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Individual Help

Do you prefer to get your support one-on-one? Check out the variety of ways you can do this across all of SLS.

Talking to someone one-on-one is sometimes the best way to get the help you need. SLS offers a variety of ways for students to get one-on-one help with professional staff and trained student advisors in all of our areas.

Individual Help is Available for:


Do you like to learn in a classroom setting? Register for one of our many academic-skills workshops.

SLS offers workshops on a variety of topics designed to help you become more familiar with the essential skills necessary for academic success and allow you to build a foundation for academic skill-building. Our graduate-focused workshops are available for download, please visit our Online Resources.

Sign-up for a workshop or download our (PDF) Winter 2018 Workshop schedule.

Study Skills and Transition Support Workshops

Writing Support Workshops

Group Sessions & Schedules

Do you like to study and learn in an interactive group setting? Check out our various group sessions facilitated by our staff.

SLS offers several kinds of group sessions in each of our support areas.  Some are related to a specific course, some are for practicing specific skills, and some are for discussion and reflection. All of them are very effective ways to develop academic skills, meet fellow students and get advice from professional staff and trained student advisors who know what you’re going through.

Browse the group session calendars below or follow the link to learn more:

English Language Support Group Sessions

Graduate Student Support

Writing Support Group Sessions

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.


Fresh Start

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 three face-to-face sessions, weekly online discussions and an online course assignment. 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

  • March 16, 2018: Deadline to apply for Spring 2018 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Fall 2017)
  • August 3, 2018: Deadline to apply for the Fall 2018 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Winter 2018)
  • December 7, 2018: Deadline to apply for the Spring/Summer 2019 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Spring/Summer 2018)

Contact Fresh Start

Tel:  (416) 979-5000   ext. 6565


Are you looking to make a difference on campus while improving your grades? RU noted! is a great way to get involved and only takes a few minutes each week!

RU noted rewards students for taking notes in class. In addition to having a full set of notes to study from when exam time comes around, you will also be helping a Ryerson student who may need assistance completing their set of notes for disability-related reasons.

Visit the RU Noted website ( to learn more!

Quick links for Note-takers:

Study Skill Workshops for Note-takers

Contact RU noted


Telephone: 416.598.5978


Other Specialized Programs

Are you interested in exploring even more opportunities to learn from us? SLS offers a range of specialized programming to help you dig deeper into your approach to university learning.

Periodically, we offer more intensive, specialized, targeted programming for students who require this or who are looking for more of an edge on their studies – programs to help students orient themselves to academic life, or reflect on past performance, or develop specific skills, or meet fellow students, or for specific student-populations, etc.  Here’s a quick list of some of these programs. Ask us any time for more details. Participation in these programs is a very good way to build your co-curricular record – something employers and graduate school admissions departments find increasingly important. And please note, those students who want to get a great on-campus job with us through the Work Study Program, have a much better chance if they have participated in one or more of these programs:

  • Fresh Start – a 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. Find out more information contact
  • Get Clear - Get Clear helps students achieve a clear academic standing. By offering connection to available workshops and resources for students on probation, Get Clear will supplement Faculty-based activities and assist students in finding their way to academic success. For more information contact
  • SHIFT – for students with disabilities heading into full-post-secondary time study, this free program is designed to help with the transition. Make friends and build your network while learning about Ryerson's accommodation supports. SHIFT Week and Portage are free to Ryerson students and are organised annually. For more information or to register for SHIFT and Portage for August 2016 contact


Student Affairs

Ryerson has a wide variety of student services which provide a quality student experience by supporting student success and retention. It ensures students have opportunities to make successful transitions to the university setting and to learn career readiness skills while maintaining healthy life styles. To achieve this, the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students (OVPS) partners with the academic community to create a comprehensive educational experience.

Visit the Student Affairs Website to learn more!

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