Peer Assistance

Central P.A.R.C.

Peer Assistance Resource Centre (102 Founders College | 416-736-2100, Ext. 20425)PAL Office

Central P.A.R.C. is home to our Peer Academic Leaders Program.  Peer mentoring is an important aspect of college life at Founders as the program offers an in-depth form of interaction between Peer Academic Leaders (P.A.L.s) and students to create a peer based support structure within the Founders community that extends to students' programs (Majors).

Our Peer Academic Leaders are predominantly upper year undergraduate students from programs (Majors) affiliated with Founders College.  These student volunteers are here to share their experience, study methods and wisdom with fellow students.

P.A.L.s can offer insight into a wide range of information and assistance on adjusting to post-secondary studies, including study habits (preparing for assignments, tests and exams; how to take effective in-class notes; time management; essay writing), where to find on-campus academic resources (i.e. the Learning Commons; the Student Papers & Academic Research Kit (S.P.A.R.K.); the Writing Centre), and where to access the different student support services offered at York (Counseling & Disability Services, Personal Counseling Services; Health Education & Promotion).

In addition, our P.A.L.s hold their office in Central P.A.R.C., our Peer Assistance Resource Centre.  P.A.L.s are available from Monday to Friday in 102 Founders College.  P.A.L.s are trained to address student questions and concerns and to direct students to the appropriate centre or department on campus for additional help if needed.

Due to the closure of campus as a result of COVID-19, PALs will hold virtual office hours through Zoom.  Book an online appointments with your PAL through the Founders 101 Moodle Site.

Peer Assistance

Junior Common Room (024E Founders College)

To help support you in your studies, Founders College has extended its Peer Assistance Program to the JCR!  Beginning in September and continuing until April of each academic year, our Student Academic Assistants will be present in the Junior Common Room (024E Founders) to provide peer assistance on assignments, essays and study habits.

The Student Academic Assistants will be there to help you study, proofread a paper or talk about challenges in your courses.  Student Academic Assistants are upper year Founders College students from a variety of our affiliated programs.

Due to the closure of campus as a result of COVID-19, the College's Student Academic Assistants will hold virtual office hours and informal group study sessions in the evenings using Zoom beginning September 2020.
Check out our Student Academic Assistants' bios below for their office hours.  Book your online appointment on the Founders 101 Moodle Site.

Meet our Student Academic Assistants

Hello to anyone reading! My name is Ayesha and I am going into my fourth year at York, majoring in Professional Writing. Writing used to just be a ghost in the shadows that followed me around without me noticing too much, but it's grown to become my passion, and I've grown to become much more proficient at it. I hope to be able to share my experiences, and what I've learned so far throughout my time at York with others as a Student Academic Assistant. If you haven't already heard it a thousand times -- Welcome to a new year at York!
Virtual Office Hours:
Mondays:  5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesdays:  4:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursdays:  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Welcome to Founders College! My name is Henri and my preferred pronouns are he/his. I am entering in third year pursuing a major in Environmental Studies and minor in Political Science. As a Student Academic Assistant, I will do in the best of my ability to assist you in your academic growth by fostering a positive and safe environment. The way I will help you is based on my favourite adage: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for his lifetime."
Virtual Office Hours:

Tuesdays:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesdays:  5:30pm to 8:30pm

Hello everyone! My name is Maja, and I'm a fourth year student pursuing my major/minor degree in English and Indigenous Studies. I love to read, write, go on hikes, and swim in the ocean, and if you approach me about any of these things I am sure we will have some great conversations! I hope to get to know many of you this upcoming year as your Peer Academic Assistant, and to help you achieve your academic goals.
Virtual Office Hours:
Tuesdays:  5:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesdays:  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Hello, my name is Arianna.  I am a History Major and Concurrent Education Student. I am entering the sixth and final year of my program in September.
Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesdays:  5:30pm to 8:30pm