Academic support at AU

Having trouble understanding a difficult concept? Questions about your last course quiz? Or maybe you feel like you need some advice to prepare for the upcoming exam? Athabasca University’s tutors and academic experts have you covered.

Individualized course assistance to support your study success

Athabasca University courses are not your typical classroom-based or instructor-led classes. But what does that mean? It means your course tutor or academic expert guides you through the course in a digital or distanced learning environment. For individualized-study courses that are self-paced, this means you can work on your own time with individualized support.

In most cases, your tutor will be the one who will mark your assignments, quizzes, exams, and assign your final grade. Tutors and academic experts are also available to discuss course-related topics with you, provide feedback on your work, and help you prepare for exams. So, never hesitate to reach out to them if you have questions, need guidance as you prepare an assignment, or have questions about a mark that you received.

Tutor or academic expert?

In most courses, you will be assigned a tutor. You can contact your tutor directly at any point during your studies to discuss anything related to your course.

In other courses, academic experts will answer questions related to academic content. The Faculty of Business provides access to academic experts through their Student Support Centre. Similarly, some courses in the Faculty of Science and Technology provide access to academic experts through their Student Success Centre. These centres will be your first point of contact. They are full of staff that can help you with your questions about course logistics, such as assignments and exams. If you need assistance about the material covered in your course, the centre will connect you with an academic expert that can help you solidify your understanding.

Connecting with your tutor or support centre

By the time your course starts, you will receive a letter introducing you to your tutor. The letter contains your tutor’s name, email address, phone number, and support hours. Based on your preference, you may receive the letter either via mail as a printed letter or as an e-letter through the myAU student portal. Once you have your tutor’s information, you can call them anytime during their office hours without booking an appointment.

For courses that follow a support centre model, students will receive a printed letter or e-letter that directs them to the faculty's student support centre.

A tutor or student support centre acts as your first line of contact to help you understand concepts and get guidance on your studies. You can count on them for course support.

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Updated November 22, 2023 by Digital & Web Operations (