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How can I get a head start as a new student?

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  • How can I get a head start as a new student?

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    Here are a few helpful tips to help you succeed as a new student at Seneca!

    1. Student Centre and Timetable:

    You may access your timetable through Student Centre.  Instructions on how to access Student Centre, your timetable, and other useful tools can be found here.

    Please be sure to take a close look at this before classes start. It may also be a good idea to take your class timetable and add it to your personal schedule or agenda. This will allow you to always see when classes are coming up and create reminders for upcoming classes. This will be particularly useful in your first few weeks when you’re still learning your way around the campus.  Just note that there could be changes to your timetable, so check it often during the first 2 weeks of classes.

    Due to the nature of first-semester classes filling up, it is difficult to make changes to new first-semester student timetables. But don’t worry – starting with the second semester, you will be able to select which sections of courses you are taking and tailor a schedule to your liking based on class availability.  If you have a special circumstance that requires your schedule to be modified, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Adviser to discuss it.

    Full-time students in most programs should have a timetable of five (5) classes. If you are experiencing any issues with your timetable please contact your student adviser. Contact information can be found here

    2. Learn@Seneca:

    Learn@Seneca is the College's one-stop online resource providing access to course materials, the option to look up resources, and the tools to communicate with teachers and other students. Utilizing portal technology, Learn@Seneca is customizable so that students can get just the information that they want. Learn@Seneca is available to all students of the college on-site and remotely. Your courses will only display after your teacher has made them available to students and not until the first day of class

    3. OneCard: 

    Before classes begin you will also want to get your Seneca student identification card, known as OneCard. Seneca is replacing its identity card, OneCard, with a virtual card. More information will be posted soon regarding the new identity card.

    4. Email & User Account: 

    Activating your Seneca user account and email mailbox is another important step for all new students. You will use your student account for many of the online services that Seneca provides.  You are expected to check your myseneca.ca email account regularly (every day) so you don’t miss any important information on classes and other school announcements.

    Tip: Include your name and student number in all email correspondence.

    5. Materials for Classes: 

    In your first week of classes, your instructors will specify any additional materials or resources you will need for class.

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