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Academic Success Programs

Athlete Academic Success Program

The Athlete Academic Success Program (AASP) provides Laurier’s varsity athletes with academic assistance regarding learning strategies and study skills in a manner that accommodates their training and competition schedule so that they can achieve their full academic potential.

This program includes study halls, to assist student athletes with their studying, and workshops, to assist student athletes with their learning strategies and study skills development.

Athlete Academic Mentors are your fellow varsity athletes who achieve success both in the classroom and on the field of play.

Note: You can track your attendance through the Centre for Student Success Student Portal. However, please allow at least three business days for study hall and workshop attendance to be recorded.

Indigenous Academic Success Program

The Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP) provides programming for Métis, Inuit, and First Nations students regarding learning strategies and study skills in a culturally sensitive manner, and in a safe and comfortable environment so that they can achieve their full academic potential. This program includes regular learning circles to share and learn about learning strategies and study skills.

Past topics for learning circles have included:

  • Looking Back as a Way of Moving Forward. How to Make Your Second Semester at Laurier Better Than Your First.
  • Maintaining Order During a Time of Disorder: The Art of Time Management.
  • Where Did the Time Go? Planning for Year Two at Laurier.
  • Relax, Refresh, Review. The Ins and Outs of Preparing for Final Exams.

More information on learning circles will be available in the fall term.

Note: You can track your attendance through the Centre for Student Success Student Portal. However, please allow at least three business days for learning circle attendance to be recorded.

GPA Program

Writing and Study Skills Services (Brantford), in conjunction with a number of other Laurier Brantford services, offers a specific support program for students who are struggling academically or who are on academic probation. Our specialized GPA program support is designed to assist students improve their academic performance.

As part of the GPA program, students can work with our team of peer mentors or can access regularly scheduled (mutually convenient) specialized consultations with our writing and learning support coordinator, if they prefer. Our coordinator can help students understand their strengths and weakness when studying and writing and help them develop the skills they need to succeed academically.

To make a GPA Program appointment with our writing and learning support coordinator, please visit the Centre for Student Success Student Portal.

For more information about the GPA program, email

Mature and College Transfer Students

Laurier Brantford welcomes mature learners and college transfer students. You are encouraged to take advantage of all the resources Laurier has to offer throughout the year. In addition, we offer a special program for you just for you every September.

STEP Program

Laurier Brantford’s Centre for Student Success is planning to once again offer our three-session Strengthening Transitions through Educational Preparation Program in 2016/17.

The STEP Program is designed to help mature and/or college transfer students prepare for the rigors of a university educationfeel confident about their learning skills, and connect with other mature learners.

This 12-hour course is being offered:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and
  • Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (refreshments and lunch is provided).

The program fee is $100 (plus HST) and includes refreshments during the evening sessions, lunch on the final day, and an orientation to several campus service departments.

Based on research into the factors that influence mature students’ success in postsecondary education, this program covers specific strategies that students can apply to enhance their learning, studying, and writing, which will help them be successful in their transition to becoming Laurier Brantford students.

In this small group format, students will have the opportunity to discuss expectations about:

  • Learning from lectures.
  • Reading effectively.
  • Researching for papers.
  • Writing essays.
  • Preparing for exams.


The registration deadline is Aug. 26, 2016. Spaces are limited!

Register for your chance to win a $50 gift card for the Stedman Community Bookstore at Laurier Brantford.

For more information about the program and registration information, email

Contact us

Study Skills and Supplemental Instruction Centre - Waterloo

T: 519.884.0710 x3640
Office Location: Room 2C5B, Arts C-Wing, Waterloo

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday by appointment.

Writing and Study Skills Services - Brantford

T: 519.756.8228 x5736
Office Location: Market Place, 45 Market St., Brantford

Office Hours:


  • Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fridays by appointment

Blog: Learning Better at Laurier Brantford


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