Happy New Year! It’s been a nice cozy winter break. Now that you have warmed up by the fire with a nice warm drink, and are well-rested from the holiday season, it’s time to get prepped and refresh yourself for the brand new year ahead of you! Let’s take all that momentum from the break, and put it into making this school year one of the best ones yet!

Here are 4 Things You Should Do To Prep For Your Classes:

  • Re-read the course syllabus

If you are taking a full-year course, you should know that the second term won’t be an exact copy-paste from the first. The best thing to do is to reread your course syllabus to make sure you are on track. Sometimes there may be readings or little things you may have missed. So make sure you are starting the year on the same page as everyone else. You could also be ahead of the game and do some additional reading for the term ahead and take some stress off of your workload. It never hurts to be prepared!

If you are taking a new half term course, don’t worry if the professor has not uploaded the syllabus early. If you do want to be ahead of the crowd though, you could always ask the Registrar’s Office. They may be able to provide a copy.

  • U of T Library Resources:  

Your instructor may have included links to U of T Libraries in your Quercus course. These links will take you to U of T’s online library and show you the materials you may be asked to read or prep for the lectures with. If you don’t have time to thoroughly go through them, just do a quick skim to know the content you will be focussing on.

  • Error messages

You may be on top of your courses already, but when the click on the course links you may get a message that says “Unauthorized” or “Page Not Found”.  In this case, I would advise you to take a look at the error messages you may be encountering and look at the root of the problem.

  • Notification Settings

The best way to stay on top of your new year is to know exactly when things are updated. Check out the Quercus notification settings you can activate to ensure you don’t miss a thing!


Now you know the four top tips to make sure you are prepped and ready for the new year and season ahead of you. Let’s take all that refreshed energy from the break and put it into doing our best at these courses!