Science Schemes  Newsletter Volume 13, issue 4

New year, new beginning!


  • Get organized: Take some time to figure out how you'll manage your time and how you'll organize all of your course notes/materials. Will you use an agenda? Have you put all of your important deadlines/dates into calendars? Have you set up a study schedule? Have you decided how you'll organize all of your notes?  Don't wait until it's too late in the semester to get yourself organized—it will save you a lot of hassle later on in the semester!

  • Find study partners: Discussing course material with others is a great way to enhance your understanding and clear up misunderstandings. Try to establish a study group that will meet regularly throughout the semester (e.g., once a week, once every two weeks, etc.). See here for some tips on how to run study group meetings effectively.

  • Set a goal to go to office hours: Students who regularly take advantage of office hours tend to do better in their courses than students who do not. Not only are your profs/TAs experts on the subject matter you are studying, they are the ones who will be marking your assignments, tests, and/or exams. Speaking with them can help you deepen your understanding of course content as well as get a better sense of what is required of you for assignments/exams. Set a goal to visit office hours on a regular basis (e.g., once a week, twice a week, a certain number of times per semester). Be sure to go prepared with focused questions. If office hour availability conflicts with your weekly schedule, consider contacting the prof/TA to arrange an alternate time to meet.

The Surrey School District, the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre, and Blackwood Partners are partnering to run a drop-in Early Learning program in Surrey Central City Mall. The program will run from 12pm-3:30pm on Wednesdays. Volunteers will work with youth on activities will include colouring, drawing, reading, toys and much more! Volunteers will be required to commit to at least one semester. We encourage you to volunteer for more than one semester if you can! Volunteers will also need to go through a one hour orientation session. Details:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to with a brief summary of yourself: name, program, any relevant previous experience or training and your expected availability. You will be required to be available for a quick pre-screening interview by phone at a time that is convenient for you.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 12th 11:59PM

Calling all SFU entrepreneurs and innovators!

Pitch your startup idea or venture in front of a panel of industry experts and get the chance to win up to $60K in prizes. 

The Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition recognizes entrepreneurial excellence at Simon Fraser University. Judged by a panel of external industry experts, winning Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize teams are selected based upon the quality of their business concept, current progress and future plans, as well as presentation skills. Participants have the chance to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, gain valuable feedback, and win prizes worth up to $60k!

Applications for the Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition are due by January 21st, 11:59pm.

For more info, visit or contact

The best time to prepare for your future is now.

Register for Career Service's popular Classroom to Career series and set yourself up for success. You'll be guided through the key steps of launching your career, from gaining clarity on the types of opportunities you might want to pursue, to being more impactful in your resumes, cover letters and interviews. Discover how to really leverage LinkedIn and learn innovative approaches to work search that can help you find a job faster.

Registration is now open on myInvolvement!

The deadline to register is January 17, 2018.

Please note that seats are extremely limited, and registration closes when all cohorts are filled. Students with fewer than 60 credits should register for Headstart instead.

See here for more details.

Want to tackle a critical challenge facing our society and planet? Want to identify opportunities to effect positive change? Participate in Map the System and have the chance to win cash prizes and a trip to Oxford, UK!

Map the System Challenge (formerly the ‘Oxford Global Challenge’) is an opportunity for students and campus community members to apply their passion and knowledge about a social or environmental issue, with a focus on deeply understanding the problems before trying to solve them. In teams of 1 to 5, students can build on existing work from classes or personal projects, or explore an entirely new topic.

Registration deadline is January 22 -  

Find out more at the webinar info session on January 12 -


Approaching Events & Deadlines

Jan 3: First day of the Spring 2018 semester

Jan 9: Last day to withdraw from a course with 100% tuition refund

Jan 9: Last day to add/swap classes or change tutorials

Jan 11: Time Management for Busy Students workshop (Burnaby & Surrey)

Jan 11: Managing Procrastination workshop (Burnaby & Surrey)

Jan 12: Deadline to apply for bursary, scholarships, and awards

Jan 16: Last day to drop a course with 75% tuition refund

Jan 17: Improve Your Reading Effectiveness workshop (Burnaby & Surrey)

Jan 18: Structuring Ideas Through Grammar workshop (Harbour Centre)

Jan 22: Study Strategies that Work workshop (Burnaby & Surrey)

Jan 22: How to Succeed in Quantitative Courses workshop (Burnaby & Surrey)

Jan 23: Last day to withdraw from a course with 50% tuition refund