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OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC)

The U of T Writing Centres are transitioning this fall into a new booking system called WCONLINE.

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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. 

Please note: The OSSC does not edit or proofread assignments for students.

Services

We offer face-to-face meetings and online appointments via WCONLINE.  If you choose an online appointment, log back in to this website approximately five to ten minutes before the start of your appointment. Then, open this appointment and click "Start or Join Online Consultation".  In situations where we are encountering technical difficulties with the online booking system, your advisor will email you with SKYPE or Zoom instructions.

Students can book two appointments per week and can schedule two appointments into the future. Appointments start on the hour and are 50 minutes long. 

To book an appointment or register for a workshop, click on the blue button on the menu to the left. 


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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SERVICE OFFERED AT THE OSSC

Academic Writing
Work with an advisor to improve your writing. Get tips on planning, organizing, and revising academic papers. 

Presentation Skills
Learn how to improve your in-class, conference, or lesson delivery presentation skills.

Resume, Cover Letter and Interviews
Work with a career advisor to get support with your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills.

Math Support
Help you develop essential math skills that can be put into practice. 

English Language Development
Enhance your speaking, writing, listening, and support related to your transition to Canadian higher education, living in Toronto, and navigating the University of Toronto.

Teacher Skills Development
Develop skills related to lesson planning. Appointments for mock lessons are available for teacher candidates.  

Graduate Student Writing Groups
Join a community of peers to help you maintain a consistent writing schedule (Not available every year)
 

Appointment Cancellation/Missed Appointment Policy
You can cancel an appointment up to 24 hours before your appointment by using the online booking system. You must cancel any appointment that you will not be using at least a day before so that we can give it to another student. Appointments are in high demand; often, we have a waiting list. If you simply fail to show up for an appointment, it goes wasted. And if you do this twice without further explaination, you will receive a penalty and may not be able to book further appointments at the Writing Centre for the remainder of the academic year.
 

To book an appointment or register for a workshop, click on the blue button on the menu to the left.

Advisor Profiles

 
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

 

Jennifer Calix
Doctoral candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Expertise: K-12 international teaching, mathematics education and teaching tool/technology integration 
Languages: English
Services: Math advising, Math Concepts Development workshops, career and transition advising
View Jennifer'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

 

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

 

Samantha Walsh
Doctoral candidate, Department of Social Justice Education

Expertise: Academic writing, disability and social inclusion, non-profit employment and hiring
Languages: English
Services: Academic writing, resumes and cover letters
View Samantha's Bio

Contact and Location

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

For scheduling questions or to submit documents, please contact: ossc.oise@utoronto.ca

For Emergencies, please 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

 

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