prep week

Prep Week

Helping you get ready for your first year

If you have not received your confirmation email that you have been enrolled in the Prep Week course on UM Learn, please sign into the Prep Week course through UM Learn directly.
If you receive an 'ERROR: Not Authorized" message, you will need to self register with the following steps:
1. Log into UM Learn.
2.  Once the course opens, click on Self Registration from the top menu.
3. From there review the options on the page (it will be presented as a table) until you locate Prep Week 2021 (Prep_Week_2021_072021) and click on that.
4. From there, you will be able click on the Register button.
5. 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. 

Prep Week 2021:

We’re currently putting together a week-long schedule full of fantastic sessions which are sure to give you the feel of what being a UM student is like.  From August 30-September 3, Prep Week will help you discover the people, places, and info you need to know, and introduce you to ways you can connect to your new UM community.

Prep Week 2021 Features:

  • Homerooms – Start each morning in a homeroom, with students in similar course.  Get a jump start on connecting with future classmates and meet experienced students who are excited to help you make the most of Prep Week.  
  • Workshops – Develop skills and habits to help you be successful in your studies. Things like time management, academic writing, maintaining wellness, and asking for help, are things that might be new to you.  We’ll give you practical and useable strategies that will help you be your best self.    
  • Special Lectures – Join a real UM prof for a snapshot of what a real UM lecture is like.  Hear from the prof about what they would expect you to take away from the lecture, how to study the content, and how you might be tested.   
  • Faculty Sessions – your chance to hear from faculties and departments about the resources, supports, and opportunities available in their programs.
  • Student Communities – explore and connect yourself to the UM by finding other students with similar interests and shared experiences.  With a student body as diverse as ours, you’re sure to find your fit.       

Register in as many sessions as you want! Customize your schedule to make Prep Week 2021 work for you.

AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 Prep Week schedule

Registration is open!

The schedule below is still being updated with more sessions for you!
Check back regularly and use the link in your registration confirmation email to update your registration if you find a new session you want to join.

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.

Monday, August 30

8:30 - 9:00 | Homeroom

9:00 - 10:00 | Skill Based | Prep Week 101: What to Expect

Not sure what this week is all about? Have questions? Join us to learn about the week ahead and how to make it work for you!

10:00 - 11:00 | Skill Based | Successful Learning Online: ​ Myths, Basics, and Strategies

What are your expectations of online learning? In this session we dispel myths about online learning and provide an overview of online learning basics. Also, we discuss strategies, such as creating a study space, managing your time, and communicating effectively, for a successful online learning experience!

11:00 - 12:00 | Special Lecture | What I wish students knew: an entomology professor's perspective on being in university

What do profs do? Why shouldn't I take that super cool 3000-level course in my first year? Why do I feel so overwhelmed? Dr. Rochon will talk about university-level teaching with examples of her entomology classes and reveal a few things students should know to understand their new environment.

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Faculty Sessions

Introductory Statistics: Your First Look at our Data-Driven World

Come to this session to learn about what people study in Statistics and how it impacts our modern lives. For everyone wanting to pick their first-year courses, we will be addressing common questions and concerns for new students like choosing between STAT 1000 vs STAT 1150 and how to successfully prepare yourself for your first Statistics course. There are many different course and program options in Statistics as well as career paths, that you can hear all about by attending our session.

Price Faculty of Engineering: Helpful People to Know

Students will hear brief presentations from the Undergraduate Associate Dean, the head of Student Services, the first-year academic advisor, and the Faculty awards officer.

They will be introduced to each person, learn about the role they play within the Faculty and how they will be there to assist students throughout their time in engineering. There will also be a short Q & A following the last presentation.

2:00 - 3:00 | Skill Based | Profs are people, too!

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 three profs - Carrie Madden, Andrea Rounce and Ken MacKendrick - who teach intro courses to see what instructors are really like and what they expect from first year students.

4:00 - 5:00 | Concurrent Community Sessions

Arts Student Body Council: Community & Clubs

Join us to learn more about the various communities you can join both within the Faculty of Arts, and the broader community at University. This session will feature several student clubs sharing information about their events, opportunities, and membership. This session will also connect Arts students to the ways through which they can connect with clubs and other students such as the Virtual Arts Lounge Discord server.

University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) - Benefits of Getting Involved In Engineering Student Life

David will talk about what UMES is and does, the benefits of getting involved in engineering student life, and all the opportunities available for students to get involved in the faculty, as well as his own personal perspective and experience as an upper year student. A question period will be available following his presentation.

