Student support

At Marianopolis every person and every resource is dedicated to student success in the classroom and beyond. Here are the campus services and resources that provide personalized support to students each day.

  • Academic Advising

    Academic Advisors offer support in all aspects of academic life and help students as they consider and apply to university. Here are some important matters on which they support students:

    University preparation workshops

    Academic Advisors, in collaboration with faculty, offer workshops throughout the year to help students with various elements of applying to university: writing a letter of intent, preparing a cv, practicing for admissions test and interviews, etc. Certain workshops focus on entry into French universities, while others provide details on specific university programs such as pre-Medicine and pre-Dental.

    Contacts

    Pauline Grégoire, A-269, ext. 308
    Patti McDonald
    , A-269, ext. 255
    Andrea Prokos, A-269, ext. 262

    Academic Advisors are available every weekday. Students may book a 30-minute appointment through Omnivox. An advisor is also available to see students without an appointment during drop-in hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

    Resources

    The Marianopolis College Institutional Policy on the Evaluation of Student Achievement.

    Quebec universities
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Bishop’s University
    Concordia University
    HEC Montréal
    McGill University
    L’Université de Laval
    L’Université de Montréal
    L’Université de Québec à Montréal
    L’Université de Sherbrooke

    Ontario universities
    Carleton University
    Queen’s University
    University of Ottawa
    University of Toronto
    University Waterloo

    Applying to university in Ontario
    Ontario University Application Centre

    Additional resources on Canadian universities
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    CanLearn

    Information on U.S. universities
    Peterson’s College Search
    SAT Information
    The Princeton Review

    Canadian scholarships
    Scholarships Canada

  • AccessAbility Centre

    The AccessAbility Centre offers support services to students with diagnosed disabilities such as learning or physical disabilities, ADHD, visual and auditory impairments and mental health, as well as temporary disabilities such as a broken hand. As part of the Marianopolis Plan for Success, the AccessAbility Centre and the Adapted Services Counselor offer services such as student advocacy and workshops, one-on-one coaching on learning and organizational strategies, faculty support, information for parents and help in transitioning from high school and/or to university.

    Students who provide appropriate documentation may register with the AccessAbility Centre and benefit from an Individualized Intervention Plan outlining the reasonable accommodations needed. Depending on their needs, the accommodations for tests and exams may include a quiet room, extra time, a computer with or without spell-check, enlarged print, an electronic reader and an electronic scribe. Students may also be permitted to use a laptop in class and receive class notes.

    Before each test or exam, a student registered with the service should complete the Accommodation form a minimum of five days before each test or exam. Students who need help filling out the form are welcome to consult the AccessAbility Centre staff.

    How to apply

    New students must submit an assessment that includes a clear diagnosis shortly after receiving their acceptance letter to attend the College. Each April and December all students receive an invitation to submit their documentation. They should email their assessment to the AccessAbility Centre. Students and their families are invited to meet with Adapted Services Counselor Dr. Ioana Constantinescu before they register for classes.

    Returning students should make an appointment with Dr. Constantinescu in Omnivox and bring in their assessment as soon as they recognize they need test accommodations. The College can provide referrals for psycho-educational testing and psychological services.

    Depending on the diagnosis, the documents should include:

    • a clear diagnosis recognized by the American Psychological Association or the World Health Organization (as listed in the DSM or ICD)
    • the name, signature and credentials of the licensed Quebec professional who made the diagnosis
    • the date of the assessment (preferably completed within the last five years)
    • a list of all tests administered and a report of all results, when pertinent
    • the impact of the disability on academic performance.

    Marianopolis will consider the assessment’s recommendations for accommodations but cannot guarantee that it will grant any. The College reserves the right to refuse any documentation that does not conform to standard Canadian post-secondary practices and may request further documentation.

