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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

Individual Help

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. 

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

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.

Study Skills and Transition Support


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

Previous Workshops
  • Achieving Focus and Concentration
  • Introduction to Effective Oral Presentations
  • Introduction to Managing Tasks and Time
  • Introduction to Test and Exam Preparation
  • Goal Setting and Finding Your Motivation
  • Learning from Lectures

Register for a workshop

Study Skills and Transition Support

Supported Learning Groups and Engineering Tutoring

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

SLG's 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!

Spring 2018 Schedule

Spring  2018 Supported Learning Group (SLG) sessions start on May 22nd, 2018.

Engineering Tutoring will start again in September 2018.

Check out the Spring 2018 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, CPS118, 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!

Register for a Summer Jumpstart Session.

Summer 2018 dates

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

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

We help 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

Academic Edge

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

January 30, 2018 - March 6, 2018, 12 pm to 1:30 pm

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


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.


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 Thursday, March 22, from 12pm to 9pm on the 4th Floor, Student Learning Centre (341 Yonge Street). 

Register to receive updates.

View the LNAP Winter 2018 schedule in Google Docs or PDF.

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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