There can be a lot to take in during the first few weeks of classes. Use the checklist below to help set yourself up for a successful first semester. Keep track online or download a PDF copy of  Mount 101’s Your First Six Weeks at MSVU Checklist.

Week 1: Plan (September 5-9)

September 5-9, 2022

  • Read your course outlines.
  • Write down all your deadlines, tests, and important dates in a planner. Tip: Use the Mount 101 semester planner to see everything at a glance.
  • Log into your MSVU email and start checking it daily.
  • Pick up your student ID and UPass.
  • Download the EllucianGo app.
  • Explore the campus and locate your classes.
  • Register with Accessibility Services, if required.

Week 2: Connect (September 12-16)

September 12-16, 2022

  • Create a weekly schedule that includes your classes, dedicated study time for each class, volunteer and work commitments, time for yourself, and any other responsibilities.
  • Say hello to one person in each class.
  • Introduce yourself to your professors.
  • Find out how to get involved at the society and volunteer fair, September 13, 11:00-1:30, McCain Atrium.
  • Join a club or society through the MSVUSU. Don’t see one that interests you? Consider creating your own!
  • Log onto to look for a job on campus.
  • Check out student life events on Captain’s Calendar.
  • Find support as an MSVU student by completing Exploring the Mount in Mount 101 or Mount 201 (transfer students).
  • Find 2-3 places on campus to study and take a break between classes.
  • Attend a class or work out at the Mount Fitness Centre.

Week 3: Study Habits (September 19-23)

September 19-23, 2022

  • Complete Digging into Study Skills and Active Learning in Mount 101 or Mount 201 and find something that works for you.
  • Start breaking down large assignments into smaller tasks.
  • Start planning for midterms.
  • Explore different notetaking and reading strategies in Levelling up Your Reading Skills in Mount 101 or Mount 201.
  • Check out Library resources and the helpful LibGuides.
  • Book an appointment with the Learning Strategist, check out one of their workshops, and/or attend a Supplemental Instruction session.

Week 4: Focus (September 26-30)

September 26-30, 2022

  • Make an appointment with the Writing Centre.
  • Go to your professor’s office hours.
  • Learn more about making writing a process that works for you in Boosting Your Writing Skills in Mount 101 or Mount 201.
  • Identify research strategies and approaches for assignments in Ramping up for Research in Mount 101 or Mount 201.
  • Set time aside to work on larger assignments.
  • Review previous tests, quizzes, notes, and your course outline and make practice questions.
  • Create a study group.

Week 5: Balance (October 3-7)

October 3-7, 2022

  • Attend a Campus Rec event or Mount Mystics game.
  • Take time for yourself to rest and recharge.
  • Create a study and motivation playlist.
  • Look for ways to help manage the transition and semester in Living the MSVU Life in Mount 101 or Mount 201.
  • Find a new study spot on campus.
  • Do something that makes you happy.
  • Take advantage of your UPass and explore somewhere new in Halifax.
  • Support your mental health by making an appointment with Counselling Services or attending a Peer Support event.

Week 6: Assess & Readjust (October 10-14)

October 10-14, 2022

  • Congratulate yourself. You’ve made it this far!
  • Reflect on the semester to date. How are your grades? How is your well-being? What has gone well? What would you like to change?
  • Review feedback from tests and assignments. Identify one change you can make for each class.
  • Discuss your progress with your professor.
  • Identify and use the support services that are available to you as an MSVU student.
  • Review short term goals and revise (if necessary).
  • Revisit relevant sections in Mount 101 or Mount 201.
  • Make an appointment with a Mount Mentor to discuss your semester.