Academic Advising & Study Skills Appointments

 

Academic Advising Appointment

Meet with an Academic & Learning Strategist to:

  • Develop your academic plan to graduation
  • Review your course selection in relation to completing program and degree requirements
  • Assess your learning and life management skills
  • Develop study strategies to improve you academic performance
  • Discuss academic standing, GPA, academic regulations issues, integrity concerns and petitions
  • Learn about resources and services available on campus

Booking options

  • Pre-booked appointment: book in advance by calling or visiting the AA&CC.
  • Same day appointment: available, in person only, each day on a first come first served basis in the AA&CC.
  • Drop-In: for a quick question, you can drop in for a 10 minute session. Call or visit the AA&CC for availability as it varies throughout the year.
  • Online: for general inquiries, you can use our contact form.

Preparing for your Academic Advising appointment

It's important to be prepared for your appointment to make the best use of your time with the Advising & Learning Strategist.

  • Think about topics you want to discuss and write them down so you don’t forget them in the moment
  • Bring paper and a pen as you will be responsible for taking notes
  • Remember to bring relevant information with you, based on the topic you wish to discuss:

    Degree Planning (bring the following, if they apply):

    • Program exception forms or emails from program supervisors
    • Transfer credit assessment letter
    • A completed 12 Distinct Credits worksheet [PDF - 537 KB] if you are applying the same courses for more than one program (this can occur when you are completing 2 majors or 1 major and 2 minors)
    • Calendars you are following to complete your program(s). For more information, refer to the regulations concerning programs of study.
    • Check the prerequisites and exclusions of the courses you completed prior to the appointment. If you have taken courses out of order or taken courses that are listed as exclusions, they will be considered as extras (may be used to satisfy program requirements but will not count towards your degree requirements)
    • Your current “plan” to graduation, review the calendar and make note of your course options for program and degree requirements

    Study Skills

    • If you want to develop your note-taking skills, bring a sample of your current notes
    • If you want to develop your reading skills, bring a sample of your readings
    • If you want to improve your time management, bring information such as, your class schedule, work schedule, extra-curricular commitments, etc.

Study Skills

Boost your academic confidence and gain strategies to improve your academic performance.

Academic & learning strategists and study skills peer coaches are here to help you with:

  • Study strategies to ace your tests
  • Multiple choice and essay questions
  • Time management
  • Memory and concentration
  • Reading and note taking

Bring your textbooks, notes, syllabus, and other course material to receive hands-on help.

1-1 Study Skill Peer Coaching Appointments

For one-on-one study skills coaching sessions, log into CLNx and book a 1-1 appointment.

clnx.utoronto.ca>Appointments>Book UTSC Peer Appointment>AA&CC Peers – Study Skills

Students said:

"Very comfortable set-up...it's great knowing someone is there when you need them”

"Study skills peer coaching centre is very useful and convenient...flexible schedule"

"The 1-on-1 counselling is very effective...peers can relate to my problems"

"It's easier talking face-to-face...helped give me focus and direction"

Meet Your Peer Coaches

 

Bilal

Program: Neuroscience Specialist & French Minor 

Study Tip: Review your notes after every lecture to identify any learning gaps. Eliminate those gaps by seeking help from your peers, instructors, campus services or online resources. Then, create a one-stop study guide for each of your courses. Compile all your lecture and reading notes into a single, flowing document. Update it every week so you don’t cram before exams! This way, you’ll have all the info you need to conquer any cumulative final at the end of the semester.

Favourite Study Spot: Home, but also on the brown benches in the Library 

Fun Fact: I speak four languages.

 

Taqwa

Program: Political Science, Public Policy, and Sociology 

Study Tip: Be consistent with completing your readings before class and use active reading strategies to help you comprehend and retain what you have read. Attend every lecture and close your social media tabs so that you can take thorough notes without being distracted. Start your assignments in advance, use the writing centre to get feedback on your work, and speak to your professors or TAs when you’re unsure about assignment guidelines. Remember that university is a learning curve; it’s normal and okay to make mistakes as you’re faced with new challenges, but it’s important to learn from your mistakes and try to improve. 

Favourite Study Spot: The top floor of the library, where there is sunlight. 

Fun Fact: If you see me on campus, there’s a 90% chance I have a coffee in my hand. 

 

Yasamin

Program: Immunology and Health Policy

Study Tip: Know yourself and predict situations that cause distraction. Then find specific strategies to actively avoid them. Dedicate set blocks of time to either studying (be specific about the task), extracurriculars or relaxing and call yourself out on haphazard studying that involves multitasking.

Favourite Study Spot: My local library 

Fun Fact: I have a phobia of cats (furreal)