Staying at Home: Resources

Free Resources for Students During Social Distancing

Although social distancing has led to some big changes in our everyday lives, there are still ways to make the most of this time!

Ryerson and other independent resources have shifted to having an online presence and are offering a variety of services accessible to students. 


RSLC@Home

Introducing RSLC@Home: This new section of our website has tools that will help you build an atmosphere for success while at home. We want to provide you with tips, practices, and inspiration to make the most of your own study spaces!


Below, the SLC has compiled a further list of helpful resources. Whether you want to learn a new skill, work out from home, or stay up-to-date on news, we’ve got you covered! 

Ryerson Resources 

Although the university is not accessible in-person, Ryerson resources are available online for students to use! 

Student Learning Support (SLS)

The SLS is still offering one-on-one help online. They’re offering writing, math, English language and study skills appointments by phone or online. They are also offering workshops online. Visit their website to book an appointment. 

Ryerson Mental Health and Wellbeing

They are able to connect Ryerson Students to services like the Medical Centre and counselling where they can receive virtual support. Visit the Ryerson Health and Wellness website for more information! 

RU Student Life 

RU Student Life is offering awesome engaging content including online community drop-ins, movie-watching sessions, and fitness classes through their social media platforms! Visit their website and Instagram to stay up-to-date. 

Ryerson Career and Co-Op Centre

The Career and Co-op Centre has moved all their programming and appointments online. Visit their website for more information or to book an appointment. 

DME

The Ryerson Library Digital Media Experience Lab is offering daily online tutorials through their website. Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, and so much more! Visit their website for the links to join the tutorials. 

Educational Resources

Here’s a list of non-Ryerson resources students can take advantage of while social distancing to learn new things or enhance current skills! 

Skillshare

Skillshare is offering thousands of unlocked classes for creatives free of charge. This is ideal for students who want to find a new hobby or try something new while staying home! 

TED Talk

TED is always offering tons of free online courses with a diverse selection of topics and talks to get you through your day! 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering 2 months of free Creative Cloud. To get the deal, go to cancel your membership and the offer will show up! 

Government Resources: 

WHO 

The World Health Organization has daily updates on COVID-19 news and safety precautions.

Government of Ontario

Ontario has a website for all COVID-19 related news and instructions province-wide. 

Fitness

RU Recreation

RU Recreation has launched virtual fitness classes to help you stay active at home. Check out their Instagram and website for schedules and more information! 

YMCA

The YMCA is offering free classes on their website!

Planet Fitness

The gym is live streaming fitness classes through their Facebook every day! 

Wellness

Headspace

As one of the best digital meditation resources on the market, Headspace has made several of its meditative collections free to help everyone through this time. Check them out here

Motivation – Daily quotes

This is a free app you can download through the App Store. It sends you motivational quotes as notifications throughout the day. 

If there are resources we missed that have been helpful for you, please let us know so we can share them with everyone! You can send us a direct message on Instagram @ryersonslc.

Stay well and take care!

COVID-19 Closure

As of today, March 17, 2020, the SLC is closed to both Ryerson students and the general public until further notice. This decision has been made in accordance with recommendations from Public Health to limit congregations of people in public spaces.  The safety of our students and our community is our first priority.

We will continue to monitor events as they unfold, and will provide further communication when a decision is made to re-open the facility.

Thank-you for your understanding, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to our team at slchelp@ryerson.ca


RSLC@Home

Introducing RSLC@Home: This new section of our website has tools that will help you build an atmosphere for success while at home. We want to provide you with tips, practices, and inspiration to make the most of your own study spaces!


Please visit us here on our blog or on the SLC Instagram page for future updates.

Stay updated with Ryerson University information regarding COVID-19 here.

For SLC Stakeholder information, please find:

All the best,
SLC Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team

The Sky

With big windows, natural light, and the soft buzz of conversation, the eighth floor is a great space for students to study and collaborate with others. Known as The Sky, this floor offers a great panoramic view of the city and lots of natural light. 

The Sky has both individual study space and a Collaborative Study Space where students can come to connect and work with their peers! 

There are lots of seating options and spaces at The Sky. They include individual study carrels, casual cafe-style seating, lounge chairs with attached desks, and Collaborative and Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) for students to use. 

