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Academic Success Programs

BU121 Students

Indigenous Students

Student Athletes

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

Winter 2017 Study Hall Schedule

  • Mondays, 6:30 - 8:20 p.m., room SBE1220 (Schlegel Centre)
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:20 p.m., room SBE1220 (Schlegel Centre)
  • Notes:
    • Jan. 25: No Study Hall

Winter 2017 Workshop Schedule (room SBE1220)

Get your game plan

Date: Monday, Jan. 9, 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Organize your Winter 2017 goals and schedule with a time management and goal setting game plan, specifically tailored to tackle your course syllabus, exams, assignments, games and life. Worksheets provided.

Get fit for finals

Date: Monday, Jan. 16, 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Get fit for finals with skills and drills that work for you. Active learning skills will be practiced including reading, writing and listening strategies to improve learning efficiency. Methods include PQ4R and mind maps.

Focus on the end game

Date: Monday, Jan. 23, 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Get physically & mentally prepared for exams. Topics include: compressed study schedule, multiple exams, your “ideal” study space, the study cycle, individual vs group studying, collaborative study tools.

Gear up with study aids

Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to study efficiently by creating study notes and study aids that work best for you. Topics include: simple and complex graphic organizers, building vocabulary, creating review notes and cue cards, self testing for various exam formats (multiple choice, short answer, essay), understanding levels of learning with a focus on developing critical thinking skills.

Game day

Date: Monday, Feb. 6, 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Be prepared to show what you know on exam day. Learn how to be ready, understand format and expectations, then study for that format, ie. essay, short answer and multiple choice questions; post exam reflections to improve performance.

Winter 2017 Academic Coaching for Athletes

  • You can arrange academic coaching appointments with your Academic Coach during study halls.
  • You can schedule appointments with a learning strategist through the Student Success Student Portal.

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.


BU121 Academic Success Program

Winter 2017 Workshops

Time Management and Self-Awareness

Date: Sunday, January 15th from at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn more about your academic strengths and challenges and start developing a plan to mitigate these challenges and set yourself up for success in BU121. You will do this through a combination of instruction, completing self-reflections and learning inventories, and developing a long-term plan.

The Study Cycle: Lectures, Note Taking, and Studying

Date: Sunday, January 29th at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn how to engage in proper active learning techniques using the study cycle. Through this cycle, you will learn strategies that will help you to learn course material in a way that increases comprehension and decreases the need to cram for tests. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections and learning inventories, and developing a short-term plan.

Studying, Preparing, and Taking Tests

Date: Sunday, February 12th at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn about different types of exam question, how to study for them, and how to answer them. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections, and developing a study schedule for your reading week.

Post-test Learning: Learning from your Mistakes

Date: Sunday, March 19th at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn how to reflect on previous tests and use that reflection to prepare for future tests by adapting your study strategies. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections, group work, and developing a study framework for your final exam.

Notes: 

  • You will need: A computer, access to the Internet, access to myLearningSpace.
  • You can register, track, and cancel your workshop registration 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.
  • If you do not attend a workshop you have registered for, you will be un-registered from all other BU121 workshops.
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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 to enhance academic performance. This program includes regular learning circles to share and learn about learning strategies and study skills. Active participation is recognized for the SEEDS program and the Co-curricular record. Everyone is welcome!

Winter 2017 Learning Circles (Aboriginal Student Centre)

Opening Circle: Self-Awareness 

Date: Thursday, Jan. 12, 1 – 2 p.m.

Discover your learning strength and style. Discussion will focus on learning styles and preferences, mindfulness, self-efficacy, meta-cognition and motivation.

Academic Game Plan

Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 1 – 2 p.m.

Organize your Winter Term goals and schedule by creating a plan-of-action and plan-in-action. Academic roles and goals will also be discussed to manage expectations and interpret academic feedback for continuous improvement.

Active Learning

Date: Thursday, Jan. 26, 1 – 2 p.m.

Practice active reading, writing and listening strategies to improve learning efficiency. Methods include PQ4R, Cornell Notes, Mind Maps (Buzan) and LISTEN.

Presentations and Group Work

Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 - 2 p.m.

Determine the essential ingredients to design and deliver effective presentations, including teamwork skills such as communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution.

Exam Strategies

Date: Thursday, Feb 9, 1 - 2 p.m.

Learn strategies to prepare for and write exams. Understand relevant learning theory to gain insight into effective study strategies that work best for you. The focus is on multiple choice, short answer and essay exams.

Essays and Research Projects

Date: Thursday, Feb 16, 1 - 2 p.m.

Navigate the research process with a clear plan of action. Guest speakers provide insight for efficient, systematic approaches to research and write essays and research projects.

Closing Circle Celebration

Date: Thursday, Mar 2, 1 - 2 p.m.

Certificates will be presented for participating students. Guest speakers and distinguished guests will join the celebration, lunch, gift and Certificates of Achievement presented.

Winter 2017 Academic Coaching for Indigenous Students

  • You can arrange academic coaching appointments with your Academic Coach during learning circles.
  • You can schedule appointments with a learning strategist through the Student Success Student Portal.

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 email kadoucette@wlu.ca.

For more information about the GPA program, email lbwritelearn@wlu.ca.

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 offers a three-session Strengthening Transitions through Educational Preparation Program.

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.

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.

 

Contact us

Study Skills and Supplemental Instruction Centre - Waterloo

E: study@wlu.ca
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

E: lbwritelearn@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5736
Office Location: Market Place, 45 Market St., Brantford

Office Hours:

Winter 2017:

  • Monday 9 am - 9 pm
  • Tuesday 9 am - 8 pm (drop-in 6 - 8 pm)
  • Wednesday 9 am - 6pm (online 6 -8 pm)
  • Thursday & Friday 9 am - 6pm

Blog: Learning Better at Laurier Brantford