How do I get academic support on campus?

There are many ways to get academic help on campus. Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of many of these resources-

  • Professors (or Teaching Assistants) are usually your first stop for any questions about the course content. They are all very happy to help you out with any issues you may have with the topics covered in the course. If you are nervous about approaching your professors, check out this video featuring a few of your first year professors.
    • Many tutorials are mandatory, but even if they are not, tutorials are a great time to get help from your professors and TAs. There is usually time between the lecture and tutorial sessions so you can gather your thoughts on the topics covered in class and clarify any issues you may have with the TA or the professor.
    • Office hours are scheduled hours that professors set aside for meeting and talking to students. It is a great time to ask questions if you are uncomfortable to do so after lectures and can be a good way for the professors to get to know you, and vice versa.
  • There are usually study groups on Facebook for courses in that session that can be found with a simple search on Facebook. Many students post their notes and discuss questions about the course content on the Facebook groups. Be sure to ask your peers for help too since they are likely going through the same difficulties you are.
  • Library tours and library workshops are available to students who want to improve their research skills.
  • Academic Success Centre (ASC) has many workshops and lecture series that can help you formulate a plan for studying efficiently. In addition, if you find that your study habits are not working or you have some other issues related to academics, individualised consultations are available by appointments and drop-ins (first-come, first-served basis).
  • Accessibility services provides important support for students in need of academic accommodation. You can communicate your academic accommodation needs by filling out the automated Letter of Accommodation.
  • University of Toronto Peer Tutoring (UTPT) and other similar clubs that offer peer tutoring services for free.
  • English Language Learning (ELL) is  available for free to all undergraduate students and is designed for students whose first language is not English (ESL or multilingual students). It is a great option if you are struggling with English or just want to improve your English skills.
  • First in the Family Peer-Mentor Program is a program designed specifically to help students who are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education. In addition to the social and leadership aspects of the program, academic resources and supports are also provided by the program.
  • Aboriginal Student Services offers First Nations House Tutors: Support for Aboriginal Students to advise and tutor Aboriginal students. They also offer an orientation at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Each College has their own writing centre and some colleges also have additional resources like math and statistics aid centres

Note: If you’re facing challenging personal circumstances that are affecting your academic performance, feel free to seek emotional and psychological support from U of T’s Health and Wellness Services .

If you need help selecting a program of study, an appointment with either the Career Centre or your registrar’s office can be useful.

 

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