“This is a relaxing environment for me because I don’t have to worry about making noise,” said Luke, a business management student. “You can just sit on the chairs and relax.” 

The Collaborative Study Space was named the Sarabjit S. Marwah Learning Exchange, as part of Ryerson’s Make Your Mark Campaign. Marwah is known for being the first member of a visible minority group to hold a senior position in corporate Canada! The CGWRs on this floor were names by his colleagues who donated money to Ryerson on his behalf. 

Since this floor is dedicated to collaborative study space, there are many CGWRs available here. Each room is equipped with a whiteboard, table and chairs, and an LCD screen to make learning easier for students. They can be booked out through the Ryerson University Library here

The architecture of the SLC shines brightly on this floor. If you look up at the ceiling, you’ll see the different sized lights on this floor that represent the clouds!

“This is the most open concept floor where I can have the best view of the city,” said Vivian, a hospitality and tourism management student. “With the theme of the sky, it really inspires me to create ideas.” 

The windows on the eighth floor have a unique frit pattern. It serves many purposes that make it so awesome! More than just a pretty pattern, it is a creative experience. The shapes of the frit pattern frame the city and display our beautiful Toronto views as little works of art. They also reflect solar glare, boost overall energy efficiency of the building, and mitigate bird strikes. 

A staple on Yonge Street, the SLC is known for its award-winning glass exterior, views of the city, and for providing Ryerson students with extra study space. The building was designed by globally renowned Norweigen architectural firm, Snøhetta and Ziedler Partnership Architect, an established Canadian corporation. 

Visiting The Sky is always a positive experience. This floor is packed with eager students ready to learn and laugh, and it’s radiant atmosphere makes it a welcoming space for all.

Next time you want to study with a view, come stop by this wonderful floor! 

Fun Facts:

  • Snacks and coffee machines are located here 
  • The Sky has a charging stations for students who need to charge their devices

Shop the SLC: A Winter Marketplace, Nov. 25th -29th

Nov. 25th -29th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This year marks the 5th year anniversary of Shop the SLC – a marketplace that provides the opportunity for vendors, both seasoned and new, to sell goods at a free booth in an established market.

Participating as a vendor is the perfect way to explore the entrepreneurial world for the first time, grow a new business, or share your established business with the community – and it’s free!

Shop the SLC is proud to bring a diverse collection of talent, passion, and experience together for an event that inspires, supports, and connects budding businesses within the Ryerson community!

Vendors of all kinds are welcome; art, crafts, clothes, food, services, technology, jewelry and more! If you make or provide something and want to connect with the Ryerson community, this is the perfect event for you.

Vendors will need to be prepared to have items ready to sell, or an on-the-spot service to offer to the Ryerson community. We will provide you with table space (varying sizes available), for you to decorate and personalize to reflect your business.

As a vendor you will be invited to a Meet n’ Greet event prior to Shop the SLC on Thursday, November 21st. The Meet n’ Greet will provide information about the market as well as an opportunity to network and meet other vendors.

Ready to sign up? Fill out this form by October 18th 5:00 PM EST and get ready for an amazing experience!

Have questions? Please email slchelp@ryerson.ca or stop by the SLC headquarters located at LIB 272B Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

New This Year:

Application is now open to external community members who have been referred by a Ryerson member. Those applying as a Friend of Ryerson (a referred vendor who is not a student, staff or faculty) will pay a fee of $100 for their booth. This fee helps our team at the Student Learning Centre continue to support student-focused activities, events, and projects that engage the Ryerson community and enhance the student experience.

By inviting vendors beyond the student, staff and faculty community we aim to expand the Shop the SLC network to bring in established entrepreneurs to connect with students. If you know a vendor that would be a good fit, send them the link to the vendor application form! When filling out the form, outside vendors must provide a Ryerson contact with a Ryerson email address as a referral.

While this initiative will allow for greater network opportunities, we will continue to prioritize the Ryerson community as vendors. We are committed to keeping 80% of available booths dedicated to Ryerson students, staff and faculty.

SEAL Award 2019/20

The SLC SEAL Team Student Engagement and Leadership Award is now accepting applications! This $1000 award recognizes two students annually (one undergraduate & one graduate) who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Ryerson University while maintaining academic excellence.

Apply here!

The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 31, 2019.

