Transition Aid for Success

Make sure to check your Acadia student email –this is how the university stays in touch with you.


  • You will get a syllabus for each class. Read it!
  • Make note of the final day to add or drop a course.
  • Create a balanced study schedule that allows you to be well-prepared for exams while still having time for sleep, fun, relaxation, and taking care of your health.
  • Review your weekly schedule: Is it working? Are there things that should be changed?
  • Transfer important dates and deadlines from the syllabus to your assignment calendar.
  • Complete your assignments for each course to make sure you keep up (e.g. readings, problem sets).
  • If you are unsure about the academic expectations, or have general questions about what you are learning, make an appointment to speak with your instructor.
  • Even though your professors may not be taking attendance, attend lectures! You will be glad you did when midterms start.
  • Consider getting a tutor if you start to fall behind.
  • Introduce yourself to other students in your classes.
  • Find a study space that works for you on campus.
  • Get involved on campus.
  • Form study groups with your classmates.
Assignment Schedule
Preparing for Exams


  • Practise calm breathing
  • Make an exam study schedule
  • Have daily reviews of lecture notes
  • Do longer weekly reviews – stay focussed - about 30 minutes depending on your attention span
  • Then do your major reviews the week before your major exam
  • Find a study buddy to practice questions
  • Flash cards are helpful because they are portable and simple


  • Eat before you exam
  • Be there 10 minutes early
  • Before looking at the questions, write down the main points that you remember


  • Read the questions carefully
  • Skim through the exam questions
  • Budget your time
  • Do the easiest questions first and go back to the difficult questions
  • Bring a water bottle


  • Answer the question in your head before you look at the optional answers
  • Read each choice
  • Eliminate the ones that are clearly wrong
  • Watch out for the absolute qualifiers (always, never, all)
  • Trust your gut feeling
Support Resources

Hello, I am Erica McGill, the Director of the Acadia Student Resource Centre. The counsellors at the Centre are available to help you navigate and access any of the Health and Wellness supports on our campus. We are able to assist you in finding the resources that best fit with your emotional, social, and physical health needs. We are also available to work with student-led groups on any issues related to mental health awareness and promotion within the entire Acadia community.  Please contact the Student Resource Centre if would like to know more about what we do.

counsell@ACADIAU.CA 902-585-1246


I am Julie Snair, the Coordinator of International Education at Acadia. I’m the person to talk to regarding any challenges or concerns you have as an international student. Whether it be a question about study permits and visa, Canadian culture, housing, working off campus, changing programs of study, adjusting to the Canadian education system or joining a club or group, I am also available to chat either by appointment or drop in to the Wong International Centre.


I am , the First Year Student Advisor at Acadia. I’m the person to talk to about all your academic-related needs. Feel free to email or stop by my office if you need help with your course selection, and with finding your way around campus. 902-585-1252


My name is Kathy O’ Rourke, the Disability Resource Facilitator at Acadia. I’m the person to talk to if you need help with exam and mid-term accommodations. Also, I can help you figure out whether or not you are eligible for provincial funding for assistive technology or services such as tutors, note takers, etc. Please feel free to make an appointment to chat with me. 902-585-1823


Welcome to Acadia. I’m Dr. Abu Kamara, the Coordinator for Accessible Learning Services at Acadia. I am able to assist you with academic, and accommodation related issues. I am the person to talk to when you encounter challenges with your access needs at Acadia.  Specifically, I can help you develop strategies for improving your learning in the classroom, and for bringing your accommodation related needs, and concerns to your professors. Please email me for an appointment. 902-585-1291 


I am Donna Hurlburt, Acadia's Aboriginal Student Advisor.  If you are an aboriginal student looking for funding, resources or to connect with other First Nations students, I am the person to see.  I work Mondays and Thursdays and can be reached by email.

  • Support: Welkaqnik - Aboriginal Gathering
Space and Resource Centre

  • Club: Indigenous Students Society of Acadia (ISSA)
  • Aboriginal Student Advisor: Donna Hurlburt,