FAQs

Is what I say to SALS staff and tutors considered confidential?

Academic assignments, course progress, and matters of a personal and private nature can be discussed with SALS staff or tutors. Your discussion with staff and tutors will be considered confidential with three exceptions:

  • When staff or tutors believe you may be at risk of harm to yourself or someone else
  • When staff or tutors become aware that a crime has been committed
  • When you communicate or do something that is a violation of college policy

We take your well-being and your right to privacy seriously. We also take our responsibility to uphold academic integrity standards seriously.

What services are offered through Student Academic Learning Services (SALS)?

SALS supports student academic success by providing the following:

  • ESL support
  • Learning and study skills
  • Peer tutoring
  • Subject/course specific support
  • Writing skills

    We provide these services through online modules and resources, in workshops and tutorials, and through individual appointments.

     

    Where do I go to receive support from SALS?

    All services are being offered remotely at this time.
    Monday to Friday. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    For more information or to schedule an appointment:

    please call 905.721.2000 ext. 2491 or ext. 4221
    or email sals@durhamcollege.ca

     

    I want to do well in my program. What can I do to be successful in my courses?

    Start early! Being proactive around your learning needs, planning your course and study time, and getting support when you need help, are the cornerstones to academic success.

    To improve your success in your studies, you can:

    • Register for SALS ONLINE
    • Attend learning skills and writing skills workshops
    • Attend subject-specific tutorials
    • Book an individual or small group appointment
    • Apply for a peer tutor

     

    What is SALS ONLINE? Why should I register for it?

    SALS ONLINE is a free online resource for academic support. There are eight units where you can get help with writing, learning and study skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), and academic integrity, as well as math, business/accounting, and science.

    SALS ONLINE can provide you with in-the-moment subject support when you are preparing for an assessment, completing an assignment, or reviewing content. It can help you learn new material, manage your time, prepare for a test, and ensure you are meeting requirements around academic integrity, academic writing and referencing and more.

    SALS ONLINE is available to every student through DC Connect. Look for the widget on the right-hand side of your home screen once you login. If you need help finding SALS ONLINE, a unit or specific material within SALS ONLINE, or help registering for a unit, please email SALS@durhamcollege.ca.

    What supports do you have for students with ESL?

    The ESL Specialist at SALS can help ESL students with the following:

    • Acculturation
    • Assignment clarification
    • Editing skills
    • Oral and written skills development
    • Presentation skills

    Conversation Circle - a free, weekly meeting for students to get together to share cultural perspectives and talk about topics that interest them. It was created for students with English as a Second or Additional Language (ESL/EAL) to practice English conversation in an inclusive atmosphere, but it is open to all Durham College students.

    The Conversation Circle has moved online to the Zoom platform and begins in Week 3 of the fall and winter semesters. For information about how to join, contact Eric.Gustavsen@durhamcollege.ca from your Durham College email account.

    How is peer tutoring provided?

    Students can apply for a peer tutor in up to two courses per semester.  We do our best to ensure we have a broad representation of subjects and courses with our peer tutors; however, we cannot guarantee that a peer tutor will be available for every course.  Students should apply early in the semester to benefit from peer tutoring.

    Who can receive peer tutoring?
    Students who are registered in Durham College programs can receive peer tutoring, and there is no charge for it. Tutors are not available for apprenticeship content such as plumbing, electrical, and elevator maintenance, for example. Other requests for peer tutoring are considered on a case-by-case basis.
    How can I find out more about Durham College academic policies?

    We encourage you to review and become familiar with Durham College’s academic policies and procedures in your student handbook or online at: www.durhamcollege.ca/policies