Dinos GPS - Academic Support for Student Athletes

Take your academic performance to the next level by working with our academic coaches and tutors.  We understand your unique needs as student-athletes and we provide customized support. 


We're proud to provide the DINOS Grade Point Success (GPS) program, designed to help our athletes navigate toward their full academic potential. The DINOS GPS program includes:

  • Ongoing one-on-one academic development coaching, advising, and goal setting
  • Academic skill development including writing exams, maximizing learning, studying, time management and organization
  • Athlete-specific workshops (time management, scholarships and awards, transitioning to university studies)
  • One-on-one math and writing tutoring
  • Seminars and study hall sessions
  • Referrals to program advisors and other UCalgary resources

Meet the GPS Team

Dina Taher 
Academic Coach 
(sports other than football) 
KNA 148A 

Carina Huggins
Academic Coach
(sports other than football)
Monday to Wednesday: SSC (TFDL -third floor)
Thursday: KNA 148A

Kevin Tonak
Academic Coach 
KNA 155 

Please note: The location for Dinos academic coaching appointments: you should meet Dina at KNA 148A in Athlete Services, Carina at the Student Success Centre on the 3rd floor of the TFDL if you’re apt is Mon-Wed, or KNA 148A on Thu, and Kevin at KNA 155.

Meeting with your Academic Coach

Over the duration of an hour we meet one-on-one to identify academic strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and address any concerns or questions that you may have. We're able to work with you throughout the semester on a variety of topics. We encourage you to bring any additional materials that would be helpful in your session such as your schedule, study materials or results from exams.

Other Resources 

Math Tutors: drop-in math tutors are available for Dinos student athletes Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the fall and winter terms for MATH 249, 265, 267, 271 and for STAT 205, 213, and 217. Click the red button on the right, sign in using your eID, and click on "Dinos GPS" in the left column for the accurate schedule and location.

Writing Tutors: you can book an appointment with a writing tutor in the athletics wing during the fall and winter terms. Appointments are available on Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click the red button on the right, follow the booking instructions, and sign in to book your appointment. Writing tutors can assist you with all stages of the writing process including brainstorming a topic, creating an outline, developing a thesis statement, using and citing sources, making a clear argument, and using proper grammar and structure.

Looking for tutoring in other classes? Log in to GradeSlam or contact us for more information.

Need help researching for a paper or navigating the library? Check out these online tutorials.

Contact us today to begin enhancing your academic performance!