Get help with your courses

Mount Allison provides a number of services to help students with every facet of their academic experience — whether that means extra help with certain classes, academic accommodations for a disability, or help choosing and registering for courses.

Don’t be shy about asking for help — everyone needs a little extra guidance from time to time and Mount Allison faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

Peer tutors

The Peer Tutor Program recruits exceptional students from all disciplines to tutor fellow students in course content.

Peer tutors have:

  • a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • a B+ or higher in the courses they're tutoring
  • only tutor courses that form part of their major or minor

How to get a peer tutor

Locations to meet your tutor

Sometimes finding a quiet space on campus can be tricky. Here are a few suggestions for where you and your tutor can meet.

  • The Living Room — in the Academic Support Help Hub, Library M16
  • 3rd Floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre 
  • Group study rooms on the ground and second floors of the R.P. Bell Library
  • Gracie's
  • The Pond (during off-hours) 
  • Empty classrooms 
  • Flying Bean Cafe
  • Lounge in Avard-Dixon
  • Residence lounges
PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

PASS is a study program that is fun, interactive, and best of all, is shown to help students improve their work in their courses.

Based on the model of Supplemental Instruction, PASS helps students develop study and academic skills while working through their content with a trained student leader.

PASS is regularly offered in challenging first-year courses, such as:

  • COMP 1631 — Introduction to Computer Science
  • ECON 1001 — Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 1011 — Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • PSYCH 1001 — Introduction to Psychology I
  • MATH 1111 — Calculus I

PASS offerings very from year to year, and may be offered in new and different courses, so be sure to check your course Moodle pages for dates and times.

PASS student leaders will coordinate two study sessions each week to make it easier to fit in your schedule.

Writing Resource Centre

Tutors at the Writing Centre are available to help with writing in all subject areas and at all stages of the writing process.

All students are encouraged to visit the Writing Centre for writing support in their courses, and for any other projects they are working on — class presentations, cover letters, scholarship applications, etc.

How to book an appointment

  • Simply log into Moodle > Academic Support
  • Find Mount Allison Writing Resource Centre
  • Click on today's date to see a list of available appointments

Daily sign-up opens each day at 8:30 a.m. During high-traffic periods, appointments can fill up very quickly so be sure to sign up early.

The Writing Centre is located in the Academic Support Help Hub, room M16 in the R.P. Bell Library, just off the main library lobby.

Writing resources

In addition to writing support, the Writing Centre has helpful materials to help students with citation styles, writing norms across departments, and the components of various paper types.

The most common citation styles include Chicago, MLA, and APA. Know which one your professor or department requires before you start writing.

English as an additional language (EAL)

In collaboration with the International Centre, the Writing Centre also offers services specific to students who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). Professional EAL tutors are available to help students improve their English language academic writing. An appointment can be booked directly through the WRC Moodle page.

Questions about the Writing Centre? Contact wrc@mta.ca.

Math Help Centre

The Math Help Centre, available to students who need assistance in mathematics, is offered through the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

You can receive help from TAs or from fellow peers from your specific course.

Physics Help Centre

The Physics Help Centre (PHC) is available through the Department of Physics.

PHC is a free service primarily for students who need assistance in introductory physics courses.

The Meighen Centre — for students with disabilities

Our nationally recognized Meighen Centre provides services and accommodations to students with documented disabilities.

Once registered with the Meighen Centre, you can access academic accommodations and other programs and services.

 

Libraries

The Mount Allison Libraries and Archives includes the R.P. Bell Library, the Alfred Whitehead Music Library, and the University Archives.

The libraries offer services, research resources, and collections designed to help support students and faculty.

Support for students include:

  • research helpdesk
  • ask a librarian (online or in person)
  • course reserves and library materials
  • subject guides
  • guides to avoid plagiarism
  • study spaces for individual and groups

Just to name a few! For more details, visit Libraries and Archives.

 

Workshops and courses

The Academic Support office offers a number of workshops and courses throughout the year.

Student Success Course

The Student Success Course is designed to help build the academic and study skills that will help you succeed in your university career at Mount Allison.

The course offers instruction on time management, note taking, and understanding assignment guidelines for students who have had academic difficulty in the fall term.

Although this course is required of some first-year students, all Mount Allison students are invited to attend.

The Student Success Course is particularly useful for students who find themselves challenged by heavy study and reading loads, by exams or papers, or by the transition to university.

Each year, the course has about 150 registered students who break off into six groups led by upper-year student leaders. Your group leaders will walk you through weekly discussions, activities, and exercises that will help you build and develop academic strengths.

Class meets every Wednesday evening (6-9 p.m.) in the Crabtree Auditorium. You can self-enrol for the course on Moodle.

Study skills workshops

Academic Support regularly hosts study skills workshops throughout the term to help students with:

  • time management
  • note taking
  • paper writing
  • study tips and techniques
  • test taking
  • understanding assignment guidelines
  • critical thinking

Study Skills Workshops are drop-in services with no registration required. Check here regularly for updates to our Study Skills Workshops offerings.

If you have any questions about the Study Skills Workshop Series, or would like Academic Support to organize a workshop for your class or group, please contact academicsupport@mta.ca.

Study skills resources

When no workshops are running, Academic Support has resources to assist you, from time management to planning your papers.

  • Schedule your classes, volunteering commitments, extracurriculars, and study time using this template
  • Find the most effective note taking methods (Oxford Learning)
  • If you're writing a paper, the Writing Resource Centre can help

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