COVID-19 Updates

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The Renison English Language Institute Office (REN 1930) is not available for visitors. At this time, we are providing support in a virtual format. Read more about how to connect with ELI online.

For the Summer 2021 term, Intensive English For Academic Success (iEFAS) and Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) will be offered online

One-on-one Meet-ups

Two students meeting

For the Spring 2021 term, all one-on-one meet-ups will be offered through virtual video chat appointments only.

What's a one-on-one meet-up?

Renison ELI offers our BASE, EFAS, and GEAR students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of our Student Experience team!

These meetings are usually 30 minutes in length, but can be customized for a shorter or longer time if needed.

During a one-on-one meet-up, we can chat about anything related to your personal and academic success, including:

  • Study strategies, including textbook skim/scanning, notes reviews, test taking tips and dealing with test anxiety
  • Time management help and helping you organize all of your assignments, tests, study time—and find time to attend events also!
  • Questions about life at Waterloo and being a successful student
  • Support with adjusting to life in Canada and the city of Waterloo
  • Conversations about mental health wellness and how to build healthy strategies into your day-to-day schedule.
  • English practice! Just meet with us and practice your conversational English. We can talk about anything you like!

Want a one-on-one meet-up?

To book a one-on-one meet-up, find the Student Experience team member on this page you would like to meet with. Click the "Register for a Meet-up" button under their name. This will take you to a website called Calendly where you can book a meeting time that works best for your schedule. You will be emailed automatically with a Zoom link that you will then use to meet with us on the day you registered.

Still not sure who is the best person you should meet with?  Please email our Student Advisor A.J. and he will be happy to help!


AJ DixonMeet with A.J. Dixon (Student Advisor)

As the English Language Institute's Student Advisor, A.J. can meet with you to discuss many different topics. Some of A.J.'s most popular things to talk about include:

  • Time management strategies and how to create a schedule to keep track of all of your quizzes, tests, projects, and assignments
  • Effective note-taking skills and how to ensure you don't miss anything in your lectures
  • How to prepare effectively for tests and quizzes, and how to reduce test anxiety when you are writing 
  • Help with college and university application assistance and how to find a college or university program that is best for you (if you are not already a Waterloo student!)

Alex D'AltonMeet with Alex D'Alton (Student Experience Coordinator)

Alex completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Legal Studies, and is now pursuing his Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology at the university. As your Student Experience Coordinator, Alex is a great person to speak with about the university community and advice to build skills that will look great on your resume. Some of the most popular things Alex likes to help with include:

  • Ways you can get involved in your campus community and improve your communication and leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurship, what it is, and how this is such a big part of the University of Waterloo community
  • Conversation practice and sharing what he knows about life in Canada
  • Anything related to science, technology, or engineering! Alex was very involved with student design teams at Waterloo when he was a student

AllisonMeet with Allison Marlowe (Student Advisor)

Allison is a proud graduate of the University of Waterloo from the Social Development Studies program at Renison University College. As a Student Advisor, Allison is able to support you in your academic journey. Some of the common subjects that Allison helps students with includes:

  • Effective learning strategies to help you adapt your study style when learning at a leading Canadian university
  • Time management strategies and how to create a schedule to keep track of all of your quizzes, tests, projects, and assignments
  • Effective note-taking skills and how to ensure you don't miss anything in your lectures
  • How to prepare effectively for tests and quizzes, and how to reduce test anxiety when you are writing
  • Conversation practice and sharing what she knows about life in the city of Waterloo

Beth FlemingMeet with Beth Fleming (Peer Leader)

Beth is a student in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo, studying Sociology and Legal Studies. As a Canadian, Beth is happy to share her experiences in Canada and also speak to her experiences studying in university. Some things you can discuss with Beth include:

  • How to get involved in the campus community and build your soft skills to find a job
  • Her experience studying in a co-op and working in Canada
  • Life in Canada and helping support students in building their English skills through conversation practice and small talk 
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

CeciMeet with Ceci Tacuri Siguenza (Student Experience Coordinator)

Ceci is a recent graduate from the Global Business and Digital Arts program at the University of Waterloo. As one of your Student Experience Coordinators, Ceci will help to organize many opportunities to introduce you to student life at Canada's innovation university. Ceci is also a proud graduate of Renison's Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program and was previously an international student herself from Ecuador. You can always reach out to Ceci to chat about:

  • Tips for adapting to life in Canada as an international student and navigating culture shock in university
  • Helpful strategies to improve your language skills as a student whose English is not your first language
  • Advice for building your student leadership skills (Ceci was very involved as a student leader at the University!)
  • Conversation practice and sharing what she knows about life in Canada. 

LauraMeet with Laura Juodvirsis (Peer Leader)

Laura is a student in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo, studying Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies. Laura is happy to share her experiences as a Canadian and also speak to her experiences studying in university. Some things you can discuss with Laura include:

  • How to get involved in the campus community and build your soft skills to find a job
  • Her experience studying in a co-op program and working in Canada
  • Life in Canada and helping support students in building their English skills through conversation practice and small talk
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Lucky Nguyen (Peer Leader)Lucky Nguyen

Lucky is a master’s student in the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo, studying Kinesiology. Lucky is excited to share her experiences as a university student and the city of Waterloo. Some things you can discuss with Lucky include:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • Her experience applying to graduate programs
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Waiye Xiao (Peer Leader)Waiye Xiao

Waiye is a student in the Faculty of Environment at University of Waterloo, studying Geomatics. She is also a graduate from the Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) program at Renison. Waiye is happy to share her experiences at the University of Waterloo and her life in Canada. Some things you can discuss with Waiye include:

  • How to get involved in the campus community and build your soft skills to find a job
  • Her experience in the iBASE program
  • Life in Canada and helping support students in building their English skills through conversation practice and small talk
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Zoey Wu (Peer Leader)Zoey Wu

Zoey is a student in the Faculty of Science at University of Waterloo, studying Science and Business. She is also a graduate from the Intensive English for Academic Success (iEFAS) program at Renison. Zoey is happy to share her experiences at the University of Waterloo and her life in Canada. Some things you can discuss with Zoey include:

  • How to get involved in the campus community and build your soft skills to find a job
  • Her experience in the iEFAS program
  • Life in Canada as an International Student.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

RyanMeet with Ryan Connell (Student Experience Manager)

Ryan is a proud graduate from the Social Development Studies program at the University of Waterloo. As your Student Experience Manager, Ryan is very knowledgeable about all of the campus services and resources available to University of Waterloo students. Some of Ryan's most popular things to talk about include:

  • All of the campus services available to you as a Waterloo student and what you are able to access to support your academic and personal success
  • Mental health wellness and strategies to improve your wellbeing as a university student 
  • Advice for studying in an online environment. Fun fact: Ryan completed his UWaterloo degree and two college certificates completely online, in addition to now completing his Masters of Education online this year
  • Tips for adjusting to Canadian culture and building your language skills outside of the classroom