Academic Support


Services and resources available to support your learning at VIU. These services are all free to VIU students!

International Academic Support: Helping Students Succeed

For students in degree, diploma and certificate programs

  • Understanding assignments
  • Breaking down steps in the research process
  • Clarifying difficult readings
  • Helping brainstorm and develop ideas
  • Organizing  thoughts
  • Clarifying thesis statements
  • Citing in APA, MLA and other formats
  • Helping edit for clarity and grammar
  • Pronunciation and presentation preparation

Make an appointment and choose an IAS instructor on the schedule: e.g. IAS Sylvia Arnold.

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is staffed by friendly VIU faculty members ready to provide assistance with any aspect of your writing. Whether you want help with clear writing, thesis statements, citation and documentation, grammar, organizing an argument, or just want to talk about an assignment before you get started, or at any other stage in the writing process, the Writing Centre is the place to come.

Peer Supported Learning

Peer-Supported Learning (PSL) offers FREE, regularly scheduled, informal study sessions led by a senior student who has been successful in this course. It is a place to get your questions answered, practice using and studying the course content and develop different study strategies. It is open to all students.  PSL is meant for everyone and focuses on improving learning, developing study skills and ultimately improving your grades.

ELC Learning Centre

For students in the English as a Second Language program (ESL)

Math Learning Centre

Math tutoring

Learning Matters - Online Learning Commons Resources is a digital collection of resources to assist students in being successful. Videos, learning tips, study strategies, support areas, best practices—all collected together in this site.

It covers topics such as learning how to learn, taking good notes in class, finding useful information, preparing a good presentation and preventing plagiarism.

Foundations for Success Courses

Foundations for Success (FNFS) courses are meant to complement existing academic courses and programs at VIU. These courses augment current Adult Basic Education and University offerings by presenting six transitional elective courses designed to promote student success. Students may take one or all of these courses, but only a maximum of 3 academic credits (one single Foundations for Success course) may be used towards a credential at VIU.

Course offerings vary from year to year. Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

Tips for Students in Exploratory Studies, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

This webpage contains information that will help you select courses, whether you are still exploring programs and courses or already have a set program goal.

Career and Education Planning

Are you looking for a direction to take as you begin or return to post-secondary education?  Are you wondering if you are on the right path?  Are you thinking about changing your direction?

You are not alone!