Learning Skills Services, Student Development Centre

PAL Centre

Before paying for a tutor, get free assistance in SDC's Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Centre. You can discuss general or subject-specific learning concerns with a Learning Peer in a supportive, peer-run environment and develop learning strategies to achieve your academic goals.

WinterPAL

Open: Fall term (September 19 - December 7, 2016) and Winter term (January 9 - April 7, 2017). Closed during the Summer term, the Fall Study Break, December and April exam periods, Reading Week, and statutory holidays.

No appointment needed - just drop by!

For Maximum Benefit Bring Course Materials With You

Location and Hours:

Room 4139 WSS (near the elevators on the fourth floor)
Monday to Friday 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Math/Physics Hours

MathCal

Learning Peers help students develop problem-solving skills for first year (and some upper year) Math and Physics courses (in addition to other academic skills) during these hours.

MOS/Business Hours

MOSCal

Learning Peers help students develop effective learning skills for first year (and some second year) MOS and Business courses (in addition to other academic skills) during these hours.

Science Hours

ScienceCal

Learning Peers help students develop problem-solving skills for first year (and some upper year) Science courses (in addition to other academic skills) during these hours.

General Learning Skills Hours

Feel free to drop-by for general learning skills help at any time while the PAL Centre is open! Our peers can always help with time management, organization, test preperation and note-taking... AND MUCH MORE!  Please see the list below for general learning skills topics.

Do you want to be a better student? The senior student volunteers in the PAL Centre can assist you. The PAL Centre provides students with learning skills assistance on a drop-in basis. Some of the issues addressed are:

  • time management
  • memory techniques
  • essay planning
  • learning from lectures
  • learning from textbooks
  • preparing for/writing multiple-choice exams
  • problem solving for math and science courses
  • writing essay exams
  • managing test anxiety
  • strengthening concentration

A Resource Library is available to all students in the PAL Centre during our hours of operation.  Certain standardized test prep guides (e.g. MCAT) and books on a variety of learning-related topics are available to use onsite.

Textbooks on table