Six essential guides for York students

Written by Deea Deb

Are you looking for tips to help you manage university life? Well, you’ve come to the right place. York’s website has many resources to help you achieve your academic and career goals. This post introduces you to six essential guides you can include in your toolkit for success. 

Student Guide to Group Work

If you are doing a group project for the first time, the Student Guide to Group Work is a must-read. This guide offers you an introductory video and three modules—Understanding the Team, Communicating Effectively and Planning the Project— to help you engage in successful group work. 

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out the Tools & Templates within each section, which offer practical tips and downloadable checklists, activities and templates. 

Student Project Toolkit

Working on a classroom-based or personal project? The Student Project Toolkit offers tips and templates to put your aspirations and ideas into action! The toolkit is divided into three sections: Getting Started, Running your Project and Finishing your Project.  

Pro tip: I was a part of the team that created this toolkit, and I use it for all my work projects. This toolkit is especially handy for organizing club events!  

Career Exploration Guide

The future may look uncertain right now, but that should not stop us from being prepared, and the Career Centre is here to help you with their Career Exploration Guide on eClass! This guide takes you through learning about yourself, exploring your career options, looking for jobs and on-the-job success. It also provides additional resources that can help you in your career journey. 

Pro tip: If your future career is not your focus right now but you want to plan ahead and stay productive, check out the Career Centre's events calendar to find workshops that can help you build your resume, write cover letters, strengthen interview skills and more!  

Mature Student Guide

The Mature Student Guide, offered by the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS), covers everything you need to know, from admissions and transitioning into university, to academic advising and how to plan your future. 

Pro tip: Want to talk to someone about the mature student experience? Connect with caring upper-year mature student mentors who can help you to navigate the services at York, offer insights on how to succeed or just chat. 

Decolonizing, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (DEDI) Toolkit

The DEDI Toolkit was created to support the university-wide Decolonizing, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy. The toolkit can help you learn more about effective decolonizing strategies and how to make our campus, community and world a more inclusive and equitable space. 

A French version of the toolkit will also be available soon, and you can access the content in French by emailing

Pro tip: Want to know what folks who already did the DEDI Toolkit modules are saying about it? View their testimonials

Student Guide to Remote and Online Learning

Some of your courses may be offered online. If you aren’t used to remote learning, the Student Guide to Remote and Online Learning shares tips for studying, completing coursework and accessing York’s virtual resources.