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Peer-Led Support

First Year Academic Coaches

First Year Academic Coaches offer peer-to-peer support to help you navigate the transition to university. At the beginning of the term, you will receive an email from your First Year Academic Coach introducing themselves and providing information on how to connect. If you’re looking to upgrade your study skills or chat with a successful senior student, be sure to connect early (and often) throughout the term.

Connect with your First Year Academic Coach when…

  • You are feeling overwhelmed.
  • You’re looking for study strategies and advice on how to succeed academically.
  • You need some extra help managing your schedule.
  • You want to chat with a senior student about life as a university student or to discover opportunities to get involved or volunteer in the Laurier community.

First Year Academic Coaches are assigned to each LOCUS and Residence community. 

Attend a workshop to help upgrade your study skills, attend drop-in sessions, or book a one-on-one appointment for strategies to help you get started.

Ask Me Anything Drop-In Session: How to Thrive in First Year

Join us on Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to ask your Peer Wellness Educators, LOCUS Dons and First Year Academic Coaches about how you can thrive in your first year of university! Drop-in anytime during the session to ask your questions or stay to listen to some senior students share their experiences and strategies for a successful fall term.

One-on-one Appointments

  • First year students can meet one-on-one with a Coach beginning September 28.
  • Go to the Student Success Portal to book a First Year Academic Coaching appointment.

Workshops

You must register in advance to attend the First Year Academic Coaching Workshops. Use the links below to register and then you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop. All times are in Eastern Time (Canada and USA). The workshops are open to all first year students on the Waterloo campus.

"Study Strategies for Midterm Exams" Workshop

Join the First Year Academic Coaches to learn about effective strategies to understand course concepts and study for your midterms. We'll cover the active learning cycle, studying for application questions, and the 'power hour'! 

"Mastering Multiple Choice Exams" Workshop

Join the First Year Academic Coaches to learn about strategies to master multiple choice exams. We'll cover strategies to prepare in advance as well as how to effectively answer multiple choice questions. 

If you have any questions about First Year Academic Coaching, please contact laurier101@wlu.ca.

Supplemental Instruction

Fall Term 2020 Remote S.I. Sessions

Midterm Review Sessions are now taking place. Check your SI MyLS for days and times.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions provide an opportunity to engage with course concepts in a peer-led learning community.
For the fall 2020 term, SI sessions will be offered remotely.

Fall 2020 SI Courses
Business 111
Biology 110
Chemistry 110
Chemistry 202
Psychology 101 A/B
Psychology 101 D/E
Music 161

 

All students registered in Fall 2020 SI supported courses have been added to the course SI page on MyLearningSpace (MyLS)  (SI pages can be found in your course list or you can search for them using your course code, e.g. CH110 – Supplemental Instruction). Additional information and contact information can be found in your course syllabus.

Weekly peer-facilitated SI study sessions are led by trained undergraduate students known as "SI Leaders", who have already successfully completed the course before.
SI is an opportunity to enhance your learning, and is not a replacement for attendance at lectures, tutorials or labs. In order to make the most of SI we recommend that you arrive prepared, by reviewing your lecture notes prior to attending the SI session.

To attend an SI session, either click the link in your course syllabus, or go to your SI MyLS page, go to Zoom meetings, and click on the session date and time that you are attending.

Attendance at SI sessions is voluntary. Some courses, but not all, offer bonus credit for attending SI sessions. Consult your course syllabus to confirm whether bonus marks are offered by your professor and for the link to your SI MyLS page. 

While registration is not required prior to attending each weekly SI session, it is recommended that you arrive early, as space is limited.
You may track your attendance through the Student Success Student Portal after September 25th.
Please allow at least three business days for your attendance to be recorded in the Student Success Student Portal.

Note:

If you have trouble accessing your course SI page on MyLS please contact Tammy Rowe at trowe@wlu.ca.

Drop-in for BTM Students

All students in the BTM program are invited to join our Senior Peer Mentor for BTM Students every Tuesday evening between 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. for drop-in support. Connect with your classmates, discuss your courses and co-ops, and get support with studying.

To connect, join our Live Classroom (accessible through our MyLS page).

Questions? Email us: lbwritelearn@wlu.ca

 

Facilitated Study Groups

A facilitated study group (FSG) is a time and place for you to get together with other people from your classes and an FSG leader (someone who has previously taken the course) to discuss the course content and gain a deeper understanding of what is being covered in the class lectures and readings. This does not mean that the FSG leaders will teach you the content, but they will help you enhance your understanding of course material, and they can also help students with understanding assignment requirements. FSGs run until the last day of classes.

Fall 2020 FSGs

For the Fall 2020 term, online facilitated study groups will be offered for the following courses:

  • BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World (Brantford Foundations)
  • BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance (Brantford Foundations)
Beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 you can drop in:
  • Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.
To connect, join our Live Classroom (accessible through our MyLS page).
Questions? Email us: lbwritelearn@wlu.ca

 

First Year Academic Coaches

First Year Academic Coaches offer peer-to-peer support to help you navigate the transition to university. There will be a First Year Academic Coach assigned to most first-year courses in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, as well as the Faculty of Liberal Arts. 

  • For first year courses in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences and Faculty of Liberal Arts, log into your course on MyLearningSpace to determine who your First Year Academic Coach is, and how you can connect with them throughout the term.

If you’re looking to chat with a successful senior student, be sure to connect with your First Year Coach early (and often!) throughout the term.

Connect with your First Year Academic Coach when...

  • You have questions about course content or want to learn more about supports and resources that can help you succeed.
  • You’re having trouble navigating WLU systems, websites, technologies, etc.
  • You want to chat with a senior student about life as a university student or to discover opportunities to get involved or volunteer in the Laurier community.

If you have any questions about First Year Academic Coaches, please contact laurier101@wlu.ca

 

Indigenous Student Drop-in & Virtual Teach-ins

Indigenous students are invited to drop in every Wednesday between 2 - 3 p.m. to build community and connection online. Join our Senior Peer Mentor and other peers to discuss challenges, successes, coursework and assignments.

On the last Wednesday of every month, the drop-in time will become a virtual teach-in as our Senior Peer Mentor will facilitate an engaging academic skills workshop!

  • Wednesday, September 30: Writing Well – Communicating Your Ideas
  • Wednesday, October 28: Writing Well – Enhancing Your Style
  • Wednesday, November 25: The Light at the End of the Tunnel – Getting Ready for Final Exams
To connect, join our Live Classroom (accessible through our MyLS page).
Questions? Email us: lbwritelearn@wlu.ca


Support for Online Learners

Learning Skills and Development is offering support specific to online learning. Get support navigating your online course(s), ask questions, and discuss strategies for success in an online learning environment.

Students can enrol to participate in our My Learning Space discussion group for online learners, hosted by our peer mentors.

To enrol in the online learner discussion group:

  • Choose "Learning Skills & Development Online" from your course list on My Learning Space.
  • Click on the "Groups" tab at the top of the page.
  • Click on "View Available Groups."
  • Select Online Learners Discussion Group and click "Join Group."
  • You can now access the online learner discussion forum.