Tutoring and group study sessions
The Academic Learning Centre offers students a variety of academic support services. You can arrange for an individual tutor or join a group and study with other students.
Academic Learning Centre tutors can help you become a more successful student. These one-on-one sessions are free to all University of Manitoba students and are available all year.
Content tutors (available for select courses in Fall and Winter terms)
Content tutors can help you understand concepts and learn problem solving strategies. Read the tutor biographies on the Academic Learning Centre schedule to see which tutors help in what courses.
Study Skills tutors
Study skills tutors can help you with time management, reading and note-taking, and test-taking strategies. Read the tutor biographies on the Academic Learning Centre schedule to see which tutors offer study skills tutoring.
Writing tutors can give you feedback on your academic writing, whether you are getting started on a written assignment or already have a draft. Read the tutor biographies on the Academic Learning Centre schedule to see which tutors offer writing tutoring.
To make an appointment with a tutor
Log in or register a new account at WCOnline:
- Select a schedule based on the appointment type you are looking for:
- Writing Skills: Elizabeth Dafoe Library schedule is the default schedule displayed. Alternate library locations are also available.
- Study Skills: Migizii Agamik schedule
- Content Tutoring for select courses: Migizii Agamik schedule (check which courses each tutor is qualified in)
- Choose an available appointment by clicking on an open (white) appointment block in the schedule. Blue or grey blocks are unavailable.
- Complete the form with information for the tutor.
- Save appointment. Your appointment will now appear in yellow on the schedule, and you will receive a confirmation email. Please cancel your appointment online if you are unable to attend.
English as an additional language supports
EAL Specialist Instructor
Antoanela Denchuk, the English as an Additional Language specialist can analyze your language and writing needs and develop a plan to help you improve your academic English, including grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, as well as academic integrity, paraphrasing, summarizing, citations and references. Make and appointment with Antoanela on the Academic Learning Centre schedule.
This Simon Fraser University page has some excellent advice about how to paraphrase: Techniques for Paraphrasing.
The University of Manchester’s Academic Phrase Bank has a comprehensive list of useful academic phrases.
Purdue University is well known as a rich resource for academic writing concerns, including grammar.
Graduate student resources
The Academic Learning Centre offers individual writing support for UM graduate students. Get help with:
- Developing and organizing ideas
- Organizing large research projects
- Synthesizing and integrating research
- Citing and referencing sources
- Preparing research or thesis proposals
- Meeting thesis or dissertation deadlines
- Producing and delivering presentations
- Improving editing strategies
Read the tutor biographies on the Academic Learning Centre schedule to see which tutors offer writing tutoring to graduate students.
Other UM resources for graduate students
Group study sessions for select courses
The Academic Learning Centre offers free Supplemental Instruction (SI) in historically difficult classes. SI provides students an opportunity to work together in a group study environment.
Check back in Fall 2020 for an up-to-date schedule.
Winter 2020 Schedule
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310, CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, COMP 1012, ENG 1460
|A01||Simran||Tuesday (2:30-3:30 p.m.)||319 Allen|
|A01||Simran||Thursday (2:30-3:30 p.m.)||111 Armes|
|A02||Patricia||Monday (1:30-2:30 p.m.)||527 Buller|
|A02||Patricia||Wednesday (1:30-2:30 p.m.)||527 Buller|
|A01||Arqum||Tuesday (10-11 a.m.)||207 Human Ecology|
|A01||Arqum||Thursday (10-11 a.m.)||115 Armes|
|A02||Vicky||Tuesday (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)||301 Biology|
|A02||Vicky||Thursday (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)||301 Biology|
|A03||Tyler||Monday (1:30-2:30 p.m.)||115 Armes|
|A03||Tyler||Friday (1:30-2:30 p.m.)||115 Armes|
|A04||Cynthia||Monday (12:30-1:30 p.m.)||406 Tier|
|A04||Cynthia||Friday (12:30-1:30 p.m.)||406 Tier|
|A01||Tamarah||Tuesday (1-2 p.m.)||115 Armes|
|A01||Tamarah||Thursday (1-2 p.m.)||115 Armes|
|A02||Cate||Monday (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)||115 Armes|
|A02||Cate||Friday (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)||115 Armes|
COMPUTER SCIENCE 1012
|Emmanuel||Tuesday (1-2 p.m.)||E2-320 Engineering|
|Emmanuel||Friday (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)||E2-130 Engineering|
|Emma||Tuesdays (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)||E2-160 ENG|
Supplemental Instruction sessions are free weekly review sessions available to students in historically difficult classes. These voluntary sessions offer students an opportunity to:
- interact on an informal basis
- ask questions about the course
- compare notes
- discuss course content
- solve practice problems
- and develop study strategies
Supplemental Instruction sessions are facilitated by a peer mentor who has previously taken the course. SI leaders are experienced students who can help students by sharing their own study strategies and techniques. Attendance at any of these sessions is voluntary, and there will be different content to discuss each week. Students should bring class notes and textbooks, and they should be prepared to discuss course content and work in groups.
