The Workshop - The Engineering and Computer Science Mentoring Centre

The Workshop team

We support undergraduate students in their studies and academic life. We help them thrive as University of Ottawa students. If you are looking for ways to achieve your full potential, to prepare for your future career, to network with your peers or if you want to know the secrets to academic success, come see us. All services are free of charge!


Are you a graduate student? If so, visit the Graduate studies mentoring centre.

The engineering mentors

  • Are accomplished students who serve as role models and represent an important source of information and guidance.
  • Take advantage of campus supports and help fellow students tap into these resources.
  • Facilitate study groups, help you learn theory and concepts. They are not tutors or Teaching Assistants.
  • Make themselves available during office hours to offer additional support to fellow students.
The mentors

Ayman Najeh

Study groups: MCG 1100-1500
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Country: Morocco
Language spoken: French, English, Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology

Being from Morocco, I had to adapt to the pace of life and Canadian culture. I also had to learn quickly in order to make a good transition to the university life by developing adaptation techniques that fostered my integration while holding account of my academic goals. Even though I have demonstrated a good academic performance, I met several challenges over the years. Therefore, I developed strategies to improve my grades. I believe that, having lived through these challenges, I am able to provide counselling and empathic listening to students who are mentored. Lastly, since the studies, both mine and those of my fellow students are close to my heart, it's a great honor for me to be a part of the mentor team of the Faculty of Engineering!


Ruikang Liu

Study group: GNG 1105, MAT 1341
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday:1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Country: China
Language spoken: English, Mandarin
Program: B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

English being my second language, I have really experienced how hard it can be starting university. I’m willing and pleased to share my experiences with you to help you avoid making the same mistakes I did by answering any questions you may have.


Christ Saint Lot

Study groups: MAT 1322-1722 | MAT 1348-1748
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Country: Haiti
Language spoken: French, English, Creole and Spanish (basic)
Program: B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology

“As an international student, I know how frustrating and depressing the university experience can be, especially for international students. I became a mentor at the University of Ottawa because I wanted to offer my support, encouragement and friendship to all the students. Also helping other students achieve their academic and/or other social goals is what I desire the most as a mentor. It will be my pleasure to be your mentor this semester”.


Colin Boudignon

Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: French, English, Spanish (basic)
Program:

B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering

“This is my first year as a student mentor at the Faculty of Engineering, and I'm eagerly awaiting the year to come. I've personally experienced a lot of the challenges that university can pose and I'm excited to help new students navigate all of them. I'm looking forward to sharing all of the learning methods and tools that I have acquired during my time at university with you all so make sure to come visit us at the mentoring centre!.”


Mahir Annama

Study groups: GNG1106-1506 | ELG 2136-2536

Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Country: Chad
Language spoken: English, French and Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc.in Electrical Engineering

" For an Engineering student, the road to success is paved with obstacles. As a fourth-year student, I have faced my fair share. There are many resources available to students that I did not know about back in first year, this centre included. I will share my experiences and the skills I learned to help you become better equipped at tackling academic life. Please, drop by! ".


Manal Abaline

Study groups: COOP Winter Term 2020
Individual consultation schedule: COOP Winter Term 2020

Country: Morocco
Language spoken: French, English, Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering

“As an international student mentor, I believe that moving to a new country is an overwhelming experience with some unique hardships and struggles. If there is one thing that I desire, it’s to share my knowledge as well as my different experiences with new coming students. I would strongly suggest that incoming students make use of different resources available to them such as the Mentoring Centre”.


Meyssa Smirani

Study groups: ITI 1100-1500 
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country: Tunisia
Language spoken: French, English, Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computer Technology

“I believe that studying at the University is the most precious life period since you learn lessons not only from books but also from experiences. As an international student, I’ve faced many challenges when i came to Canada, 2 years ago .Leaving your country and starting your undergraduate studies can be stressful so my goal is to make it easier for you. I look forward to meeting with all of you to facilitate you integration and to answer your questions!”


Patricia Kennedy

Study groups: GNG 1105-1505 | ITI 1121-1521
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: English, French
Program: B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology

“This is my first semester as a mentor, and I am really excited to take on this role. I love meeting new students and I am always willing to help when I can. I believe mentoring is not about giving the answer to a problem, but rather helping students solve the problem on their own. I moved to Ottawa at the start of my studies, so I also understand the challenges of living away from home and adapting to a new environment. Feel free to stop by anytime to ask me questions about your classes, university in general or Ottawa.”


Olga Surzhok

Study groups: CSI 2110-2510 | ITI 1121-1521
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country: Ukraine
Language spoken: English, French, Russian, Ukrainian
Program: Honours B.A.Sc. in Computer Science
 

“When I first started my studies at the University of Ottawa, Computer Science was something completely new to me. I loved the challenge posed by this field of study and have been passionate about it since my first day at the University. I chose to become a mentor because I would love to help out students who are just starting their path in STEM, and show them how exciting this field is.”


Christophe Michaud-Lavoie

Study groups: MAT 1341-1741 | CHG 1371-1771
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: French and English
Program: B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, BSc in Computing Technology

For most of us, university is tough. We live through more failures, difficulties and frustrations than ever before, at one of the most important times of our careers and personal development. Many of these failures are needless; I want to make sure that future uOttawa students have less and less of these and are more satisfied with their academic pathway.