Hi from SESES! Learn more about ways to get involved as Environmental and Earth Students 

Drop-in and say Hi! We will have a casual presentation and Q&A about life as Environmental and Earth Students and how you can get more involved as a student in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. We will talk about our council, open positions, and upcoming events for the fall. 

Get Involved with the Faculty of Science!

Presented by the Science Students' Association (SSA)

5:00 - 6:00 | Concurrent Student Communities

Supporting Survivors and Building a Campus Consent Culture

An Introduction to Sexual Violence Prevention, Intervention, Education, & Support.

President's Scholars

Tuesday, August 31

8:30 - 9:00 | Homeroom

9:00 - 10:00 | Special Lecture | Biotech bites back - new, species-specific methods of controlling pest insects

In this short lecture, I will discuss some of our latest research on developing new technologies to control mosquitoes and crop pest insects. Thereafter, I will provide students with some strategies on effective note-taking and study strategies, using content from the brief lecture, and then provide advice on how to get engaged with research activities on campus. 

10:00 - 11:00 | Skills Based | Making the most of YOUR First Year Centre

A key component to your success at university is the support of registration and academic advisors.  Each faculty has an advising office, but here in the First Year Centre we are available for all students, and we’re the only office on campus specializing in the first-year experience.  Join Ali, Shaniah, and Thomas as we highlight why every student should visit the FYC and how to connect with us.

11:00 - 12:20 | Skill Based | Writing Academic Papers: Understanding Assignment Instructions

Prepare to write academic essays by discussing example assignments and talking to experienced students about what they have learned about writing at the university.

12:00 - 1:00 | Fitness Break | Get Moving with UM Recreation Services

In this session, Jen will share movement break ideas with a short pre-recorded video and outline the many ways students can stay active at home and on campus.

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Faculty Sessions

Faculty of Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Have you ever heard of the terms ‘Humanities’ or ‘Interdisciplinary Studies’? What areas of study do they even include? Attend this session to learn about the 5 Humanities majors and minors and 14 Interdisciplinary majors and minors offered by the Faculty of Arts. We’ll share what you can expect from your classes, professors and your new Faculty and you will have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. Then, we’ll dive deeper into 3 of our programs: (1) History (2) Women’s and Gender Studies and (3) Philosophy where you will be introduced to: the field and subfields of study, highlights of the courses offered, each area’s unique student opportunities and a discussion of sample careers.

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

We will share expectations, study tips, advice for mathematics and remote Learning with incoming students, resources that are available on campus, and answer their questions.

Price Faculty of Engineering: Student life and tips for success

Learn about the many extra and co-curricular opportunities available to Price Faculty of Engineering students. Hear from current students about the different groups, teams, competitions within the faculty as well as tips for transitioning to university life and the first-year experience.

Desautels Faculty of Music: Surviving and thriving as a Music student

The presentation will serve as an introduction to the Desautels Faculty of Music and the multifaceted life of a music student.  We will offer strategies for success in both performance and academics. 

2:00 - 3:00 | Skill Based | Let’s Get Acquainted!

Welcome to the University of Manitoba! With most classes online, it can be challenging to meet people and to get to know new friends and colleagues. In this session, we will explore methods for staying connected and building community while learning remotely. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Reaching out and getting acquainted
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of communicating online
  • Maintaining friendships remotely
  • Opportunities to get involved in university life

3:00 - 4:00 | Skill Based | Financial Aid & Awards – Money Matters

In this presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of securing funding for your academic journey.

4:00 - 5:00 | Concurrent Community Sessions

University - A Time to Explore Life's Big Questions: Spiritual Health and Inter-Faith Engagement

University education is not limited to the lecture hall, or these days, the virtual class room.  It does not merely result in a degree or a transcript.  It also isn't about simply acquiring professional knowledge and skills.  University, rather, is a first-rate 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 this aspect of education, and its relevance to spiritual health. *This session runs from 4:00 - 6:00.

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.

Students helping Students, how the U1SC helps first year students

Navigating your first year can be a challenge. Whether it be general advice, university related questions, having a safe space to meet other students or simply being a group of friendly faces to talk to the University 1 Student Council is here to help. We are a group of driven students that typically range from first year students up to third year. With our wide range of personal knowledge and experiences we are able to assist students in ensuring they get the most out of their university experience. Join us on Tuesday August 31 at 4pm to learn more about who the U1SC is, what we do and how you can get involved (and the perks associated with being in student politics).

