University Student Transition Resources

This list of resources is meant to reinforce learning and the skills needed for academic success in university. The following programs are available to all students attending Ontario universities.

This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, partly because universities regularly make adjustments to services.

Have questions or need more information? Contact the appropriate university directly.

Laurentian University

Accessibility Services

Partners in Accessibility at Laurentian (PAL):

  • Our free 3-day transition program includes a mock lecture, a student and faculty panel discussion, social events and an overview of support services.
  • Designed for students with an Individualized Education Program.
  • Throughout the year, you can attend workshops to learn skills and strategies to enhance your learning experience, including:
    • Effective note-taking
    • Study skills strategies
    • Test-taking strategies
    • Time management tools
  • For more information, email the PAL program.
  • Registration deadline: August.

Centre for Academic Excellence

First Year Coach Program:

  • You can choose to be matched with an upper-year student from your program months before you begin your studies to answer your questions and help you navigate the start of your first year.
  • You are encouraged to reach out to your coach for insight on your program and for tips and tricks on student life at Laurentian University.

Orientation Sessions:

  • Orientations are held in person and through remote sessions in both English and French weeks before the beginning of each term.
  • During these sessions, you will learn about academic regulations, majors, minors and the services available to you.
  • For more information, email the Laurentian Orientation office.

Academic Writing:

  • You become an author and researcher once you begin university. Enhance your writing abilities with a writing coach and exercise your academic freedom.
  • This is not a remedial service.
  • Get help with pre-writing, writing and post-writing.
  • Get help with APA, MLA, Vancouver or Chicago style referencing, and with formatting.


  • Matches students based on course code.
  • Tutors have passed the course with at least a 75%.
  • All tutors have successfully completed the tutor training.

Student Success Advising:

  • Private, confidential meetings available by appointment or drop in.
  • Explore degrees and combinations.
  • Get help with changing programs and courses.
  • Link degrees to a career.
  • Gain insight on completing majors, minors and specializations.
  • Access student advocacy and get help with appeals.

Contact Laurentian University