1:1, Online, and Drop-in Appointments

1:1 and Online Appointments

We recommend that you book an appointment at least one week in advance and give yourself lots of time before your paper is due to apply what you learn in your sessions.

Click here to login with your UTORid and book an appointment, either 1:1 or Online.

1:1 APPPOINTMENTS: :  Faculty and Instructors at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre offer instruction in the various forms of academic writing and oral presentations required in your courses. You can bring your work-in-progress from any course you are taking, and we’re happy to work with you at any stage in its development, from brain-storming and planning to revising a draft. We can help you learn to interpret assignments, establish a critical perspective, read texts critically, take notes effectively, form a strong thesis or research question, develop your analysis, construct a coherent argument, organize your paper effectively, use and document sources properly, revise your drafts, and improve your grammar and style. We won’t do your work for you (we don’t proof-read!), but we will help you to develop your own editing, planning, writing and critical thinking skills.

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS: These are not synchronous appointments (i.e., not chats); rather, you can upload your paper--or even just your questions or rough notes, depending on what stage you are at--and at the appointed time one of our faculty or instructors will add comments and suggestions, then put it back on the system for you to download.  Once you have booked your online appointment, you can upload your material any time before the appointment. Only the most recent version of your work will be saved, so you can re-upload material at any time before the appointment if you have changed it.  PLEASE NOTE: Occasionally we run into technical problems uploading commented-on documents.  If your paper doesn’t show up on the system for you to download after your appointment time, please let us know; if there are problems, our instructors will try to email it to you, so check your inbox.

Click here to login with your UTORid and book an appointment, either 1:1 or Online.

Drop-in Appointments

Writing skills

Faculty and Instructors at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre offer face-to-face instruction in a 15min. appointment.  The dedicated drop-in times are scheduled on a specific day and time of the week, throughout the term.  These shorter, unscheduled appointments are available to students who have identified a question or a specific area of focus (i.e., thesis strength, argumentation, etc.).                     

Worried about your math skills? Not satisfied with the mark you got on an assignment that required you to use mathematical concepts you haven’t thought about for a while? Well, you are in luck. This year, the RGASC is adding Math-Drop-In sessions to its weekly schedule of services for students. These free drop-in sessions are designed for students in courses that apply foundational mathematical skills such as pre-calculus, descriptive statistics, or logic. You can use the sessions as “just in time” support the day before an assignment is due, or as a longer-term form of support to improve your general understanding of math.

Please visit the RGASC website early in January to see when these Math Drop-In sessions are being held.

Don’t wait until you have fallen behind and risk a poor grade or a course failure; take the initiative to visit one of the RGASC’s dedicated math support strategists before it’s too late.

Our Policies



  • All current UTM students are eligible to use the RGASC. If you think you are eligible but the reservation system doesn't recognize your login, contact us by phone, 905-828-3858, or by email, academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca.
  • You may reserve ONE appointment per week and up to three appointments in total at a time.
  • Please provide at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment.
  • If you miss or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, or do not show up for two scheduled appointments in a single term, you will lose access to the reservation system.