U of T Engineering Learning Strategist

Melissa Fernandes

Melissa Fernandes, U of T Engineering Learning Strategist

For the remainder of the 2020 Winter Term, drop-in hours with the Learning Strategist are cancelled.

If you would like to book an appointment with learning strategist Melissa Fernandes, you can book one online through the Engineering Portal or call 416-978-4625.

All scheduled appointments will take place online using Microsoft Teams. 

Shortly after booking your appointment (within one business day), you will be sent an email with a link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting.

If you haven’t downloaded Microsoft Teams, the link will instruct you how to do so. Once downloaded, at the time of the meeting, click on the meeting link (or open the chat feature) and you will be connected to a video chat.  If you prefer, you can enable audio only.

If you do not want to use Teams and would rather have an appointment by phone, please reply to the booking confirmation email to let Melissa know the phone number that you would like to be reached at instead.

If using Teams, please test out the platform before the meeting to ensure your microphone, camera and speakers are properly configured.

You can also download the Teams app to your mobile device.  Instructions on Teams meetings are available online.


Unpredictable and uncontrollable situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, are stressful and overwhelming times for people and communities. Finding ways to mitigate and cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Things that you can do to support yourself (adapted from the CDC, 2020):

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate if these are things that feel helpful. Continue to take care of yourself with nutritious food, drinking water, and sleep.
  • As you study, be sure to take breaks by trying to do some of the activities that you enjoy (perhaps in a modified way).
  • Remember to connect with others. Arrange online “dates” with friends to catch up, share your concerns, and to listen/validate each other’s feelings.If stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row consider chatting with the folks at My SSP, Health & Wellness or your healthcare provider.Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

The Faculty's Learning Strategist, Melissa Fernandes, is available to help you succeed academically. Schedule a virtual meeting to discuss everything from problem-solving and time management skills to coping with stress and figuring out your learning style.

Online Learning Tips

Compiled by Melissa Fernandes, U of T Engineering Learning Strategist