For Classes

  • A pen or pencil (probably more than one)
  • A clipboard with loose leaf paper (so that you don't have to carry around a series of binders)
  • AND a binder with dividers at home, in which to store all of your notes from your clipboard
  • OR a laptop, which can replace the clipboard/binder system. You can bring your laptop with you to class, type notes as you go along and organize them on your hard drive. You could also save them to your ‘folder' in PAWS, where it is less possible that you will lose them permanently.
  • Textbooks can be purchased either at the U of S bookstore, the bookstore online (check out their "My Textbook" section), another used bookstore, or through the student run Buy/Sell Used Textbooks from the U of S Facebook group.  It is a good idea to check with your professor before you purchase a used textbook. Some professors are more lenient about which edition is acceptable and some use online resources that are accessed through a code purchased with your textbook.  Depending on the textbook, access codes may or may not be available to purchase individually. When buying a used textbook, make sure you are getting an acceptable copy and ask if it comes with any lab books or access codes. Sometimes used copies require a little more work on your part, because you won't have the same page numbers as everyone else.

For Home

  • As mentioned above, a binder in which to keep your notes
  • Some students like to have highlighters and coloured pens to keep notes organized
  • A computer to write papers & lab reports and access online resources
  • Some students prefer to have a printer at home; alternatively, printers for student use are available on campus - typically in a library or computer lab. Scanning is free on campus printers.


The University of Newcastle Australia developed a free iphone/ipad app for first year university students. It is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

If you've found this short orientation helpful, you may want to look at these other resources, which go much more in depth about the university experience and offer plenty of helpful advice:

  • Jacobs, Lynn and Hyman, Jeremy. The Secrets of College Success. 2 Ed. San Fransisco, CA: Wiley, 2013. Print.  (Available at the Saskatoon Public Library)
  • Mooney, Jonathan and Cole, David. Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution. New York, NY: Fireside, 2000. Print.
  • Newport, Cal. How to become a straight-A student: the unconventional strategies real college students use to score high while studying less. New York: Broadway, 2007. Print. (Available at the Saskatoon Public Library)
  • Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh. College Rules!: how to study, survive, and succeed in college. 3nd Ed. Toronto: Ten Speed Press, 2011. Print. (Available at the Saskatoon Public Library)
  • Spence, John. Strategies for Success: The Keys to Success in College, Career and Life. New York, N.Y: Diversion Books, 2014. ebook.
  • Stonefish, Brent. Success in Your Students for Aboriginal Students. Owen Sound, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2007. Print