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

All ACE Sessions are located at the Academic Centre for Excellence in the Library on Monday's and Tuesday's from 12:15pm-12:50pm, unless otherwise stated.

ACE Term 1:

ACE Topic:

Week Of:

How to Read Your Syllabus/Time Management

September 9-13

What To Expect in University/What to do if Having Difficulties

September 9-13

Note Taking Skills/How to Make the Most of Your Textbook

September 16-20

Technology & Websites for University Students

September 23-27

Exam Writing—How to ACE your Midterms

September 30 - October 4

Essay Writing—How to Plane and Write an Essay

October 7-11

Honey, I Shrunk My Grades: Bouncing Back from Midterms

October 14-18

Making the Best of your Time in Class

October 21-25

Essay Writing & Researching: Using University Database

October 28 - November 1

Putting the Work into Work-Life Balance

November 18-22

Final Exam Skills—How to Get your Best Mark

November 25-28


ACE Term 2:

ACE Topic:

Week Of:

Technology & Websites for University Students

January 6-10

Professional Communication, Networking & Resume Skills

January 13-17

Math Help—How to Learn Math/ What High School Didn’t Prepare you for

January 20-24

Essay Writing—Perfecting your Papers

January 27-31

How to ACE Your Midterms

February 3-7

Mental Health and Well-Being

February 10-14

Bouncing Back from Midterms

February 24-28

Essay Writing Skills

March 2-6

Scholarships for Year 2 and Onwards

March 9-13

Transitioning to Saskatoon

March 16-20

Final Exam Skills

March 23-27

Real-World Finances: The Adulting You Were Never Taught

March 30 - April 4



Academic Coaches



Barbara Langhorst

English (Literature and Composition), Writing
Maury Picture

Matthew Washkowsky

Mathematics, Note-Taking, Technology, University Preparedness, Resources Available

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
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
Elaine Hulse

Sociology, and Indigenous Studies

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