5:00 - 6:00 | Concurrent Community Sessions

The Women's Centre

In this presentation, we introduce you to the women's Centre, give some background and information about us. We also talk about different resources for women both on and off campus. We also talk about how and when we meet as a group.

Get Involved with UMSU!

Learn about the basics of the students' union, and how you can become more involved on campus, access services and resources, and make the most of your year at the University of Manitoba!

Wednesday, September 1

8:30 - 9:00 | Homeroom

9:00 - 10:00 | Special Lecture | Why Sport Matters

The Tokyo Olympics just wrapped up, providing Canadians with feel-good stories of athletic excellence and perseverance – and the Paralympic Games are sure to expand the roster of athletes who become household names. The Blue Bombers are playing once again and before the fall is over, the Jets will be back playing before fans at Canada Life Centre. All of this will be achieved despite pandemic restrictions.
But sport is not just a diversion from reality. A global industry providing entertainment to billions, it is also the basis of physical activity practices that contribute to health and well-being. An institution whose history and contemporary organization reflects the power of particular class, gender, and racial ideologies, it is also the site of protests against some of these very ideologies, as the actions of WNBA and NBA players highlight. As the Olympics prepare for a Winter Games in Beijing next February that is already the focus of controversy, this presentation will focus on why sport matters.

10:00 - 11:00 | Skill Based | Time management tips for a successful first year

In this session, we'll focus on time management tips that will help you adjust to online learning at university.

11:00 - 12:20 | Skill Based | Writing Academic Papers: Gathering Information

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.

12:00 - 1:00 | Pow Wow - Drumming, Chanting, and Story-telling

Presenter Bio: Ray “Coco” Stevenson is a traditional Indigenous singer and drummer who has been sharing his talents for over 20 years.  His performances both entertain and teach us about Indigenous culture.

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Faculty 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 offered by the Faculty of Arts. We’ll share what you can expect from your classes, professors and your new Faculty and you will have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. Then, we’ll dive deeper into 2 of our Social Sciences programs: (1) Anthropology and (2) Economics where you will be introduced to: the field and subfields of study, highlights of the courses offered, each area’s unique student opportunities and a discussion of sample careers.

Price Faculty of Engineering: Our Programs

Students will hear 8-min presentations from a representative from each of the engineering programs: ENGAP, Biosystems, Civil, Electrical, Computer and Mechanical Engineering.

Chemistry: Synthesizing your Future

Do you like to understand how things work and know where they come from? Our daily lives are constantly influenced by chemistry. Materials in modern devices like cell phones, aircraft, modern construction and even the clothing you wear every day were made and understood through chemistry. Modern problems like climate change, micro-plastics, and other pollutants are measured, and understood through chemistry and chemistry will be a part of solving these problems. This presentation will introduce some of the important aspects of the chemistry program with specific focus on first year courses and the broad range of topics that students can explore beyond first year.

2:00 - 3:00 | Skill Based | What I wish I knew when I started university

Have you ever wished that you could travel back in time and avoid making some ‘life mistakes’? This session covers key lessons about University life that senior students have told us that they learned the hard way. Trust us, you’ll be glad you attended.

3:00 - 4:00 | POSTONED to Thursday | Skill Based | Entrepreneurship Is A Career Path Too

Due to technical issues, this session has been postponed to the Thursday, Sept 2 at 3:00 pm

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 | Concurrent Community Sessions

Indigenous Community on Campus

We will be discussing the various resources and groups on campus that help our students find their community.

Community-Building and Community Leadership Development

Learn more about Community Engaged Learning (CEL) and the programs we offer this Fall! Our presentation will focus on two of CEL’s newer programs: the Virtual Community Centre (VCC) and the Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP).

5:00 - 6:00 | Concurrent Community Sessions

The Women's Centre

In this presentation, we introduce you to the women's Centre, give some background and information about us. We also talk about different resources for women both on and off campus. We also talk about how and when we meet as a group.

Thursday, September 2

8:30 - 9:00 | Homeroom

9:00 - 10:00 | Special Lecture | Getting Graphic with the Indigenous Representation

This presentation will introduce students to the history of comics and Indigenous representation within the medium. Specifically, the presentation will look at the ways in which comics, as a medium, is being used to help new audiences understand the experiences of Indigenous peoples.

10:00 - 11:00 | Skill Based | Active learning study strategies: How to study effectively from home,  even when you’re in your pajamas

In this session, we'll review active learning study strategies that will help you get the most out of your studying. 

11:00 - 12:20 | Skill Based | Writing Academic Papers: Expressing Your Ideas Clearly

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.

