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Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success offering same suite of stand-out advising and learning supports online

The Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success (or CAASS) at MSVU has one goal: seeing students thrive in their studies.

Even though they’re not able to meet students in person right now, this one-stop shop of learning supports led by Manager Erin Tomlinson is still here to provide one-on-one support for all current and incoming MSVU students. And they’ll be available all summer long. Check out this awesome new video summary of how they can help:

“No matter the stage of your academic journey, the CAASS is here to support every MSVU student,” says Erin. “We care deeply about the relationships we build with students through all of our CAASS services, and although we may not be able to meet in person right now, we are committed to supporting students in any way that we can.”

Here’s how the CAASS can help from afar:

Academic Advising helps students with course selection, program planning, navigating campus services, and understanding academic policies and procedures.
Academic Advisors Heather Maxwell and Jessica Ferguson, and Transfer Student Coordinator Cindy Huelin, are meeting with students by phone, Skype for Business, and email. Students are encouraged to connect with Heather, Jessica and Cindy as they select courses for upcoming semesters.

Incoming students are encouraged to check out the Early Advising and Registration website for support in selecting and registering for first-year courses from home. Students who would like help with course selection or any academic advising services can set up an appointment by emailing

Learning Strategist services can help you hone your learning skills – for example, plan large tasks, prepare to complete an assignment, take effective notes, balance your time effectively, and more. MSVU’s Learning Strategist Venus Bali is meeting with students one-on-one via Skype and telephone (email to make an appointment). Venus is also creating webinars on study skills that students can access via the Learning Strategist section of the CAASS website.

Mount 101 is a new student’s survival guide for first year. In a nutshell, it’s an interactive online program that introduces students new to the University to all they need to know to have a successful start.

Mount 101 Coordinator Marisha Caswell is putting a team of Mount mentors in place now to support incoming students as they transition to their new journey at MSVU and work through the Mount 101 program. She’s also hard at work making improvements to the online program. Students new to MSVU can learn all about Mount 101 and Mount Mentors with this helpful video.

The Writing Centre provides experienced tutoring support for any type of academic written work. Need a little extra help with an essay, slide presentation or lab report (to name a few!)? The Summer Writing Tutors are available for weekly online conversations. Appointments can be booked throughout the summer term (from May 4 – August 17) online here or by emailing