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You’re at university primarily to learn, so it’s important to understand what academic life at Carleton is like. In this section you’ll become familiar with the different types of classes at Carleton, how to organize your academic life, what kind of support is offered at Carleton and more!Get Started
Don’t be afraid to seek out help. Carleton has made many resources available to help students. Just because you may have upper year status, does not mean that you have to try to figure out everything by yourself. Many of Carleton’s resources are open to all students.
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The Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) is Carleton’s collaborative student learning centre. Centrally located on the 4th floor of the MacOdrum Library, CSAS offers peer-led individualized and group-based academic support services to provide you with university-level learning strategies. Using a combination of workshops, one-on-one peer mentoring, in-class presentations, and online initiatives, CSAS can help you develop effective study habits, improve your writing and study skills, and enhance your understanding and application of course material.
CSAS’s range of one-on-one, drop-in support services includes Skill Development Sessions, Writing Services, and Peer Assisted Subject Coaching (PASC).
Learn how to tackle academic challenges, such as time management, and develop study skills that can strengthen your academic performance at a Skill Development Session. Get instruction on how to organize your writing by meeting with a Writing Services tutor. You can also sit down with a PASC Subject Coach, who can help you understand difficult course material and provide you with useful study strategies.
Bounce Back is a mentorship program that pairs first-year students who have had a difficult first semester at Carleton with an upper-year Facilitator. This Facilitator can can offer support and help a first-year student work through issues that may be impacting their academic performance so that they may work towards academic and personal success.
If you enjoy learning in groups and collaborating with others, CSAS runs weekly sessions and workshops.
Practice your English speaking skills at an English Conversation Session. You can review course material through fun, collaborative activities and gain a better understanding of the concepts discussed in your lectures at a Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) workshop. You can also attend a Skill Development Workshop to improve your study habits.
The First Year Connections (FYC) program is specifically designed to assist first year students in making a successful transition from high school to university. First Year Connections encompasses all three components of the Student Experience Office’s mandate – transition support, engaging programming opportunities and peer to peer learning. Mentors will support students in their academic, personal and professional goals by providing encouragement, helping students access support services and helping students to get more involved in the Carleton community.
Participating students are paired with an upper-year mentor in their program who they will meet with one-on-one throughout the first six to eight weeks of the school year. Students and Peer Mentors will meet weekly to make sure the transition to university life is as smooth as possible, connecting them with their academic department, identifying social opportunities and ways to meet new people, and ensuring they have someone who they can ask anything at all about Carleton, student resources, and how to get involved and make the most of campus life.
Carleton is pleased to welcome college graduates and university transfer students to our campus community. We recognize that transfer students have unique backgrounds and transition needs. We have developed dedicated support services to help facilitate a smooth transition into a new cultural and academic environment. Here, you’ll find a stimulating campus community where you can meet new people, get involved in activities that interest you, and experience all that living in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, has to offer.