prep week

Prep Week

Helping you get ready for your first year

If you have already registered (using your @myumanitoba.ca) and have not received your confirmation email, please sign into the Prep Week course through UM Learn directly.

Please note: If you have registered with anything other than a @myumanitoba.ca (such as gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc.) you have not been registered and will have to complete the registration form again.

Over five days, check in with your in homerooms, participate in workshops, attend special lectures and faculty led sessions, and explore the many student communities available to you at UM. You are free to register in as many sessions as you want! Customize your schedule to meet your interests and needs. If you are seeking co-curricular record recognition, register in at least five sessions (see below for details).

Next steps:

  • View the week-long schedule below. Identify the sessions you want to register for.
  • Click on the Register today! link to access the registration form. 
  • After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email listing the sessions you registered for.
  • To access the links for the Prep Week session, you must self-register for the Prep Week course in UM Learn. We created this course so that it would be easy for you to locate the links you need to participate in Prep week.

How to self register:

  • Log into UM Learn. Once the course opens, click on Self Registration from the top menu. From there review the options on the page (it will be presented as a table) until you locate Prep Week 2020 and click on that. From there, you will be able click on the Register button. You will have to fill out your information and then press submit. You will be asked to review your information and then press click finish. You are now registered in course! It will appear within your UM Learn. For more help on the self registration process, click here.

  • Note that Monday session links and information will appear in UMLearn on Sunday evening.

Need help?

Not sure how to register or how to access the links to access your sessions?

Have more questions and you want to connect directly with someone?

Visit the Prep Week Help Centre (through Zoom), Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00pm.

Additional help for accessing the sessions

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the session, return to the session within this course and try clicking on the link again. 

If the link doesn't work, depending on the type of session it is - Zoom or Webex - please contact the following for support:

Tech support for meeting platforms:

The UM Service Desk can also be contacted directly for help with university-supported applications such as  UM Learn and the Webex.

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 Prep Week schedule

Monday, August 31

8:30-9:00 | Homeroom meet-up

Student Life Orientation Volunteers

Join your classmates and upper level students for a morning check in before you start your day during Prep Week. Feel free to join us for one home room or attend daily!


9:00-10:00 | Prep Week 101: What to expect 

Student Engagement and Success

Not sure what this week is all about? Have questions? Attend this session to hear from staff and upper level students about the week ahead and how to make it work for you!


10:00-11:00 | Learning online/remotely

Academic Learning Centre

Prepare for online/remote learning with strategies for setting up your space, structuring your time, managing course content, and planning study sessions.


11:00-12:00 | Special lecture: Computing creatively for the good of humanity

Dr. Celine Latulipe, Dept. of Computer Science

Get a taste of what one of our first year computer science courses is like: what it’s like to be in a class and how to program in a team environment. Then I will switch gears to show what it’s like to apply computing to real world problems by presenting you with a computing design problem that demonstrates the complexities of designing computer interfaces that are going to be used by people in the real world in ways that could have beneficial or devastating impacts on a person’s life.


12:00-1:00 | Lunch/break


1:00-2:00 | Profs are people, too

Dr. Tina Chen, Faculty of Arts, and Christina Penner, Faculty of Science

The remote nature of the upcoming Fall term, makes it more important than ever for students and profs to work as partners in achieving academic success. Meet two profs who teach intro courses and their two students to see what instructors are really like and what they expect from first year students.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Humanities’? What areas of study does it even include? Attend this session to learn about the 5 Humanities majors and minors we offer. We’ll also share what you can expect from your classes, professors and your new Faculty. We will then dive deeper into 3 of our Humanities programs: (1) English, Theatre, Film & Media (2) Classics and (3) Religion where you will be introduced to: the field and sub-fields of study, highlights of courses offered, each area’s unique student opportunities, and a discussion of sample careers. You will also have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. Join us for this informative webinar and be ready for your year!


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Price Faculty of Engineering: Helpful people to know

Students will be introduced to key resources in the Faculty of Engineering, learn about the role they play within the Faculty, and how they assist students throughout their time in Engineering. There will also be a short Q & A following the last presentation. These sessions are for direct entry Engineering students or students who are targeting Engineering. Register in one or all five daily sessions.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Science: Department of Biological Science

How can your degree in Biology get you to a career that may not yet exist?


3:00-4:00 | Faculty of Science: Department of Chemistry

Welcome to First Year Chemistry. Question and Answer session with a panel of instructors, staff and students.


