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Study Skills and Transition Support

Do you want to learn more effective study skills and habits? Come chat with our study-skills experts.

Being a successful student requires hard work and dedication but it also requires developing the skills to learn effectively and efficiently. Our study skills and transition programs will help you to start that process. 

Browse through the menu for details on specific programs.



Study Skills and Transition Support

Book an appointment with a trained Peer Academic Coach to get study skills help.

  • Work on time-management, effective note-taking, test and exam preparation, reading strategies and more.
  • Develop personalized study plans.

Want to work from home? If you want to meet a Peer Academic Coach but can't make it to campus, you can request an online appointment.

Important Dates

  • First day of Winter 2017 programming is January 23, 2017
  • Last day of Winter 2017 programming is TBA

For appointments between May 1 to August 30, please contact the SLS main reception at or 416-598-5978.

Students with the Ted Rogers School of Business

Please note that SLS Peer Academic Coach appointments are for students registered with the following faculties: Arts, Communication and Design, Engineering and Architectural Science, Science, Yeates School of Graduate Studies and the Chang School of Continuing Education.

Students with the Ted Rogers School of Management can contact 416.979.5000 ext. 2435 or email for an appointment with a learning strategist.

Students with the Faculty of Community Services

Please note that SLS Peer Academic Coach appointments are for students registered with the following faculties: Arts, Communication and Design, Engineering and Architectural Science, Science, Yeates School of Graduate Studies and the Chang School of Continuing Education.

Students with the Faculty of Community Services can contact for an appointment.

Book an Appointment

Study Skills and Transition Support

Register for one of our study skills workshops on a wide variety of topics that will interest you.

  • Achieving Focus and Concentration
  • Introduction to Effective Oral Presentations
  • Introduction to Managing Tasks and Time
  • Introduction to Test and Exam Preparation


Study Skills and Transition Support

Join a discussion-based Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) to further build your essential academic skills, or check out our current offerings of course-specific Supported Learning Groups. Students can engage with their peers under the direction of a model student-leader and together develop effective ways to build content-processing abilities.

Engineering Tutoring

First-year Engineering tutoring is available for PCS125, PCS211 and CHY102.

View the Winter 2017 engineering tutoring schedule.

Last day for Engineering Tutoring is April 7, 2016.

Supported Learning Groups

Winter 2017 SLG sessions start on January 23, 2017. 

Last day for SLG sessions is April 7, 2017.

View the Winter 2017 SLG schedule.

This Winter, we have Supported Learning Groups for:

Faculty of Engineering

  • MTH140 and MTH240

Faculty of Science

  • Common 1st year: CHY103, CHY113, MTH131, MTH231, PCS120, and PCS130

Faculty of Arts and Business Technology Management

  • SSH105

Study Skills and Transition Support

Fresh Start is the Student Success Program designed for students who have been 'Required to Withdraw' from their program of study. It is designed to help students make better and more informed decisions about their studies, and get back on track.

If you are a student who is Required to Withdraw (RTW), then the Fresh Start Program may be one of the options towards reinstatement. For all the details about important dates, eligibility criteria, and the process for enrollment, please read the Ryerson Current Student RTW information page.

Apply to participate in Fresh Start by contacting your home department or by transferring to another program that participates in Fresh Start Transfers.

Student Learning Support administers the required 8-week skills-building course called Fresh Start Strategies (CIFS100).  Students approved for Fresh Start by their department are automatically enrolled in the CIFS100 course. The Fresh Start Strategies course involves face-to-face sessions, weekly online discussions and online course assignments. The course provides an opportunity for you to explore the reasons you were previously unsuccessful, and whether your initial program selection was right for you; it will also give you the opportunity to enhance your academic skills.

The successful completion of the Fresh Start Strategies course (CIFS100) and meeting the Fresh Start requirements established by your program will guarantee reinstatement the following semester.

Important Fresh Start and Reinstatement Dates

  • December 9, 2016: Deadline to apply for the Winter 2017 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Spring/Summer 2016)
  • March 17, 2017: Deadline to apply for the Spring/Summer 2017 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Fall 2016)

Contact Fresh Start

Tel: (416) 979-5000  ext. 6565


Study Skills and Transition Support

Get Clear helps students on probation improve their academic skills in areas like time management, test preparation, effective note-taking, and studying. We want to help you achieve a Clear academic standing.

You will partner with a Peer Academic Coach who will support you throughout the semester (three times minimum). We also have student space for you! 

