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ESP Advising Bulletin: November 14, 2022

We hope things are going well with one more month left to go this term. With upcoming exams and essay deadlines, we encourage you to continue seeing coaches and attending your workshops in these last weeks. Good preparation goes a long way to reducing your stress levels.

Tuesday, November 15: Withdrawal deadline

If you are considering withdrawing from a half credit course, contact an advisor by the end of day Tuesday. We can help you with your decision. November 15th is the deadline to drop any half-credit (fall term) courses. Full-credit courses have a withdrawal deadline of the end of January for a refund of winter fees.

What do I need to know about dropping a class?

  • You can not drop a course yourself; you need to ask an ESP advisor. Email, drop by, or book an appointment for advice.
  • For certain courses (CHEM, COMP, PSYC or SOCI), you cannot stay enrolled in the second term portion of the course if you withdraw from the fall course.
  • A withdrawal will not affect your overall average, but it will affect your admissions requirements because you will have completed fewer credits.
  • If you are receiving OSAP, you should consult the Awards office first: in 202 Robertson Hall or 613-520-3600.

If you have questions about the changes, or wish to make any adjustments to your class schedule, please drop by 1516 Dunton Tower, email or make an appointment with an advisor to see what’s possible.

Book an advising appointment →

Get Social: ESP game night and movie night

Join your fellow students for these events. Feel free to invite others:

  • Friday, November 18, 2022 @5:30pm-7:00pm – Game night  Games nights are held in the ESP student lounge – room 1521 Dunton Tower (15th floor).
  • Friday, November 25, 2022 @5:30pm – Movie night in room 234 Tory Building.


Join us on Discord →

Struggling with motivation? Have you started studying for exams?

The ESP Academic Coaches are here to help. Our coaches can help you develop a study plan, get caught up, and get ahead in your courses and exam preparation. Are you needing friendly, non-judgmental support for everything that is due? Go to and select “Book a coaching appointment.”

Book now →

ESP Workshop Attendance

ESP Workshops embed evidence-based learning strategies to help you to excel in your courses and develop skills to learn independently once you move on from ESP.

Finish this term resolved to put in your best effort. This is a perfect time to commit to excellent workshop attendance. Don’t be shy about making a re-appearance if it’s been a while, your facils will be happy to see you!

There are so many good reasons to make the effort. Here are our top 10 reasons to go to workshops:

  1. Practice tests: test your understanding
  2. Improve your study skills, create good work habits
  3. Organize and review class notes
  4. Because friends don’t let friends study alone
  5. Stay eligible to apply to return to ESP (if needed)
  6. Because they help you structure your study time (and we could all use a little structure right now!)
  7. Because you paid for ’em and you should get your money’s worth
  8. Friendly facils who care about helping you learn
  9. Money! You can earn an ESP Scholarship ($500-$3,000) for great attendance and grades (full-time students)
  10. Because you are twice as likely to qualify for a degree if you do. Check out the numbers:
    • 80-90% of students who had good workshop attendance qualified for a degree.
    • Only 45-50% of those who had poor workshop attendance got into a degree after ESP.

Mental health supports

If stress is affecting your health or wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to seek support Carleton’s free confidential counselling services or other resources:

  • Health and Counselling offers counselling appointments for support with managing stress, substance abuse, and more. They also run a medical clinic where you can access services online.  This page has info about how to make an appointment with a counsellor.
  • Indigenous students can book an appointment with Indigenous Cultural Counsellor, Staci-Ann Loiselle.
  • Empower Me is a free 24/7 helpline that connects students with qualified counsellors and mental health professionals. It is culturally sensitive, gender-inclusive and faith inclusive in its mandate. Call 1-844-741-6389 (toll-free) or visit the website to be connected directly with a counsellor in the community—the person answering is not an operator, administrator, or receptionist.
  • Carleton’s Wellness site has links to online modules (on topics like building your resilience), as well as group and individual resources to support your well-being.

Wellness website →

Apply to add a course in January

Doing well in your courses? Consider adding another in the winter term. The criteria for adding a half-credit course in January is:

  • Minimum of B- (70%) average in current courses
  • Strong (70+%) workshop and FYSM attendance.

The deadline to apply is December 15th – but applying earlier is better since courses do fill up. We are offering CIED 1001: Selected Topics in Pop Culture (note: the link is to last year’s class. This year’s CIED 1001 class will be Wednesday 2:35-5:25 pm). Or,  you are welcome to select a different course from the public class schedule (space permitting).

Apply here →