The Academic Learning Centre also offers a six-hour workshop to train writing and content tutors throughout the year. The workshop uses the text, Master Tutor, by Dr. Ross B. MacDonald (Cambridge Stratford Study Skills). The manual is complemented with other resources including tutor training videos and intercultural training resources.
Benefits of tutor training
Although tutors often intuitively use effective strategies during their appointments, tutor training can significantly improve the way a tutor thinks and interacts with students. Investing time in tutor training will improve the overall quality of tutoring on campus.
The ALC has been providing tutor training on the UM campus since spring 2004. Tutors from Disability Services, ACCESS programs, Aboriginal Focus Programs, the ALC Writing Tutor Program, ALC Content Tutors, Bison Sport Plus, Campus Life, UMES, UM Peers, and the U1 Mentorship Program have taken part in previous training sessions.
Receive a Co-Curricular credit for taking the training
Students who attend the full day of tutor training (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) will receive a Co-Curricular credit for attending.
The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official record of university-approved and facilitated activities that support student development in venues that are not for academic credit.
Check back soon! When we have the next tutor training sessions scheduled we will post the date here.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tutor role and tutor cycle
This session is designed to help tutors reflect on the goals of tutoring and their roles as tutors. In this workshop, we also examine fundamental tutoring strategies that can help to maximize learning, such as modeling and scaffolding. Special attention is paid to strategies that facilitate learning but are sometimes missed in tutoring.
12-1 p.m. Lunch break
Consult University of Manitoba dining services for locations and hours: umanitoba.campusdish.com
1:00-2:30 p.m. Academic Integrity
This session focuses on students' rights and responsibilities when it comes to plagiarism and inappropriate collaboration. Tutors will also learn strategies for promoting academic integrity while working with students.
2:30-4 p.m. Content tutoring
Helping students understand and apply concepts is often difficult. This workshop explains the learning process and provides some strategies that tutors can use when working with the students they tutor. In addition, tutors will work through scenarios that allow them to put various tutoring principles into practice. Examples from math and science will be provided.
Work with us!
The Academic Learning Centre is hiring student staff! Please follow the application instructions on the job postings (PDF) below:
Other free tutoring options on campus
Biological Sciences Undergraduate Students Society (BUGS)
The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Students Society (BUGS) provides academic resources such as textbooks and old exams.
Location: 111 Biological Sciences Building
Computer Science Help Centre
Mathematics Help Centre
The Mathematics Help Centre provides free tutoring by graduate students. It is a free service offered by the Department of Mathematics for all first year students to get help with mathematics. Located at 412 Machray Hall, the help centre is staffed by graduate students with a passion for teaching. You can come to the help centre if you have specific questions you wish to ask one of our tutors, or you can just come and use it as a study space with help on hand should you get stuck. Either way, bring your notes and your brains and come get help with those problems you've been stuck on!
If you are registered in a first year math course at the U of M, you should be enrolled on the MHC's UMLearn page where you can find more information about the Math Help Centre.
See the webpage for hours and other resources.
Location: Rm. 412 Machray Hall, 186 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
Contact: Clifford Allotey, Rm. 453 Machray Hall, 186 Dysart Road.
Physics Help Centre
The Physics Help Centre offers free tutoring for first and second year Physics courses provided by the Organization of Physics Undergraduate Students (OPUS). OPUS is a UM student-run organization associated with the department of Physics and Astronomy.
Help is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Prior to midterms and finals, OPUS members offer a four-hour session answering curated questions from previous exams and textbooks, including WileyPlus questions, to prepare you for your exams. there is a $20 fee for the explanations and techniques offered to solve common exam questions and the theory involved. All proceeds go towards OPUS events and bursaries.
A new schedule will be posted for this term for tutoring.
OPUS offers $600 bursaries, free first-year tutoring, organizes the CAP lectures for the faculty, and more. Membership is free and welcome to any undergraduate student from any department, however only volunteer tutors are offered study carrels at Rm. 206 Allen Building.
Looking for private tutors? Contact the Department of Physics Office.
Questions about tutoring/cram sessions? Contact email@example.com,
Room 206 Allen Building, 30a Sifton Rd, University of Manitoba.
Science Students' Association
The Science Students' Association offers free tutoring by connecting students with student tutors.
Location: Room 209 Armes Building
Statistics Help Centre
The Statistics Help Centre offers free tutoring provided by graduate students and senior undergraduate students.
Location: Room 311 Machray Hall
Engineering Society Tutoring Registry
University of Manitoba Engineering Society Tutoring Registry lists independent tutors who have achieved an A in the class they wish to tutor. These tutors set their own hourly rates. Meeting times and locations are agreed upon by the tutor and student.
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