PURPOSE

The SLC SEAL Team Award recognizes students who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Ryerson University while maintaining academic excellence.

BACKGROUND

“The SLC SEAL Team is a dedicated group committed to making the SLC a world-class destination. Working together and collaborating with various stakeholders, they foster student engagement and pride of place ensuring the SLC is a physical manifestation of Ryerson’s spirit.” —SEAL Team Mission Statement

The SLC Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team emerged from what was always envisioned for the SLC—a place responsible for driving student participation and enhancing the Ryerson experience. As such, the SEAL Team focuses on taking an innovative approach to ensure students are connected to resources and programming while fostering a culture of engagement and collaboration. As a result, Ryerson students demonstrate strong pride of place and are primed to create exceptional experiences. The SLC SEAL Team applauds students who embody these values. With this award, the SLC SEAL Team will recognize two students annually who personify these ideals and contributes to enhancing Ryerson’s overall reputation. 

VALUE

$1,000. Two annual awards; to be given to one undergraduate student, and one graduate student.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for this award the student must:

  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student or graduate student at Ryerson University and have maintained a clear academic standing
  • Recipients from past years are eligible to apply, with no limitation on the number of years any one student can receive providing their application includes new and relevant examples since the last awarding.
  • Current SEAL members are not eligible to apply if they are selected to be a member of the Award Selection Committee.

SELECTION CRITERIA

A student must submit:

  • A cover letter (approximately 500 words) or a video (1-2 minutes) outlining how they have exemplified student engagement and leadership at Ryerson University. The selection committee will be looking for examples of how their actions have directly contributed to, and how it enhanced the Ryerson community, student experience, and enhancing Ryerson’s reputation. The recipients will have demonstrated how they have brought about change with genuine impact by way of their great ideas taking shape.
  • Peer reference letter (approximately 500 words) or a video (1-2 minutes) outlining the applicant’s impact on creating excellent student experience. Providing first-hand / personal experiences as to how the peer was positively impacted.

The Forest

Ever need a silent place to get work done? If so, the seventh floor is the space for you! 

Known as The Forest, this floor is dedicated to providing students with the quiet study space they need, especially during exam periods. It is home to quiet and silent study spaces, a graduate study space, and bookable Collaborative and Group Work Rooms (CGWRs). 

Students can use the silent study space with zero noise tolerance on this floor when they need to work without distraction. There is also a quiet study space on this floor and CGWRs for quiet collaborative work.  

“I like to come to the seventh floor because it is very quiet and focused atmosphere,” said Aileen Falcones Guzman, a student in the history program. “It’s so different because as soon as you walk into the seventh floor, it’s quiet.”

The graduate study space can be accessed by a card programmed for graduate student access. This area is solely designated for graduate students! It has open study space, collaborative work space, access to the silent study space, and six CGWRs dedicated to grad students only.

There are many features on this floor that help make it the quiet study space that it is. The wall and ceiling carpet on this floor help control the noise and absorb some sound, and the tables and chairs are designed for individual quiet study to help reduce noise. 

On the seventh floor, it is the responsibility of every student to respect those around them and maintain a quiet, and focused environment. That’s why we did some renovations to this floor over the summer based on feedback from our students! 

The CGWRs on this floor have been insulated to improve sound absorption. This means that although the rooms are NOT soundproof, sound travel from room to room is reduced when doors are closed and soft voices are being used.

“The seventh floor is my favourite place because seeing other people quietly studying motivates me.

It’s a nice break between the other floors that’s great for focusing,” said Soonalika, a creative industries student. “If everyone follows the quiet floor rules, it’s a great atmosphere to study in.”

New whiteboards and AV tech equipment have been installed in each of the CGWRs. The newly installed whiteboards are easier to use, clean and maintain, and the new AV tech has been simplified to avoid breakage and confusion! 

Along the elevator wall, you will notice a new mural installation created by Student Graphic Designer, Soonalika and Creative and Communications Coordinator, Jaleesa that promotes seventh floor etiquette.

This floor is a place where students come to work in a quiet environment. We are dedicated to making the student learning experience world class, but we cannot do this alone! It is important that each student plays their part in helping maintain quiet by respecting their fellow peers.