 

Udoka Josemaria Nwabuike

Study groups: CHG 1371-1771 | CHG 2314-2714
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Country: Nigeria
Language spoken: English
Program: B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology (Co-Op)

“Having used the mentoring centre as a student, I am honoured and privileged to be able to help new students adapt to the rigours of university by providing study tools/tips, available on-campus resources, as well as personal experiences. I hope I can help students I interact with, to go on to have a successful and memorable experience at the University.”


Hasan Sungar

Study groups: MAT 1320-1720 | GNG1106-1506
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Country: Turkey
Language spoken: English, French and Turkish
Program: B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (CO-OP)

“Adapting to university life, managing time, being able to stand on your own and having good grades are all part of being a successful student. I have gone through many difficulties to develop myself, adapt to university and to a new country as an international student from Turkey. I think sharing experiences and tips to each other is the basis of our development and is absolutely necessary. I became a mentor to be able to share all of my experiences, my mistakes and my realisations. I am eager to listen and try to help students who are in search of developing themselves. Please feel free to stop by any time with any questions!”


Eniola Fayomi

Study groups: MAT 1320-1720
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Country: Nigeria

Language spoken: English and Yoruba
Program: B.A. Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

Coming to Canada as an international student, I faced a few challenges transitioning into a new university and culture. I visited mentors from The Workshop, and I really liked how things ran there, so I decided to try it for myself. And I love it!!!


Mamoun Boutaleb

Study groups: CVG 2116-2516
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Country: Marocco
Language spoken: French, English, Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering

" As an international student, I know how much the undergrad experience can be a stressful and difficult journey, but also, a memorable experience where life lessons are learned. As a mentor, I would be pleased to transfer my experience and knowledge to fellow students to assist and help them as much as I can, and with that, help them achieve their objectives."

 

Study groups

Study groups are specific to individual courses. The mentors will go over concepts, theories and practice problems and show you the steps. Mentors will not provide solutions to graded work.

Simply attend the study group which interests you (when available).

Study group schedule

Winter 2020- January 20 to April 3, 2020

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Open  Open  Open  Open  Open
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

GNG 1105
Ruikang

ELG 2136
ELG 2536

Mahir
MAT 1320
MAT 1720

Hasan/Eniola
CSI 2110
CSI 2510

Olga
ITI 1121
ITI 1521

Olga
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MAT 1322
MAT 1722

Christ

ITI 1100
ITI 1500

Meyssa

Closed
Team meeting

 

MAT 1322
MAT 1722

Christ
 
GNG 1105
GNG 1505

Patricia/Ruikang
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

CHG 2314
CHG 2714

Udoka 

MCG 1100
MCG 1500

Ayman

ITI 1121
ITI 1521

Patricia

CHG 1371
CHG 1771

Udoka/ Christophe
GNG 1106
GNG 1506

Mahir/Hasan
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. GNG 1106
GNG 1506

Mahir
MAT 1320
MAT 1720

Eniola
CHG 1371
CHG 1771

Udoka/ Christophe
MAT 1341
Ruikang
ITI 1100
ITI 1500

Meyssa
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. MAT 1741
Christophe
Open to all
Workshop

(See schedule)
MAT 1348
MAT 1748

Christ
Open to all/
Workshop

(see schedule)
MAT 1348
MAT 1748

Christ
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.          
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.          
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.          
Final exam review sessions

Simply attend the session which interests you. 

Saturday April 4, 2020

Time Room STE H0104 Room STE G0103
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.    
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ITI 1121 ITI 1500
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MAT 1741 ITI 1100
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MAT 1320-1720 CVG 2140
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MAT 1320-1720 ITI 1521
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ***MCG 1100-1500 CSI 2110-2510
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    

Sunday April 5, 2020

Time Room STE H0104 Room STE G0103
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.    
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. GNG 1505 MAT 1341
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. GNG 1105 MAT 1348-1748
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CHG 1371 MAT 1322-1722
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CHG 2314 CVG 2116-2516
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.    
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    

Monday April 6, 2020

Time Room STE H0104 Room STE G0103
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.    
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.    
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ELG 2136-2536  
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   GNG 1106-1506
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   GNG 1106-1506
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    

*** Final review session for MCG 1100-1500 is subject to change. Final schedule will be confirmed by the end of January***

Individual mentoring sessions

Want to improve your study skills? Individual consultations are a good way to improve topics such as:

  • Focus
  • Exam preparation
  • Memorization
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • etc...

Examples of questions/subjects asked by the students:

  • How can I increase my grade point average?
  • How do I improve my study skills?
  • Where can I find a specific service on campus?
  • What do I need to include in a weekly calendar?
  • Where can I find discounted textbooks?
  • How can I find work-life balance?

By drop-in

Simply visit us during individual session hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By appointment

Reserve a one hour individual consultation with a mentor! To book a consultation, send an email to engineering.mentor@uOttawa.ca. Consult mentor's profil for their office hours. 

 

Workshops

The schedule will be updated by January 24.

Workshops Date

How to survive your midterm exam period

 
Explore time management to reach your goals

 

Effective Note Taking

 

Learn how to lean: Effective Reading Strategies

 

Prepare yourself for an interview: Leet Coding Event

 

How to prepare for your final exams

 

Contact us

STE 1030 (map)
800 King Edward Ave.
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 4621
engineering.mentor@uOttawa.ca

January 6 to April 3:
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed during reading week : February 17 to February 21, 2020

April 4-5-6, 2020 Final Exam Review (See schedule)


Josée Graveline
Student Experience Officer
Tel. 613-562-5800 ext. 4970
jgrave@uOttawa.ca

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