Transition Program

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SAS Transition Program

Our transition program is comprised of three components:

Summer Transition Series: We offer weekly orientation sessions throughout the summer to help prepare you for the year (how to activate accommodations, book tests, our services and supports). During Welcome Week, we partner with Student Success Centre to offer several workshops throughout the week to help you prepare for university life.

MacSTART Program (Formerly known as the Ally Program): Start your year off right: meet a mentor, a peer with a disability, or another first year student to help with the transition into university. Get matched one-on-one and receive guidance on navigating SAS and the campus, connecting socially, and/or developing skills such as time management. There are three levels of assistance available: weekly/biweekly, monthly, and drop-in (for drop-in support, there is no application required). To request a MacSTART volunteer, speak with your SAS Program Coordinator or fill out the “Request a MacSTART Volunteer Form”.

Events: We offer regular social and academic events throughout the year and partner with various supports and groups on campus to help build your network. Past events include games night, murder mystery dinner and pre-exam wellness. Follow us on Facebook or check out website for event updates.


Summer Transition Series:

Student Summer Orientation Sessions

Not sure how the accommodations process will change for you from high school to university? Looking to learn how to book tests, activate accommodations, view your timetable and access course sites? Interested in learning about all the supports SAS has to offer? This orientation will cover the basics on how to implement your accommodations and transition into university.

All sessions have now concluded, however, individual sessions are still being offered! If you are interested in booking one, please email sastransition@mcmaster.ca

 

Parent/Guardian Orientation Sessions

Are you the parent or guardian of a new student who is registered with SAS? Do you wish you knew more about the accommodations process? Would you like to learn how to support your student with the transition into university? Our parent/guardian sessions are run concurrently with our student orientation sessions

All sessions have now concluded, however, individual sessions are still being offered! If you are interested in booking one, please email sastransition@mcmaster.ca

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Welcome Week Workshops

 

SAS SESSION

Monday August 27th 2:30pm – 3:30pm (TSH 120) – Supports for Students with Disabilities

Are you a student with a disability interested in learning about academic accommodations? This session will review the accommodations process including registering with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). This orientation session will also review supports available through Student Accessibility Services and other student support services on campus.

Please email sastransition@mcmaster.ca for any accommodation requests.

 

SSC/SAS WORKSHOPS

This Welcome Week, SAS will be partnering with Student Success Centre (SSC) to host several workshops throughout the week.

 

Monday August 27th

How to Get Involved (Student Panel)  (CNH 104)
Were you a leader in high school? Want to start now? Whether you’re a new or experienced leader, there are different ways to get involved and make an impact at McMaster. Presented by a panel of student leaders, this session will introduce the benefits of getting involved at Mac and what opportunities are available in first year.

*For students with disabilities, this session will feature students registered with SAS

Note-Taking for University (CNH 104)
This workshop will prepare you for university lectures by introducing a variety of effective note-taking strategies. With real examples you will learn how to actively listen for key points and summarize main ideas, preparing more meaningful and effective study notes.
*for students with disabilities, this session will cover information about learning strategies
**This session includes a mock lecture by Dr. Geraldine Voros.

Tuesday August 28th 

Note-Taking for University (CNH 104)

Wednesday August 29th 

Note-Taking for University (CNH 104)

Thursday August 30th 

Note-Taking for University (CNH 104)

Friday August 31 

Using the Libraries (TSH 120)

Think libraries are just for reading? Think again! As you start university, libraries will become your home away from home. But how do you use them? What are the untold secrets of McMaster Libraries? Come to this session to find out what the libraries have to offer and how to be a library pro.

*For students with disabilities, this session will cover information about Library Accessibility Services

Communicating with Professors (CNH 104)

Scared to talk to a prof? Unsure how to email? As a university student, you will need to visit office hours, ask questions, and send emails, and you need to do all of these things appropriately. Come hear from a panel of McMaster faculty as share their advice for professor communication.

*For students with disabilities, this session will cover communicating about academic accommodations

Note-Taking in University (CNH 104)

 

There are also several other workshops available with SSC Academics to help support your transition into university.

For more information on the Welcome Week Workshops, please visit the SSC Welcome Week page.


MacSTART Program (Formerly known as the Ally Program):

Start your year off right: meet a mentor, a peer with a disability, or another first year student to help with the transition into university. Get matched one-on-one and receive guidance on navigating SAS and the campus, connecting socially, and/or developing skills such as time management. There are three levels of assistance available: weekly/biweekly, monthly, and drop-in (for drop-in support, there is no application required). To request a MacSTART volunteer, speak with your SAS Program Coordinator or fill out the “Request a MacSTART Volunteer Form”.

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Events:

We offer regular social and academic events throughout the year and partner with various supports and groups on campus to help build your network. Past events include games night, murder mystery dinner and pre-exam wellness. Follow us on Facebook or check out website for event updates.

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Transition Resources

The following materials are covered during our workshops. Please contact us should you require the resources in an alternative format.

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Contact

For more information on the transition program, contact: sastransition@mcmaster.ca

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