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

Supporting survivors and building a campus consent culture

This workshop will provide an overview of consent and healthy relationships, discuss how we can build a culture of consent on campus, and provide information on resources and support for survivors. Presented in partnership by Justice for Women and UofM’s Sexual Violence Resource Centre.


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

Price Faculty of Engineering: University of Manitoba Engineering Society

Join the executive team of the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) to talk all about the student experience in the Price Faculty of Engineering. Hear about some of the excitements and opportunities that await you as an Engineering student, and how you can be a key part of our diverse community. Come and ask questions about courses, clubs, or anything else you may want to know. After a short presentation, the floor is yours for questions.


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

Accessibility meet-up

Students with disabilities meet up to talk about fall term.  A student will share tips to be successful and a staff will provide information about Student Accessibility Services support and programs.


5:00-6:00 | Student Communities

President’s Scholars

Learn what it means to be a member of the President's Scholar Program. University staff will be on hand to provide an overview of the program, answer questions and explore opportunities to connect throughout the year.

Tuesday, September 1

8:30-9:00 | Homeroom meet-up

Student Life Orientation Volunteers

Join your classmates and upper level students for a morning check in before you start your day during Prep Week. Feel free to join us for one home room or attend daily!


9:00-10:00 | Money matters: strategies for success!

Financial Aid & Awards

This session will provide you with the tools for success that you will need to navigate your way financially through your university degree.  Learn how to: access scholarships & bursaries; apply for government student aid funding & and learn what it is all about; keep your university awards & government funding in good standing; and access the many other programs and supports that our office delivers!


10:00-11:30 | Academic writing: Understanding assignment instructions

ALC staff and writing tutors

This series of workshops is designed to help you make the transition to writing at university. The workshops will focus on understanding university assignments, gathering resources for writing, and developing style and voice in your papers. Experienced students will share what they’ve learned about writing papers, and you will have time to ask them questions about writing at university. Attend one or more of the workshops in this series. Each workshop will be different and will offer you additional strategies and resources for writing.

Learn from experts about how to write academic essays. Discuss example assignments and get insights on what experienced students have learned about the faculty expectations and writing at the university.


11:30-12:00 | Train with the Herd!

Bison Sports

Workout like an athlete during this live demo!  Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Bison Sports - Cole Scheller, takes us through a workout fit for a Bison!  Cole and some of our Bison Athletes will demonstrate safe and effective workout techniques that are used by our top athletic competitors!


12:00-1:00 | Lunch/break


1:00-2:00 | Time management tips for a successful first year

First Year Centre

While studying remotely it is important to create a realistic study schedule and stick to it. Learn how in this practical, hands-on session designed especially for first year students!


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Science: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Why Physics and What about Astronomy? Question and answer session with panel of instructors


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Price Faculty of Engineering: Putting your best foot forward 

Get an overview of the rules and regulations for the Price Faculty of Engineering. Learn about important dates, how the faculty is structured, your responsibilities as a student, what to do if you find yourself in academic difficulty, and more. These sessions are for direct entry Engineering students or students who are targeting Engineering. Register in one or all five daily sessions.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Desautels Faculty of Music Session: Surviving and Thriving as a Music Student

Associate Deans Laura Loewen (Undergraduate) and James Maiello (Graduate) will discuss a wide-ranging list of topics including time-management, practicing, navigating academic course work, health and wellness, and what to expect in your first year as a Music student.


3:00-4:00 | Special lecture: Handling conflict effectively

Dr. Lukas Neville, Asper School of Business

Conflict is inevitable: Whether with our group members on a school project, our friends, or our coworkers, we've all faced disagreements, tensions, and arguments. In this session, we'll focus on three key skills that may help you better manage these conflicts when they arise: Diagnosing conflict (what kind of conflict is this?), identifying the root causes of conflict (what is this conflict really about?), and initiating conflict conversations earlier to avoid escalation (how do we talk about this conflict?). Together, these ideas won't prevent conflict, but they'll help you manage conflicts in ways that allow you to move forward while preserving relationships.


4:00-5:00 | Student communities

Arts Student Body Council

Meet with the executives of the Arts Student Body Council and learn about what we do as a council, ways to get involved and our initiatives planned for 2020-2021.


4:00-5:00 | Student communities

University - A time to explore life's big questions: Spiritual health and inter-faith engagement

Is learning simply limited to the lecture hall, or these days, the virtual class room? Should you expect more of your education than a degree or a transcript? University is not simply about acquiring professional knowledge and skills, but an opportunity to develop yourself as a well-rounded human being. It is a chance to seek answers to your big questions, wrestle with the meaning of your life and future, and do so in and with the support of community. Join us for a conversation on the relevance of cultivating spiritual health with other students.


