Get help with your courses

Don't be shy about asking for help

Mount Allison provides a number of services to help students with every facet of their academic experience — whether that means extra help with certain classes, academic accommodations for a disability, or help choosing and registering for courses.

Academic support

The Academic Support Help Hub is located in the R.P. Bell Library (room M16), just off the main library lobby.

Follow Academic Support MtA on Instagram @academicsupport_mta!

Peer tutors

The Peer Tutor Program recruits exceptional students from all disciplines to tutor fellow students in course content.

Peer tutors have:

  • a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • a B+ or higher in the courses they're tutoring
  • only tutor courses that form part of their major or minor

How to find a peer tutor

How to become a tutor

Locations to meet

Sometimes finding a quiet space on campus can be tricky. Here are a few suggestions for where you and your tutor can meet.

  • The Living Room — in the Academic Support Help Hub, Library M16
  • 3rd Floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre 
  • Group study rooms on the ground and second floors of the R.P. Bell Library
  • Gracie's
  • The Pond (during off-hours) 
  • Empty classrooms 
  • Flying Bean Cafe
  • Lounge in Avard-Dixon
  • Residence lounges
Writing Centre

Tutors at the Writing Centre are available to help with writing in all subject areas and at all stages of the writing process.

All students are encouraged to use the Writing Centre for writing support in their courses, and for any other projects they are working on — class presentations, cover letters, scholarship applications, etc.

Book an appointment through Moodle.

The Writing Centre is located in the Academic Support Help Hub, room M16 in the R.P. Bell Library, just off the main library lobby.

Science writing

The Writing Centre supports students writing in the sciences. Get help with a lab report, a literature review, or a paper.

English as an additional language (EAL)

The Writing Centre also supports students writing in English as an additional language (EAL). Professional EAL writing staff are available to help students improve their English language academic writing. An appointment can be booked directly through Moodle.

Writing resources

In addition to writing support, the Writing Centre has helpful materials to help students with citation styles, writing norms across departments, and the components of various paper types.

The most common citation styles include Chicago, MLA, and APA. Know which one your professor or department requires before you start writing.

Questions about the Writing Centre? Contact

Academic drop-in centres

Drop-in help centres are available for high-enrolment first- and second-year courses. Staffed by upper-year TAs, these are a free support.

Help centres are available in the following subject areas:

  • Bio/Biochem/Chemistry
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Math
  • Physics
  • MCAT/LSAT study group

You can find the help centres in the Library basement (beige floor). Drop in with any questions or to do your homework alongside classmates! You can find the hours here during the regular school year and on the library website.

Questions? Contact

Workshops and courses

The Academic Support office offers a number of workshops and courses throughout the year.

START (Student Transition and Readiness Teams)

START is a 6-week series of study skills workshops for all first-year students.

Taught by upper-year TAs, students learn tips to help them succeed in their first semester at MtA.

Complete the series, and earn a 5% bump on a midterm or assignment in one of the participating first-year courses!

You can sign up on Moodle (available during the academic year).

FreshSTART (extension to START program)

FreshSTART is designed to help build the academic and study skills that will help you succeed in your university career at Mount Allison.

The course offers instruction on time management, note taking, and understanding assignment guidelines for students who have had academic difficulty in the fall term.

This extension of the START program is designed for students who would benefit from additional feedback and support as they complete their first year at MtA.

FreshSTART is particularly useful for students who find themselves challenged by heavy study and reading loads, by exams or papers, or by the transition to university.

For more information, email

Study skills workshops

Academic Support regularly hosts study skills workshops throughout the term to help students with:

  • time management
  • note taking
  • paper writing
  • study tips and techniques
  • test taking
  • understanding assignment guidelines
  • critical thinking

Study Skills Workshops are drop-in services with no registration required.

For the latest Study Skills Workshops, visit @academicsupport_mta on Instagram.

If you have any questions about the Study Skills Workshop Series, or would like Academic Support to organize a workshop for your class or group, please contact

Study skills resources

When no workshops are running, Academic Support has resources to assist you, from time management to planning your papers.

  • Schedule your classes, volunteering commitments, extracurriculars, and study time using this template
  • Find the most effective note taking methods (Oxford Learning)
  • If you're writing a paper, the Writing Resource Centre can help


The Mount Allison Libraries and Archives includes the R.P. Bell Library, the Alfred Whitehead Music Library, and the University Archives.

The libraries offer services, research resources, and collections designed to help support students and faculty.

Support for students include:

  • research helpdesk
  • ask a librarian (online or in person)
  • course reserves and library materials
  • subject guides
  • guides to avoid plagiarism
  • study spaces for individual and groups

Just to name a few! For more details, visit Libraries and Archives.

Contact us

Academic Support