    Contacts

    Adapted Services Counselor Dr. Ioana Constantinescu, A-267-B, ext. 522 or via Omnivox
    AccessAbility Technician Patricia Arbelaez, A-260, ext. 294
    AccessAbility Assistant Stephanie Reid, A-260, ext. 258

  • Counselling and Health Services

    Counselling

    All counselling is confidential and can be arranged by making an appointment through Student Services Technician Josie Cavaliere (A-154, ext. 244). Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and students must fill out the consent form before they come to their first appointment.

    Counsellors provide guidance and support with mental health, career and personal issues. They also offer support groups and workshops to educate the Marianopolis community, enable students to develop self-awareness, enrich interpersonal relationships and share concerns. See the Counselling Guide for helpful information and advice on their critical areas of support.

    Health

    An on-campus nurse is available 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for confidential consultations on physical health concerns such as injuries, illness, contraception and stress management. Student volunteers of the First Aid Team are certified in First Aid and provide quick and efficient response to illness and injury. All students must complete the student medical form.

    Contacts

    Pat Baker, Psychologist, A-156, ext. 214
    Joëlle Elbaz, Psychologist, A-160, ext. 505
    Leticia Yansen, Psychologist, A-158, ext. 215
    Rachelle Doucet, Counselling Intern, A-160 Monday and Tuesday, A-123B Wednesday, ext. 505
    Anna Forlini, Nurse, A-168, ext. 555

  • Financial Aid

    Various forms of financial aid are available to Marianopolis students. Most students are informed of whether they will receive financial support in the spring, well before they must confirm if they will attend the College during the next fall semester.

    Contacts

    Financial Aid Clerk Kate Fitzpatrick, A-164, ext. 226

  • Info Centre and Campus Store

    The Campus Store or”Wayne’s World” as it’s affectionately known, is the go-to place for students to buy just about anything and to get answers to just about every question they may have.

    Textbooks can be purchased at the Concordia University Store, a block east of the Guy metro station, at 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Library Building, LB-03, (514) 848-3615. Course material can be found at concordiastores.ca/marianopolis. Online orders of $75 or more get free shipping; by selecting Click & Collect you can pick up your order in store for free.

    Secondhand books can be purchased via Omnivox. Log in and select “Secondhand books.”

    Contacts

    Student Services Clerk Wayne Clasper, A-101, ext. 203

  • Learning Resources Centre

    The Learning Resources Centre is the College’s tutoring hub. Typically, a tutor and tutee meet for one hour weekly for five to eight weeks to address difficulties with specific course content. The service is provided free of charge. Tutoring is offered in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, French, Mathematics (Arts/Science), Physics, Psychology, Quantitative Methods and Western Civilization. Most tutors are Marianopolis students, while some are recent graduates.

    Eligibility

    Students who are are having difficulty in a course and are in good academic standing, that is, regularly participating in the class, may be eligible. Their teacher may be asked to confirm the student’s need for tutoring. Spaces are limited, but all efforts are made to accommodate as many students as possible, on a priority basis. Selected applicants will be contacted by Omnivox.

    How to apply

    Apply to receive tutoring
    Apply to become a peer tutor
    Apply to become an alumni tutor

    Contacts

    Learning Resources Assistant Laura Paris, A-256, ext. 521

    Resources

    Study guides and strategies
    Being an effective tutor
    Payroll Recording System for tutors. Login or register if you are first-time user.

    Economics
    Macroeconomics

    French
    Amélioration du français
    Exercices interactifs pour le niveau collégial
    Exercices pour élèves de niveau 1
    Autre banque d’exercices pour élèves de niveau 1
    Pour élèves avancés
    Pour la traduction de termes
    Signets audio et video

    Physics
    Help for Physics students

  • Teaching and Learning Technology

    The College’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department supports all students with their pedagogical technology needs. ITS is also responsible for:

    Classroom Technology

    Every classroom is equipped with a teaching podium which includes Crestron presentation technology, a computer, a projector and screen. Students are welcome to bring their own laptop and easily plug and play their content to their class.

