Friday, November 11, 2011


Hello everyone!
Hope all is going well. We are more than halfway through the semester and with final exams drawing near, here is a good tip for all of you out there:

Book an appointment with a Study Skills Peer Counsellor!
Disappointed with your midterm marks? Feeling overwhelmed by the number of assignments and papers due by the end of the month? Need some tips in taking better notes or reading textbooks more efficently? Hope is not lost. There's still a chance to bounce back and learn about better study skill techniques. How? By meeting up with one of our Study Skills Peer Counsellors!

Our peer counsellors are senior students who not only have excellent academic records but are trained by AACC staff to help you to improve your study habits and grades. Study Skills Peer Counsellors assist students with various study skills including (but not limited to) time management, taking lecture notes, effectively reading texts, and test preparation and test-writing skills.

Want to know more about your Study Skill Peer Counsellors? See their web page here.

Here are the following steps in booking an appointment with a study skills peer counsellor:
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your UTORid and password to login
  3. Click on “Calendar”
  4. Click on the drop down box in the right corner
  5. Select “AACC Study Skills Counselling”
  6. Select the time
  7. Under Re: select “Other”
  8. Select “Book now"
And there you go!
If you need any assistance, ACE is on Facebook, check out the AACC website or drop by the Academic Advising and Career Centre office at AC213. AACC staff and counsellors are always ready to help out. Best of luck to everyone!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tips for writing exams!

ACE here once again. So you've studied the test material in depth and you're ready for your exams! Keep in mind though, that test writing is a skill in and of itself. Here is some useful advice!

Before your exams,
  • Make sure you know where your exam is! If you've spent so much time studying, the last thing you want to do is forget your exam location. Write it down early, and make sure that you check for any last minute changes.
  • Arrive early! Give yourself enough time to sit down, relax and collect your thoughts.
  • Take care of your body! Eat well-balanced meals and get enough rest. Your brain will thank you. Stay away from high sugar energy drinks.
During your exam,
  • Relax: Panicking won't help you now. Take a deep breath and focus on the task at hand.
  • Look over the test once: First, make sure no pages are missing. Then find the easier questions and do them first. This gives you more time to focus on the challenging problems.
  • Double-check your work. Re-do your calculations, re-read your explanations and re-examine your thought process. Make sure that you are answering the question!
  • Concentrate! During an exam, there will be distractions. Whether it is an announcement or a shuffling invigilator, try your best to tune it out.
After your exam,
  • Reward yourself. Relax and do something you enjoy. You deserve the break!
  • Study for the next one! If you have another exam coming up, study hard and get ready to do it all again!
These are just some ideas of what to do before, during and after your exams. Remember if you have any questions, feel free to visit the UTSC AA&CC in Room AC213. You can also book an appointment with a Study Skills Peer Mentor through the UTSC Intranet.

That's all for now, good luck with your exams!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Find a good study environment!

Hello once again! Midterms are underway and I’m sure you guys are all very busy! But as usual, ACE is here to provide some help.

Tip of the Day: Find a good study environment!

With midterms and assignments piling on, it’s easy to quickly feel overwhelmed!
Remember that where you learn very much influences what you learn. Pick a quiet spot with limited visual distractions. This means no Youtube, Facebook or chatty friends. In terms of noise level, absolute silence may be great for some but not others. It’s important find out what works for you.

After your designated study times, reflect on whether or not your study environment was helpful. If you didn’t accomplish your goals, perhaps a new location would work better.
Remember that the UTSC AA&CC provides many helpful workshops, including ones related to studying and test-taking. You can book these using the UTSC Intranet.
Aside from studying, come out to a few events hosted by the AA&CC. Many are related to either graduate studies and employment- something that all university students should be thinking about!

Getting Started on your Personal Statements – October 19, 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm
Applying to Professional and Grad School- October 20, 2011 from 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Hi My Name is...An Intro to Networking – October 25, 2011 from 12:00-1:00pm
Volunteer Fair - October 26-27, 2011 in the Meeting Place.

Make time for these events! They’re very informative and will definitely help you in the long run. Remember, if you are applying for graduate school, funding applications are quickly ending! Make sure you are aware of all the internal deadlines.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Greetings to you all! September is drawing to a close giving way to October and we all know what that means. Midterms! Essays! Deadlines! Yikes! But have no fear for ACE is here to help you out, as always.


Attend a Study Skills WORKSHOP!

Every semester, the AACC offers different seminars and workshops which are meant to help students improve on their academic study skills. The Study Skills seminars and workshops are provided for students who are interested in learning new strategies for studying more effectively, managing time and other skills that are essential for academic success. Want to know how to do better on multiple choice exams? There’s a workshop for that. Are you struggling with textbook reading or note taking? Well, there’s a seminar for that. Lacking motivation or feel like procrastination is bringing you down? Yes, we have a workshop for that too. You can find and sign up for any of the upcoming workshops and seminars on the Intranet or, for more information, visit the Study Skills page on the AACC website.

A couple of interesting workshops coming up in October:

Reading Textbooks - Monday, October 3, 2011 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mastering Multiple Choice Tests and Exams - Monday, October 3, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm and Monday, October 17, 2011 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Extreme Time Management and Procrastination- Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Midterm Test Preparation - Wednesday, October, 5, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm and Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Memory and Concentration- Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Note taking in Lectures - Wednesday, October, 12, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Hoping all of you are doing well and keeping up with all your coursework! Again, if any of you need any help or have any questions or concerns, ACE is on Facebook, also check out the AACC website or come by the Academic Advising and Career Centre office at AC213!

Cheers and happy studying to you all,


Tuesday, September 13, 2011


To all the new students ready to start their first year at UTSC, WELCOME! To all students returning for another year, WELCOME BACK! It’s another school year for many of us and there are a lot of things to get done, a new routine to get used to and many new faces to get to know. But worry not! ACE is here to help all of you get settled in as classes begin and course syllabuses start rolling out.

First off, the UTSC Experience Fair is back again this year. The Experience Fair is an excellent opportunity to get familiar with paid or volunteer experiences available on campus. Faculty and staff from a wide array of departments will be participating at the fair to meet up with students who may be interested in getting involved with their projects or activities. The UTSC Experience Fair will take place on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011, 12-2 PM at the SCIENCE WING MEETING PLACE. I will be there as well along with some Academic Advising and Career Centre staff, so please feel free to stop by our booth! To learn more about the UTSC Experience Fair, click here.

Well, I believe that is all for now, I sincerely hope everyone is ready and excited for this new semester. Best of luck and happy studying to each and every one of you! Stay tuned for more important events, dates, study tips and other awesome things!

If any of you have any questions or concerns, find me on Facebook, visit the AACC website or visit the Academic Advising and Career Centre office at AC213 and our staff would be more than happy to help you out.