Learning Supports

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The Student Success Centre

Our mission is to engage students and alumni in diverse learning opportunities to support their academic, personal and professional growth.

Your success is at the core of the services and programs offered by the Student Success Centre at McMaster University. Our services are available to support you from the time you accept your offer of admission up to 10 years after graduation.

How can we help with academics?

  • Book appointments with our Writing Tutors! Our team can help you tackle any project at any stage in the writing process. Appointments with the Undergrad Writing Centre are scheduled in the Learning Commons offices (Mills Library) from September to April. You can make an appointment in OSCARplus.
  • Connect with Academic Coaches! Be mentored by an upper-year student and get strategies to become a successful university learner. Coaches are available to meet between September and April in the Learning Commons offices (Mills Library).
  • Want to connect with an Academic Skills professional? Join us for regularly scheduled workshops on a range of academic topics, from effective study strategies to note-taking and more! Workshops are held in Gilmour Hall 110.
  • Need course content support? Find an approved peer tutor at affordable rates through the Undergrad Peer Tutoring Network. Sessions take place either in person or through the online classroom.

What else does the SSC do?

Outside of the world of academic skills, the Student Success Centre has other programs and services to help in your success both in school and outside of school. You can visit us for volunteer opportunities and mentoring. We also have a ton of resources and services to help you reach your career and educational goals. We’re a one-stop shop for everything you need to be successful.

The workshops are actually helpful.

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Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) can review a variety of academic accommodations for any student with a disability. To establish their accommodation plans, students must meet with a SAS Program Coordinator and are encouraged to connect with SAS prior to their arrival at McMaster to ensure timely intake. Additional resources include learning strategies, assistive technology, test and exam administration, note-taking, and transition support. For more information, please visit the Student Accessibility Services website.

For more information, please visit the Student Accessibility Services website.

Other Resources

Help Centres On-Campus

What happens if you’re having trouble in a course and need some help understanding the content? For instance, no matter what you do, maybe you can’t figure out the solution to a difficult math problem.

Many students don’t realize there are a few help centres on campus to help with certain subjects. See a tutor, find resources, and ask questions!

Math Help Centre

Find math resources and information about the Math Help Centre on their website.

First-year students might also appreciate the mathematics review manual, which will help prepare you for math at McMaster. See it here: Math Review Manual.

Chemistry Help

First-year students may wish to look at the chemistry review manual, which will help you prepare for chemistry at McMaster. See it here: Chemistry Review Manual, 2nd Edition.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of planning your journey through post-secondary education. These offices provide invaluable information about the structure of your education and can help you make the right choices in planning your course selections.