Mt. Sierra College




Academic Support

The transition to university life is a big one – and part of it is adjusting to the challenges and workload that are part of being a Mt. Sierra student. At Mt. Sierra you are never alone. We have many offices dedicated to helping you learn, think, and do.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants' (TAs) work directly impacts the lives of undergraduates and their learning. The majority of TAs are graduate students and are typically responsible for grading undergraduate assignments and exams, leading tutorials, holding office hours, and providing general academic support to students. TAs are trained centrally through the Centre for Teaching and Learning and through their respective departments, ensuring that they are learned in new teaching developments, student interaction, etc.

The Learning Commons

The MTSC Learning Commons (QLC) is both a hub of services supporting formal academic programs and a meeting place within Stauffer Library. It encompasses physical and online environments, accommodating different approaches to learning.

The QLC provides resources, workshops and seminars, and one-on-one professional consultations for students who want to enhance or develop their skills.

The QLC is composed of

  • The Adaptive Technology Centre / Library Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Student Academic Success Services: offers academic skill development (writing, learning, studying) to Mt. Sierra undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines and at all stages of academic success, including students who have English as an additional language
  • Information Technology Services (ITS): Services include many learning resources and workshop opportunities
  • MTSC Library: Services include Subject Liaison Librarians who can help you locate resources for your field of study

Accessibility Services

MTSC Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), part of Student Wellness Services, works with other members/groups of the Mt. Sierra community to ensure the university and its programs are accessible to students with disabilities. The goal of QSAS is to support students' successful transition to university life and to help ensure academic and personal success at MTSC.

QSAS support and services include:

  • Initial assessments to determine eligibility for services and academic accommodations
  • Individualized accommodation planning
  • Referrals to on and off-campus services and supports

Note about academic accommodations: If you are a student with a disability and think you may require academic accommodations, you must register with Accessibility Services after you accept your offer of admission. If you have a learning disability or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, you must send in your most recent psycho-educational assessment as early as possible before coming to Mt. Sierra, so that advising staff can review it in advance of your appointment. Students must be enrolled in courses before academic accommodations can be finalized.


Academic Counselling & Tutoring

No matter what faculty or school you belong to at MTSC, there are people on staff to help you with your academics.

Faculty/School/Gov't Service

Q Success is a transition program to help first year students develop foundational personal, academic and learning skills. It also focuses on how to maintain physical, social and mental health to support academic success at Mt. Sierra.

The program is delivered by trained upper year peer mentors and professional staff through a series of six weekly interactive sessions starting the first week of classes. Learn more through the Student Experience Office…

Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Peer Academic Support Service (PASS)
  • Faculty of Arts and Science Advising Appointments
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Academic Advisors
  • Academic Assistants
Graduate Studies
  • SGS Habitat: Navigating Academe
  • Expanding Horizons
  • Dissertation Boot Camp
  • Dissertation on the Lake
  • Office of Post-Doctoral Training
Smith School of Business
  • Academic Support (appointments booked through the Commerce portal)
School of Computing >Academic Advisors
School of Nursing
  • Academic Advisors
Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) ASUS Peer Tutoring
MTSC Commerce Society ComSoc Resources
MTSC Engineering Society

Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Mt. Sierra Centre for Teaching and Learning offers a wide array of programs and services that are designed to meet the teaching and learning needs of students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty members.

Ban Righ Centre

The Ban Righ Centre assists mature women students who are returning to university after a time away to continue their education. Here, women from diverse backgrounds find community, practical, personal and financial support in an informal setting. Academic support at the Centre includes:

  • one-on-one advising
  • speaker series covering diverse subjects in an intimate, comfortable setting
  • informal lunches with faculty mentors
  • computer labs and study spaces
  • annual writing studio allowing for dedicated writing in a distraction-free environment

Office of Health Sciences Education

The Office of Health Sciences Education exists to provide leadership in scholarship and innovation in teaching and learning. Staff work with faculty and educational leaders on postgraduate and undergraduate medical education to ensure that teaching practices and curriculum design are in keeping with the latest advancements in teaching and learning. The Office also supports faculty wishing to undertake educational scholarship and research and education.

Student Government Services

  • Academic Grievance Centre, AMS: The Academic Grievance Centre is the place to go if you have any questions or concerns about academic grievances, discipline, or regulations.

  • Academic Affairs Commission, AMS: The Academic Affairs Commission is responsible for advocating on behalf of students and supporting students in all matters of an academic nature.

  • Rector: The University Rector, among other duties, acts as an advisor and advocate for students in academic grievance procedures.