As a McGill student you have access to a variety of academic advising resources. Your academic advisors will help guide you through your degree and program requirements, course selection and approvals, and can offer support and referrals in cases of academic or personal difficulty.
Depending on your degree and academic program, you may have Faculty advisors, Departmental/School advisors, professors/lecturers or peer advisors who can help you navigate your degree or program and any challenges that you may encounter.
Information on the different types of advisors and their roles can be found on the Academic Advising website. The Advising Directory is a good resource to help you identify and contact your academic advisors.
Who is my academic advisor?
Students in some degrees and programs are assigned a specific academic advisor in their Faculty or program, while others are not. If you have been assigned to a specific Faculty or program advisor, your advisor’s name will appear at the top of your Unofficial Transcript on Minerva (found under the Student Records Menu) by the beginning of your first semester. If you are not in a degree or program with assigned advisors, you can meet with any of the academic advisors in your Faculty or program.
Some students will have more than one advisor (for example, if you’re in the BA degree, you will have an advisor for each of your Major/Minor/Honours programs), while others will meet with the same advisor for all questions related to their degree or program (for example, if you’re a BSc Nursing student, you’ll contact your Nursing advisor for all questions).
Please refer to the Advisor Directory to find contact information for your advisors.
When should I meet with my academic advisors?
It's recommended that you meet with each of your advisors at least once per year, to ensure that you are meeting your degree or program requirements and to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have. If you are experiencing difficulty throughout the year, you can meet with your advisors at any time for assistance.
You can find a suggested timeline for contacting your advisors during your first year at McGill and some tips for preparing for a meeting with your advisor on the Advising Checklist page.
Do you need research help? A cozy study spot? Access to cutting-edge technology and outstanding collections? Look no further than the McGill University Library and Archives! The Library is a hub of community, learning, resources and tech, with thirteen locations and collections spanning the downtown and Macdonald campuses. We offer lots of workshops, tours and activities throughout the year to help you get started and well on your way to academic success.
To help you get started
Visit the Library’s Orientation page.
Tutorial Services provides student-centered academic supports to the McGill community. These include a suite of learning strategy webinars focused on study skills development and the Tutor Matching Program. Tutorial Services also hosts a wide range of useful learning materials that promote effective academic habits.
What they do
- Tutor Matching Program across the McGill community
- One hour of free tutoring is available to all newly admitted undergraduate students in their first year at McGill
- Tutorial Services is presently offering free tutoring to assist students on probation
- Learning strategy webinars including: Your Guide to Remote Learning, Time Management: Your Best Ally, Learning and Memory, Concentration and Focus, Note-Taking Strategies Made Easy and The Art of Taking Exams
- Learning materials, tools and resources related to: Remote Learning, Time Management, Learning and Memory, Note-Taking and Test-Taking
The OSD facilitates and supports the inclusion of diverse learners through advocacy, resources and services. Make an appointment with an Access Services Advisor to discuss the barriers you are experiencing and the supports available at McGill. Appointments are available in-person or via Skype.
What they do for all students
- Study Partner Program: peer study sessions for any student who needs consistency and motivation.
- Workshops: in-person and webinar style workshops that focus on academic skills, time management and wellness.
- Online resources: our website is full of links to helpful resources to anything from how to organize your study time, to apps that help with focusing in class.
What they do for students with valid medical documentation
Whether your disability is permanent or temporary, visible or invisible, an Access Services Advisor at the OSD can help you get the support you need to address the barriers you experience. Our services are needs-based, and can include the following:
- Exam accommodations
- Note taking
- Access Technology: we have both Access and Adaptive Technologist to help students who use adaptive computer technology, or who need support learning how to use technology to access their course materials.
- Learning Resources Advising: individualized sessions with a Learning Resources Advisor
- Mentorship Program: supports students as they navigate their time at McGill by pairing them with a mentor from a similar academic background. Their weekly meetings allow them to work on goal setting and sharing resources.
- Advocacy: supports students navigating disclosure and speaking to professors about their barriers.
Are you at Macdonald Campus? The OSD hosts regular office hours at the Centennial Centre. See the Mac Campus Student Services page for more details regarding date and times. Skype appointments are also available.
Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships.
What they do
- Career Planning Service (CaPS) offers numerous resources, services and programs designed to help students explore their career options, learn about graduate and professional school, and for those seeking employment (internships, volunteer opportunities, part-time, full-time, and summer jobs). CaPS is here to make your job search and career planning less stressful.
- Individual Appointments & Mock Interviews are offered by our qualified and experienced Career Advisors are available to assist you with your career choices, answer your questions and concerns related to looking for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities; prepare you for an interview; discuss your options after graduation; and more.
- CV/Advising Drop-in hours to review your CV or ask a quick question.
- myFuture is our job search and career tools suite, an efficient way to search for full-time, part-time, and summer jobs, and internships.
- Program for the Advancement of Career Exploration (P.A.C.E.), a fantastic four-week program designed to help you make decisions about your field of study and/or career options. Includes vocational testing and a complete self-assessment. Run in partnership with Counselling Service.
- Career Development Workshops offered throughout the year on topics such as CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews, Networking, Summer Jobs and more!
- Career Fairs organized throughout the year with student associations and provide excellent opportunities for you to meet company representatives across a variety of industries.
- Professionals on Campus participate in panel discussions and deliver company information sessions. These networking events are a great resource for exploring your career options and increasing your knowledge and contacts in your field of choice.
- McGill Mentor Program is designed to connect McGill students with McGill alumni. Through the program, students establish ties with professionals who can share valuable advice about their career options and information about jobs, organizations, and industries. The program is managed through a partnership between the McGill’s University Advancement and Career Planning Service (CaPS).
The MWC offers credit courses in academic writing for both native and non-native speakers of English. These courses can be taken as electives toward completion of your program and some may be taken in satisfaction of language requirements.
What they do
- A Writing Tutorial Service that includes up to 7 hours of individual tutoring per term (any combination of 30-minute or 60-minute sessions). Appointments can only be booked online.
- Free writing workshops throughout the year.