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Learning Communities

The Student Learning Centre offers students with shared academic goals the opportunity to participate in collaborative, supported learning communities that promote independent learning. 

  • Writing Room


    Drop in at the Writing Room for a 15-minute appointment with a Writing Specialist and Peer Tutor, then continue writing in our space.  Receive help and advice on any stage of your writing assignment.  Participants are expected to bring everything they need to make real progress with their writing, be it a proposal, essay, thesis chapter, article for publication, etc. After your 15-minute appointment, the Writing Specialist may suggest a follow up appointment to provide further support.

    North Oshawa schedule, Student Life Building, The Writing Room, U5-1 (starting the week of September 11, 2017):

    Monday               10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Tuesday               10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Wednesday         10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Thursday             10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Friday                   9 a.m. to noon

    No advance registration is needed. For more information, please contact

    Downtown Oshawa schedule, 61 Charles Street, Room 225 (starting the week of September 18, 2017):

    Monday              1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tuesday               1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Wednesday         10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Thursday             1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Friday                  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    No advance registration is needed. For more information, please contact

  • Physics Space

    Physics Space offers a place for students to work on physics problems individually or with a group and receive support from a Physics and Engineering Specialist or Peer Tutor as needed. Registration is not required – just drop in. Please refer to the schedule below for times and locations.

    For more information please contact

  • Math Study Hall

    Drop in at the Math Study Hall to receive support from a Math Specialist. Math Circle offers a place for students to work on math problems individually or with a group while getting help as needed from a Specialist.

    For more information please contact or
  • Conversation Cafe

    Conversation Café is open to all UOIT students, both graduate and undergraduate. Students drop in and meet together in an informal setting at the north Oshawa campus in the Learning Lab, Student Life Building every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and every Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Café provides bilingual students with an opportunity to practice English-speaking and listening skills. Speakers of English as a first language have a chance to meet international students and learn about other cultures. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. No advanced registration is necessary – just drop by anytime.

    If you need further details, please contact or call 905.721.8668 ext. 6578.


Have you completed your research and are now writing chapters of your thesis? Want an environment where you can write distraction-free and make significant progress? Thesis Writing Boot Camp is for you!

Over three consecutive days, the Thesis Writing Boot Camp will give you a productive, distraction-free work environment and space to make significant progress with your writing. We will also provide you with the opportunity for at least one individual session with a Writing Specialist, which will help you develop the strategies to become a more skillful writer. There will also be short input sessions that will equip you with techniques to help motivate you to continue with your writing.

The boot camp is strictly limited to 20 participants.

All PhD students who participate in Thesis Writing Boot Camp will be entered into a draw for an all-expenses-paid trip to a five-day thesis writing retreat offered by Queen’s University. Two UOIT PhD students will participate in the Lake Shift writing retreat, along with doctoral candidates from across Ontario. Not to worry master's students, we will have some great prizes on hand for you too!

Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11, 2017
Campus Ice Centre meeting room

Tuesday, May 9 Wednesday, May 10 Thursday, May 11
9 a.m.

Welcome and introductions



Tips from Dr. Brad Easton


Tips from a grad student

Noon Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:45 p.m. Writing Writing Writing
2:15 p.m. Wellness break Wellness break Wellness break
2:30 p.m. Writing Writing Writing
4 p.m. Closing activity Closing activity Closing activity
  • Wellness breaks: Facilitated by mindfulness and wellness experts on campus.
  • Lunch is provided, as well as beverages and snacks throughout the day.

Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11, 2017
Campus Ice Centre meeting room

We have reached capacity for Thesis Writing Boot Camp but we still encourage you to register as we are maintaining a wait list.

Register now

There is no charge for this event; however, a non-attendance fee of $50 will apply if you register but do not attend.

  1. Talk to your supervisor; he or she can help you decide if you are ready to take this opportunity to focus on your writing. 
  2. Identify the section(s) on which you will focus.
  3. Collect and organize in advance all the materials (e.g., notes, drafts, data, charts) that you will need over the three days. 
  4. Think about the areas in which you would like specific help during your 1:1 session with a Writing Specialist.
  5. Check if your schedule allows you to be available throughout the three days. A Supervisor’s Consent Form will be required in order to complete your registration.

Please note: The boot camp is for writing, not for further reading or research. You will be expected to commit to each of the three days, to be punctual and to reserve Internet use and texting for lunch breaks. We want you to make serious progress with your writing!

If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Boot Camp, please contact
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