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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Academic support options

In Student Life, the Student Learning Centre provides a number of academic support options for students and all services are covered by student tuition fees. Currently appointments, workshops, and study halls are being offered in-person and online. Our academic specialists and peer tutors offer support in the following areas.


The Student Learning Centre provides math support through workshops, drop-in study halls, peer assisted study sessions (PASS), and one-on-one appointments with a peer tutor or a Math Specialist.

Students can get help in a variety of topics in foundational and advanced mathematics. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Pre-calculus.
• Calculus.
• Differential equations.
• Statistics.
• Linear algebra.
• Business mathematics.
• Mathematics in Nursing.
• Discrete math.
• Maple.

Writing support is available to undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of the writing process through same-day consultations (sessions are released daily at 6 a.m.), one-on-one appointments and workshops. The aim of writing support sessions is to help students develop writing skills, as opposed to only proofreading completed papers. Writing and ESL Specialists can help student writers in the following areas:

  • Getting ideas.
  • Grammar and sentence structure.
  • Organizing ideas.
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing.
  • Proof reading techniques.
  • Punctuation.
  • Referencing and citations (APA, IEEE, MLA etc.).
  • Revising and editing skills.
  • Spelling.
  • The Writing Process.

Sessions are for feedback as opposed to editing. Appointments usually allow for a few pages of writing to be reviewed (not full papers). Writing specialists seek to empower independent writers; however, we do not:

  • Compose or re-write assignments.
  • Edit/proofread your papers.
  • Provide assessments or challenge grades on your behalf.
  • Review take-home midterms or final exams.
  • Do your work.
Instead, we hope to teach you the necessary skills you need for brainstorming ideas, following the writing process, discussing genre and otherwise act as consultants for your work. Our goal is to make better writers, not better papers (North, 1984).

The Student Learning Centre provides chemistry support through workshops, drop-in study halls, peer assisted study sessions (PASS), and one-on-one appointments with a peer tutor or the Chemistry Specialist.

The chemistry specialist and peer tutors can help students in a variety of topics in CHEM 1010, CHEM 1020, CHEM 1800 and upper-year Chemistry courses.

The Student Learning Centre provides physics and engineering support through workshops, drop-in study halls, peer assisted study sessions (PASS) and one-on-one appointments with a peer tutor or the Physics and Engineering Specialist.

The physics and engineering specialist can help students in a variety of topics in physics and engineering. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Dynamics.
  • Intro to Programming (ENGR 1200).
  • Physics for Biosciences (PHY1040U).
  • Physics for Science and Engineering (Physics 1010, 1020, and 1030).
  • Physics Portion for Essential Math for Games (INFR 1020, 1030).
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer.
  • Thermodynamics.
  • NX/Solidworks.
  • Statics.

Study skills advising helps students plan for success and improve their academic performance. Students can access support setting goals, creating a study plan, and developing strong study habits through Stride workshops, one-on-one study skills appointments and nool.

The following are popular topics that students typically seek help in:

  • Exam/test preparation (multiple choice exams).
  • Goal setting and motivation.
  • Memory skills.
  • Note-taking.
  • Organization and time management.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Reading skills.
  • Study/task planning.
The Student Learning Centre offers peer tutoring and PASS in a variety of subject areas. Tutoring subjects are determined by a tutor’s background (tutors must have achieved an A in the tutoring subject). PASS course support is provided for courses identified as high risk, which means the subject area is historically challenging. We typically offer tutoring in 200+ subject areas and appointments are bookable through the peer tutor calendar in the Student Life Portal.