Student Academic Learning Services

Seeking support from SALS (Student Academic Learning Services) early in your studies will help set you up for academic success.  SALS provides a variety of academic and learning supports for all Durham College students.  Our experienced Writing Specialists and Learning Skills Advisors/Coaches offer individual appointments, subject-specific group tutorials, and workshops focused on  developing your learning and study strategies and your academic writing skills

Durham College’s peer tutoring services are offered through SALS.  You can receive extra academic support from trained upper-year students for up to two (2) courses each semester.

SALS ONLINE, a self-directed, self-paced online academic support resource, is available to all DC students, 24/7 through DC Connect.  SALS ONLINE will help guide your studies, provide you with practice tests, support your reading and writing strategies, and provide training in citations and academic integrity.

Please visit the SALS website for information on the subject areas supported, the workshop offerings, applying for a peer tutor, or registering for SALS ONLINE.

Proofreading is not offered at SALS; however, our Writing Specialists will review your paper with you, help you understand your mistakes, and teach you how to correct them.  This will make you a better writer.

SALS Writing Specialists and Learning Skills Advisors/Coaches will help you prepare for an assignment by offering subject-specific academic support and reviewing relevant concepts during appointments and tutorials.  Peer tutors are not able to help students complete work or assignments where marks are allocated.  If you do not understand your assignment, please speak with your professor for clarification.

The ESL Specialist at SALS can help ESL students with:

  • Reading & writing skills development
  • Editing, proofreading & referencing skills
  • Verbal communication & presentation skills
  • Assignment clarification
  • Acculturation

Please visit the SALS website for more information and email or call 905.721.2000 ext. 2491 to get started.  We look forward to working with you!