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OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC) - located in room 8-202

The OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC) is a full-service academic and cultural, communication  support centre. We are an instructional writing centre and offer all OISE students an opportunity to learn about the writing process and improve their ability to edit their own writing. We do NOT edit or proofread assignments for students.

OSSC Advisors have a range of professional and academic experience. Students are encouraged to consult our OSSC Advisor Profiles as a guide when booking appointments for help in a specific area or with a specific type of writing.


Overview of Services | Appointments | Inquiries | Additional Resources | Advisor Profiles

Overview of Services

Academic Writing - OSSC advisors offer one-on-one support with the writing process through working with students to understand their needs and develop strategies that students can use to improve their own writing throughout their academic journey, including:

  • Planning

  • Organizing

  • Writing

  • Revising

Sessions will focus on students’ current academic papers such as essays, MRPs, theses, dissertations, manuscripts for publication, funding applications, lesson plans, portfolios, personal journal entries, etc.

Presentation skills- in-class presentations, conference presentations, lesson delivery, etc.

Resume and Cover letter Support- individualized support with resumes/CVs, cover letters and interviewing skills. Consult the Teacher Employment Handbook before your appointment.

Math support- One-on-one appointments with the math advisor to further develop their skills are available with Jennifer Calix.  There are also ongoing workshops for teacher candidates that provide new teachers with the tools to create a learning environment where children can develop and master mathematical concepts. If you are specifically looking for math support, Jennifer specializes in Math support for teacher candidates. However, she is also able to provide the overall academic advising support offered at the OSSC. To Register for math workshops.

English language development- Students may book one-on-one appointments with advisors trained in second language instruction. Advisors will provide instructional support to enhance students’ grammar, oral communication, listening, reading and pronunciation skills.

French language support- One-on-one  appointments are available to teacher candidates to support their development of French language skills.

Teacher Skill Development Support- One-on-one appointments with an experienced teacher to understand discuss and develop skills related to the lesson planning process. Teacher candidates may also book appointments to deliver a mock lesson and receive feedback from an experienced advisor.

CTEP e-portfolios - You can meet with an OSSC Academic Advisor even before you’ve started to write your e-portfolio reflections. Please make sure to bring to your appointment; your course syllabi and an artifact to begin discussing your e-portfolio reflections. You are also welcome to bring anything you’ve written that you would like to review with the advisor.

Graduate Student Writing Groups- Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly? Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. To register please send an email to ghayas.shams@utoronto.ca



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How many sessions can you book at a time?
All OISE students can book TWO appointments per week and up to TWO appointments in the future. Each appointment starts on the hour and is 45 minutes long.

The appointment types are described below. Please be careful to check that you are booking the right kind of appointment for the help you need!



Appointment length: 45 minutes
Where: room 8-202
What: Bring your assignment description as well as a paper copy of your work.


Appointment length: 45 minutes
Where: Online
What: Send assignment at least 24 hours in advance to OSSC.OISE@utoronto.ca
How: Skype advisor will be in touch with Skype coordinates

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For inquiries regarding the online booking system, appointment booking & general information, please contact Ghayas Shams (ghayas.shams@utoronto.ca).

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Additional Resources


The Academic Success Centre located at the St. George campus offers a wide range of support.



The ELWS provides graduate students with advanced training in academic writing and speaking.



Making a Semester Plan: Set and Meet Writing Goals
Presented by Velta Douglas
CTEP ePortfolios Workshop
Presented by Jeanette Cepin
PowerPoint Presentation 

Presented by Angelica Galante
PowerPoint Presentation

Presented by Angelica Galante
PowerPoint Presentation


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