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Services offered by the Student Learning Commons


During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  


Help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies

The Student Learning Commons (SLC) offers expert and friendly help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies -- in an environment of collaboration, discussion, and peer learning.

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Learn about the SFU Library’s instruction strategy. Created in consultation with partners and learners within and outside the Library, this strategy guides how the Library and the SLC work with SFU learners, teachers, and staff. We support the full cycle of knowledge creation: curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and engagement with community. We are forward-looking and collaborative, attentive to areas of growth, capacity, change, and opportunity.

Other support services 

Visit Student Services for a comprehensive listing of services or check out some of the highlights listed below.

Academics First!

The Student Athlete Learning Centre offers an academic support program for student athletes. For more information about this program, contact


If you're not a student but are considering attending SFU, here's information about undergraduate and graduate admissions.

Canvas support 

For support with using SFU's Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas, see guides for students and for instructors

Centre for Educational Excellence 

Visit the Centre for Educational Excellence for instructional supports for faculty, instructors, and TA/TMs. 

Computing services 

For SFU computing services and facilities, see Technology support for students.

Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL)

The FAL course has been designed to support and empower new and returning SFU students who want or need to become more comfortable and confident in their academic literacy skills. Developed in support of the new University Undergraduate Curriculum initiative, FAL will help students become effective writers, problem solvers, thinkers and learners, and will prepare them to be successful in meeting the requirements of designated W (writing-intensive) courses.  For additional support with academic English, students for whom English is an additional language who have completed FAL with a grade of "C" or above, may take EAS 101, "English Language Fundamentals for the Arts and Social Sciences".

Foundations of Academic Numeracy (FAN)

FANX99 is open to all new or returning SFU students and is designed to upgrade or refresh your analytical and quantitative skills. See Q Support below for related information.

HCC Counsellors

Sometimes the busy student life can be a bit overwhelming, so it's good to know that there are people ready to listen and help you work through whatever is getting you down. The Counsellors at the Health and Counselling Centre can help you find out all your options.

Q support

Q courses cover a range of analytical and quantitative approaches and are offered in many faculties and departments. Wondering whether you have the knowledge to succeed in a Q course? One way to find out is by taking the
Q Placement Test - but you can take the Q Placement Test only once, so preparation is key!

Q Placement Preparation Tips:

  1. become familiar with the list of Q Assessment Topics underlying the questions which may appear on the test;
  2. try the Practice Q Placement Test;
  3. warm up by trying these cool "math readiness" exercises from the U of Saskatchewan.

Need more preparation for Q courses (or life)? Foundations of Academic Numeracy (FANX99) may be just the course for you. There is also a Q Support Centre for assistance outside of the class.

Research help 

Visit the Ask a Librarian webpage to learn about the research services and supports available through SFU Libraries. 

Resumes/cover letters

The Career Management Centre and Career Peers (through SFU's Peer Education Program) offer help with planning and composing resumes/cover letters.

Student Advising

Student Services provides general academic advising and program planning.

Support for accessible learning 

Check out the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) for a wide array of information and services to support your success as a student.