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The Concept Room and the Chemistry Resource Centre

A day in the life

The Concept Room and the Chemistry Resource Centre

chemistry department concept room

In the concept room, you’ll find professors actually doing tutorials with students. I’ve never heard of anyone else doing anything like that.

Get one-on-one help in the Concept Room


If you're a first-year student who finds a lecture soaring over your head, don't worry – we're there for you. Being available to answer questions is something our department puts a lot of effort into.

“We recognize that people are often afraid to ask questions in big classes," says Heather Andreas, an assistant professor of Chemistry. You shouldn't be, she adds, but she knows that if one person asks a question, "there are at least another 50 people in the lecture room who are thinking exactly the same question.”

To reach out to students, we developed the Concept Room. "People can come and have more one-on-one or small group help. Students feel much more free to ask questions there," says Dr. Andreas.

"In the Concept Room, you’ll find professors actually doing tutorials with students. I’ve never heard of anyone else doing anything like that." says Maneesha Rajora, fourth-year chemistry student.

In the Concept Room:

  • Faculty and graduate students offer scheduled tutorials, but we also accept drop-ins.
  • We're open 18 hours a week, located inside the Chemistry Resource Centre.
  • We organize our tutorial times so students can attend at least once a week.
  • Students get help with material covered in class, assignments or the laboratory. 
  • We hold additional tutorials prior to term tests and final exams.

Chemistry Resource Centre

Maneesha also worked as a Resource Centre assistant after her second year of university. That's pretty common, she says.

The resource centre is located on the first floor of the Chemistry Building. Chemistry graduate students and advanced undergraduate students provide assistance with both lab and class work to students in first and second-year chemistry courses.

Students can use computers with chemistry-specific programs in the centre and we provide resource materials like molecular model kits and reference texts available to the students.

Students also have access to the Advanced Chemistry Resource Centre where they can get together to work on assignments or group projects in a relaxed environment.