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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 Fall 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. 

Workshops and Get Stuff Done Sessions

Attend a workshop to help upgrade your study skills and attend drop-in Get Stuff Done sessions for weekly sessions to accomplish all of your tasks. 

One-on-one Appointments

  • First year students can meet one-on-one with a Coach for a 25-minute check-in appointment
  • Go to the Student Success Portal to book a First Year Academic Coaching appointment
  • Topics to chat about may include how to: create a useful schedule, reduce procrastination, read digital text effectively, take meaningful notes, study for exams or whatever questions are on your mind! 

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

Peer Academic Coaching Session (PACS) Program

Winter term only.

The PACS program is designed for first-year students on the Waterloo campus to connect frequently with a senior peer academic coach and fellow first-year students to develop strong academic skills to succeed in university. The program provides support through:

  • Weekly, small-group peer academic coaching sessions (PACS) beginning in January 
  • Accountability, and developing effective academic skills
  • Connecting students with peers in their faculty
  • One-on-one appointments with a peer academic coach
  • Laurier Experience Record designation

If you have any questions about the PACS program, please contact laurier101@wlu.ca.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) 

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions provide an opportunity to engage with course concepts in a peer-led learning community. SI sessions are offered remotely for the following courses: 

  • Business 111
  • Business 121
  • Biology 111
  • Chemistry 111
  • Chemistry 203
  • Psychology 102 
  • Music 162

All students registered in Fall 2021 SI supported courses will be added to the course SI page on MyLearningSpace in September. SI pages can be found in your course list or you can search for them using your course code, e.g. CH111 – 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 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 session.

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.
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.

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.

First Year Academic Coaches

First Year Peer Academic Coaches offer peer-to-peer support to help you navigate the transition to university. At the beginning of the Fall term, you will receive an email from your First Year Peer 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 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 Peer 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.

One-on-one Appointments

  • First year students can meet one-on-one with a coach for a 25-minute check-in appointment
  • Go to the Student Success Portal to book a First Year Peer Academic Coaching appointment
  • Topics to chat about may include how to: create a useful schedule, reduce procrastination, read digital text effectively, take meaningful notes, study for exams or whatever questions are on your mind!