Peer Help: Academic Support

Peer Help Tutor

Need a tutor for a specific uOttawa course or want to become a Peer Help tutor? Click here to access the Tutor Web App or visit www.peerhelptutor.com

The Peer Help Tutor service is an initiative created by 2019 uOttawa alumni student, Mira Ghossein. Launched in November 2020, the tutoring service allows students to match with registered tutors for specific University of Ottawa courses at an affordable price.  

All tutors must have at least a B+ as a final mark in the course(s) they are intending to tutor. Furthermore, in order to maintain affordability of tutorship services, Masters and PhD students are to charge no more than $30/hour. All other tutors are not permitted to charge more than $20/hour. 

Peer Editing - Essay Corrections

Peer Editing is available for students who want to get their essay or reports corrected by one of the Peer Helper volunteers that are in good academic standing. Volunteers cannot help students to write an essay, restructure a thesis or argument, however only correct their grammars and punctuations. Students can book in-person appointments by sending an email to peerhelp@seuo-uosu.com or dropping by the office.  (Please note due to COVID-19 there will be no in-person appointments. However, you may email an essay for corrections and receive it back in 2-3 business days). 

Presentation Critiques (Only on Zoom due to COVID-19)

The Presentation Critiques service is to help students improve their presentation skills. Peer Helper volunteers are trained to offer constructive advice on giving effective presentations and to build students’ confidences. The presentation critiques are divided into 11 steps which will help the student learn; how to connect with the audience, focus on the audience’s needs, how to start the presentation strongly, how to use the voice effectively, how to reduce stress and anxiety, and etc. The students will have three practice sessions in which they get to self-evaluate themselves on the content and the delivery of the presentation. Students can book their appointments on Zoom using the following link: entraide-peerhelp.youcanbook.me

Recommended Resources

Mentors for both undergraduate and graduate students offer a variety of services for students experiencing academic problems, including mentoring centres, workshops, study groups, study skills, and scholarship information. Not sure where to start? Take a look at this Self-Assessment Tool and they’ll recommend the most suitable workshops, mentors and study groups to get you through the semester. 

Location110 University Private 

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/mentoring 

Email: asupp@uottawa.ca  

Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 3820 

Self-Assessment Tool: sass.uottawa.ca/sites/sass.uottawa.ca/files/mentoring_self_assessment_tool.pdf  

Student Academic Success Service (SASS) providing resources of different service mentoring centres in the following link: sass.uottawa.ca/en/mentoring/student/locations-service 

Mentoring services offered by each faculty for both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Location: 110 University Private 

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/mentoring/student/locations-faculty 

Email: asupp@uottawa.ca 

Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 3820  

Students with a documented disability or medical condition can work with Academic Accommodations Service to assess, establish, and implement appropriate academic accommodations for students who have a temporary or permanent disability.  

Location: Desmarais Building (DMS), 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 3172 

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/access 

Email: adapt@uottawa.ca 

Tel: 613-562-5976

The goal of the Academic Writing Help Centre is to help students develop strategies and writing skills that will enable them to understand the requirements of academic writing, develop their argumentation skills, expand their critical thinking abilities, and master the written language of their choice. Services include online resources, a resource library, and individual writing appointments. 

Location: 110 University Private 

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/writing 

Email: asupp@uottawa.ca 

Tel: 613-562-5601 

They are student mentors who focus on students’ academic success, who can teach them assistive technologies and learning strategies that work with their learning style. All students, University of Ottawa employees and community members are welcome. They offer workshops and one-on-one appointments for training in technologies to improve students’ study skills and to help them with their learning process. 

Location: Desmarais Building (DMS), 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 3172 

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/access/learning-technology-mentoring-centre 

Email: techmentors@uottawa.ca  

Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 4785 

Self-Help Tools

A table displaying a helpful tool to better understand the 11 undergraduate academic paths at the University of Ottawa. 

Website: www.uottawa.ca/understanding-your-undergraduate-program/  

They have various documents, tools and instructions for academic integrity, writing process, structure of paper, types of paper and grammar.  

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/writing/resources   

Study Skills Hub is designed to help students master the skills needed to succeed in university. They’ve put together a series of instructional articles online, to help develop students’ skills whenever and wherever they find most convenient. This allows them to improve their effectiveness, and to address study issues such as procrastination, perfectionism, stress management, motivation, exam preparation, memorizing, time management, teamwork and taking notes. 

Website: sass.uottawa.ca/en/mentoring/resources 

Email: asupp@uottawa.ca 

Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 3820