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Summer Term 2021 Services Information
The Learning Commons brings together academic learning supports to help students with areas such as writing, library research, citing, time management, study skills, exam preparation, English language support, career planning and much more. Remember we are still very much here to support students’ academic success through our on-demand and bookable virtual services (e.g., via chat or zoom), online workshops and online tutorials, especially SPARK. Connect with us Online Today!
For more service information, including zoom or chat links for drop-in services, and other types of partner services on offer, follow the links below:
- Libraries - Research Help
- Writing Centre
- ESL Open Learning Center (OLC)
- Learning Skills Services
- Career Education & Development
Libraries - Research Help
Virtual Drop-In Services
- On-demand interactive chat (including text chat and Zoom integration)
- A virtual chat and texting service staffed by librarians from most Ontario Universities including York University
- Bookable virtual consultations with subject and data librarians
- E-mail assistance
- FAQ Service – browsable and searchable with Submit A Question feature
Virtual Drop-In Services
15-minute drop-in zoom sessions with a writing tutor are available this summer at the Writing Centre. If more than one student is waiting for help, a queueing system will be in place using the Zoom waiting room feature.
During Summer Term 2021, the Writing Centre will offer drop-in hours at these times:
- Monday [Starting May 31 - July 19] from 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm [Zoom link to connect]
The Writing Centre’s Welcome video introduces you to services and programs available:
Other Writing Centre Services
- Bookable interactive chat consultations: 50 minute one-to-one appointments through online video chat. Make sure to enrol first by registering (first-time users) or logging in, and make sure to check out this handy FAQ with tips on this one-to-one writing support.
- Online Workshops: The WC will offer online, synchronous workshops on topics such as idea generation, generating a good thesis, and organizing your paper
- LA&PS Digital Dissertation Writing Group Cafes: This very popular eleven-week Café is designed to help PhD students in LA&PS make writing progress, connect to a larger writing community and stay focused/return focus on their dissertations.
- Online Resources: Consult this page for Writing Centre resources, such as helpful videos, online guides and tips to help you with writing and researching for academic assignments
ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC)
For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to register, access schedules, and book a session, check out this easy to follow video:
ESL OLC Services
- Bookable online video chat consultations: 50 minute one-to-one appointments, personalized for english language support, and available through online video chat. Make sure to enrol first by registering (first-time users) or logging in. When booking make sure to select the option of “language facilitation” to get a booking with an ESL OLC tutor. For more information on making a booking, watch this video posted on the ESL OLC website
- Drop-in: 15 minute drop-in appointments are available for writing support
- Group appointments: Can be made for groups of up to six students and one ESL OLC language facilitator on common interest areas. Examples of themes covered include pronunciation, discussion skills, writing, listening and/or reading. No editing. Enrol first to use this service
- ESL Café: Join to discuss discuss interesting topics designed by OLC facilitators to practice your oral communication skills.
Learning Skills Services
Summer Term Dates: Learning Skills Services are offering the following online services and resources to students during Summer 2021 from the week of May 17:
- Online Workshops: See current calendar posted for times and topics. Earn a Passport to Success.
- Student Guide to Remote Learning
- COVID-19 Wellbeing Resources
Career Education & Development
Drop-In Services (coming soon!)
- Virtual Career Lounge: Career Peer Educators are available on a drop-in basis during posted hours Monday to Friday to answer any career-related questions
- Career Corner: Ask the Pros: Thematic drop in Zoom meetings with career experts on popular career topics offered daily. Check out the calendar linked here for details.
Other Career Education & Development Services/Resources
- 1-on-1 Appointments with a Career Counsellor 20 minutes for the first appointment and additional sessions are 50 minutes.
- Online Workshops and Group Activities: Interactive webinars on a broad range of career relevant topics – registration required through Experience York)
- Career Education & Development’s Online Learning Modules (eClass): Online learning modules designed to help support students’ career development.
- FAQ: Career Education & Development During Covid-19: Resources to help with career development and job searching during uncertain times.