The goal of ECON 1000, Introduction to Microeconomics, and ECON 1010, Introduction to Macroeconomics, is to provide students coming from a diverse range of backgrounds with a foundation in economic principles.
These foundational courses lay the groundwork for the remainder of your degree as an economics major, and for non-majors they provide a rigorous set of economic principles which can be applied to a wide range of issues and topics. As such, the Department of Economics feels it is important that students succeed in these courses in order to encourage future academic success in your program.
Below are resources available to all students in ECON 1000/1010 that support student academic success. Students can review How to Succeed in ECON 1000/1010 (PDF) for more resources.
All students enrolled in ECON 1000/1010 are required to use MyEconLab to complete assigned quizzes and to support them through the course. For help registering in MyEconLab, review the MEL Registration Guidelines (PDF).
- On the MyEconLab website for your 1000 or 1010 course, there is a tab for Micro Chapters or Macro Chapters. Click on it to see a webpage for each chapter of the textbook. Each chapter page contains links to valuable study aids.
- If you are only going to use one resource on these pages, it should be doing all of the Study Plan practice questions. These multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and graphing questions give targeted feedback, depending on your answer, that will help you learn. The adaptive learning software, stops giving you questions on topics that you get right, and adds questions where you need help.
- If you want more practice of test/exam type questions, do the Sample Tests (A and B) for the chapter.
- Many of the questions on the graded quizzes come directly from the Study Plan and Sample Test questions.
- There is also a link to the chapter’s Glossary Flash Cards. These are digital flash cards for testing your understand of key concepts. You can test yourself to provide definitions for concepts, or to identify concepts from definitions.
- Students can post a question to the MEL Discussion Board to receive help from Teaching Assistants.
The Econ Clinic is a space in the Department devoted to helping students succeed in ECON 1000/1010. Teaching Assistants are available to answer student questions or review practice questions on material covered in the course and pertaining to quizzes and tests.
The clinic schedule is updated for every term and can be found below. The Econ Clinic is located in Vari Hall 1059.
ECON 1000/1010 Webinars
Students enrolled in ECON 1000 and ECON 1010 will have access to an optional webinar. The webinars are pre-recorded online tutorials that can be viewed at your convenience. The tutorials will review questions and answers that will be very similar to the questions students will see on graded quizzes, tests, and exams. These tutorials will help students apply what they have learned in lecture and how that translates to solving multiple choice questions.
Information regarding the online tutorials will be provided by your course director and on MyEconLab.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) Sessions
Students requiring extra help or who have questions in ECON 1000/1010 can attend SI sessions. All students are strongly encouraged to attend weekly sessions of the SI program to foster your success in this course. Research shows that students who attend SI sessions regularly have a significantly higher success rate than those who do not. You can access weekly, two-hour, peer-facilitated study sessions to help you compare notes, practice problem-solving, develop learning strategies, and prepare for exams. Trained undergraduate students known as "SI Leaders," who have successfully taken the course before and who re-attend lectures, will facilitate these SI sessions. These sessions will help students integrate what to learn with how to learn so you can succeed in ECON 1000/1010. A schedule of the weekly SI sessions will be available on your course website the first week of class. Spaces in the sessions are offered on a first come basis and will be capped at 30 students, so be sure to build the time for these sessions into your weekly schedule.
Peer Study Sessions
- Students are invited to drop-in Peer Exam Study Sessions throughout the term prior to tests and final exams. Information will be emailed to students during the term.
- Study sessions are facilitated by Vanier College Peer Mentors and Teaching Assistants.
- Students may also visit Peer Mentors during the week for support. Visit their website for more information and their schedule.
Practice, Practice, Practice
- In Economics, practicing questions is an excellent way to learn and remember key concepts.
- In ECON 1000/1010, practice questions can be found on MyEconLab for the chapters and concepts you cover in the course.
- Visit the Econ Clinic and Peer Study Sessions for more help completing practice questions.
Meet Your Instructor
- Course Instructors not only teach students, but act as a support system throughout the course.
- All Course Instructors hold regular office hours during the term to meet with students. Office hours are found on your course outline or in the Department.
- Meet your Course Instructor to discuss any confusion with the course material and ask questions to better prepare for exams.
- Lectures help inform students on course material and highlight important terms, definitions, key concepts, and examples.
- Attending lectures help students remain up-to-date on important course information and announcements.
- Lectures are more than slides. Information is presented to complement slides and provide more in-depth explanation.
- Attending lectures may reduce the amount of studying time needed for exam preparation.
- Lectures are an opportunity to ask and listen to questions.
- Attending lectures helps students learn how to practice active listening, note-taking, and comprehension.