What is professional advising?
Want to stay on top of your academic game?
Behind in your reading?
Trouble writing exams?
Want better marks?
Meeting with a Learning Strategies Advisor can help you get on track, or improve your performance and confidence. We welcome any student, regardless of your year, program, standing or nature of academic challenge. Our team of Learning Strategies Advisors can help by:
- Coaching you in different study skills and techniques for learning
- Encouraging you as you experiment with new approaches
- Guiding you through the University regulations
- Connecting you with other learning resources
Appointments are about 50 minutes long. All advising appointments are confidential, and no information will be shared unless the student gives specific permission to do so. Referrals are not required.
To book an appointment
For free individual Professional Advising, students can book an appointment at any time using our online booking system.
If you have questions about the online booking system, please click here for answers to frequently asked questions. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 613-533-6315 or visit the Student Academic Success Services reception desk on the main floor of Stauffer Library, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (note that our front desk is usually closed for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m). Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.
Wait time for an advising appointment may be 1-3 weeks, or longer during mid-term and final exams.
In order to maximize your opportunity to meet with a Learning Strategies Advisor and allow you time to practice new strategies, students are welcome to book up to 1 appointment per week and 2 per month with the same Advisor. In exceptional circumstances, the Advisor may adjust this policy.
How to prepare for an advising appointment
Time is most effectively used if the student identifies a problem area to discuss. Faculty, staff or TAs may help to clarify the concern.
Here are two ways you can prepare for an advising appointment:
- complete the Study Skills Habits Questionnaire
- ask yourself this series of questions to prepare for your first advising appointment