In study hall, you’ll get a place to work on your homework and class assignments. Weekly study halls are also opportunities to learn from your peers; one of our Peer Academic Coaches will be on hand to provide assistance as you need it.

At the end of the program, walk away with improved academic skills, renewed confidence, and a certificate of completion.  

Get Clear is a commitment. If you are committed to improving your CGPA, we are committed to helping you get there. Please register and from there, we’ll arrange a meeting with a full-time Learning Support staff and assign you your very own Academic Coach for the semester!

To sign up, please fill out the Get Clear application form -- we’ll work together to get you the best support this semester.

Register for Get Clear

Contact Get Clear

Tel: (416) 979-5000  ext. 6565

Tutor Registry

Do you have an area of expertise and the willingness to help out other students? Sign-up to be a paid tutor on our Registry.

The Tutor Registry is a tutor database that matches a student who needs assistance with the material in a Ryerson course with a student who successfully completed the course.

SLS verifies that the potential tutor is a current Ryerson student, that he/she has achieved at least a B+ in the course for which they are offering tutoring services, and that the potential tutor’s CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) is above 2.33.

We created a useful Guide to the Tutor Registry with information on how to conduct sessions, tutor expectations, and general tips for finding a tutor.

Become a Tutor

Apply to become a Tutor:

To join the Tutor Registry and become a paid tutor, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a B+ or better in the course you want to tutor.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of above 2.33.
  3. Be a current Ryerson student (graduate, undergraduate or continuing education student).

Students who do not meet the criteria will have their application rejected.

Log in to submit a Tutor Registry Form.

If accepted, the Registry will save your information for one academic year.

Find a Tutor

Use the Tutor Registry to find a tutor to help you with your course. The Registry will check for potential matches and email you a list of names that match your preferences.

Contact potential tutors to arrange a time to meet on campus (e.g. Library Building, Student Centre, etc). Interview potential tutors to determine if it will be a good match. Remember to discuss hourly rate, availability, and preferred location for tutoring.

Log in to create an account and find a tutor!


SLS does not interview, supervise or evaluate tutors in any way. As such, we cannot guarantee the quality of tutoring. We do not become involved in payment for services. Tutors are not employed by Ryerson University or Student Learning Support.


Study Skills and Transition Support

Summer 2017

Summer Jumpstart: How to Thrive at RU

How are RU feeling now that your journey to Ryerson has started? Coming to university can be quite daunting, but we have a great opportunity for you to get acquainted as a Ryerson student! This Summer, Ryerson will be hosting Summer Jumpstart: How to Thrive at RU. This is an amazing chance for you to meet incoming students, talk to current staff and students, and get tips on how to succeed at Ryerson!

As well, we are inviting families of incoming students to attend. Their support plays an integral part of your success during your incoming year so we encourage you to share this opportunity with them.

Summer 2017 dates

August 16, 9am to 5pm

August 22, 9am to 5pm

Register to receive more information. Hope to see you there!

Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP)

Study all-night and enjoy free food!
Long Night Against Procrastination poster

The Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is an all-night study event!  LNAP is your chance to plow through assignments and homework all-night long; enjoy supported study space and free food!

LNAP is happening on Thursday, March 9th, from 5pm to midnight on the 4th Floor, Student Learning Centre (341 Yonge Street).

Register to receive updates

Plan your night! Download the Winter 2017 LNAP schedule in PNG format or the schedule in WORD format.

Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect at LNAP:

  • help with essays and academic papers
  • help with study skills (time management, test prep etc.)
  • English language support
  • Excel workshop
  • math tutoring
  • SLG  group session
  • Library help with research; citation assistance
  • yoga
  • get drop-in help from an academic coach

Update: Thanks to those who booked an overnight stay in the Commuter Hostel. The Hostel is full and has no occupancy on March 9. Remember, you can still book a room in the Commuter Hostel during exams–rooms are going quickly!

This event is a collaboration with the Ryerson Library (RULA) and the Student Learning Centre (SLC).

If you require accessibility accommodations please contact us at or 416.979.5290.

Study Hall

Enjoy free coffee and supported study space!
Study Hall poster. Professional Procrastinator? Get start with Study Hall.

Study Hall is a drop-in space hosted by our peer academic coaches. At the start of the session, our coach will walk you through a conversation on that week's key study skill (e.g. time management or preparing for exams).

Come learn from your peers. You can stay for up to two hours or drop-in later and use the space to work on your homework and class assignments. 

Pre-register for a session or drop-in:

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