    Computer Labs

    The College has several computer labs used for teaching, where students can work when the spaces are not occupied by classes. The Mac Lab is equipped with software for art courses and video projects. The Music Tech Lab provides specialized music software and equipment for Music students. All computer labs have standard Microsoft Office software as well as specialty language software. Students are given an allotment of storage space which can be used to save their work and access it throughout the building and from home.

    The wireless network allows students to connect their own devices and print throughout the building.

    Printing and Copying

    Students can access printers, photocopiers and express stations across campus. New students are given a small amount of print/copy credits at the beginning of their first semester. Students can add credits as needed via Omnivox or using the various cash boxes.

    TLT Service Counter

    Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) is the ITS service counter in A-358, where students can drop by with technology questions, check out both MacBooks and Windows laptops, book and borrow cameras for class-related projects, and more.

    Display Screens

    The display screens in various high-traffic areas across campus broadcast important information for students.

  • Writing Centre

    The Writing Centre supports the improvement of English and French language skills of all students, free of charge, in various ways:

    • reading more effectively
    • overcoming writer’s block
    • organizing an essay
    • writing introductory, body and concluding paragraphs
    • writing thesis statements
    • self-editing, revising and rewriting essays
    • writing effective sentences
    • English grammar theory and application
    • French grammar theory and application

    The Writing Centre is not a proofreading service. English professionals examine a sample of student work to point out the types of language errors a student makes. They also provide theory and practice to improve a student’s language skills. They do not proofread assignments nor do they write or otherwise suggest content.

    While the Writing Centre provides support in all aspects of grammar, reading and writing, the Library provides help in research and citation styles. The College also offers a non-credit pre-college preparatory English activity, Preparation for English College Studies (PECS), for high school students who will begin college studies in English.

    How to apply

    Any student may visit Writing Professional Dr. Suzanne Daningburg to discuss their individual situation and decide upon the best means of improving their English language skills. Students may request an appointment in person or via a message in Omnivox. Services include:

    • Individual weekly sessions with the Writing Professional or an English monitor. Students who could benefit from guidance in English may request a series of appointments to reinforce their English language skills so that they can be more successful in their courses and the English Exit Exam. These sessions may include reading comprehension, grammar exercises, editing practices and error analysis.
    • Office hours for occasional help in English or French. Writing Centre staff are available to see any student without any appointment during office hours, which are posted outside the Writing Centre.
    • Individual regular sessions with a French monitor. Students in certain French classes are automatically assigned a French monitor; for example, students enrolled in French 602-100, 602-LPW and 602-009 benefit from individual sessions with French monitors to supplement class instruction. Topics include understanding spoken and written French, pronunciation, grammar and spelling.
    • Individual weekly sessions with a French peer tutor. Students benefit from working together and, in peer tutoring, students help other students and learn from each other. Typically, both the tutor and the tutee establish goals at the beginning of the semester, with guidance from French teachers. Weekly sessions focus on areas most in need of French language support.
    • Independent study. Tip sheets on English grammar, reading and writing topics are available at the Writing Centre. Students may complete the exercises included in tip sheets and review their answers with an English monitor during office hours.
    • English Exit Exam preparation. Small group workshops provide additional focused support for comprehension, organization and expression evaluated in the Ministry of Education’s required English Exit Exam. Workshops are offered in the fall semester. Individual help is offered in the winter semester.
    • Reviewing university application essays. Writing Centre staff, along with Academic Advisors, review and comment on university application essays.

    Resources

    English
    English Exit Exam information from the Ministry
    Purdue University’s online theory and exercises
    The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation’s online rules and exercises
    The University of Ottawa’s online resources
    The Grammar Girl’s friendly guide to grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language
    Directory for English-language improvement 

    French
    Amélioration du français
    Exercices interactifs pour le niveau collégial
    Exercices pour élèves de niveau 1
    Autre banque d’exercices pour élèves de niveau 1
    Pour élèves avancés
    Signets audio et video

    Contacts

    Writing Centre, I-306
    Writing Professional Dr. Suzanne Daningburg, A-265-B, ext. 279.