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ArriveUTSC

Want to improve your grades? Was your last academic year tough? Want to do better but don’t know where to begin?

It’s not too late to turn things around.

Join the ArriveUTSC program and learn how to thrive both personally and academically by:

  • Better understanding the connections between academic success and personal well-being
  • Building motivation, optimism, and resilience
  • Improving learning strategy essentials like time management and effective studying
  • Developing a sense of belonging on campus

ArriveUTSC is a holistic group-based program.

To be eligible for this program, you must be a UTSC student who

  • started in 2019 or before
  • is getting low grades
  • is on academic probation
  • or is on academic suspension

If this is you, then we invite you to sign-up to attend this mini-course. This may be the right time to pause, re-evaluate and pick up some tools to help you move forward in a meaningful way!

Future program dates and times:

  • Starting the week of January 25th, 2021 and continuing over a 9 week period, we will be offering ArriveUTSC through virtual sessions.
    • This period will consist of 7 weeks of formal sessions with 2 weeks allowing for learning consolidation and more flexible activities. The consolidation weeks will be the week of February 15th (reading week) and the week of March 8th.
    • During each of the 7 weeks, you will be asked to attend a 1 hour synchronous session (Wednesday from 10 - 11am OR Thursday from 12 noon to 1pm) and a 1 hour asynchronous session. The time commitment may be a bit more than 2 hours each week as there is some homework assigned that needs to be completed prior to the following session. In addition, the time to review the asynchronous session could vary from person to person and from week to week depending on the content and how comfortable you happen to be with that topic. 
    • Click HERE to fill in the ArriveUTSC Winter 2021 application form.

Testimonials from previous ArriveUTSC participants:

“I attended the ArriveUTSC program in Winter 2020 because I struggled with mental health problems, which affected my grades significantly. Joining the ArriveUTSC program was one of the best decisions I made. This program motivated me to make positive changes in my life, drove me to work harder, and put in more effort, leading to significant improvements. After attending the program, I always ask myself every day if I did at least three things to help me achieve my goal. It is these little things that help you reach your goal, and it is a great feeling when you realize that at the end of the day, you did something that can help the future YOU!!”     

 - ArriveUTSC Student

“During my time in the program, certain topics and quotes discussed that stay with me until now, are with regards to building better habits and that is, "follow the plan you made and not the mood." Along with the "Growth" versus a "Fixed mindset" which was something I started to address and work on once it was discussed because I was someone who took on a fixed mindset at the time, especially when I reached obstacles during my academic career.

With the change from in-person to online schooling, I especially hold dear to me the habits and tips developed from ArriveUTSC. I had goals to better my academic career going into ArriveUTSC and continue to do exactly that even now in my online classes. It was not just practical study skills that were discussed but also self-compassion and taking care of yourself not just physically but mentally, whilst undergoing your studies.

It was a great program introduced to UTSC and I know students can benefit from it if you allow yourself to. An excellent way of reminding me that this is my degree and I must take control of my pathway to achieve it!”       

- ArriveUTSC Student

On-line Resource Available Until December 2020:

Since the campus is currently closed, we are delighted to be able to offer you free access to the following online resource:

Thriving in Action - Online

* We gratefully acknowledge Ryerson University for generously sharing this resource as a means of offering support and solace to all who need it.

If you require any additional information, you can contact us at arrive.utsc@utoronto.ca