12:00 - 1:00 | Fitness Break | Get Moving with UM Recreation Services

In this session, Jen will share movement break ideas with a short pre-recorded video and outline the many ways students can stay active at home and on campus.

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Faculty Sessions

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences | Unlocking Your Career Potential: Stories from Students

Hear from students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences about their experiences working in various sectors of the agri-food industry, from the field to grain marketing to human nutritional health. Learn about how you can advance your career while studying.

Like Mystery and appreciate Beauty? Then Study Physics and Astronomy!

Scientists study physics and astronomy to understand the fundamental nature of the universe. We will discuss opportunities available to Physics and Astronomy graduates and present an overview of our programs.

Biological Sciences: Exploring a life of possibilities.

Are you fascinated by the natural world around you, or perhaps by the hidden world inside your own body? From cells to ecosystems, studying in Biological Sciences provides students with numerous pathways to pursue their passions and reach their academic and professional goals. This presentation will give prospective students information on the different focus areas in biology, degree programs, courses, research opportunities, career opportunities, and the benefits of being a member of the Biology Undergraduate Student association (BUGS).

Price Faculty of Engineering: Co-op/IIP and Engineering Professional 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.

3:00 - 4:00 | Concurrent Skill Based Sessions

Financial Aid & Awards – Money Matters

In this presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of securing funding for your academic journey.

Entrepreneurship Is A Career Path Too

Due to technical issues, this session was rescheduled from Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 3:00 pm to Thursday, Sept 2 at 3:00 pm

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 | Concurrent Community Sessions

Meet Your International Student Support

An introduction to the international community here at the University of Manitoba. Learn about events and activities that UMISO provides as well as ways to get involved.

5:00 - 6:00 | Concurrent Community Sessions

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!

So you want to be a advocate? Here is where to start.

I'll provide helpful pointers from my personal experience on how students can be active members of the change in their communities.

Friday, September 3

8:30 - 9:00 | Homeroom

10:00 - 11:00 | Skill Based | Get experience, get ahead: the importance of experiential learning in your university career

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.

11:00 - 12:00 | Special Lecture | Why don’t we find dinosaurs in Manitoba?

Have you ever wondered how palaeontologists discover new dinosaur fossils? In this presentation, we will discuss  the best places to find dinosaurs and why we haven't found any in Manitoba... yet. 

12:00 - 1:00 | Jigging workshop with Sarah Shuttleworth

 

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Faculty Sessions

Everything You Didn't Know About Computer Science

Find out what Computer Science is all about. Learn about our courses and our program. Ask questions, get answers, and see if Computer Science is right for you.

The Microbial World

An introduction to the world of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi) and their roles in the environment, food production, biotechnology applications and disease. The Microbiology Major/Honours degree program feature a diverse range of lecture-based courses with strong foundations in microbial genetics and physiology, biochemistry, genomics/bioinformatics, in conjunction with lab-based courses with focus on the development of laboratory skills and techniques. Graduates of our degree programs move on to professional medical programs, graduate (M.Sc., Ph.D.) studies, biotechnology and agricultural industries, food production, government research and diagnostic laboratories.

Price Faculty of Engineering: Questions & Answers

Student have the opportunity to ask questions they may have about the Faculty in this open session.

2:00 - 3:00 | Skill Based | Effective Group Work at the University Level

Group work at a university level can be different compared to high school, this workshop is designed to give new students the tools to work effectively in groups at the university level. Participants will learn key characteristics and strategies for effective groups, participants will analyze common conflicts that groups experience, and identify strategies to avoid or resolve challenging situations.

3:00 - 4:00 | Skill Based | Financial Aid & Awards – Money Matters

In this presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of securing funding for your academic journey.

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 - 2:00pm.

You can reach us for session supports between 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm via email at umessentials@umanitoba.ca

Having trouble accessing the Prep Week 2021 course on UM Learn? 

If you receive an 'ERROR: Not Authorized" message, you will need to self register with the following steps:

  1. 1. Log into UM Learn.
  2. 2.  Once the course opens, click on Self Registration from the top menu.
  3. 3. From there review the options on the page (it will be presented as a table) until you locate Prep Week 2021 (Prep_Week_2021_072021) and click on that.
  4. 4. From there, you will be able click on the Register button.
  5. 5. 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 and can use the course link provided to access it quickly and easily.

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.

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

Registration is open!

The schedule below is still being updated with more sessions for you!
Check back regularly and use the link in your registration confirmation email to update your registration if you find a new session you want to join.

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.