Bounce Back Program- Thunder Bay Campus

The Student Success Centre offers an academic program called Bounce Back geared towards first year students. Bounce Back provides students with the attention, guidance and support they need to help achieve academic success in their Winter term. Bounce Back is delivered through a series of interactive and reflective sessions where students focus on improving their academic skills, setting SMART goals, and creating action plans to advance their academics.  

Who is this program for?

Bounce Back is open to any first year and first generation students at the Thunder Bay Campus who:
  • Have failed or are failing one or more courses
  • Are on or have been put on academic probation
  • Did not receive the academic grades they set out to achieve
  • Have not reached their full academic potential
  • Want to improve their academic skills
 How long is the Bounce Back program and how is it delivered?
  • Students at the Thunder Bay Campus will need to register in advance for the program (
  • The program is delivered over a course of 4 interactive and reflective workshop sessions
  • Each session is approximately 45 minutes in length
  • 3 sessions between January 25 – February 9 for students at the Thunder Bay Campus (students select which sessions fit their schedule)
  • 1 final session delivered end of March as a reflection of how students applied their knowledge from the program and preparation for their upcoming exams
 When are the sessions offered?
  • Session 1:  Thursday, January 25 (12:00pm-1:00pm) OR Friday, January 26 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Session 2:  Thursday, February 1 (12:00pm-1:00pm) OR Friday, February 2 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Session 3:  Thursday, February 8 (12:00pm-1:00pm) OR Friday, February 9 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Session 4:  Late March
 What is the focus of each session?

Each session will focus on the following 5 areas:
  • Community Building – you’re not alone, others have similar experiences!
  • Personal Reflection – what happened?
  • Goal Setting – what do you want to achieve?
  • Success Skills – help to provide or refine skills; understand personal learning style and how to apply to academics
  • Action Plan – next steps
 What can I expect at the sessions?

When you come to your sessions at the Thunder Bay Campus, you’ll be greeted by Jo Krisko, Manager of the Student Success Centre who will facilitate each session. The sessions are designed for students to meet other students who are facing similar academic difficulties; reflect on their personal academic struggles and identify areas for growth; gain knowledge and understanding about learning styles and academic skills, and then apply that learning to their own studies; and finally, create an academic action plan to implement and follow during the winter term. Each session will have a mix of independent work and group interactions.
 What do I need to bring to the sessions?

Although the program materials will be provided for you at the first session, you’ll need to bring typical school supplies such as a pen or pencil, highlighters, and a notepad.
 How do I sign-up for Bounce Back?

Registration for Bounce Back is now closed. Should you need academic support, we encourage you to book an appointment with one of our Student Success Advisors at
Is this program available at the Orillia campus?

The Bounce Back Program will be offered to Orillia students in February. Stay tuned for further information.

“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ~Michael Jordan