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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Uni Life Hacks

Take part in our diverse programming to get engaged, stay informed, learn how to navigate university life, and more. This is a great chance to connect with friends, peers, faculty and staff to share, discuss and learn.

Please check back frequently as more sessions will be added!

Fall 2023 schedule

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Program Description Further instructions

Various sessions between Sept. 11 and Oct. 5

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Listening Sessions

Listening sessions and feedback opportunities to create safe spaces for our Ontario Tech community to share and to support us in shaping an inclusive culture we can all be proud of.

Offered by Ruth Nyaamine, Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. 

Only one session will be applied to the Take 5 program. 

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September 26

1 to 2 pm

APA in a Nutshell

This short session is for students unfamiliar with APA 7th edition, or those who would like a refresher on the basics. We will cover the general paper format and the basics of in-text citations and references. The session will be interactive with a variety of hands-on activities that will make a relatively dry topic come to life.

Offered by Dr. Laura Morrison, Faculty of Education.

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September 27

6 to 7 pm

Introduction to Zotero - Reference Management Workshop

Get familiar with Zotero's interface, installation, and basic features. Learn how to set up your Zotero account and synchronize it across multiple devices for seamless research management. Learn how to use Zotero's citation generation tools to create citations in various citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) in Microsoft Word, and for journal articles, websites, etc. We'll also explore how to create bibliographies and in-text citations with just a few clicks. By the end of this workshop, you'll have the knowledge and skills to harness Zotero's full potential, making your research management more efficient for your academic writing.

Offered by Farzana Balapatel, Faculty of Education.

Participants should download and install Zotero before attending this session. 

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September 29

1:30 to 2:30 pm

How to use Grammarly

This session is to introduce students to using GrammarlyPRO. The main topics covered will be 1) how to download it from the student software portal and sign up, 2) how to use Grammarly critically to support your writing, 3) setting up Grammarly for writing in APA, and 4) tips and tricks to get the best out of it.

Offered by Hannah Atkinson and Dr. Diane Tepylo, Faculty of Education


You do not need to download GrammarlyPRO before the session, but if you do, you’ll be able to follow along with some of the set up tips and tricks. 

Note that when you sign up, use your email account to access your PRO account at no additional charge (it’s included in your fees in FED and FSSH tuition).

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October 2

1 to 2 pm

Upgrade Your Rice Krispie Squares Game

Making the same Rice Krispie Squares since you were a kid?  Join Sharon Lauricella, Professor in Communication and Digital Media Studies to up your game. You’ll finish with a new recipe and your friends will think you’re the late-night kitchen hero. 

Offered by Dr. Sharon Lauricella, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.


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All attendees will be sent a list of (cheap!) ingredients that can be purchased at your local discount supermarket chain, as well as the link to join the session. 

November 6

11 am to 12 pm


November 7

12 to 1 pm

Exam Prep Strategies

Exams are coming up soon and, for many students, this can be a time that is filled with stress and anxiety. However, with the knowledge of a few evidence-based study strategies and stress management techniques, students can minimize stress, study effectively, and feel more confident in their abilities. In this workshop, students will learn organizational strategies and tips for managing their exams.

Offered by the Student Learning Centre

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Only one session will count towards Take 5.