curriculum at your own pace, through instructional videos and interactive practice modules. The content is selected specific for students going into Retail Management, Business Management or Hotel and Toursim Management who has to take QMS110 in Fall 2021.
Faculty of Science Step-Ahead Math Course What do Polynomial, Inequalities, Absolute Value, Trigonometry, Functions, Inverse, Limits, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions have in common? They are nine major concepts that are key to success in math courses in the Faculty of Science. Take part in online lectures, labs and one-on-one tutoring as we review these topics.
Ted Rogers School of Management: Math Kickstarter Program What do number systems, scientific notations, exponents, solving algebraic equations, set theory, Cartesian Coordinate System, functions and relations have in common? They're eight major topics that are key to success in math courses for students in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Retail Management, and School of Business Management in the Ted Rogers School of Management. Take part in online lectures, labs and one-on-one tutoring as we review these topics!
Information Webinar for Engineering and Science Students Students will learn about all the different Math preparation programs that are available for Engineering and Science Students in July and August. This session will show students how to access and use the materials step-by-step. There will also an opportunity for students to ask questions about these math programs.
Information Webinar for Retail Management, Business Management and Hotel and Tourism Management Students Students will learn about all the different Math preparation programs that are available for Retail Management, Business Management and Hotel and Tourism Management Students in July and August. This session will show students how to access and use the materials step-by-step. There will also an opportunity for students to ask questions about these math programs.
Information Webinar for Business Technology Management and Accounting and Finance Students Students will learn about all the different Math preparation programs that are available for Business Technology Management and Accounting and Finance Students in July and August. This session will show students how to access and use the materials step-by-step. There will also an opportunity for students to ask questions about these math programs.
Meet and Greet Professor Saeid Samiezadeh Meet and Greet Professor Saeid Samiezadeh, instructor of the Step-Ahead Math Program for Faculty of Science students. The following will be covered during the session:
- topics to be covered
- the learning management system that housed all the course content
- how to access course content
Meet and Greet Professor Margaret Karrass Meet and Greet Professor Margaret Karrass, instructor of the Math Kickstarter Program for Business Management, Retail Management and Hotel and Tourism Management students. The following will be covered during the session:
- topics to be covered
- the learning management system that housed all the course content
- how to access course content

University writing doesn't need to be scary! Our writing consultants are ready to help you understand citations, academic writing principles, and get beyond the hamburger essay. With introductory modules you can work through anytime, live Zoom lectures, and virtual office hours, we're ready to help you!

Topic Description

Runway to University Writing

Wondering what written assignments are like in university? This quick module will give you a sneak peak at the major types of writing assignments encountered by undergraduate students across disciplines and how the writing process can work for you!
What's your point?: Argument and Structure 

Overview

Whatever happened to the 'hamburger essay'? In this short module students will be introduced to the idea of a thesis statement and learn about the key differences between university and highschool writing.


Lecture
Get into an argument with us! Learn what makes a strong thesis statement and you'll never lose another debate.

Virtual Office Hours
Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!

Prove it!: Scholarly Research and Writing 

Overview

The proof is in the pudding...or in this case, the journal articles! In this short e-learning module, you will learn how to make your arguments convincing with the help of scholarly sources.

Lecture
What’s the difference between description, opinion and analysis in writing? In this live Zoom lecture, you will learn to incorporate your own ideas into existing scholarly literature using critical reading, note taking, and analysis skills.

Virutal Office Hours
Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!

Cite it!: The Basics of Referencing and Citations 

Overview

This is all about the “P” word, AKA...plagiarism! In this short e-learning module you'll learn the importance of giving credit to the scholars whose ideas and research you use in your papers.

Lecture
Learn how to properly reference your work in university. Formats like APA and MLA provide frameworks that you will use to credit others' academic work and avoid issues with Ryerson's academic integrity policy.

Virtual Office Hours
Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!

Think Critically About It!: Social Justice and Writing

Overview
Want to write like an activist? Check out this short module to learn how you can incorporate social justice themes into your academic writing. You'll even learn some tips for writing about social justice on social media!

Zoom Lecture
What's the role of identity in academic writing? Join like-minded peers at a workshop where we'll think critically about the influence of factors like race, class, and colonialism on the expectations around academic writing.

Virtual Office Hours
Drop by the (virtual) office to gain insight into this week's topic or to get help with your writing. Any question about university-level writing is fair game!

Let's Talk About It!: A session for students who use English as an additional language Zoom Lecture
Are you a student who uses English as an additional language? Check out this live Zoom presentation for an overview of our programming designed specifically to provide English writing and speaking skill development to students like you. There will be time for questions and answers during this session.

There's so many different ways to learn and study - our learning specialists can help you find what works for you! We can help you understand what to expect in first year, help you practice strategies and build habits for success, and more!

