Academic Services

The Academic Advising Centre

Science Building, Room SN-4053
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Telephone: (709) 737-8801
Fax: (709) 737-2404

Academic decisions are probably the most important ones you will make at university. They will not only determine how much you will get from your university education but they will also significantly influence your success as an undergraduate and your success in your career after graduation. The Academic Advising Centre exists primarily to assist you in making those decisions.

Advisers at the centre can provide you with information about courses and programs as well as about the entrance requirements for the various faculties and schools and the general university regulations. They can help you to define your academic goals, to choose courses and programs that will help you attain them and, if you enter the Faculty of Arts or Science, to select a major and a minor. If you have unsatisfactory midterm assessments, the adviser will review your progress with you and suggest strategies for improving your grades. You will be referred to appropriate university divisions and departments if you are having problems that are interfering with your studies. Finally, if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing the semester, your adviser can help you withdraw from the university without academic prejudice.

Faculty advisers

In the first and second semesters of your first year, one of your instructors will normally be assigned to act as your faculty adviser. You should receive a notice informing you of that instructor before you come to the campus. This person will also notify you in class during the first week of the semester. In addition, advisers are available on a regular basis in the Academic Advising Centre.

Any student who is without a faculty adviser by the end of the first week of classes should report to the Academic Advising Centre, and an adviser will be assigned.


The activities of most academic subjects (called disciplines) for the first year are directed by co-ordinators. You should consult with them whenever you need specific information regarding a particular subject, or whenever you have difficulties with timetables. The Academic Advising Centre will make the names of the co-ordinators and their office numbers available at the beginning of each semester.

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Chemistry Help Centre

Chemistry-Physics Building, Room C-2022
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This is a small help centre for students studying Chemistry 1010 and 1011.  A tutor is usually present to answer questions.


Chemistry Resource Room

Chemistry-Physics Building, Room C-2012
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
Telephone: (709) 737-8085
Fax: (709) 737-3702

*Also open on some evenings and Saturdays before tests and final exams.

The Resourse Room offers students access to computers and reference materials that address topics in first-year and second-year chemistry courses. An instructional assistant is on hand for questions.


Computer Labs

T12 Building, Room CS-1019
Chemistry-Physics Building, Rooms C-2003/4
The Commons, Main Floor, Queen Elizabeth II Library
Hours: Students can check this link for the weekday schedule: 

Students have access to all three of these labs. CS-1019 is booked throughout the week for computer science classes, with free hours scheduled for general access. There are 60 computers available, with laser printing access. The CS accounts for this lab also apply for the lab in C-2003/4. C-2004 is the general access lab, with 55 terminals and laser printing access. C-2003 is the teaching lab, and when no class is scheduled it offers general access as well. C-2003 has 42 terminals and laser printing access.

All labs use the same CS login/password procedure and software. Students will have space on their "home drive" (network drive) and any files stored there can be accessed from any of the labs mentioned above.

A student can start a paper in CS-1019, access it later in C-2003/4 and print it off in either lab. The software packages include MS Word, Excel, an e-mail account and Internet Explorer.

The Commons computer area also uses the labnet login procedure. Accounts function with all areas. Also, residence computer labs will use labnet. Laser printing is available in both areas.

For more information on the Commons, visit

Education computer labs are also a part of the labnet solution but access is restricted to education students only.


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Computer Science Help Centre

S.J. Carew Building, Room EN-2031C
Hours: check
Telephone: No phone - drop in only

The Department of Computer Science Help Centre is located in room EN-2031C of the S.J. Carew Building (Engineering Building). During academic terms, our instructional assistants hold scheduled hours to give help with 1000 and 2000-level laboratory courses and student assistants (senior computer science majors) are available who can help with non-laboratory courses at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels. All staff will review general concepts and address any difficulties associated with computer science course work. 


Economics Help Centre 

Arts Building, A-3047
Hours: Posted each term.
Telephone: No phone - drop-in only

This help centre provides assistance with textbook problems or course study guides, clarification of textbook readings or lecture materials, and study assignments when approved by course instructor.  Help is currently available only for Economics 2010 and 2020.

French Help Centre

Science Building, Room SN-4035
Hours: Posted each term (subject to funding)
Telephone: (709) 737-7636 (Departmental Office)

This centre is staffed by senior students. Hours of operation are announced each semester in all first-year classes. They are also posted in the French corridor on the fourth floor of the Science Building and on the door of SN-4035. You can also check with the departmental office (SN-4023) to find the time that best suits you.

The Help Centre staff are available to help first and second-year students with specific difficulties in the study of French. On your first visit to the Help Centre, please bring some samples of corrected exercises or tests so that the staff can see for themselves where you may be having difficulty.  Help Centre staff are not authorized to correct work intended to be passed in and marked by instructors. 

