Bounce Back Program

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.  

Registration Opens in December 2019

 Who is this program for?
 Bounce Back is open to any first year students who had an average of less than 60% in the Fall semester. 
 How long is the Bounce Back program and how is it delivered?
  • Students will need to register in advance for the program (please see Orillia and Thunder Bay registration links above)
  • The program is delivered through 3 interactive and reflective workshop sessions
  • Each session is approximately 45 minutes in length
  • Sessions will take place in January and February 2019
 When are the sessions offered?
  • Session 1: Thursday, January 17th (1:00pm - 2:00pm) OR Monday January 21 (10:00am - 11:00am) OR Thursday, January 24 (1:00pm-2:00pm)
  • Session 2: Monday February 4 (10:00am - 11:00am) OR Thursday, February 7 (1:00pm-2:00pm)
  • Session 3: Monday February 11 (10:00am - 11:00am) OR Thursday, February 14 (1:00pm-2:00pm)


  • Session 1:  Tuesday, January 15 (12:30pm-1:15pm) OR Wednesday, January 16 (1:00pm-1:45pm)
  • Session 2:  Tuesday, January 29 (1:00pm-1:45pm) OR Wednesday, January 30 (12:00pm-12:45pm)
  • Session 3:  Monday, February 11 (1:00pm-1:40pm) OR Tuesday, February 12 (2:00pm-2:45pm)
 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, you’ll be greeted by Sarena Favaro, Student Success Advisor at the Orillia campus, and Nick Alderton, Student Success Advisor at the Thunder Bay Campus, 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?

Register for the Orillia Bounce Back Program by CLICKING HERE

Register for the Thunder Bay Bounce Back Program by CLICKING HERE

For more information, you can contact: 
The Thunder Bay Student Success Centre at or (807)343-8018 or the Orillia Student Success Centre at or (705)330-4008 ext 2118.

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