Helping students succeed one guide at a time

December 1, 2014

Need some math, writing or technical help? The Mohawk College Library can still help! We have self-help Student Success Subject Guides to get you through during a late night study session.

Our Math Help Subject Guide covers topics from all disciplines. If you are a business, nursing or technical and skilled trades student, there is a page for you. Each pages offers a variety of e-books, videos, and tutorials to help you solve that tough math question. Many of the video resources are free to use online.

Need some tips on how to format your essay? Need to cite your sources using APA or IEEE citation styles? Try the Writing Skills Subject Guide. This guide provides information on grammar and spelling, report writing tips many of the resources are online.  Also included is a section on plagiarism and how to avoid it and a page on how to use the plagiarism tool Turnitin. Turnitin is a tool many faculty use to detect plagiarism in students’ essays. As a student you can use this tool to check your paper for plagiarism before you turn in your assignment.

The Tech Support Subject Guide will provide guidance on using eLearn, ePortfolios, MOCOmotion,  just to name a few. As a Mohawk College student you can download a copy of Office 365 and AutoCAD. Instructions can be found on this guide. Printing locations, wireless printing and printing at the IAHS campus are also highlighted. Instructions for logging into OntarioLearn are included for our distance education students.

These guides are just the tip of the iceberg;  a Subject Guide has been created for most Mohawk College programs. Each guide is filled with links to books, magazines, online videos and websites all carefully chosen for your assignment needs. Check them out for yourself or come into any campus library location for a one-on-one tour of your Subject Guide. We are always happy to help in person, by phone or by text/chat.


Help is on the way! Improved student mental health support now available.

November 8, 2013

Post-secondary students are often under pressure to juggle work, school, and home commitments.  The CBC has issued a special report on the growing number of students facing mental health issues.  The series, Off Course on Campus,  includes videos, questions and answers from educators, counsellors, and healthcare workers, as well as interviews with students and their families.

The Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources for you to discover.  The Self-help resources subject guide includes books, websites and much more to assist you.  If the college experience is tougher than you expected, the book What to do when college is not the best time of your life can offer valuable ways to cope with a variety of issues.  The video, Glass People, is also available for viewing through the subject guide.  It was produced by two students in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and illustrates college-age anxiety and the great value of finding professional help.

Mohawk College offers free and confidential counselling services to its students who are experiencing personal problems that are getting in the way of their academic success. Counsellors assist students with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, financial issues, relationships, addictions, and so much more.  If you feel you need some extra help, make an appointment to see a counsellor by contacting your local campus.  The Learning Support Centre offers math and writing support, as well as tutoring sessions; visit their web page for more details.


The Progress Bar Explained in Animation

October 10, 2013

Have you ever wondered what is really going on when that progress bar is stopping and starting? Check out this clever animation by Vimeo user Vincent Broquiare. Thanks to Boing Boing for pointing us to this one: http://boingboing.net/2013/10/08/progressbar-a-short-film.html


The most important decision of your life!

September 10, 2013

 your careerChoosing a college program … and ultimately a career… is a daunting task.   Have you chosen to follow in the footsteps of a parent or sibling or friend?  Will you find the same passion for the program or career as they have?  Is there something else out there that might be perfect for you?  So much to consider!

College programs have changed a whole lot over the last many years.  Take a gander at Mohawk’s list of full-time offerings and you’ll see some occupational titles I’ll bet you haven’t heard of before: Concurrent Disorders, Non-Destructive Evaluation, Motive Power.  Check out our Continuing Education catalogue and the list of cutting edge possibilities grows further (Forensic Mental Health, Bereavement Support, Tea Sommelier!).CEcalendar

If your main educational goal is to acquire skills and knowledge that will result in a job, make sure you choose the right field.  Check out this list of recent reports and articles which identify Canada’s hottest occupations and how to position yourself to get one of those jobs.  Try SokanuIt’s a new Canadian website designed to match your passions with a career field.  Prefer the personal touch?  Make an appointment with one of Mohawk’s great counsellors for some career clarification!


50 Best Websites 2013

May 21, 2013

Keeping up-to-date with new websites can be an impossible task; however, sites like Time.Com’s Tech List  page can help you keep current.  Their 2013 list of the 50 best websites, advertised as their “annual salute to sites and services that keep you entertained and informed, save you time and money — and maybe even change your life”, can be found here.

Have you discovered a really cool website?

What’s your new favourite?


Make your own videos!

June 22, 2012

Check out these links to create your cool videos for free!  Spice up a presentation or add a video to your eLearn course.


Go!Animate – Use cartoons to create a short video on globalization or even your business plan!  Characters talk, use voice over, or word bubbles.  Check out the amazing selection of ecards!


Animoto – Put photos into a cool presentation using funky music.


Storybird – Make adorable stories with beautiful art.  You can even have your virtual story bound like a book!


It’s crunch time, are you ready?

April 4, 2011

to do listIt’s that busy time of semester, when a thousand things need to get done yesterday! How do you keep track of it all? One way is to let some online tools do the job for you. That’s right, there are free online to-do list tools that help you keep track of that growing list of things that need to get done!  Two popular and easy to use tools are:

Workflowy.com:  a free and very basic list-making tool that allows you to make a list and keep it up-to-date – super intuitive too!

http://tadalist.com/: another freebie that lets you create a list and share it too! You can even make multiple lists!

There are loads more tools – check out more at this blog post from Sitepoint.com! And then start crossing things off that list!