Father James Gray Academic Centre for Excellence

The Father James Gray Academic Centre for Excellence or ACE provides the support to help students succeed in their studies.  Sessions on topics such as essay writing, creative writing, research, exam-writing, time management, critical thinking and reading comprehension are offered.

The center is named after Father James Gray, OSB, a Benedictine priest, well known for his 38 years of teaching the virtue of excellence in all things through the study of English literature. Father James mentored writers, students, the novitiate, and others who sought his guidance.

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Academic Support Sessions

Register for your ACE session here

All sessions are located at the Academic Centre for Excellence in the Library from 12:15pm-1:00pm, unless otherwise stated.

Session 1.1: How to read your syllabus.

Wednesday, September 6th

Thursday, September 7th

Session 1.2:  What to expect in university; what to do if you have difficulty; and time management.

Tuesday, September 12th

Wednesday, September 13th

Session 1.3:  Note-taking, critical reading/reading to remember (study skills).

Tuesday, September 19th

Wednesday, September 20th

Session 1.4:  Exam writing (multiple choice, short answer, true-false, science/math exams, essay questions, open book).

Tuesday, September 26th

Wednesday, September 27th

Session 1.45:  Mental Health and Well-Being.

Friday, Sepeember 29th 

Session 1.5:  Introduction to research and documentation.

Tuesday, October 3rd

Wednesday, October 4th

Session 1.6:  Introduction to writing essays.

Tuesday, October 10th

Wednesday, October 11th

Session 1.7: Math Help - How To Learn Math.

Tuesday, October 17th

Rm. 310 at 4:30PM

Session 1.9: Honey, I shrunk my grades: Bouncing back from your midterms and essays.

Tuesday, October 24th

Wednesday, October 25th

Session 1.10:  Essay writing Part II (Bring works in progress).

Tuesday, November 1st

Wednesday, November 2nd

Session 1.11: Time Management Planning for Finals

Tuesday, November 21st

Wednesday, November 22nd

Session 1.12: Jeopardy Study Sessions (All Diciplines)

Tuesday, November 28th

Wednesday, November 29th

All sessions are located at the Academic Centre for Excellence in the Library from 12:15pm-1:00pm, unless otherwise stated.

Session 2.1: New Beginnings: Starting Fresh.

Tuesday, January 9th

Wednesday, January 10th

Session 2.2:  Technology and Learning.

Tuesday, January 16th

Wednesday, January 17th

Session 2.3:  *Cancelled*

Tuesday, January 23rd
Rm. 310

Wednesday, January 24th

Session 2.4:  Research Essay Tricks.

Tuesday, January 30th

Wednesday, January 31st

Session 2.5:  Your Role In Learning.

Tuesday, February 6th

Wednesday, February 7th

Session 2.6:  Grammar Intervention. 

Tuesday, February 13th

Wednesday, February 14th

Session 2.7:  Exam Stategies.

Tuesday, February 27th

Wednesday, February 28th

Session 2.8:  Referencing Your Research Paper.

Tuesday, March 6th

Wednesday, March 7th

Session 2.9:  Preparing for Science Exams.

Tuesday, March 13th

Wednesday, March 14th

Session 2.10: Preparing for Finals. 

Tuesday, March 20th

Wednesday, March 21st

Session 2.11: Jeopardy Study Sessions (All Diciplines)

Tuesday, March 27th

Wednesday, March 28th

Academic Coaches


Barbara Langhorst

English (Literature and Composition), Writing
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Maury Wrubleski

English as an Additional Language, Writing
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Andrew Hartman

Time management, Study skills, Learning styles 

Brenda McNabb

Library/online research skills, documentation

Faculty Drop-In Hours

Faculty offer free tutoring by discipline during their drop in hours or by appointment. Tutoring may be done in person or by phone, SKYPE, or email. If you are unable to meet with your professor during the below time, contact them to arrange another time to meet. 

Instrutors Courses Office Hours Email
Allan Casey English Saturday classes are held caseya@stpeters.sk.ca
Allan Safarik English Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m. safarika@stpeters.sk.ca
Amir Farhani Physics Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Rm. 206 amirdf@gmail.com
Anna Szmigielski Chemistry Lecture Mondays 3:40-4:40 p.m. szmigielskia@stpeters.sk.ca
Barbara Langhorst English

Mon., Tues., or Wed 1:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.

In ACE (Back of the library)

Clint Hunker Painting Saturdays classes are held noon-1:00 p.m. or by appointment. hunkerc@stpeters.sk.ca
Dee Hobsbawn-Smith English Wednesday 11:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00, please email for appoinments. dfh077@mail.usask.ca
Elaine Hulse

Sociology, and Indigenous Studies

Wed. noon-1:00 p.m.; Fri. noon-1:00 p.m. hulsee@stpeters.sk.ca
Erin Holm


Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m., please make appointments. erin.holm@usask.ca
Glyn Kennell General Engineering Fridays 4:00-5:00 p.m. gfk328@mail.usask.ca
Grant McConnell Drawing Thursdays 12:00-1:00 p.m. mcconnellg@stpeters.sk.ca
Joy Agnew General Engineering Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Room 310) joy.agnew@usask.ca
Julie Roy  Cree Thursdays 6:30-7:00 p.m. or by appointment j.roy@usask.ca
Kim Cross Biology Tues. 12:00-1:00 p.m. & 4:00-5:00 p.m.; Fridays noon-1:00 p.m. crossk@stpeters.sk.ca
Br. Kurt Van Kuren Psychology Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ACE, back of the library) kuv753@mail.usask.ca
Mojtaba Biniaz (Moji) Chemistry Lab Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 p.m.  mob194@maul.usask.ca
Nancy Lee Economics Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. nancy_n_lee@hotmail.com
Osama Bataineh Math and Statistics Mon. 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Wed. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. osb907@mail.usask.ca
Raymond Khan Commerce Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. raymond.khan@usask.ca
Shannon Forrester Kinesiology Thursday 3:00-4:00 p.m. shannon.forrester@usask.ca
Stavros Stavrou Math 102 Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 p.m. sgs715@mail.usask.ca