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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. 

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 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 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

Fall Term 2021 S.I. Schedule Coming Soon 

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.

Spring 2021 FSGs

Online facilitated study groups are offered for the following courses:

  • BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World (Brantford Foundations)
  • BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance (Brantford Foundations)
Beginning the week of May 17, 2021 you can drop in:
  • Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays from 12 to 1 p.m.

To participate in a drop-in session, follow these steps:

1. Log in to MyLearningSpace.

2. Select “Learning Skills and Development Online” from your course list.

3. On the left of the landing page, to you will see the link to the "Live Classroom" widget.

4. Follow the widget instructions to locate the correct link for the session you wish to join.

5. You will be directed to join either a Teams or Zoom meeting.

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

 

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. 

 

Virtual Group Study Space

Learning Skills and Development is launching a new Virtual Group Study Space on Monday, June 14! The study space will be open Mondays from 3 to 4 pm

Students are welcome to drop-in to the weekly session to carve out some dedicated study time in a supportive and motivating environment. Each session will be hosted by a peer mentor, Alexa. Students will be encouraged to begin by setting individual goals for the study time and there will be an opportunity at the end to reflect on what was accomplished and next steps. You can work on anything during the time: readings for class, upcoming assignments, or review for quizzes and tests!

If you're feeling a bit isolated or disconnected from your academic community this Spring term, drop-in to the study space! Connecting with others for your study time is a great motivational strategy and can enhance your productivity.

Virtual Group Study Space will run until July 26.

To participate in a drop-in session, follow these steps:

1. Log in to MyLearningSpace.

2. Select “Learning Skills and Development Online” from your course list.

3. On the left of the landing page, to you will see the link to the "Live Classroom" widget.

4. Follow the widget instructions to locate the correct link for the session you wish to join.

5. You will be directed to join either a Teams or Zoom meeting.