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German Help Centre

Science Building, Room SN-3062
Hours: Students can check this link for the schedule:
Telephone: (709)737-8831 (Departmental Office)

The German Help Centre is open to all students enrolled in German language courses. The times are announced each term in all classes and posted on the departmental web.

The centre is staffed by senior students. Tutoring is done on an individual basis and no appointment is necessary. In addition to help with written assignments and tests, the centre also offers conversation practice.


Language Laboratories (Multimedia Language Centre, Audio Lab) 

Multimedia Language Centre (MLC), SN-4022
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
       Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Audio Lab, SN-4030
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
          and 6 - 7 p.m.
       Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Telephone: (709) 737-8585 (Dr. Karin Thomeier)

This is one of the most advanced facilities at any Canadian university, offering high-tech interactive practice facilities to students of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, classics and linguistics. The Multimedia Language Centre provides interactive CSs, satellite TV and a variety of online exercises to reinforce what you learn in class.  Similar programs are available to students for whom English is a second language.

The MLC software, both commercially- and faculty-produced, and other language-related audiovisual material (including videotapes and second language television shows) help make your learning easier, enjoyable and memorable. In-house produced grammar drills that are designed specifically for first-year language courses are very useful in preparing you for your final written exam.  Try the Hot Potatoes exercises!

The new Multimedia Language Centre (renovated summer 2005) compliments our traditional audio language lab.  Two doors down from the MLC, the Audio Lab assists you in improving your speaking and oral comprehension skills.

The Language Labs also offer conversation classes to help you with fluency.

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 *Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
              Friday,                  8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
              Saturday,            10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
              Sunday,                1:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Telephone: (709) 737-7423

*Hours of operation are extended before and during the examination period and reduced between semesters and during spring semester.

The Queen Elizabeth II Library is the main library on the St. John's campus and is both an intellectual and social cornerstone of the university. With five floors and space for 2,000 people, you will have no problem finding a good spot for quiet study, a good meeting place, or a good librarian to provide you with research help!

With the largest research collection in the Atlantic region and a dedicated team of librarians and library assistants at your service, you will find yourself learning how to access, evaluate and utilize a vast world of knowledge. In addition to having a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals available for your use, we offer an ever-expanding collection of Internet-based tools and resources that you can access from home, or by visiting the Commons, on the main floor of the QEII Library.

The Commons is not only the key place on campus to do research - it is also a place where you can write up and print assignments, correspond by e-mail, work on web-based distance courses, and much, much more. Friendly staff are also on hand to help you with all your research, writing and technical needs.

The library system on campus also includes the Health Sciences Library (Health Sciences Centre), the Dr. C. R. Barrett Library (Marine Institute), the Curriculum Materials Centre (Education Building), the Music Resource Centre(Music Building) and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies (QEII Library, 3rd floor). All libraries and resource centres have strong collections, extensive hours, and expert assistance to help you find the information you need for your studies at Memorial.


Mathematics Help Centre 

Henrietta Harvey Building, Room HH-3015
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Telephone: No phone - drop-in only

The Mathematics Help Centre is open on a drop-in basis for students taking Mathematics 1000, 1050, 1051 and 1090. Students are welcome to drop in with questions on lecture topics or sample problems. Tutoring is done on an individual basis and no appointment is necessary.

Text and electronic resources are available.

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Mathematics Learning Centre

Coughlan College, Room 1006
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Telephone: (709) 737-3308
Fax: (709) 737-2351

The Mathematics Learning Centre offers mathematics skills programs. These programs are in place to ease the transition to post-secondary courses requiring some mathematical expertise. Students enrolled in programs at the centre have their strengths and weaknesses in mathematics identified first, and then personal programs of study are designed to suit their backgrounds and their goals.

Students enrol in Mathematics 102F and will be transferred to 103F or 104F at the end of the term of their completion of the program. This may take as many as three semesters, depending upon the student’s entry level. These courses are non-credit, but the program is counted as part of a student's course load for tuition fees determination and for student loans.

If you are unsure whether the skills program will be useful to you, you may contact any of the Learning Centre staff for advice.


Physics Help Centre

Chemistry-Physics Building, Room C-3071
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Telephone: (709) 737-8899
Fax: (709) 737-8739

This centre is designed specifically for first-year physics students, and is staffed by professors, assistants and physics majors. The staff schedule is posted at the beginning of each semester so students can check when their professor is scheduled to work.


Writing Centre

Science Building, Room SN-2053
Hours: Posted each term.
Telephone: (709) 737-7705/3168 (Virginia Ryan)
Fax: (709) 737-4000

The Writing Centre, a free university-wide service managed by the Faculty of Arts, is staffed by tutors who will guide students through stages of the writing process. Whether you need help getting started, editing, or creating a bibliography, Writing Centre staff are happy to help. For additional information, please contact the centre. 

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