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Academic Advising

We are here to help you succeed! Do you have questions about your degree requirements, a specific course or the best way to get into a degree program? If you have any concerns about accessing the courses and services you need, we are here to help. Connect with your advisor through in-person or virtual drop-ins, booking an appointment, or by email. Contact your assigned advisor in the Meet your Academic Advisor section. 

Benefits of an Advising Appointment

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Guidance when selecting the degree option that is right for you.

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Help with course selection so you meet all your program requirements.

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Advisors are aware of all the latest program regulations - which change often!

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Help minimizing red tape; we promise not to pass you off to another office.

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Chance for you to share feedback on courses and program structure.

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Personal support and resources for accommodation for those who need it.

Advising with QLess

In-Person Advising

In-Person drop-in advising sessions are available in 103 Central Square by using QLESS (or check in at the 103 Central Square front desk): 

Hours of operation:
Monday and Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Advising

Virtual Drop-in advising sessions are available by using QLESS:  

QLESS hours of operation:
Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

How to use QLESS:

  1. Join our Philosophy, English, Writing, Speech & Language Sci QLESS Kiosk OR download the QLESS app on your smartphone from Google Play or the iTunes App Store. (Open the app and select "Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies")   
  2. Select thePhilosophy, English, Writing, Speech & Language Sci QLESS Kiosk.
  3. Click Join Now.
  4. Fill out your name and phone number.
  5. Add any notes for your advisor, including topics you’d like to discuss.
  6. Fill in a short form regarding your student information and select Zoom, Phone or In-person.
  7. You’ll receive a text message with either the Zoom link or office location when your advisor is ready to meet with you! If you select a phone meeting, the advisor will call you at the number you provided. 

Each drop-in session is about 15-30 minutes, first-come, first-served. The QLESS queue will close for the day once it reaches capacity.

Meet your Academic Advisor

Contact your assigned academic advisor, who will work with you as you pursue your goals, answer your academic advising questions, connect you with university resources, and more.  

Alison Furtado 
Student Success & Academic Advisor 

Booked Appointments

Booked appointments are not available at this time. Appointment scheduling will resume in mid October.

Dedicated Advising in Professional Writing

Advising for Professional Writing (PRWR) and English & Professional Writing (ENPR) students is offered through the Writing Department. We offer individual advising related to our Honours BA, Specialized Honours BA, Ordinary BA, Minor and Double Major options.

Depending on the nature of your questions or concerns, Barb Smyth, the Undergraduate Program Advisor or the Undergraduate Program Director will be able to meet with you.

We recommend making an advising appointment or speaking with your program coordinator at least once a year. In some programs this is mandatory. Typically you should book one between between March and May.

Please remember that advising is a shared relationship between you and the advisor. Advisors can explain policies and regulations or offer academic options. However, you must accept final responsibility for the decisions you make regarding your academic program and standing. In the end, the best way for you to succeed and keep your academic options open is to study hard and achieve good grades.

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GPA Calculator

Calculate your grade point average (GPA) with our handy web-based tool.

Request for Grade Reappraisal

If you wish to have a grade reappraised, submit this form to be considered.

Course Permission Request Form

If you are restricted from enrolling in one of the Writing Department courses at the undergraduate level, please complete the form to help us investigate.