Supports for Students
Understanding Resources for You and Your Students
U of T STUDENT SUPPORTS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
As teachers, we should be ready to support our students as much as we can, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the student resources available on campus.
How can you share support resources with your students? Post links to resources on your course Portal page, put them in your syllabus, and share a slide of resources with your students in lecture for the first couple of classes. The TATP guide Supporting Students in Distress is organized by categories, from tips and techniques around learning strategies and writing challenges to finding old exams or understanding student rights and responsibilities. This is an excellent quick-guide to have on hand during office hours for both you as a course instructor and your teaching assistants.
Why do we want students to know about academic and community supports? It is important that we convey to our students that academic and community supports are not only for struggling students. Sharing this idea with students will help to you normalize the process of students seeking help. Ideally, we would like to encourage students to use these services as much as possible because all students can benefit from a reminder about good study skills or how to locate the Housing Office if they need a place to live.
How do you learn more about student support resources? Contact information can be found in the Resources On-Campus for UTSG, UTM, UTSC and the Community Resources guide. It should be noted that student support services are added and updated regularly, so be sure to check individual websites for confirmation of services before referring a student.