Acing your Exams at the SLC

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

We’ve nearly made it. I can taste it. The culmination of all of our hard work is starting to take shape, the light at the end of the tunnel is appearing but wait…exams.

Students studying in a bright open space on the 8th floor of the SLC.

Photo by Clifton Li

This time of year can feel like a never-ending stream of caffeinated study sessions; throw in a few tense moments and you’ve got an accurate picture of my month of April. Yet this time around, let’s choose to not let exams get the best of us and instead, redefine our own limits. Every step of the way, the SLC has got you covered.

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One-Five-Oh: Let’s Celebrate!

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

At the SLC, the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team is making the most of Canada 150. From our Canadian flag overlooking the Bridge to the sesqui-pins on our uniforms, we’re excited about the big one-five-oh. Join us, get involved and celebrate all that brings us together and makes us who we are as a country!

Red banner showing the Canada 150 leaf logo and the message: Happy Sesquicentennial!

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Ten MORE Ways the SLC was Built With You in Mind

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

Back by popular demand: ten more ways the SLC was shaped by student voices!

1. Light sensitive blinds

Before the SLC came to life, students were asked what they wanted for their new space. What was at the top of their wish list? Sunlight! However, having twenty-five foot tall, floor-to-ceiling windows can bring in a little too much light at certain times of day. To solve this, the blinds are rigged to sensors based on geolocation that adjust as the day goes on!  Study area on the 8th floor at the SLC. Retractable blinds are highlighted.

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Ten Ways the SLC was Built With You in Mind

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

At the SLC, students are the top priority. From its early construction days until now, the student perspective has been considered in nearly every aspect. Whether creating a quiet floor or adding more Collaborative & Group Work Rooms, your student voice was heard. This student-first philosophy is the evolutionary force behind the SLC. It goes beyond infrastructure and infuses the SLC’s governing model where students are embedded in every decision-making level. The result: your SLC.

Here is a list of ten things that were incorporated into the SLC with Ryerson’s students in mind. 

1. Floor names

Every floor was designed to suit a different type of study need. Thankfully, each floor was given a clever name and coinciding theme to make them easier to remember! It’s broken down as follows:

A collage of all eight floors at the SLC.

Which floor do you call home?

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Come Play in the Sandbox!

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

The evolution of the SLC continues with the launch of its new learning playground, Sandbox by DMZ! The rebrand presents a clear vision for its innovative space: a one-stop shop for community members and students to embrace their entrepreneurial intuition, explore ideas, and grow their skill sets.

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Sesqui-what?

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson

Here at the Student Learning Centre (SLC), we’ve kicked off the sesquicentennial celebrations with the installation of a Canadian flag overlooking the bridge connecting to the Library. Just in time to honour National Flag of Canada Day on February 15th!

The SEAL Team smiling in front of the Canadian flag.

Join the SEAL Team in participating in the “Share your Moment with the Flag Challenge” using #CanadianFlag

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Accessing a New Perspective

Written by student blogger Danielle Howson 

Our entire lives, we are told to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes in order to understand their perspective. I’ve always considered myself to be a thoughtful person, yet I never realized how little I truly contemplate challenges other people might be facing. However, having recently taken part in the Student Learning Centre’s Charrette on Accessibility allowed me to view my world through a different lens.Staff attending the Charrette next to colourful balloons. Continue reading

Accessibility at the Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Written by Alanna O’Connor, Ryerson Grad RTA ’15, SLC Assistant

My return to campus this month has been a whirlwind experience, full of memories, new learning curves and confusing walks in Kerr Hall. As a new member of the SEAL team and as a graduate of Ryerson, I’m thrilled to be part of the Ramily once again. Through my short time here I’ve learned that the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is more than just a building, it’s a culture that fosters innovation while always keeping students’ needs its highest priority.

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