My First Six Weeks Program

Over your first six weeks at UCalgary, develop skills you will need to achieve personal and academic success throughout your university career. 

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Starting your studies at the University of Calgary is an exciting time, but this adjustment to university learning can pose some challenges. Through the My First Six Weeks program, you will build a foundation of academic skills and learn about import

My First Six Weeks Program

Across the first 6 weeks of classes (September  – October), seminars will be offered weekly, aligned with a key theme for the week: 

Plan - Week 1

Getting a successful start is vital – join us for time management, study strategies and library skills sessions to start your semester strong

Engage - Week 2

You have a lot of support on campus – hear from faculty members, counselors, advisors and staff on how they can help you be successful

Connect - Week 3

Other students have been in your shoes – learn from upper year students the tips and tricks to succeed in your degree

Refine - Week 4

As you approach midterms, it is a good idea to check in on your study skills – learn new strategies and polish what you are already doing well

Balance - Week 5

Finding a healthy balance is key to performing well – learn how to harness stress positively and how to be more mindful

Onward - Week 6

Half the semester is done – take some time to reflect, set goals and look ahead to what you want to accomplish in your degree


My First Six Weeks sessions are open to all first-year students, and provide a space to connect with other new students while you develop your academic skills. We encourage you to attend a session in each of the first 6 weeks of classes, and with a variety of topics offered each week, you can find the sessions that meet your needs. 

Need some support beyond your first 6 weeks? You can book an appointment with an Academic Development Specialist or attend one of our Student Success Seminars, which are offered all semester.

We also encourage students to attend our end of semester event W²rap Up which provides Writing, Wellness, Research, and Academic Support, as well as Peer-Assisted Study Study Sessions. 


Registration for My First Six Weeks will be available after August 13. Sessions have limited capacity, so you are required to register in advance. Please consider your fellow students and cancel your registration if you can no longer attend.