Study Help, Online, Anytime and Anywhere

Studiosity is a 24/7 online academic support service available to all students providing math and writing support including ESL writing. This personalized study support connects students to Studiosity specialists around the world, for individualized, just-in-time support. All at no additional cost to students. Students can connect with a Studiosity specialist through:

  • A Connect-Live session, working immediately with a Subject Specialist in the interactive classroom, using chat, a collaborative whiteboard, and file sharing.
  • The Writing Feedback service, submitting a file to be reviewed with constructive academic writing feedback coming in less than 24 hours.

Note: All Yorkville University and Toronto Film School students have a maximum of 10 interactions, every 4 months. These are divided into 4 Writing Submissions and 6 Live Connect sessions. Students are encouraged to monitor their usage, which is clearly listed on the Studiosity platform upon log-in, and plan accordingly. No additional interactions are granted until the 4 month renew date. For further information or questions about Studiosity, please contact the Library via ASK YU with your question.

Confidentiality notice:  sessions with Studiosity Specialists may be reviewed by Studiosity for quality assurance. In addition, a Studiosity Specialist may notify the Student Success Unit when the Specialist thinks a student would benefit from assistance beyond what they can provide.

ESL | English as a Second Language


Here are some reading comprehension strategies that will help non-native English Language students gain a better understanding of course readings.

Rather than focusing on, or worrying about, what you don’t know, strive to draw from information and knowledge you already have. Building on what you currently know can help you establish and strengthen connections between old and new knowledge.

Before you begin to read the material, take a moment to go through the text. For example, the material may contain tables, charts, or even major headings that will give you a general idea of what to expect. This will also give you an idea of what topics or general ideas to consider when reading the material and will help you identify major points.

If you are being asked to read material for an assignment, consider what the assignment is asking you to do. Carefully read through and ensure that you understand the instructions of your assignment and try to identify any questions or ideas that you need to look for when you read the material.

In addition to understanding the reading material, using a dictionary can help you understand the meaning of new words and help you expand your vocabulary. Using these words will allow you to recognize and understand other sentences where the words are used and help you remember the word in your own vocabulary.

Graphs, charts, maps, timelines, and other drawings can help you to organize your information and make it easier to see the connections between ideas.

Determine how much you will read (for example, one section or chapter) at a time and summarize what you know when your finish that bit of reading. Ask yourself if you can give a very short summary of what you have read, focusing on major points and highlighting key words.


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