Student Support Services

Undergraduate

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education offers a wide range of student support services to help you make the most of your university experience - inside and outside the classroom. Key supports are listed below.

Academic advising is delivered by KPE's Student Advisor via online group advising and one-on-one private academic advising appointments via phone or MS Teams. Review the information below for details about these support services. 

Group Advising

Group advising is your opportunity to explore a topic of interest with KPE's Student Advisor and a group of peers. Online group advising sessions will usually start with a brief presentation by the Student Advisor followed by a Q&A session and group discussion. Online registration generally opens one week prior to the session. Examples of past sessions are listed below - click links to view past presentations.

One-on-one Appointments

Academic advising is your opportunity to explore your personal strengths and dreams in a supportive environment to assist you with personal goal setting and decision making. Appointments are also recommended if you experience any challenges during your time at U of T.

Private thirty-minute advising appointments are available :

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Appointments are available by phone, MS Teams (video and screen sharing) which you have access to with your UTmail+ account, and in-person (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays).
​​​​Please contact undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca to make an appointment.
 

Your Academic Advisor: Darryl McSherry

Darryl has worked at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education for over 25 years in a variety of roles and as of November 1, 2014 holds the position of Student Advisor in the Office of the Registrar. Darryl has extensive knowledge of the policy, programs and services of the Faculty and the University. Appointments with Darryl focus on your strengths, goals and priorities so you can make the most of your time at U of T.  Darryl completed a B.A. degree in Geography and History at the University of Toronto and a B.Ed. at the University of Western Ontario. Darryl has also completed a course in Appreciative Advising with Florida Atlantic University. ​​​​​Beyond the U of T campus, Darryl enjoys cooking, gardening, outdoor activities, music, gaming and spending time with family and friends.

Your Academic Advisor: Feyisami adara

Feyisami recently joined the Faculty in the role of the Equity Engagement and Student Advisor. They hold a BA in Equity Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto. Appointments with Feyi focus on identifying your strengths and applying it to challenges, developing decision making strategies, and helping you thrive throughout your University career. Outside of work, they enjoy cooking, listening to music and watching a lot of television.

KPE in partnership with Academic Success offers a series of online workshops and virtual one-on-one academic success advising appointments with a Learning Strategist to support KPE undergraduate students' academic success goals.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS

All workshops are tailored to the needs of KPE undergraduate students and will take place online. Online registration generally opens one week prior to the workshop date.

  • Return & Transition to In-person Learning Wednesday, September 14, 2022 
  • I’ve Gotten a Bad Mark, Now What? Wednesday, November 2, 2022 
  • Motivation & Procrastination Monday, November 14, 2022 
  • Time Management Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • KPE Exam Preparation Wednesday, November 23, 2022 

 

Know How 2 Academic Success Workshops for First-year and Second-year KPE Students 

This series provides a space for interacting with your peers in an inclusive and engaging environment while obtaining the academic skills to excel in your second year.
By attending this workshop series (minimum 3 out of 4 sessions), you will receive a notation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

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    FIRST-YEAR KPE STUDENTS

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   SECOND-YEAR KPE STUDENTS

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Time Management and Scheduling in Your First Year

First year: Monday, September 19, 2022 / 10 a.m. -11 a.m.

Time Management and Scheduling in Your Second Year

Second year: Monday, September 19, 2022 / 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Effective Study Strategies for Anatomy (ANA126Y)

First year: Monday, September 26, 2022 / 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Effective Study Strategies for Research Design & Methods: Quantitative Approaches (KPE291H)

Second year: Monday, September 26, 2022 / 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Effective Learning Strategies for Your Hybrid Schedule: How to be Present In-person and Online

First year: Monday, October 3, 2022 / 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Effective Study Strategies for Human Physiology (KPE260H)

Second year: Monday, October 3, 2022 / 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Developing & Maintaining a Study Routine

First year: Monday, October 17, 2022 / 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Developing & Maintaining a Study Routine

Second year: Monday, October 17, 2022 /1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENTS

Virtual Learning Strategist appointments are recommended for students who wish to achieve academic success in their university studies and improve their grades, learning skills and study habits.