The Beach

The sixth floor of the SLC is one of our most renowned floors! With its summer-like vibe, views of the city, and relaxed environment, this floor offers the largest casual study space for students in the building.

This floor is known as The Beach because of its bright colours and architecture. It can hold more than 200 people and is the perfect gathering space for Ryerson students to come hang out and work in.

This floor welcomes students to come socialize, de-stress, study, and more! It is a good place to meet with friends, eat lunch, and enjoy a nice escape from the busyness of the city. 

“I find that it’s very important for the general atmosphere of the university, to give students the opportunity to relax and have a good time,” said  Daniel Medetbayev, a computer engineering student. “This floor has a very comforting atmosphere.” 

There are many parts to this floor that work together to make it The Beach. The blonde wood floors are the sand, the blue carpet in the south-west corner is the water, and the circular lighting emulates the sun. Along with the bright furniture, this floor has the perfect summer feel! 

Ramps are integrated into the design of this floor to allow easy access to all levels for students and guests with accessibility needs. As a play on the beach concept, sound wave stickers have been placed on each of the ramps to help keep them free and easy to use for those who need them.

There are a lot of cool features that make this space awesome for students, including the furniture. This is the only floor in the SLC that has bean bags for students to curl up on and relax. There are reclining body chairs for laid back studying or catching up with a friend, and cushions to sit on as well.

“I think it’s very convenient,” said Erykah Kerr, a student in the child and youth care program.  “You have a chill space to be on your own, you don’t have to keep the noise down, and you’re comfortable here.  

This floor also has mobile whiteboards that students can use to collaborate and work without having to book out a Collaborative and Group Work Room.

Another useful SLC feature that comes in handy, especially on a sunny floor like The Beach are the blinds. They are programmed based on geolocation scheduling to match the position of the sun, so they rise and fall automatically based on the sun’s position. This helps create the perfect environment for students. 

Next time you need a break or a place to take a breather, make sure to find yourself a cozy spot at The Beach and unwind! 

Fun facts:

  • The bean bags are made from recycled boat sails 
  • There is a vending machine with snacks and a coffee machine located on this floor 
  • Ceiling rope lighting is circular in shape similar to the sun 

New Compost Bins!

As part of a campus wide commitment to sustainability, and thanks to Ryerson Facilities Services and Sustainability, the SLC now has 4-stream waste bins where students can compost their organics! 

The signage on the bins has also been updated to make them more accessible and clear to all Ryerson students, faculty, and staff. 

Previously, our 3-stream waste bins only included space for cans and bottles, mixed paper, and garbage. With these new 4-stream bins, students will now have the ability to compost organic waste! 

Organic waste is material from living organisms like plants and animals. This includes food like leftovers, peels, and greens. Providing students with compost disposal at the SLC supports Ryerson’s commitment to sustainability. 

Did you know that 26 per cent of items in our landfill consist of organics? This is very harmful to the environment! Organic waste in landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

In 2018, Ryerson produced 1,000 tonnes of waste that ended up in a landfill, much of which could have been recycled or composted. Let’s work together to reduce this number! 

In Summer and Fall 2018, Facilities Services and Sustainability conducted a waste engagement survey to gain student, faculty, and staff feedback. With close to 800 responses, these new bins were designed to reduce Ryerson’s eco footprint and make waste management easier for everyone. 

As members of the Ryerson community and stewards of our great planet, we are all responsible for doing our part in creating a sustainable campus. 

Do your part in protecting our beautiful planet by remembering to read the signs carefully and throw out your waste accordingly!

The Sun

Our floors have all been built with a specific purpose in mind and each cater to a variety of student needs. For instance, we have floors dedicated to silent study as well as casual seating and socialization.

Our floors have all been built with a specific purpose in mind and cater to a variety of student needs. For instance, we have floors dedicated to silent study as well as casual seating and socialization.

On the fifth floor, students can find the perfect balance! It is a place where there is not too much noise, but it isn’t entirely silent as well, making it a great learning space. 

“It’s a nice floor to chill and study on because it’s quiet, but you’re still able to speak with your friends at a moderate tone,” said Joe Heri, a business management student. 

Known as The Sun because of its red and orange hues, this floor is a great place to work alone or in groups in a cozy environment. The colours of this floor were intentionally picked to get people energized, and the windows of this floor overlook both campus and Yonge-Dundas Square! 

