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 2108/2508 | MCG 2130/2530

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!


Camille Chartrand

Study group: MAT 1341/1741

Country: Canada
Language spoken: French, English,
Program: BASc in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

“Hey! My name is Camille and I am currently studying in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering. Being an engineer wasn't always part of my plan. In first year, I thought I wanted to be a professional musician and was enrolled in the double degree Music and Physics. Going through the adaptation of surviving the university life and of changing programs and faculties, I have seen many challenges up to this point and have had to use different strategies to overcome them. I've had to change my ways to be able to reach my goals and as a mentor, I hope to share some of my experiences with others to help them succeed. Hope to see you at the mentoring centre!”.


Christ Saint Lot

Study groups: MAT 2384/2784 | MAT 1320/1720 | MAT 1341/1741

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

Orientation Guide

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!.”


Kulveen Singh

Study groups: GNG1105/1505

Country: Canada
Language spoken: English, Hindi, Punjabi, French (Basic)
Program: B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering

“University is fun but very challenging part of our lives. As mentors, we are here to support and guide students in ways that will help them succeed not only in the first year but farther down their academic career as well. I decided to become a mentor because it is very fulfilling to see fellow colleagues and students succeeding and thriving. As an upper-year student, I wish I had participated in the mentoring program and all it has to offer. Please come by and visit us!”


Manal Abaline

Study groups: MAT 1320/1720 | CEG 2136/2536 | ELG 2138/2538

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: GNG 1103/1503 | CEG 2136/2536

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 1120/1520

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.”


Rock Weizhe Liang

Study groups: CSI 2110/2510 | SEG 2105/2505 | GNG 1106/1506

Country: China
Language spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Program: B.Sc. in Computer Science with Data Science Option

“Progression would be faster when less mistakes are made, thus take the advise from people whom made the mistakes would make your life easier. As a 4th year Computer Science student, being a mentor will allow me to share my study experiences in these courses.”


Saleh Bichara Senoussi

Study groups: CHG 1125/1525

Country: Chad
Language spoken: French, English, Arabic, Turkish
Program: B.A.Sc. in Chemical engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology

“When I came to Canada in 2015, I have already volunteered as a mentor and teaching assistant for more than the half of my life by getting involved in a neighborhood centre. I love sharing what I learnt and I experienced with others, so do not hesitate to come and see me if you have questions.”


Susan O'Brien

Study groups: MAT 2322/2722 | CEG 1125/1525

Country: Canada
Language spoken: English, French (basic)
Program: B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Co-Op)


“While I've had previous opportunities to work as a mentor and tutor, this will be my first year as a student mentor with the Faculty of Engineering and I couldn't be more excited! The beginning of university, in fact all of it, is filled with challenging moments. If you ever have any questions or need an empathetic listening ear, please do not hesitate to drop to the mentoring centre. I wish you success in all your endeavors and hope you try to take advantage of the resources available to uOttawa students!.”


Udoka Josemaria Nwabuike

Study groups: MAT 2384/2784 | MAT 2322/2722

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.”


Vekshan Bundhoo

Study groups: CSI 2110/2510 | SEG 2105/2505 | ITI 1120/1520

Country: Mauritius
Language spoken: English, French, Mauritian Creole, Hindi (basic)
Program: B.Sc. in Computer Science


“My goal as a mentor is to share some of my tips to be successful in your university career. I am a firm believer that students can focus more on the learning process by collaborating with their peers and by using the services offered at the University. I am also looking forward to helping you figure out a learning strategy tailored to you.”

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

Fall 2019 - September 16 to December 1

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.          
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. GNG 1103
GNG 1503

Meyssa
ITI 1120
ITI 1520

Patricia
CHG 1125
CHG 1525

Susan/Saleh
CEG 2136
CEG 2536

Manal/Meyssa
GNG 1105
GNG 1505

Kulveen
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MAT 2384
MAT 2784

Udoka/Christ
MAT 1320
MAT 1720

Christ
MAT 1341
MAT 1741

Christ
MAT 1320
MAT 1720

Manal
 
MCG 2108
MCG 2508

Ayman
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Team meeting MAT 2322
MAT 2722

Susan

LEET Coding Event
Rock
Support engineering
Saleh

ITI 1120
ITI 1520

Vekshan
GNG 1106
GNG 1506

Rock
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MAT 2322
MAT 2722

Udoka
GNG 1105
GNG 1505

Patricia
SEG 2105
SEG 2505

Rock/Vekshan
MAT 2384
MAT 2784

Udoka/Christ
MAT 1341
MAT 1741

Camille
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ELG 2138
ELG 2538

Manal
CSI 2110
CSI 2510

Rock
Workshop (see schedule) CSI 2110
CSI 2510

Vekshan
MCG 2130
MCG 2530

Ayman
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. The fall term schedule will be available mid-October 2019!

List view of sessions

CSI 2110
Saturday April 6
11:30-14:15
STE H0104

MAT 1348
Saturday April 6
14:30-17:15
STE H0104

MAT 1322
Saturday April 6
17:30-20:15
STE H0104

GNG 1106
Saturday April 6
13:00-14:15
STE G0103

GNG 1105
Saturday April 6
14:30-15:45
STE G0103

MAT 1320
Saturday April 6
16:00-17:15
STE G0103

MAT 2384
Saturday April 6
17:30-20:15
STE G0103

ELG 2136
Sunday April 7
11:30-14:15
STE H0104

MAT 1741
Sunday April 7
14:30-17:15
STE H0104

MAT 1341
Sunday April 7
17:30-20:15
STE H0104

ITI 1100
Sunday April 7
11:30-14:15
STE G0103

ITI 1121
Sunday April 7
14:30-17:15
STE G0103

ITI 1521
Sunday April 7
17:30-18:45
STE G0103

ITI 1500
Sunday April 7
19:00-20:15
STE G0103

MAT 1720
Monday April 8
9:30-11:15
STE H0104

MCG 2131 | 2531
Monday April 8
11:30-14:15
STE H0104

MAT 1722
Monday April 8
14:30-15:45
STE H0104

CHG 1125
Monday April 8
16:00-17:15
STE H0104

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: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 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.

Mentors' schedule for Fall 2019

Ayman

  • Friday:
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Camille

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Christ

  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Colin

  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:
    • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Kulveen

  • Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday:
    • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Manal

  • Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m..

Meyssa

  • Monday:
    • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    • 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Patricia

  • Monday: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rock Weizhe

  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saleh

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Susan

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Udoka

  • Tuesday:
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:
    • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • 4:00 pm. to 5:30 p.m.

Vekshan

  • Monday:
    • 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:30 pm. to 4:00 p.m.
Workshops

Workshops are on Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at STE 1030.

Workshops Date

How to survive your midterm exam period

October 9
Explore time management to reach your goals

October 23

Effective Note Taking

October 30

Learn how to lean: Effective Reading Strategies

November 6

Prepare yourself for an interview: Leet Coding Event (starting on October 9 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Every Wednesday

How to prepare for your final exams

November 13, 20 and 27

Contact us

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

Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 4621

engineering.mentor@uOttawa.ca

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