Academic support

Whatever your academic needs, we can help you achieve your best. We offer academic advising and tutoring support for Aboriginal students, as well as orientation for new students and a resource centre and computer lab to support you on your journey to academic success.

Contents

Academic advising Culturally supportive academic advising for undergraduate and graduate students on all three campuses
Orientation For new students at the beginning of each academic year
Tutoring supports Get help with essay preparation, writing, study and research skills
Resource Centre Access course materials and other resources or use one of our computers
Graduate students Services and support for graduate and professional/second-entry students
Other support Access the Academic Success Centre, Writing Centres and more

Academic advising

First Nations House offers culturally supportive academic advising to both undergraduate and graduate students on all three campuses. We can help with any of the following:

  • Assistance with academic planning
  • Advocacy with other U of T departments
  • Referrals to all U of T Student Life programs
  • Assistance with registration and scheduling
  • Pre-admission counselling
  • Tutorial accommodation
  • Assistance in applying to graduate school
  • Personalized one-on-one appointments

Whether you are an incoming or returning student, we can help you transition into student life and feel secure in your choices and surroundings.

For more information contact Shannon Simpson, Coordinator of Academic Supports at julie.shepard@utoronto.ca or 416-978-1290.

Orientation

First Nations House organizes an orientation session for new students at the beginning of each academic year.

If you are new to the University of Toronto and/or if you have yet to visit First Nations House, we invite you come and learn about the supports that we offer. Meet new people, enjoy a cup of coffee and find out how you can get involved in the Aboriginal community at U of T.

For more information contact Shannon Simpson, Coordinator of Academic Supports at julie.shepard@utoronto.ca or 416-978-1290.

Tutoring supports

Looking for help with essay preparation and writing, or study and research skills? At First Nations House, the Aboriginal Learning Strategist can help you with writing and research strategies, advise you on exam preparation, or show you how to better manage your time.  Face-to-face meetings and workshops are offered throughout the year.

If you require assistance in a specific area (e.g. math or science) please contact the Coordinator of Academic Supports at julie.shepard@utoronto.ca.

Resource Centre and Computer Lab

The Resource Centre maintains a growing collection of printed materials and audio visual resources that represent a wide range of Indigenous-related content. Our Resource Centre Coordinator is very knowledgeable about Aboriginal/Indigenous issues and is available to assist students with research.

The centre carries many of the texts and other course materials required in the Indigenous Studies Program as well as a wide range of books that support students taking courses in other faculties and departments.

You can drop in or make an appointment with Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin, Resource Centre Coordinator at 416-978-0413 or fnh.library@utoronto.ca.

 

Hours for the Resource Centre

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Extended hours by appointment.

 

Computer Lab

Registered students can use one of our five work stations to access the internet, get email and/or work on assignments. Limited printing is also available.

Wireless access is also available (a UTORid is required).  

Graduate and professional students

Graduate and professional students can access the following services and supports at FNH:

  • Meet with the Aboriginal Learning Strategist
  • Get help with academic planning
  • Advocacy for academic issues
  • Access the Resource Centre and Computer Lab (see above)

Some faculties also offer support specifically for Aboriginal students. The Faculty of Law provides a variety of services and programming for Aboriginal law students. The Faculty of Medicine has established the Office of Indigenous Medical Education for students in Undergraduate Medical Education.

Other academic support

Aboriginal students can find further support at the University for a variety of academic needs.