About the centre

The Student Experience Centre exists to help students in the Faculty of Social Sciences adjust to university life, succeed in their studies, and enrich their university life. Assistance depends on the needs of each student. All services are free.

Academically, mentors can help you learn techniques for time management, effective reading and note taking, stress management, and exam preparation. Mentors are also able to help you prioritize and work towards your goals.

Professionally and personally, mentors can support you if you have doubts or concerns and can lend an ear when you need someone to talk to. They help you find answers to your questions, refer you to appropriate services or just share university experiences with you.

All mentors go through training provided by the Student Academic Success Services (SASS) at the beginning of each academic year. Throughout the year, they take part in workshops and courses to enable them to better help students.

Mentors provide advice and guidance to help you achieve your academic goals, while tutors explain subject matter covered in certain courses. Unlike tutors, mentors haven’t necessarily taken a course that you need help with and are thus unable to answer specific questions. If you need help with a particular class, don’t be afraid to contact your TA or your professor. The Peer Help Centre can also provide you with a list of tutors for various courses. Please note that the Mentoring Centre for the Faculty of Arts offers free tutoring for first year Philosophy courses.

All individual Mentor-Mentee sessions are completely confidential. Students should feel free to talk about their personal issues and concerns in a secure, yet unrestrictive, environment.

Appointments are not necessary.

If you are having trouble with a certain assignment or course, it is helpful to bring the syllabus or assignment outline with you, as well as any work you have already done. It is also a good idea to bring your class and work schedules.

Mentors may look over your outline and read your introduction and conclusion paragraphs, but we do not read the entire essay, edit grammar and spelling, or change syntax. We suggest that students make an appointment at the Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC) if they are looking for help with written assignments. The following online writing tools from the AWHC will guide you through the requirements of writing at the university level.

For assignments in French, please note that the program Antidote is available on the computers in Morriset library, the Academic Writing Help Centre, 2nd floor computer labs in VNR (Vanier Building), in FSS 2010 and the computer lab in Montpetit 140. In addition to Morriset library, there are printers located at the Academic Writing Help Centre and at VNR 2007


Hi there !

I’m Erika and I am your coordinator for the Student Experience Centre, I am super excited to be among you all!

A little bit about me as a human: I am from Kingston, Ontario and I am a huge fan of dogs (I have a chiweenie—it’s exactly what it sounds like, and a shorkie at home). I LOVE to talk, so if you ever want to pop into my office (FSS 3023A) and chat, I am all ears. I’m also a big fan of you, the student. I have put in a lot of time and effort studying student development while completing my Master of Education in Student Affairs, and I am ready to put my knowledge and skills forward in the uOttawa community.

There are so many opportunities here at Ottawa U, you’re in great hands. My mentors and I have worked tirelessly to provide you with workshops and study groups that will not only be beneficial to your success but will allow you to connect with your peers and enrich your student experience. We want to help make your experience the best it can possibly be, so please drop into the Centre! Looking forward to meeting you all.


Contact us

Student Experience Centre

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 3023
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

[email protected]


Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic our services are available online and in-person (during certain times of the week). To know when the Centre is open, please email us at [email protected]

The FSS and Vanier buildings are currently only open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thank you for your patience and collaboration.

Virtual Office Hours
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.