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OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC)

The Fall 2020 schedule is now available. 

COVID-19 Update: Please note all appointments will be held online. See below for instructions on how to log on. 

The OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC) is an academic skills and support centre that offers OISE graduate students the opportunity to book one-on-one appointments with an OSSC advisor to improve their abilities in a wide-range of areas. Our advisors have a range of professional and academic experience. Students are encouraged to consult the advisor profiles below as a guide when booking appointments for a specific subject. 

Types of appointments offered: Face-to-face appointments and online appointments via WCONLINE. We do not offer email appointments. 

  • Face to Face Appointments: OISE Student Success Centre, 8th floor, Rm 8-202
  • Online Appointments:  If you choose an online appointment, log back onto the WCONLINE system approximately five to ten minutes before the start of your appointment. Then, open your appointment and click "Start or Join Online Consultation".  In situations where we/you are encountering technical difficulties with the online booking system, your advisor will email you with SKYPE or Zoom instructions. 

    Tech Specs: For your online appointment, make sure you have a working webcam and microphone, a quiet space and ensure that your local internet provider has not put up any firewalls for modes of this form of communication. Firefox and Chrome browsers usually work best for online appointments on the WCONLINE system. Be sure that you have the latest version of your browser installed.

Limits: Students can have two active appointments a time and book up to 5 a month. Each appointment is 50 mins. 

Booking an appointment: Click on the blue button on the menu to the left.  Please note we do not review your work outside of appointment times. We also do not allow for back to back appointments as we feel students should have time to reflect on the appointment, suggested changes and revisions before booking their next appointment with an Advisors. 

What to know/bring:

  • Bring the rough draft of the assignment you would like to work on, your questions and ideas.
  • If this is a course assignment, the assignment instructions and/or syllabus.
  • Feel free to bring your laptop or a print out of the assignment.

If there are any accommodations we can provide in order to better facilitate your learning during an appointment or improve your experience in the writing center, please contact Nicole.Ryan@utoronto.ca
 

Understanding the legend/colour blocks on WCONLINE: WCONLINE provides a legend (i.e. colour blocks) to easily identify when appointments are available, booked, online etc. For easy viewing, please see the legend below which is also available on the appointment booking system.

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Appointment Cancellation/Missed Appointment Policy:
If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so as soon as possible but at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow other students to plan ahead when booking an appointment. If you fail to cancel your appointment within the required time or miss the appointment twice, it  will result in a "missed appointment" and you will be blocked from booking further sessions. 

Services

Advisors will be able to provide support in:

  • Academic Writing 
  • English Language Development 
  • Graduate Student Writing Groups 
  • Literature Review 
  • Presentation Skills
  • Resume and Cover Letters
  • Mock Interviews
  • Teacher Skills Development 
     

Please note: We no longer provide academic support for SSHRC and OGS grant/scholarship applicaitons. Please inquire with your department about workshops and resources on these award competitions.

We do not provide editing or proofreading services, rather we work together with the student to provide feedback, and work together through the writing process to develop your skills long term.

 

 

 

Advisor Profiles

Sana Abuleil
Doctoral candidate, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Expertise: Navigating research databases, academic writing, resumes and cover letters, lesson plans/mock lessons
Languages: English, Arabic
Services: Research skills, academic writing, English language development, designing teacher-trainee resources

View Sana's Bio


 

Harriet Akanmori
Doctoral candidate, Department of Social Justice Education

Expertise: Academic writing, qualitative research methodologies, international and ESL/ELL teaching
Languages: English
Services: Academic writing, English language development
View Harriet's Bio

 

Gabrielle Breton-Carbonneau
Doctoral candidate, Department of Social Justice Education

Expertise: Academic writing and scholarships, working with multicultural learners, ESL/FSL teaching, qualitative research
Languages: English, French
Services: Scholarship applications, academic writing, presentation skills, resumes and cover letters, French language proficiency

View Gabrielle's Bio

 

Katherine (Katie) Brubacher
Doctoral candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Experienced OCT certified teacher, working with multilingual learners, academic writing and scholarships, presentation skills, publishing research
Languages: English
Services: Scholarship applications, academic writing, presentation skills, teacher skills development, English language development
View Katie's Bio

 

Jeanette Cepin
Doctoral candidate, Department of Social Justice Education

Expertise: Academic writing, qualitative research methods, sociology of education - childhood and youth, Canadian education, academic publishing, teaching methods, familiarity with applying to school boards
Languages: English
Services: Academic writing, conference/classroom presentation skills, lesson/unit plan development, resumes and cover letters
View Jeanette's Bio

 

Velta Douglas
Doctoral candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Academic writing, environmental education, Indigenous education, international ESL teaching experience
Languages: English
Services: Academic writing, English language development
View Velta's Bio

 

Lucy El-Sherif
Doctoral candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning

Expertise: Academic writing, coaching English language learners, comparative and international education
Languages: English, Arabic
Services: Academic writing, presentation skills, English language development
View Lucy's Bio

 

Natalie Geiger 
Doctoral candidate, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Expertise: Academic writing, sport and education, student-athletes, experienced learning strategist, qualitative research methodologies
Languages: English
Services: Academic writing, resumes and cover letters
View Natalie's Bio

 

Jade Kim
Doctoral candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Expertise: International student experience, qualitative research methods, academic writing, oral classroom discourse
Languages: English, Korean
Services: Academic writing, English language development, presentation skills
View Jade's Bio

 

Michael Koslowski
Doctoral student, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Expertise: International and ESL teaching, plurilingualism, oral presentations, adjusting to new educational cultures
Languages: English
Services: Academic writing, English language development, research development, transition advising, presentation skills, teacher skills development, interview preparation
View Michael's Bio

 
Ximena Martinez Trabucco
Doctoral candidate, Department of Social Justice Education

Expertise: Qualitative research methods, ethnographic techniques, experienced classroom teacher, adjusting to new educational cultures
Languages: English, Spanish
Services: Scholarship applications, organization of ideas for academic writing and scholarships, presentation skills, teacher skills development
View Ximena's Bio

 

 

Ximena Martinez Trabucco
Doctoral candidate, Department of Social Justice Education

Expertise: Qualitative research methods, ethnographic techniques, experienced classroom teacher, adjusting to new educational cultures
Languages: English, Spanish
Services: Scholarship applications, organization of ideas for academic writing and scholarships, presentation skills, teacher skills development
View Ximena's Bio

Contact and Location

 

OSSC is located inside the OISE building, Room 8-202.

For general questions and to submit documents, please contact:
ossc.oise@utoronto.ca

For scheduling questions, please contact: nicole.ryan@utoronto.ca

For Emergenciesplease contact:

Nicole Ryan (Primary)
Recruitment and Diverse Student Success Coordinator
416-978-1852
nicole.ryan@utoronto.ca

Jeananne Robertson (Alternative)
Student Success Counsellor
416-978-2448
jt.robertson@utoronto.ca

Additional Resources + OSSC Event listings


Write - In Sessions

Dr. Anne Jordan invites PhD and EdD students to participate in the Thesis in Motion project, an OISE initiative to help students get their dissertation done.

Remote Write-In sessions with Professor Anne Jordan
Dates: Every Wednesday and Saturday for the month
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

If you are interested please - email anne.jordan@utoronto.ca  at 9:30 am on a writing day.

Include the following:
Time you start
Time you intend to finish
One goal for the day.