Some links you want to familiarize yourself with – blogUT

It’s the age of the internet and although egregious procrastinating is one of the various ways you can use the internet, don’t forget that it’s a very important tool for your classes and research. Here are a few links you want to know about.

If you don’t know this website, then you’ve been living under a rock. Or you don’t go to U of T. Or something strange. In any case, I’d just like to point out the degree navigator which can be accessed in the sign in box right underneath where you sign in for ROSI. This tool can tell you your degree requirements and there’s another function that helps you visualize your degree. It shows you what courses you’re taking or have taken and what requirements you’ve fulfilled or haven’t fulfilled yet. Useful stuff. One of the few flaws of it is that transfer credits don’t show up so if you have high school credits or credits from an exchange, don’t worry if you don’t see them in the degree navigator.

You would think that by now, more people would know about this link. I’ve seen 4th year friends go through a long process involving  to access the login page for their UTORmail and I’ve never understood it. (In fact, I think the reason why people use the long way to access UTORmail is because upper years don’t know about this link and therefore teach froshies to use the link. ) Using common sense back in first year, I found this link and have never gone back to going back to the long UTORid sign-ins.

Rather than going through the U of T libraries website or the main UToronto website to access blackboard, this link will connect you right to a page which has a little icon saying “log-in to portal”. However, I usually log into my UTORid via webmail first (because I usually check my e-mail before going to portal) so when I type in that link, I go straight to my blackboard.

This is your friend, the library catalogue. You can check your due dates and renew books online here.

The official webpage of U of T. Exam dates, general information on GPAs and other information can be found here. After looking for grad school information for other universities, I can tell you that like other universities, the U of T official website can get really confusing. Consequently, sometimes, the best way to find something is to just do a search for it in the search bar on the top right corner.

Students at U of T pay for health and dental insurance coverage in their tuition fees. However, if you or your parents are covered under another plan from work or other circumstances, you can opt-out and get the money you paid for insurance refunded. For full-time undergraduate students at the St. George and Mississauga campus, the link above is what you use to opt-out. You will need some information (mostly plan identification numbers) on your insurance plan in order to opt-out. The process takes about 10 minutes and you will get a cheque for about $200 or so in April or May. If you are a student at another campus, a part-time student or a graduate student, check ROSI for your respective opt-out links.

The Arts and Science Union website has information on course unions (a union of students representing students of a certain department or PoSt) and it also has an electronic copy of the anti-calendar, the booklet with students’ evaluation of courses.

The UTSU is the University of Toronto Student Union that represents most students at U of T.

The Toronto University Student’s Book Exchange is a great way to buy and sell textbooks at a discount price. The service is free and easy to use!

Anyways, that’s it for now. Please tell me if I forgot anything!

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