Student Mentoring

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Giving students a leg-up on their journey through university and beyond.

At U of T Mississauga, we offer our students the best of both worlds: the academic strengths of the University of Toronto with the benefits of our close-knit campus community. We are committed to preserving and enhancing this unique and collegial learning environment for our students.

The first year of university can be intimidating for many students. To position first-year undergraduates for success, U of T Mississauga offers transitional programming that includes upper-year mentoring to guide first-year students through the basic survival skills of academic life, such as how to take notes and write tests to university standards. Students also take courses in health and wellness, leadership development and community service.

Across all years of study, many students encounter challenges to their academic success. Ranging from time management to writing skills, the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC) offers programming to help students build the skills and habits that will see them improve their academic performance. To best meet the individual needs and learning styles of students, the RGASC focuses on five core areas and five formal programs to offer one-on-one, group and peer-facilitated sessions. 

Five Core Areas: 

  • Writing support
  • Numeracy support
  • English learner support
  • Graduate student support
  • Faculty support

Core Program Areas: 

  • Head Start
  • Facilitated Study Group Program
  • Promoting Academic Skills for Success Program
  • Program for Accessing Research Training (PART) 
  • Preparation to Launch Program






The Preparation to Launch and Promoting Academic Skills for Success programs were created thanks to the generosity of U of T Mississauga supporters, Robert and Irene Gillespie. The campaign for the University of Toronto Mississauga seeks further generous support from private donors to strengthen and increase these kinds of invaluable programs.