5:00-6:00 | Student communities

Get involved with UMSU!

Learn more about UMSU’s Get Involved campaign and the over 200 student clubs. Find out about how to join and hear first-hand from students who have participated in student life on campus.

Wednesday, September 2

8:30-9:00 | Homeroom meet-up

Student Life Orientation Volunteers

Join your classmates and upper level students for a morning check in before you start your day during Prep Week. Feel free to join us for one home room or attend daily!


9:00-10:00 | Special lecture: Welcome to Treaty One

Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Dept. of Native Studies, Faculty of Arts

Working with Indigenous Peoples effectively and competently in every segment of our economy is the most important skill in Manitoba's future. Reconciliation isn't just a hope, it's necessary. It's also the original vision of Treaty One. You're invited for a frank and factual discussion on the responsibilities we all share and a life we have yet to live.


10:00-11:30 | Academic writing: Finding and using sources

Academic Learning Centre and Librarians

This series of workshops is designed to help you make the transition to writing at university. The workshops will focus on understanding university assignments, gathering resources for writing, and developing style and voice in your papers. Experienced students will share what they’ve learned about writing papers, and you will have time to ask them questions about writing at university. Attend one or more of the workshops in this series. Each workshop will be different and will offer you additional strategies and resources for writing.

Learn how to gather information from readings to build compelling arguments in your essays. Hear from Librarians and writing tutors about how they can support you in the reading and writing process.


11:30-12:00 | Train with the Herd!

Bison Sports

Workout like an athlete during this live demo!  Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Bison Sports - Cole Scheller, takes us through a workout fit for a Bison!  Cole and some of our Bison Athletes will demonstrate safe and effective workout techniques that are used by our top athletic competitors!


12:00-1:00 | Lunch/break


1:00-2:00 | Active learning study strategies

First Year Centre

University course work requires a new set of skills that will help you understand and remember more course content. Learn effective and practical study strategies that you can apply immediately in the fall term.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Arts: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Interdisciplinary Studies’? What areas of study does it even include? Attend this session to learn about the 14 Interdisciplinary majors and minors we offer. We’ll also share what you can expect from your classes, professors and your new Faculty. We will then dive deeper into 4 of our Interdisciplinary programs: (1) Native Studies (2) Global Political Economy (3) German and Slavic Studies and (4) Labour Studies where you will be introduced to: the field and sub-fields of study, highlights of courses offered, each area’s unique student opportunities, and a discussion of sample careers. You will also have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. Join us for this informative webinar and be ready for your year!


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Science: Department of Microbiology

Welcome to Microbiology – A short presentation introducing students to the department and a question and answer period.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Price Faculty of Engineering: Our programs

Are you interested in learning more about the five specializations within Engineering? Attend these 10-minute presentations delivered by a representative from each of the engineering programs: Biosystems, Civil, Electrical, Computer and Mechanical Engineering. These sessions are for direct entry Engineering students or students who are targeting Engineering. Register in one or all five daily sessions.


3:00-4:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Science: Department of Statistics

Intro Stats: a first look at our data-driven world.


3:00-4:00 | Concurrent sessions

Feed your future through the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences!

Let us introduce you to some of our professors, support staff, our Faculty Council and, our great Student Ambassadors. Learn more about the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science programs, skill and career-building opportunities and how to make the most out of your time Feeding Your Future! There will be a 10-minute Q&A session after the presentation.


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

University - A time to explore life’s big questions: Spiritual health and inter-faith engagement

Is learning simply limited to the lecture hall, or these days, the virtual class room? Should you expect more of your education than a degree or a transcript? University is not simply about acquiring professional knowledge and skills, but an opportunity to develop yourself as a well-rounded human being. It is a chance to seek answers to your big questions, wrestle with the meaning of your life and future, and do so in and with the support of community. Join us for a conversation on the relevance of cultivating spiritual health with other students.


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

UM Mutual Aid Community: Students Supporting Students

The UM Mutual Aid Community (MAC) was created by student staff from the office of Community Engaged-Learning, as a space for UM students to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a focus on the needs of incoming, international, BIPOC and students who experience financial need, MAC is a safe space to find a supportive community of students while learning hands-on about community organizing and volunteering.


