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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

Stride learning skills program

students participating in stride program

The Stride learning skills program helps you develop learning strategies and study skills. We offer a series of workshops, study sessions, and one-on-one/ small group appointments to help you find your stride at university!

The program is designed to help you:

  • Demonstrate your awareness about what you think and learn.
  • Determine appropriate academic learning strategies that will contribute to your academic success (for example, study habits, planning, note taking, memory strategies, text analysis and time management).
  • Discuss self-management strategies (for example, self-awareness, assertiveness, problem-solving and self-advocacy skills).
  • Identify strategies to increase your resilience while navigating academic challenges.

If you have any questions about the Stride learning skills program, please contact


We offer a series of virtual workshops to help undergraduate and graduate students develop the study habits and learning skills needed to be successful in university. These are intimate, interactive workshops that will involve collaborative activities.

To view the list of currently available Stride Workshop topics and descriptions, please visit the Student Life Portal.

New workshops may be added from time to time; please check back regularly for new workshop descriptions.


When you have completed five Stride workshops, please email  for instruction on how to receive your LinkedIn endorsement.

One-on-one support is also available by appointment. In these appointments, our trained staff can help you create your own study plan and task lists, determine how to prioritize work, and discuss tailored learning and study skills strategies based on your own situation. 

We also offer small group appointments for students wishing to book a session with their peers. These group sessions are designed for friends and study groups who would like to discuss study strategies and learning skills together, and with our trained staff.

If you are unable to attend a workshop session but would like to discuss one of the workshop topics, feel free to book a one-on-one or a small group appointment!

One-on-one and small group appointments are offered either by our Study Skills Specialist or by our Peer Success Facilitators. 

Appointments are 45 minutes long. Appointments with Peer Success Facilitators are offered online only; appointments with our Study Skills Specialist are available in-person as well as online. Please check the Student Life Portal for dates and times.


Stay accountable and on track by studying together with other students in a quiet virtual space! This is a virtual drop-in study session to study along with other students in your faculty and to learn and practice a specific study technique. We will be using a structured study time and break system to stay focused. The sessions begin with a short, mini-workshop (about 5-10 minutes), where the facilitator will discuss a specific study technique. Students are then encouraged to practice this technique during the session, though this is optional. Near the end of the session, we will end with a short (5-10 minute) debrief session as a group. Webcams are highly encouraged, but not required.

We offer drop in study sessions during midterms and finals. 


If you are a student group, study group, or club, our Stride team is available to deliver workshops and sessions to your group or club on a variety of different topics, from academic literacy (such as note taking and reading strategies) to learning strategies (such as developing key study strategies and memory techniques) to time management (such as goal setting, study planning, and exam preparation), to self-awareness and resilience strategies (such as cultivating a growth mindset, overcoming perfectionism, and practicing group work and presentation skills).

To register for a workshop and to view the current schedule, visit the Student Life Portal.



Study Hacks

The expert of anything was once a beginner. As a university student, you will become an expert at studying. But, you might not get there right away. Do you ever feel like your study habits simply aren’t cutting it? Do you wonder what you could be doing to perform better in class and on exams? Do you know what study strategies will help you remember more? In this interactive workshop, students will learn foundational study skills and strategies to be successful at university.

Mastering Math Skills

Is math a tricky subject for you? Do you freeze up when you see word problems? You’re not alone! This workshop will dispel the myth that some people are “just bad at math.” We’ll cover skills for problem-solving, how to study and be a pro at tests, tips for solving word problems, and more.

Procrastination Nation: Getting Back to What’s Important

Do you love watching Netflix? Playing video games? Sleeping, then eating, then going back to sleep? So do we! But at what cost? This workshop will introduce you to strategies to help you fight procrastination and stay on task. Other topics discussed will include the importance of getting in a flow state.  Let’s get back to what’s important. Stop letting procrastination be the thief of your time!

Managing Me: Time Management Techniques for Success

So much to do with so little time! Figure out ways to manage your studies, work, and social commitments. Learn new time management strategies that you can apply to your life now. Come figure out a system and a plan to succeed.

Goal Setting: Developing a Success Strategy

Are you ready to set yourself up for success this semester? Success begins with goal setting. Take control of your life’s direction, decide what you want to achieve, and make a plan to do it! In this workshop, you will learn how to create SMART goals and strategies to improve self-awareness and resilience. In addition, we will discuss an overall success strategy to help stay motivated, combat losing steam, and prevent getting discouraged easily.

Effective Note Taking for Lectures

Do you frantically scramble to write down everything your professor says? Do you review your notes, only to find that they are unclear and difficult to follow? In this workshop, you will learn note taking strategies for university lectures and practice new techniques on an Ontario Tech lecture. Please bring a laptop, pencils/pens, a notebook, and a textbook from one of your classes (electronic or paper).

How to Read your Textbooks

Do you end up simply highlighting everything on the page or find yourself skipping your readings entirely? Do you have trouble understanding why you have been assigned certain readings? Do you forget what you have read as soon as you close your textbook? In this workshop, you will learn how to approach and read different types of texts encountered at university. Bring a textbook or two, journal articles if that is what you read, pens and a notebook or paper.

Finding and Reading Journal Articles

Do you log onto the university library website and have no idea where to begin? In this workshop, you will learn about different types of text sources, search strategies, locating resources on the Ontario Tech library website, and strategies for reading peer-reviewed journal articles. Please bring a laptop, pencils/pens, and a notebook. You will need a working student number and network password.

Check Your Mindset

University can be full of exciting opportunities and positive experiences.  However, we all go through those difficult times where we feel a bit discouraged and have negative thoughts. In this workshop, students will discover how gritty they are and the power of a growth mindset while participating in a discussion activity. 

Ignite your Motivation

In this workshop, you will learn how to motivate yourself in a hybrid learning environment. You will learn strategies that increase motivation and focus, and how to create new habits. These strategies will not only help you find success in university but in all areas of your life. 

Exam-specific workshops

Expect Success: Exam Study Planning

In this workshop, you will learn organizational strategies and essential steps for exam preparation. Come create a system to prepare for your exams.

Mastering Multiple Choice Tests

Do you find multiple-choice tests/ exams tricky or stressful? If so, this workshop is for you. We will discuss helpful strategies when preparing to study and take multiple-choice tests/ exams.

Tame your Test Anxiety

Do you feel overwhelmed and anxious about exams? You are not alone! In this workshop, we will discuss some strategies to prepare yourself to succeed.  We will dig deeper into what causes stress and how to combat those anxious feelings.

How to Catch Up on Your Textbook Readings

In this workshop, you will learn strategies to connect with your textbook readings and skim textbook readings. We will talk about how you can incorporate these and other study strategies into your lifestyle. Bring a textbook you are currently reading, a laptop and current notes, pen and paper.


When you have completed five Stride workshops, please email for instructions on how to get your LinkedIn referral.

If you have any questions about the Stride learning skills program, contact