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Peer-Led Support

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides co-curricular academic support, to all students enrolled in selected courses in  Business, Science, Psychology and Music. Weekly peer-facilitated study sessions are led by trained undergraduate students known as "SI Leaders", who have already successfully completed the course before.

SI sessions help students navigate challenging course requirements. At its core, the SI model helps students integrate what to learn with how to learn.
SI has been successfully implemented around the world as an effective strategy to improve academic success.

Weekly SI sessions are available to all registered students in these specific courses who want to improve their:

  • understanding and application of course material
  • study strategies and skills relevant to the course
  • grades in the course

  • preparation for tests, exams, and assignments
  • habits to engage in regular review and practise
  • active learning skills

SI sessions provide an opportunity to engage with course concepts in a peer-led learning community.

SI is an opportunity to enhance your learning, and is not a replacement for attendance at lectures, tutorials or labs.

In order to make the most of SI we recommend that you arrive prepared by reviewing your lecture notes prior to attending the SI session.

Attendance at SI sessions is voluntary. Some courses, but not all, offer bonus credit for attending SI sessions. Consult your course syllabus to confirm whether bonus marks are offered by your professor. While registration is not required prior to attending each weekly SI session, it is recommended that you arrive early, as space is limited.

You may track your attendance through the Student Success Student Portal
Please allow at least three business days for your attendance to be recorded.

Spring Term 2020 SI Sessions

BU111 SI and BU121 SI are offered for the Spring Term 2020, beginning Monday May 25th until Wednesday August 5th.

Please note SI will not be offered on the following holidays: Wednesday July 1st and Monday August 3rd.

All SI Sessions for the Spring Term are on ZOOM, accessed through ZOOM Meetings on the SI Myls Page.

BU 111 SI sessions are on Mondays (except August 3)

BU 111 Midterm Review: Friday June 5th from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on ZOOM

Regular sessions:

  •   4:30 to 5:30 pm
  •   6:30 to 7:30 pm

BU 121 SI sessions are on Wednesdays (except July 1)

BU 121 Midterm Review: Friday June 19th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on ZOOM

Regular sessions:

  •   4:30 to 5:30 pm
  •   6:30 to 7:30 pm


Facilitated Study Groups

A facilitated study group (FSG) is a time and place for you to get together with other people from your classes and an FSG leader (someone who has previously taken the course) to discuss the course content and gain a deeper understanding of what is being covered in the class lectures and readings. This does not mean that the FSG leaders will teach you the content, but they will help you enhance your understanding of course material, and they can also help students with understanding assignment requirements. FSGs run until the last day of classes.

Spring 2020

For the Spring 2020 term, online facilitated study groups will be offered for the following courses:

BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World
BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance (Brantford Foundations)
Mondays 5 - 6 p.m.
To connect, join our Live Classroom (accessible through our MyLS page).
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Taco Tuesday Teach-ins

Taco Tuesday Teach-ins are monthly academic skills workshops facilitated by our Senior Peer Mentor for Indigenous Students at the Indigenous Student Centre. All students are welcome. No registration is required.

Taco Teach-ins will resume for the 2020-2021 academic year in the fall term.

Support for Online Learners

Learning Skills and Development is offering support specific to online learning. Get support navigating your online course(s), ask questions, and discuss strategies for success in an online learning environment.

Students can enrol to participate in our My Learning Space discussion group for online learners, hosted by our summer intern.

To enrol in the online learner discussion group:

  • Choose "Learning Skills & Development Online" from your course list on My Learning Space.
  • Click on the "Groups" tab at the top of the page.
  • Click on "View Available Groups."
  • Select Online Learners Discussion Group and click "Join Group."
  • You can now access the online learner discussion forum.