Academics in Residence

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Academic Support Options

Residence offers an environment that supports academic achievement by encouraging mutual respect amongst residents, specified quiet hours, and many free programs and services to help you succeed academically. 

Drop-in Tutoring

Campus Housing drop-in tutoring is available for all University of Waterloo students. The drop-in tutoring program provides you with a welcoming environment where you can receive support and are encouraged to develop your academic skills. 

For Winter 2021, Drop-in Tutoring will be held on Microsoft Teams through the Campus Housing Drop-in Tutoring Team. Drop by to get help with a specific question or just get extra practice! Each Tutoring channel is staffed by Tutors who are upper-year undergraduate or graduate students from the associated faculties.

How to Join Tutoring on Microsoft Teams:

  1. Join the Microsoft Team through this link.
  2. Click ‘Join Team’ or enter the Microsoft Teams ‘Team Code” bphs6vk to join the Campus Housing Drop-In Tutoring team.
  3. You can meet your tutors at the scheduled times (listed below) in each dedicated channel, found on the left side of the page. Tutors will only be available to answer questions during the drop-in tutoring time. If you are seeking additional support outside of drop-in tutoring sessions, please contact your course instructor, Teaching Assistants, or faculty-specific resources.

Weekly Winter 2021 Tutoring sessions start the week of January 25, but will pause during Reading Week (February 16-19).

What to expect during drop-in tutoring sessions 

Join the Campus Housing Drop-In Tutoring team using this link  or team code: bphs6vk. You will find individual channels for each of the subjects being offered during the term. These channels are where the tutoring sessions are held each week. 

During each tutoring session, you will see two meetings running. Each meeting has its own tutor. Join one meeting or move to the other if it’s too busy! 

To ask a question, use the meeting chat or use the raise hand function. We encourage you to have your camera on if you are comfortable but, mute your microphone to minimize distracting sounds when you are not asking a question. Tutoring sessions are not recorded. 

Please email if you have any questions. 

You can download our Winter 2021 tutoring calendar here.

Subject Courses Time Offered Channel(s) on Microsoft Teams

AFM 101, 102, 112, 113, 121, 123

AFM 131 



  • 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. (EST) 
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST)

*Please note there will be no drop in tutoring Friday, April 2 due to the statutory holiday.

Link to Microsoft teams group.

Team code: bphs6vk

Chemistry CHEM 123, CHEM 125


5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. (EST)

Link to Microsoft teams group.

Team code: bphs6vk

Chemistry Midterm & Exam Sessions CHEM 123, CHEM 125

February 8, 9, & 10

  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (EST)
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST)

March 15, 16, & 17

  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (EST)
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST)

April 14, 15, & 16

  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (EST)
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST)

Link to Microsoft teams group.

Team code: bphs6vk

Interested in becoming a tutor? 

Prospective applicants must be in good academic standing as determined by their faculty and must have done well in the courses being offered.  Courses offered changes each term based on the academic course offerings and the faculties.  Tutor roles are typically hired in the term prior to the position starting (e.g., Winter 2021 will be hired during Fall 2020 term). 

If you are interested in applying, or have questions about the Tutor role, please contact

Academic support services

In addition to drop-in tutoring, check out these services to support your learning and academic success:  

The following resources can also be helpful in building resiliency, handling roadblocks, and developing healthy and effective habits:  

Study Spaces

We know that having a quiet place to study is important for staying focused. Your room can be a great place to study but if you need a change of scenery, here are a few study spaces to choose from: 

  • Grand Commons 
  • Claudette Millar Great Hall 
  • Mackenzie King Village Multi-Purpose Room 
  • Columbia Lake Village Common area 
  • Floor lounges 

Quiet study: 24-hour open quiet study space will be available in the Mackenzie King Village common floor lounges and the Claudette Millar Great Hall. Each residence has quiet hours beginning at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. During exam periods, quiet hours are extended to 23-hours per day in each residence building.  


If you have any questions regarding tutoring related roles or the drop-in tutoring program, please email Campus Housing Tutoring.