Yorkville University will officially usher in a brand-new era of academic support for students this summer with the full launch of Studiosity.
Dr. Deirdre Pickerell, Yorkville’s Dean of Student Success, said the decision to fully adopt the 24/7 online writing and math support service came on the heels of a highly successful three-and-a-half month trial period.
“I think our pilot has shown that it has been a huge success. We’ve had great feedback from students around Studiosity,” she said, noting that, as of July 1, the service will be extended to all students, including those studying at Yorkville’s affiliate, Toronto Film School.
“We’re fully embracing it – every student, regardless of program, across the whole institution, now has access.”
Yorkville is the first university in Canada to partner with Studiosity, which is based in Australia and works with universities there, as well as in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, to connect students to “anytime, anywhere” study help.
“We are always looking for innovative solutions to help our students move through their programs. Partnering with Studiosity is our latest initiative and we are thrilled to be part of Studiosity’s launch into the Canadian market,” said Pickerell.
“Students lead busy lives, often focusing on schoolwork in the evenings and on weekends, when they may not have immediate access to other services. By partnering with Studiosity, students can connect with a Studiosity Specialist any time and from anywhere, getting the help they need when they need it.”
Moving forward, students will now have free access to 20 interactions every six months with Studiosity’s roster of ‘subject specialists,’ who can assist them with everything from offering up writing tips and answering writing style questions, to helping solve math problems.
As Yorkville ushers in Studiosity, we also say goodbye to several other supports we’ve offered students over the years – including the phase out of the Smarthinking services, and bidding a fond farewell to our writing coaches, Karyn Husack and Kelly Dickinson.
“It’s the end of an era. We’ve had the writing coaches since Yorkville’s original writing lab launched in early 2014, so they’ve been here supporting students for a really long time,” Pickerell said.
“We really want to honour and thank Karyn and Kelly for the work that they’ve done, because –especially for MACP students – they’ve really been this stalwart support that’s never wavered.”
Studiosity specialists are now on-hand and available to assist students live whenever needed – even after hours, on weekends, and during breaks.
Students can access Studiosity through the school’s online campus at https://success.yorkvilleu.ca/tutoring