5:00-6:00 | Student Communities

Supporting survivors and building a campus of consent culture

This workshop will provide an overview of consent and healthy relationships, discuss how we can build a culture of consent on campus, and provide information on resources and support for survivors. Presented in partnership by Justice for Women and UofM’s Sexual Violence Resource Centre.


5:00-6:00 | Student Communities

Connecting with women on campus 

The Womyn's Centre (WC) is an UMSU Community Group that provides a safe, inclusive, and welcoming experience for all folks who identify as womyn, queer, trans, two-spirit, gender fluid, non-binary and gender non-conforming.  We work to challenge the "-isms" that plague our society and the world through various campaigns and events throughout the year.  These "-isms" include racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression that affect how demographics of people access post-secondary education, and perpetuate inequalities in society based on gender, race, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, citizenship status and other factors.

Thursday, September 3

8:30-9:00 | Homeroom meet-up

Student Life Orientation Volunteers

Join your classmates and upper level students for a morning check in before you start your day during Prep Week. Feel free to join us for one home room or attend daily!


9:00-10:00 | Strategies for effective groupwork in university

Student Engagement and Success

Group work is an essential component of many programs and activities at the university. This workshop is designed to give you the tools to work effectively in groups at the university level. You will learn about key characteristics and strategies of effective groups, analyze common conflicts that groups experience, and identify proven methods for preventing or resolving challenging situations.


9:00-10:00 | Student Communities

Meet your International Community Support

Come meet the International Centre and International Students’ Organization to identify ways that they can help you find your international community, connect you with support and meet other international students.


10:00-11:30 | Academic writing: Expressing your ideas clearly

Academic Learning Centre

This series of workshops is designed to help you make the transition to writing at university. The workshops will focus on understanding university assignments, gathering resources for writing, and developing style and voice in your papers. Experienced students will share what they’ve learned about writing papers, and you will have time to ask them questions about writing at university. Attend one or more of the workshops in this series. Each workshop will be different and will offer you additional strategies and resources for writing.

Get ready to write essays by learning how to organize ideas and how to bring out your own voice in your drafts. Ask experienced students your questions about academic writing.


11:30-12:00 | Train with the Herd!

Bison Sports

Workout like an athlete during this live demo!  Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Bison Sports - Cole Scheller, takes us through a workout fit for a Bison!  Cole and some of our Bison Athletes will demonstrate safe and effective workout techniques that are used by our top athletic competitors!


12:00-1:00 | Lunch/break


1:00-2:00 | Special lecture: How friends and family protect us from the biological wear-and-tear of stress

Dr. Ryan Giuliano, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

In this highly interactive lecture, I will provide an introduction to the biological systems that activate when humans (& mammals) experience stress and review how having close friends or family members nearby help us to avoid more negative biological consequences during stressful situations. I will share examples from pop culture to illustrate how people can thrive in the midst of adversity.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Arts: An Introduction to the Social Sciences

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Social Sciences’? What areas of study does it even include? Attend this session to learn about the 6 Social Sciences majors and minors we offer. We’ll also share what you can expect from your classes, professors and your new Faculty. We will then dive deeper into 3 of our Social Sciences programs: (1) Sociology and Criminology (2) Linguistics and (3) Political Studies where you will be introduced to: the field and subfields of study, highlights of courses offered, each area’s unique student opportunities, and a discussion of sample careers. You will also have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. Join us for this informative webinar and be ready for your year!


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Science: Department of Computer Science

Introduction to the computer science department.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Price Faculty of Engineering: Engineering soft skills

Students will get a base understanding of the expectations for working in groups from first-year instructors, how to set goals, study tips and time management skills, student accommodation and health concerns. These sessions are for direct entry Engineering students or students who are targeting Engineering. Register in one or all five daily sessions.


3:00-4:00 | Entrepreneurship can be your career too!

Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship

If you are a student enrolled at the University of Manitoba…We are here for you! Our goal is to support you and help spark your entrepreneurial spirit to realize that entrepreneurship is a viable career regardless of your field of study and regardless of your faculty. In this presentation you will hear what kind of support the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) has to offer students including exciting competitions where students win cash prizes, how the SCCE creates a community where students can come together and support one another in their ventures, supporting entrepreneurial ventures through our Venture Coach Program where no idea is too big or too small to meet with the Coach, and how the SCCE can help connecting students to the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

Learning online in a busy home: A session for student parents

Are you a student and also a parent? Connect with other students who are balancing online learning with parenting responsibilities. Topics for our facilitated conversation: - sharing your experiences - multi-tasking and playing to our strengths as learners and parents - strategies for effective reading, writing and studying for tests - resources for online learners - coping with moments of overwhelm - reaching out, identifying supports You can jump into the conversation at any time during this session!


