First Year Transitional Support

All first-year students living in residence are placed into an Academic Living Community based on their intended program of study. This access to specialized peer-based academic support allows for enhanced opportunities to get to know students in their courses, build a supportive community and find resources that can enable academic success. Our first-year residence students are also assigned a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) who is an upper year student from their discipline that provides mentorship and guidance throughout their transition to university life.

Students are divided into small groups and are given the opportunity to attend workshops designed to enhance their academic skills focusing on topics such as study planning, learning styles, note taking, academic goal setting, professional communication and writing skills. Essential to this experience is the opportunity to participate in one-to-one meetings with their PAL, attend Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs) and engage with faculty outside of the classroom.