Faculty of Science

Science Numeracy & Academic Proficiency Centre

The Science Numeracy and Academic Proficiency (SNAP) Centre is a free, drop-in academic support centre dedicated to first-year students.

All first-year Bachelor of Science students are welcome to access the SNAP Centre for help with their first-year mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry coursework (and possibly for other courses, upon request).


What academic support does the SNAP Centre offer?

The SNAP Centre offers first-year students free drop-in access to tutors who provide academic support, including assistance with studying and assignments, for specific/targeted first-year Science courses. SNAP Centre tutors are all former first-year students themselves, and they have the experience and knowledge to help you succeed. 

We have also developed 12 different, short “mini numeracy workshops” (approx. 15-20 minutes in length) to provide assistance in areas of basic mathematical tools. These numeracy workshops cover topics that will be used frequently in first-year science courses and that students may have forgotten from their high school courses. They can be downloaded below and are designed to be done either at home on-your-own or with a tutor in the SNAP Centre. Students are free to ask tutors to schedule a time to run through a workshop with them, or ask for assistance on specific things from a workshop they’ve worked through on their own.


Who are the SNAP Centre tutors?

SNAP Centre tutors are all upper-year Saint Mary's undergraduate science students who have demonstrated expertise in mathematics, chemistry, biology and/or physics. All tutors are Dean's List Science students who have achieved a high degree of academic success; Dean’s List students are those with an annual average of A- or higher (GPA > 3.70). At any given time during the Centre's hours, two tutors will be present.


SNAP Tutor Schedule

The SNAP Tutor Schedule provides the names of the tutors on duty during each 30-minute time slot of the week. It also indicates which subjects the tutors are comfortable answering questions in, with B meaning biology, C chemistry, M math, and P physics. Tutors with more than one subject letter have their strongest subject listed first).


Numeracy Workshops

The following 12 short “mini numeracy workshops” are designed to take about 15-20 minutes to work through. They are all aimed at providing assistance in areas of basic mathematical tools – topics that will be used frequently in first-year science courses, but ones which students may have forgotten from their high school courses. These can either be done on your own, or you may ask a SNAP Centre tutor to set up a time to go through a workshop with you:


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the SNAP Centre, please speak to one of the tutors on duty or contact Dr. Lori Francis, Associate Dean of Science - Student Affairs (Acting).

SNAP Centre
Atrium 304
snap@smu.ca

Associate Dean of Science - Student Affairs (Acting)
Dr. Rob Thacker
c/o Science Advising Centre, Atrium 301
902-420-5664
associate.dean@smu.ca

Mailing Address:
SNAP Centre
c/o Science Advising Centre
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3