Academic Support

COVID-19 Update:

Brock International Services is here to provide academic skills support to international students while they continue their studies both in person and online.

Services available

Are there certain academic skills that you need more support in? Do you need someone to look at piece of your writing and give you feedback on the grammar or format (e.g., punctuation, sentence/paragraph structure, citation/referencing, etc.)Our 1-on-1 appointments are a chance for you to explore all the academic skills that you will need as you study; from time management to presentation skills to finetuning your language skills (e.g. writing, reading, etc.), we are here to support and guide you! 

NOTE 1: Only international students at Brock are eligible for this service. To book an Academic Support appointment, see our appointment page. 

NOTE 2: If you need help learning the content in your courses, please contact A-Z Learning’s Tutoring Services or join one of A-Z Learning’s content specific Drop-In Academic Support Sessions (e.g., Math, Science, etc.).  

In our Academic Coach program, new international students can have individualized support throughout their first year, with an academic support specialist guiding them every step of the way! From weekly 1-on-1 meetings to ongoing support via email, you can discuss the essential academic and language skills that YOU specifically want to develop. 

This is a chance for you to do things like ask questions, discuss exam expectations, work through grammar and writing, or even practice speaking and pronunciation, all in a pressure-free environment without the worry of grades or social pressure. 

NOTE: Only new international students to Brock are eligible for the program. Be sure to check your email a few weeks before the start of your first semester for more details!

Do you have questions about certain academic skills for your courses? Do you want to meet with someone to talk about academic skills (e.g., time management, writing, citation, presenting, etc.), but you don’t have time to schedule an appointment? If so, come join one of our drop-in sessions on Microsoft Teams! 

In our Drop-In Sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of our academic support specialists on Microsoft Teams and ask questions about the academic skills you will need to succeed in your courses! 

NOTE 1: Drop-in Sessions are currently only offered for the Fall/Winter semesters. 

NOTE 2: If you need help learning the content in your courses, please contact A-Z Learning’s Tutoring Services or join one of A-Z Learning’s content specific Drop-In Academic Support Sessions (e.g., Math, Science, etc.).  

As an international student, you have access to our Sakai resource site, Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success. This site is a hub of resources and information with all the essential information you will need to be successful before, during, and after your studies at Brock! Whether you need specific academic skills support or you simply want to ensure that you are ready to study in Canada, our Sakai site is there solely to help you throughout your time with us at Brock! 

If you need assistance with any of the tools on Sakai or if you have any difficulty accessing our services, please email intlsupport@brocku.ca 

What are the top academic skills I will need to prepare for university in Canada? What are the cultural expectations in Canada? Our video series, Skills for Success: Canadian University Preparation, will not only address these questions but also provide you with the opportunity to practice certain essential skills that you will need to be successful.

Do you feel that you lack personal interaction in your online courses?
Do you want to meet people in your class who you can study with?  

We understand that it can be difficult to meet new people online and even more challenging when you are an undergraduate beginning your first year at Brock. Therefore, in our new Study Partner Program, international students are matched with other international students in their classes with the sole purposes of connecting with others and sharing in the learning experience virtually!
 

What to expect:

  • Answer a short form (Check your Brock email in the first few weeks of the semester)
  • Learn about group dynamics, Academic Integrity, & helpful tips on collaboration
  • Exchange contact information between peers
  • Schedule meetings with each other to continue the program independently

NOTE 1: Currently, only undergraduate students in their first year at Brock are eligible for the program. Be sure to check your email at the beginning of the semester for more details! 

NOTE 2: This program is only offered during the Fall/Winter semesters. 

We offer various workshops throughout the semester, focusing on academic skills support. These workshops can not only help you adjust to academic/work environments in Canada, but also allow you to learn new skills for university (i.e. Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism) and expand on what you already know (i.e. Essay Writing and Collaborating with Others). Furthermore, they are designed with YOU in mind, adjusting the content to account for cultural and linguistic awareness. Workshops will be delivered live and online in the Eastern Standard Time (EST). To learn more about the workshops we offer or to sign up for a workshop, please visit our ExperienceBU page. 

Available Academic Skills Workshops for Brock Students on ExperienceBU:

Live Chat Sessions

Daily from 8 to 10 a.m. (EDT)