4:00-5:00 | Student Communities

Meet your International Community Support

Come meet the International Centre and International Students’ Organization to identify ways that they can help you find your international community, connect you with support and meet other international students.


5:00-6:00 | Student Communities

Accessibility meet-up

Students with disabilities meet up to talk about fall term.  An upper level student will share tips to be successful and a staff will provide information about Student Accessibility Services support and programs.

Friday, September 4

8:30-9:00 | Homeroom meet-up

Student Life Orientation Volunteers

Join your classmates and upper level students for a morning check in before you start your day during Prep Week. Feel free to join us for one home room or attend daily!


9:00-10:00 | Special lecture: The science of sedentary behaviour: How sitting less and moving more can improve health and academic achievement

Dr. Navjot Pachu, Applied Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

High levels of sedentary behaviour, or simply sitting too much, is an independent risk factor for a variety of negative health outcomes. As a fledgling undergraduate student, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will likely find yourself sitting for prolonged periods of time each day (e.g., studying, using a computer, using a cell phone, watching television). In this presentation, we will discuss the science of sedentary behaviour, specifically the concept, health risks, and benefits of sitting less and moving more. You will also learn about some exciting research that I completed as part of my PhD that sheds light on University of Manitoba students' perceptions of sedentary behaviour. The presentation will culminate with some tips and tricks to help you sit less, move more, and lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.


10:00-11:00 | Tips for feeling well while studying independently

Student Counselling Centre

This session will focus on helping students in the following areas: 

  • Managing stress that may be created from participating in your first year of university online versus in person;
  • Dealing with emotional discomfort that may arise due to the presence of Covid-19 in the province and the disruption it is causing in our daily routines
  • Understanding that there will be a range of emotions and all of these are normal reactions while learning to study in a way that is new and unpredictable;
  • Tips for staying connected with others while in a virtual classroom; and
  • Reviewing information and resources that may help you while you begin your studies at the University of Manitoba.

11:00-12:00 | Strategies for effective groupwork in university

Student Engagement and Success

Group work is an essential component of many programs and activities at the university. This workshop is designed to give new students the tools to work effectively in groups at the university level. You will learn about key characteristics and strategies of effective groups, analyze common conflicts that groups experience, and identify strategies to avoid or resolve challenging situations.


12:00-1:00 | Lunch/break


1:00-2:00 | Programs, Practicums, and Work-Study, oh my!: The importance of experiential learning in your university career

Career Services, Student Life, Community Engaged Learning

In this interactive session, you will learn how to get involved on campus, the impact you can make, benefits of engagement, and how to harness experiential opportunities with an eye to future career opportunities.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Faculty of Science: Department of Mathematics

Welcome to First Year Mathematics—panel discussion and Q&A.


2:00-3:00 | Concurrent sessions

Price Faculty of Engineering: Questions & Answers

An open session where you have an opportunity to ask questions about the Faculty. These sessions are for direct entry Engineering students or students who are targeting Engineering. Register in one or all five daily sessions.

Co-Curricular Record - what you need to know

You can get formal recognition for all of your learning and start adding to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) before you even start your classes! The CCR is an official document that summarizes each student's participation in university-approved activities that aren't for academic credit.

Three requirements are all that you need to qualify for Orientation co-curricular recognition

  1. Full participation in Prep Week,
  2. Completion of UM Essentials, and
  3. Participation in Welcome Day.

Full participation in Prep Week is defined as participating in a minimum of five sessions. Keep in mind the following:

  • at least three sessions must be a skill-based workshop, a special lecture or a faculty-led session;
  • maximum of two student communities session; and
  • a maximum of two International Centre orientation sessions may apply toward this five session requirement.

Once you register for, attend, and reflect on each of your five chosen sessions, you will have completed the Prep Week requirements for co-curricular recognition!

Register for Prep Week

Please register your selected sessions through the button below.

You will receive another email next week (Aug 24-28) with instructions to self-register for the Prep Week course within UM Learn, the Learning Management System that hosts UM Essentials and your 2020-2021 courses. The Prep Week course will list all of the sessions and their respective video conference links for your convenience.

Register today!

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity. Accessibility accommodations and/or disability related supports are available for all events. Please contact Student Accessibility Services with two (2) working days’ notice with accommodation requests for Prep Week. Contact student_accessibility@umanitoba.ca or call 204-474-7423.