• Are you having trouble concentrating or managing your thoughts?
  • Are you always tired or often have trouble sleeping at night?
  • Do you suffer from frequent headaches, stomach upset or back pain that is not related to a specific medical issue?

You may be suffering from stress: learn how to cope with it!

  • Do you have enough free time?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you forget to eat? Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Do you forget test dates or assignment deadlines?
  • Are you in the habit of postponing work on your assignments and always finding something “better” to do?

Learn techniques to help you better manage your time to be more productive, improve your concentration and even benefit from taking time off!  

The Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC) is your number one resource at uOttawa for everything to do with writing assignments. Be sure to check out their online resources or go see them in person to meet with an advisor.

Learn how to write a great assignment that presents a solid, convincing argument.

Learn how to organize your ideas

Learn how to avoid common grammar errors.

Plagiarism (PDF, 78 KB), whether intentional or not, can have serious consequences. To avoid plagiarism, always cite your sources and list them in your bibliography according to the format specified for your assignment. The referencing format most often used at the Faculty of Social Sciences is the APA style (PDF 463 KB), but other referencing formats exist, so be sure to check your assignment instructions and course syllabus.

Working as a group can improve the quality of your ideas; it can be hard to come up with a variety of opinions when you work alone. Even though group assignments can present their own challenges at times, they give the group members a chance to express new ideas and move in the right direction.

  • Do you find it hard to start your assignments?
  • Do you have trouble reaching the goals you have set?
  • Are you unhappy with your grades but can’t seem to improve them?

The Mentoring Centre has tools to help you stay motivated.

  • Do you get anxious or stressed before or during exams?

In addition to strategies to help you manage stress throughout the term, the Mentoring Centre provides useful tips and tricks on preparing for exams to help get you confidently through this trying time and, hopefully, help you ace those tests!

Frequently asked questions

The Student Experience Centre (SEC) offers help to undergraduate students, who want support in their transition to the University, develop effective study skills, or ensure their success in their courses. All services are free and confidential.

Mentors are 3rd and 4th year students from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Dedicated and competent, with diverse backgrounds, mentors are passionate about their studies and sincerely motivated to support students in achieving their academic ambitions. Meet your mentors!

If you are looking to:

  • Ease your transition (arrival at university)
  • Manage your time better
  • Optimize your note taking
  • Improve your attention and concentration
  • Read effectively
  • Write effectively
  • Prepare for exams
  • Prepare for oral presentations
  • Increase your motivation
  • Manage your study-related stress (perfectionism, performance anxiety)
  • Facilitate your family-work-study balance

…the mentors are there for you!

Mentors can also support you if you have doubts or concerns, refer you to services elsewhere at the university that can help you, or just listen if you need to talk.

Mentors provide advice and guidance to help you achieve your academic goals. Unlike tutors, mentors do not discuss course subject matter. Tutors for many disciplines are available through the Peer Help Centre.

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.