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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.


To ensure everyone's health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreakand Ryerson University suspending in-person classes,  we have moved all of our Learning Support 1-1 appointments, workshops and supported learning groups to phone or virtual connection.

Book an appointment using the SLS online booking tool or select the "Peer Academic Coach" option on the left navigation menu.

Workshops: All workshops will be happening online. You will receive an email closer to the workshop date to connect virtually. 

Supported Learning Groups (SLG): SLG sessions will continue to run online from March 23rd to April 9th. Directions for how to join an online SLG will be posted on the SLG schedule.


What is Study Skills and Transition Support?

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

Peer Academic Coach

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.

If it's your first appointment with us, we encourage you to book a 50-minute appointment.

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 appointment by phone or online. 

Book an Appointment

Appointments for Students with the Ted Rogers School of Business and Faculty of Community Services

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.


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. Some of our workshops are available for download, please visit Online Resources.

Sign-up for a workshop below or download our (PDF) Winter 2020 Workshop schedule.

Study Skills and Transition Support workshops


Writing Support workshops

Study Skills and Transition Support

Supported Learning Groups

Drop-in to a discussion-based, course-specific Supported Learning Group (SLG)!

SLGs meet several times throughout the week. We encourage you to attend regularly and engage with your peers, guided by an experienced student facilitator. Develop mastery of course content as well as critical academic skills!


Ryerson University has announced that all classes are moving to alternate formats. As a result, Student Life and Learning Support is moving all SLG sessions online. 

For the remainder of the semester, we will no longer be offering in-person SLG study sessions. All sessions scheduled for the week of March 16th to March 20th have been cancelled so that our staff can familiarize themselves with online tools to facilitate their sessions to the best of their ability starting Monday, March 23rd. 

SLG sessions will continue to run online from March 23rd to April 9th. 

Directions for how to join an online SLG will be posted on the SLG schedule.

Winter 2020 Schedule

Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) will run from January 20th to April 9th. 

Bookmark the schedule and plan to attend regularly to build good study habits that will boost your marks and your learning experience.

SLG and Engineering Tutoring courses per semester

  • Fall: CHY 102, CHY103, CHY142, MTH131, MTH140, MTH207, CPS109, PCS120, PCS 211, and SSH105
  • Winter: CHY113, MTH231, MTH240, MTH207, PCS130, PCS125, and SSH105
  • Spring: CHY113, and PCS130




Study Skills and Transition Support

Summer Jumpstart

How 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 the best start possible as a Ryerson student!

The Summer Jumpstart program is an amazing opportunity for you to meet other incoming students, explore campus, and of course - learn about how to put your best foot forward academically!

Please direct questions to

Summer 2019 dates

  • Monday, August 12, from 10:30am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, August 15, from 10:30am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, August 22, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm 

All 3 sessions are full. Students can still participate in Orientation Week, starting August 26 to August 30.


Registered participants can check-in at the 4th Floor Reception in the Student Learning Centre (341 Yonge Street).

Study Skills and Transition Support

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.

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

  • March 15, 2019: Deadline to apply for Spring 2019 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Fall 2018)
  • August 2, 2019: Deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Winter 2019)
  • December 6, 2019: Deadline to apply for the Spring/Summer 2020 Fresh Start Program (RTW after Spring/Summer 2019)

Contact Fresh Start

Tel: (416) 979-5000   ext. 6565


Study Skills and Transition Support

Get Clear

Get Clear helps students on academic probation.
We want to help you improve your learning skills and develop specific, attainable goals to boost your academic performance.

Winter 2020 Workshop dates

  • Monday, January 20th, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 22nd, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Monday, January 27th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sign-up by January 19th to participate, spaces are limited and may run out prior to the 19th. Register here:  Get Clear application form.

Are you enrolled in a TRSM program? You can still participate but we recommend GAPP:

Get Clear participants to attend a half-day workshop that will help you plan for a successful semester. In the workshop, you will work on skills such as time management, effective study techniques, and academic goal-setting.

After the workshop, you'll have the option to meet with a Learning Specialist, for a consultation, and to complete a learning skills assessment that will provide insight that can help you direct your efforts to improve your study strategies.

Get Clear will help you to:

  • Understand your past learning experiences.
  • Explore your academic strengths and challenges.
  • Learn strategies to improve your academic performance.
  • Develop a plan for achieving attainable academic goals.

Contact Get Clear

Tel:  (416) 979-5000  ext. 6565

Academic Edge

Start the semester strong. Sharpen your academic skills. Gain an academic edge.

Meets weekly, Tuesdays at 12pm to 1:30pm

  • January 21 to March 3 in SLC 516

Academic Edge is a 5-week program specifically designed for first-year students. By building on your current academic and study strategies, facilitators will help you build the skills that are critical to your success. 

Through weekly group sessions, facilitators address key concerns from students (i.e. learning from lectures, time management and goal-setting, preparing for mid-terms, effective reading strategies etc.) to help you gain an academic edge on your studies.

All first-year students are encouraged to register. Lunch will be provided.

Join RU Tutor Match

What is RU Tutor Match?

RU Tutor Match is a tool designed to help qualified students find paid work as tutors and to help students who would like additional, individualized, and course specific support find and hire tutors.

How does RU Tutor Match work?

Become a Tutor

To be listed as a tutor for hire on RU Tutor Match and become a paid tutor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • have a B+ or better in the courses you want to tutor
  • have a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 3.0 or above
  • be a current undergraduate Ryerson student
  • complete mandatory tutor training with Student Learning Support staff

Visit RU Tutor Match to create a profile, confirm your eligibility, and sign up for the mandatory Tutor Training Workshop.

To prepare you for independent work as a paid tutor, the tutor training workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Planning tutoring sessions.
  • Ethical behavior in tutoring (including academic honesty).
  • Effective communication and how to give constructive feedback.

Food will be provided at the workshop, but there will be no remuneration.

Find and hire a Tutor

Use RU Tutor Match to find the tutor that is right for you. The system will check for tutors that can help you with your current or near-future coursework. It is up to you to contact these potential tutors and establish a follow-up plan: where, when, and how to meet, how much you will pay them and when, and any other relevant details.


RU Tutor Match tutors are not employed by Ryerson University or by Student Learning Support (SLS). Neither Ryerson University nor SLS become involved in payment for services.

While SLS does provide tutor training to all RU Tutor Match tutors, SLS does not interview, supervise, or evaluate tutors in any way. Consequently, we cannot guarantee the quality of tutoring or academic outcome(s). A positive tutoring experience depends on a tutee finding an appropriate tutor to match their learning style.


Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP)

Study all-night and enjoy free food!

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

Winter 2020 LNAP: Thursday, March 12, 5pm to 11pm

LNAP takes place each Fall and Winter on the 4th Floor of the SLC.

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

At LNAP, you can find: 

  • Library help with research; citation assistance
  • Help with your essays and other academic papers
  • Help with study skills (time management, test prep, goal-setting, etc.)
  • English language support
  • Math tutoring
  • SLG  group sessions
  • Yoga

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


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