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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

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.

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. Please give us 48-hours notice. 

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) Fall 2018 Workshop schedule.

Study Skills and Transition Support workshops


Writing Support workshops

Study Skills and Transition Support

Supported Learning Groups and Engineering Tutoring

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

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!

Fall 2018 Schedule

Fall 2018 Supported Learning Group (SLG) and Engineering Tutoring sessions run from Monday, September 17, 2018 to Friday, November 30, 2018. 

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: CHY103, CHY142, MTH131, MTH140, MTH108, MTH207, CPS109, PCS120, and SSH105; Engineering Tutoring for PCS211 and CHY102
  • Winter: CHY103, CHY113, MTH131, MTH231, MTH140, MTH240, MTH207, MTH310, PCS120, PCS130, and SSH105; Engineering Tutoring for PCS211, PCS125, and CHY102 
  • Spring: CHY113, MTH231, MTH240 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!

Registration for Jumpstart is closed. To get involved on campus, sign-up to be a mentee in Tri-Mentoring program. First-year students looking for academic skill-building can register for Academic Edge.

Summer 2018 dates

August 14, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm (session full)
August 16, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm (session full)
August 21, 4:30 pm to 8:45 pm (session full)

Location and event details

Coming soon!

Please direct questions to

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 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


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.

Get Clear participants meet with a Learning Specialist for an initial consultation, and then attend a half-day interactive 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.

You will also complete a learning skills assessment that will provide insight that can help you direct your efforts to improve your study strategies.

In Get Clear you will:

  • 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.

The deadline to apply for Get Clear this Fall 2018 is September 21st.  

Please register here:  Get Clear application form.

Fall 2018 Get Clear Workshop dates

Note: you must register and attend an intake meeting before attending the workshop. 

  • September 19, 5 pm to 8 pm
  • September 26, 10 am to 1 pm

Contact Get Clear

Tel:  (416) 979-5000  ext. 6565

Academic Edge

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

September 25, 2018 to October 30, 2018, 12pm to 1:30pm

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 form 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.

RU Tutor Match

We are redesigning RU Tutor Match to better support your needs. Over the last couple of months, we’ve conducted surveys and focus groups on how to improve RU Tutor Match. We are using this information to make changes to the platform and will be relaunching it end of September 2018.

Stay connected, fill out this form to receive updates on the new Tutor Registry Platform.

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!

LNAP is happening on (to be determined) on the 4th Floor, Student Learning Centre (341 Yonge Street). 

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

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.

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