Academic Support

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Academic Support

Academic support comes in a variety of shapes and forms. Check out the resources below to learn how you can receive assistance around York while studying off-campus.

Academic Advising Services

The LA&PS Advising Team is here to support all students within the Faculty, regardless of their year of study, college affiliation, or academic major. Students can reach out with questions pertaining to their specific courses, credits, certificate programs, and degrees by booking an appointment with an advisor, or by dropping into the office virtually through the “QLESS” app available on smartphones. Head over to their webpage for more information.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are being delivered at Founders, McLaughlin, Vanier and New College. They support LA&PS courses within Economics, BCOM, BHRM, French, Writing, Social Science and Public Policy & Administration. PASS sessions are designed to provide students the opportunity to review and practice course material with their peers, on a weekly basis. Check out the links below to see how PASS services in each of the LA&PS colleges have transitioned online.

Peer Academic Coaching

Peer Academic Coaching is another great way for students to receive support to reach their goals. This method provides students with the opportunity to connect with trained Learning Skills Peers in one-on-one online sessions, where they’ll receive studying guidelines, effective reading strategies, and other useful tips for academic success. Click here for details on how to book an appointment.

Research Resources

While studying online and remotely will change our regular learning routines, research remains an integral component across all LA&PS disciplines. Make use of the links below to ensure that your academic work is up to par.

  • Learning Commons
  • Learning Skills Services
  • Student Paper & Academic Research Kit (SPARK)
    • Academic integrity rules exist to ensure that students earn their grades in a fair and ethical manner that upholds the credibility of their education. Click here for a breakdown of academic integrity guidelines.
    • Creating a search strategy is an effective way to find the information you need on a particular subject. Read this SPARK module for some easy tips on finding useful resources to provide background for your projects.
    • Citing your work is an important principle to follow. Check out this SPARK webpage explaining why using and citing sources is required in all academic writing.
  • Follow the footnote and bibliography citation guides gathered by the YorkU library. Click on the format relevant for your assignment, read through the online style guides, and apply the citation layout to your work – listing the research resources you found.

Connect with the Writing Centre for online one-on-one writing support appointments. Through these sessions, students can get assistance with note-taking, developing research strategies, formulating ideas, and proofreading effectively.

Virtual Career Lounge

Even while enrolled in studies at home, students will still have access to YorkU Career Centre services such as the Virtual Career Lounge – where they can connect with Career Peer Educators and receive assistance in a variety of job-related matters such as, building LinkedIn profiles, networking, and writing resume/cover letters, and exploring what types of work can be done with certain degrees. Head over to the Career Centre website for details on drop-in Virtual Career Lounge sessions.