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Academic Skills Certificate

Available to all students, the Academic Skills Certificate (ASk) is a collection of workshops and study skills appointments geared towards your academic success. To earn your ASk Certificate you must complete six ASk activities – a combination of study skills appointments and at least five different workshops within one semester.

By finishing the ASk Certificate, you are setting yourself up for success and gaining a new entry in your Laurier Experience Record.

Fall Term 2021 Online ASk Workshops

Register for all ASk workshops through the Student Success Portal.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the workshop on Zoom. Any questions about this workshop can be directed to

Procrastinate… Later  

Understand the reasons why and identify how you procrastinate while learning methods that will help you avoid procrastination.

  • Gain insights into why you procrastinate
  • Identify why and how you procrastinate
  • Tips to reduce your procrastination habits


  • Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 from 3 – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link

Virtual Group Studying and Online Collaboration

Discover the secret to creating the most effective and beneficial study groups!

  • Organizing a Virtual Study Group
  • Effective group studying principles
  • Virtual sharing, studying, and questioning


  • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Zoom Link

Reading 2.0

Identifying different types of reading, and elaborating on strategies to preview, review, and retain information from your readings!

  • Hard Copy Vs Online Readings
  • Active Reading
  • PQ4R strategy


  • Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. | Zoom Link

Preparing for Exams

Create a final exam study plan, explore effective study methods, review stress management techniques, and avoid procrastination triggers.

  • Knowing what you need to know!
  • Creating your Study Plan
  • Avoiding Procrastination and Managing Stress


  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. | Brantford campus | OM207-1
  • Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 from 3 – 4 p.m. | Waterloo campus | location TBD


  • Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 from 3 – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Zoom Link
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Zoom Link

Study Smarter, Not Longer

Identify more effective ways to study and put your new study techniques to practice.

Mastering Time Management

Develop a calendar for the term, as well as detailed weekly schedules to help you complete all of your readings, assignments and studying throughout the term.

The Study Cycle

Build the essential skills required to identify what, when and how to study. We'll cover:

  • What to do before during, and after class
  • Weekly essentials - the value of regular review
  • The Ebbinghaus (Forgetting) Curve

Make the Most of Your Reading Week

A reflection on progress made throughout your current term, and how to maximize reading week to set yourself up for success in finishing the term strong!

  • Debrief on the term’s progress
  • Reviewing time management and study skills strategies
  • Campus resources

Multiple Choice; Multiple Strategies!

Develop an understanding of the different types of multiple choice questions and identify effective strategies for both studying and performing on multiple choice exams.

  • Effective study and preparation for multiple choice style exams
  • Common multiple choice question styles, and strategies to understand/solve them
  • The don’ts of multiple choice questions

Writing 101

Understand the fundamental principles of University writing and how to follow your instructor’s assignment instructions to achieve your best grade.

  • The basics of Writing in University
  • Following your Professor’s instructions
  • Taking advantage of the Writing Centre Appointments and Drop-In hours