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Thriving In Action

School is hard sometimes. But learning better, feeling better, and doing better is possible.

Join a Thriving in Action Weekly Cohort

Was your last academic year tough? Didn’t get the grades you’d hoped for? Want to do better but don’t know where to start? Thriving in Action is a ThriveRU initiative to help struggling students (in their second year and beyond) thrive, academically and personally. Build motivation, optimism, and resilience, along with learning strategy essentials like time management and effective studying. It’s not too late to turn things around, and it’s never too late to learn how to flourish! Join us for our holistic 11-week program and learn how to thrive.

Thriving in Action welcomes all students including those on academic probation, students on the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) waitlist, students with disabilities, and injured or struggling athletes. We welcome racialized and minoritized students, Indigenous students, equity-seeking students, LGBTQQIP2SAA students. We welcome mature students, international students. We welcome Spanning the Gaps students, Fresh Start students, grad students, working students, and students raising or caring for families. In other words, if you feel like you’re ready to learn and practise new strategies to thrive personally and academically, we not just welcome but encourage you to give Thriving in Action a try. Email, opens in new window to sign up.

Explore Thriving in Action Online

We invite you to explore Thriving in Action Online to uncover your strengths, restore motivation, build momentum, and find new meaning. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive online library of strategies to thrive in your academic journey, including through its challenges. Come in, look around, watch the videos, try the exercises, read a little or a lot, and use the site in any way that makes sense to you. And then come back again. It's here whenever you need it.

New! Thriving in Action for-credit: Interested in learning thriving skills and the science underneath them? Consider adding SSH102 or PSY706 to your timetable. Search the course codes on RAMMS to find when they are next available.

New Opportunity for Students: Participate in a Research Study

Wellbeing and Performance: A study of Ryerson’s Thriving in Action Program

You are invited to participate in a research study on wellbeing and performance. The study is being conducted by Dr. Ellen Choi, Dr. Diana Brecher, and Dr. Deena Shaffer (faculty members at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada) and invites students from Ryerson University to participate.

The purpose of this study is to examine how different types of online training impact the learning experience during an 10-week wellness program called Thriving in Action in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term. You will be asked to enroll in Thriving in Action and participate in the course over the 10-weeks. 

About Thriving in Action: Thriving in Action is an initiative to build motivation, optimism, self-compassion, and resilience, along with learning strategy essentials like meaningful prioritization and time management, efficient note-taking, and effective study habits. 

What you will need to do if you participate: You will be randomly assigned to one of three conditions that offers this program either over Zoom, in-person at the same time (for approximately 1 hour plus 1.5 hours of reading/videos on your own time); entirely online (for approximately 2.5 hours of reading/videos at your own pace any time you like); or in a mix of these formats where you will move through the course material on your own AND join a weekly discussion group (approximately 45-minutes on Zoom and 1.75 hours of online reading/videos), live on Zoom. 

Additionally, we will ask you to complete three online surveys from a personal computing device that asks you some questions about your academic background and demographics, as well as some measures related to your feelings and attitudes. The first survey will take place before training starts, the second survey will take place after training ends, and the final survey will take place one month after training has been completed. Each survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, or 45 minutes total for the three surveys.. 

Incentives: In exchange for participation in the Thriving in Action course and 45 minute survey study, all participants will be entered into a draw to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. All participants will be provided an equal opportunity to win the gift card regardless of whether you choose to skip questions in the surveys, or if you withdraw before completing the study.

Participants that complete the first and second survey will be entered into an additional draw to win one of five $150 Amazon gift cards. Participants that complete all three surveys will be entered into a final draw to win one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. Thus, it is possible that participants completing all three surveys could win up to $450 in Amazon gift cards. Winning participants will receive their gift card through the email address at the end of this study.

Eligibility: Participants need to be registered Ryerson students. There are no additional eligibility requirements to participate in this study. 

This program is not a replacement for therapy. If you are in significant distress, crisis, or having suicidal thoughts, for reasons of safety, and/or you need support, please contact Ryerson's Centre of Student Development and Counselling at 416-979-5195,, your family doctor, a trusted health professional, or Good2Talk at, external link or by dialling 2-1-1 or 1-866-925-5454.

Questions? For more information, please email or visit

Other information: Approximately 700 participants will be asked to complete this survey. You will be asked to identify yourself for the purposes of coordinating your learning in the Thriving in Action program, and to distribute the incentives. After all incentives have been distributed, we will delete all personal identifying information and the information we save for research purposes will be anonymous. To protect your confidentiality, you will not be asked to provide your name, email address, or other potentially identifying information in the surveys. Instead, you will be asked to enter your Participant ID number, which will be assigned to you when you enroll in the study.  Please have your Participant ID on hand when you complete the surveys for this study. 

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at Ryerson University (REB 2020-241) and is funded through a 2020 Learning and Teaching Grant (LTG).