This warm and bright floor is where students come to study, casually sit, and relax! 

“What I like about the fifth floor is that its split into a study side and a chill side. Its balanced so you can do both,” said Mohamedarif Sharrif, an aerospace engineering student. 

From individual desks and chairs, lounge chairs with attached desks, and tables for group work, there are a lot of seating options! Students can also book out Collaborative Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) for group study as well. 

As a plus for students who want to relax, reclined body chairs are located on this floor. Though these seats seem perfect for napping, it’s best to stay awake. If you happen to drift off, SLC staff may check in to make sure you are okay. Sleeping in a public building can put you at risk of theft and harm. Help us keep you and your belongings safe by staying alert.

Need extra study space during exam season? The large Seminar Rooms on this floor are open for all students to use until midnight during the exam period. These rooms are also available to be booked for workshops and are equipped with a projector, a smart board, and a white board. 

The rooms can be booked by any Ryerson student, staff or faculty here ! Priority is given to collaborations with academic partners to deliver innovative services that strengthen students’ out-of-class learning experiences.

You can find out what’s happening in the Seminar rooms by browsing the screens above the SLC lobby elevators or at the touch screen kiosks in the Amphitheatre.

Room 512 of The Sun is home to the Masters of Digital Media. This is an intense 12-month professional program designed to teach graduates the skills and industry experience they need to excel in the digital media world. It is open to students who may plan to develop their own start-up, work in corporate, or those that want to expand their existing skill set!

At the SLC, we are dedicated to creating amazing learning spaces for students to study, work together, and relax in a positive environment. 

Whether you need a place to relax, get some serious work done, or want to meet friends in a calm environment, this is the floor for you!

Fun Facts:

  • Charging stations are located on this floor near the elevator
  • There are vending machines located near stairwell A for stationary and cold beverages
  • Red and orange are colours that are known to energize!

The Garden

Having trouble with a certain subject or concept? Do you want help without having to spend countless hours searching the internet? Looking for Academic Accommodation Support? Then, the fourth floor of the SLC is the place for you! 

Known as The Garden, this floor is home to Ryerson’s Student Learning Support (SLS). When you enter the fourth floor, you are immediately greeted by greenery and friendly faces. 

It is where students can easily access all the academic and learning services they may need! 

The majority of this floor is dedicated to the SLS. They offer a range of support programming designed to help students develop the skills necessary for academic success and participate fully in their academic programs. 

Services offered here include Individual Help, Group Sessions and Workshops, Guidance on academic accommodations, English Language Support, Math Tutoring, Writing Assistance, Supported Learning Groups, Test Bookings, and more. 

Students can drop by, book a session, or find out more here. 

The SLC opened its doors February 2015. Before the creation of this floor, current existing student support programs were scattered across multiple locations on campus. Now, with the SLS located on the fourth floor of the SLC, students can take advantage of as many programs as they need all from one location!

It is a one-stop shop for students to come and advance their learning experience. Whether you need a hand grasping that frustrating math concept, or are looking for tips on formatting an essay, the SLS is here to offer you support in an accepting and nurturing environment.

“I think it’s nice that when students don’t know what they need, that they can come here and someone will be able to help them,” said Meera Govindasamy, a writing programs developer and writing consultant at the SLS. 

Classrooms and instructional spaces are located in the centre of the floor and casual study space is open for students to use by the elevators. SLS staff offices are located on the perimeter of this floor so that students can easily ask for guidance and academic help from mentors, educators, and other professionals as well.

“The one-on-one help that you don’t get in large lectures and tutorials is available here, which a lot of students don’t know about, and it’s also free,” said Tori Krafczek, a professional communications student. 

The next time you are struggling with an assignment, feeling behind or over-whelmed, or just want someone to triple check that essay, head to the fourth floor and ask the reception desk how they can help!  We encourage all students to take advantage of this great resource. Come learn, improve academically, and leave with a positive experience. 

Fun Facts

  • One of the SLC’s three green roofs is also located on this floor and is visible from the casual open study space available to students!
  • “The Garden” was originally coined by the architects of this building who were inspired by its green interior and green roof
  • Vending machines with snacks and cold beverages are also located on this floor next to the stairwells for students to use.