During these appointments, students will be provided with a space to meet individually with a learning strategist to discuss their learning goals and needs either virtually or in-person (BN223). We offer an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment for UofT students to excel in their academic pursuits while being provided with customized learning support.

Sessions are usually 50 minutes in length. We begin by reviewing your academic goals and what you are hoping to accomplish in the session. Then we’ll work collaboratively to provide you with customized, practical learning strategies that cater to your learning needs.

To book an appointment, reach out directly to Nick at nicolas.nicola@utoronto.ca with “1 on 1 Appointment” as the subject line.
Please include a proposed time, date, and delivery mode in your email.
 

Your Learning Strategist: nick nicola

Nick is the Learning Strategist with Academic Success and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In his role, he provides advanced academic and learning skills counselling and advises students on the development of their educational plans. Nick completed his BA at the University of Toronto, MA at Queen’s University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Miami. To this role, he brings years of practical learning experience demonstrated by his perspectives as a student, teaching assistant, instructor, and facilitator. 
Learning is an on-going process and Nick is here to guide you along your learning journey. Feel free to reach out to him anytime! 
 

Academic Success

Academic Success is dedicated to making sure students achieve their highest possible learning potential. All KPE undergraduate students have access to their services and programs. Please visit the Academic Success website for more information.

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KPE in partnership with the Career Exploration and Education at U of T offers a series of online workshops to support KPE undergraduate students' career goals. 

CAREER Education WORKSHOPS

All online workshops are tailored to the needs of KPE undergraduate students and are facilitated by a Career Educator. Online registration will open one week prior to the workshop. Examples of past sessions are listed below.

  • CV/Resume Workshop 
  • Explore Your Options: Alternatives to Grad School
  • Know your Skills
  • What can I do with my Kinesiology degree? Exploring Career Options for Kinesiology Students 
  • Relationship Building and Networking for Careers

Graduate

Professional Development Workshops

The Graduate Department of Kinesiology offers monthly graduate seminars featuring speakers from across U of T and Canada. Speaker present on a broad variety of topics. Students in the MA, MSc and PhD programs are expected to attend all of the graduate seminars.

The Graduate Department of Kinesiology also holds a series of workshops designed to support MA, MSc and PhD students during their program.

Learn more about Graduate Seminars and Professional Development Workshops
 

KPE Grad Space

In this series, students will be provided a space to co-work on their assignments, projects, readings, and thesis. The Grad Space offers an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment for KPE graduate students to excel in their academic pursuits while being engaged with their graduate community at large. 
 


KPE Wellness Counsellor

The Faculty, in partnership with the U of T Health and Wellness Centre, offers confidential counselling services to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in KPE degree programs. 

Many students find it helpful to meet with a counsellor to learn how to manage stress around schedules, exams, relationships, or any unexpected challenge. Liz Montgomery, Registered Psychotherapist is available to listen and help you identify strategies to enhance your own inner resources.  

To book a virtual or appointment, contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 and ask to book a time with the KPE counsellor. 

Note: Wellness Counsellor services are only available to students who live in Ontario due to provincial regulatory requirements. 

Navi

Navi is a virtual agent that help students navigate mental health supports at the University of Toronto. Navi is an informational tool for wayfinding, and does not provide advice, counselling nor does it make any diagnosis. If students would like to speak to someone, Navi highlights a suite of resources that students can connect with 24/7.

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Student Mental Health Website
www.mentalhealth.utoronto.ca

From workshops and programs to in-person counselling and more, U of T has many services and resources to meet you where you are. Whether you’re building a strong foundation for the future or looking for ways to get help right now, there’s a resource for you. The Student Mental Health website has a robust search and filter function that allows students to match their needs with the many types of supports available through the University and its community partners.


KINections

KINections is your one-stop shop for information on all the ways you can connect and get involved beyond the classroom as a KPE student! You’ll find curated events and activities that support wellness and connection at KPE and with the broader local and global community.

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