Topic Description
Module and Workshop:

Navigating University: Transitioning into Higher Education
Interested in learning more about how to smoothly transition into university life? Please join us as we introduce you to the nuts and bolts of first-year university academic encounters and university culture, from how to read a course syllabus to communicating effectively with your profs!
Module and Workshop:

Get Ready: University Lectures Prep
Interested in learning more about how to maximize your learning and note-taking strategies in a university setting? Please join us to learn about the top strategies you can master and create a plan of action for before, during, and after your lectures.
Module and Workshop:

Get Ready: Test and Assignment Prep
Interested in learning more about how to maximize your test and assignment preparation skills? As preparing for tests looks different in university, please join us to learn more about how tests, exams, and assignments 'work' and where you can go for help in first year.
Module and Workshop:

Get Ready: Time and Task Management
Interested in learning more about maximizing your time to balance your academics with volunteer opportunities, work or family responsibilities? Please join us to learn about the top strategies for managing your time and energy effectively. We are here to support you!
Workshop:

Be Ready: Creating a Personal Academic Achievement Goal
Interested in learning about how to create and achieve a personal academic achievement goal for this semester? Please join us to learn how to move beyond traditional goal-setting strategies and instead learn how to create, map out, visualize and manifest our goals!
Workshop:

Be Ready: A "How to" Guide on Navigating D2L
Interested in learning about how to navigate the D2L learning platform in preparation for this upcoming semester? Please join us for this informational session on maximizing your course experience by learning about D2L navigation, interaction, and engagement!

Our Health and Active Well-being programs are offered by our partners in Student Wellbeing and Athletics and Recreation and are designed to help support your health and help you build habits and learn new strategies for taking care and for thriving as a student. These sessions will help you to prepare physically and mentally for the road ahead, including weekly exercises and a showcase of student wellbeing services. 

Topic Description
Let's Move: Virtual Group Fitness Regular physical activity is proven to bolster your creativity, recall, attention and understanding, as well as your mood, sleep and digestion - all critical elements as our lives continue to be disrupted, and we take on more remote learning and work. Join our LIVE Virtual Group Fitness classes to get you refreshed and ready to take on your day!
Let's Play: Bing-GO! Switch up your routine with our bi-weekly BINGO game! With a mix of movement and mindful activities to support your academic success and well-being, we’ve got something for everyone! Follow us on social media @RURecreation to access the BINGO cards when we post them.
Let's Talk: Brunch & Learn Can movement improve your academic performance? Join us and talk with first-year students who share their best moving practices to academically flourish in the first year of university in a remote or in-person context! Everyone is welcome to bring a meal to eat as the presentation proceeds. There will be time to ask the presenters questions about the content of the presentation, as well as any other topics.

Let's Move: Everyday Item Exercise Working out ≠ fancy equipment. Watch our IG reels series @RURecreation to learn how to use objects around your home for various exercises! Share a short clip of yourself using the object to do the exercise and tag us!

The Tri-Mentoring Program aims to provide and hold safe spaces for students who identify as part of an equity seeking group to connect and share their experiences. Students will have the opportunity to explore their identity, join a community, and gain knowledge of resources. Working from an anti-oppressive framework, our group mentoring sessions will endeavor to support students in finding a sense of belonging and empowering  students to discover what they need to be successful in their post-secondary journey.

Topic Description
2SLGBTQ+ July 8, 2021
Latinx July 13, 2021
Filipinx July 22, 2021
Mature Students August 12, 2021

For access to the Zoom virtual events, you will need to create a Zoom account (you can use your personal email for this). Links for all of the Zoom sessions above can be found in RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart on PeopleGrove

Family, Friends and Supporters Orientation

You’ve reached this important milestone. Going to university is a passage marked by change, exploration, growth and self-discovery. Both you and your student will be faced with the challenge of “letting go” as they mature, assert their independence, and step out of the final stages of adolescence and into adulthood. At times, you may be the first person to whom they turn with a problem; at others they may fiercely resist your efforts to intervene. Old expectations and patterns of interacting will give way to new roles, understandings, and ways of relating. 

This is where the Family, Friends and Supporters Orientation may be able to help. Throughout July and August we’ll be hosting several sessions where we invite numerous campus partners to speak to the services and resources they provide to students. Each session will begin with a short presentation, after which we will break off into smaller groups where you will have an opportunity to speak to all of the representatives we have available in the form of a Human Library. 

Please fill out the RSVP form, external link to ensure any questions you have or topics/themes you would like discussed are included in all sessions we host. 

 More Resources

What are my first steps as a new Ryerson student?

Our partners at WhyRyerson have everything laid out for you when it comes to activating your student identity, getting your OneCard, and more. Visit the Undergraduate New Students page.

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