FAQs

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

SALS supports student academic success by providing the following:

  • ESL support
  • Learning strategies
  • Peer tutors
  • Subject specific support
  • Writing skills support

We provide these services through online modules and resources, in workshops and tutorials, and through individual appointments. We also have computers for students to use for academic purposes.

Where do I go to receive support from SALS?

Oshawa Campus

Student Services building (SSB), SSB 204
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
905.721.2000 ext. 2491
sals@durhamcollege.ca

Whitby Campus

SALS, Room 1 – 10
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
905.721.2000 ext. 4221
sals@durhamcollege.ca

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

To help you be successful do the following:

  • Register for SALS ONLINE
  • Attend workshops and tutorials
  • Book an individual or small group appointment
  • Apply for a peer tutor

What is SALS ONLINE? Why should I register?

SALS ONLINE is your free online resource. There are six SALS ONLIINE units and you can get help with writing, learning skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), math, business, and science.

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

Can I get someone to proofread my paper before I submit it?

Papers are not proofread at SALS; however, writing staff 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.

How is peer tutoring provided?

Students can apply for a peer tutor in one or two subjects. Peer tutoring is provided in a group setting. We cannot guarantee that a peer tutor will be available for every subject.  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. There is no charge for group peer tutoring. 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.