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Parents and families

The Student Learning Centre (SLC) is here to support students along their academic journey. 

How can the SLC help before classes begin?

New students are invited to attend the Smart Start program to ease the transition into university.

Smart Start provides students with the opportunity to refresh their knowledge and develop learning skills in a supportive environment.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Review prerequisite material necessary to succeed in their courses.
  • Develop realistic expectations of university.
  • Learn effective time-management and active study strategies.
  • Meet professors and upper-year students to ask questions about classes.

For more information about Smart Start, please email

How can the SLC help once classes begin?

One-on-one appointments

Academic Subject Specialists and Peer Tutors support individual students in mathematics, writing, ESL/EAL, physics, study skills and many other subject areas.


Workshops are designed to focus on specific topics. Math and physics workshops supplement course lectures by providing students with opportunities to review challenging concepts and practice problem solving. Writing workshops support the writing process and university-level writing conventions.

PASS - Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are for students in historically difficult first-year courses. Through PASS, students have opportunities to review concepts learned in class in small-group settings with interactive activities.

Other academic group support

Many unique help sessions are scheduled to provide students with a space to study or work on assignments where an Academic Subject Specialist is available to address questions. These include:

  • Physics Space
  • Writing Room
  • Math Circle
  • Conversation Café 

Online support

Nool is an online resource developed by the SLC. This web resource provides interactive learning materials that help students improve their skills in mathematics, writing and study skills.

Online appointments are also available to students upon request.

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