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Academic Skills Certificate

Available to all students, the Academic Skills (ASk) Certificate 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.

Winter ASk Workshops  

Registration is required for all workshops – for both in-person and online options – and is now available on the Student Success Portal. Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the workshop, whether that be a confirmation of the room location for in-person options or a Zoom link for online options.

Procrastinate…Later! 

Understand the reasons why and identify how you procrastinate while learning methods that will help you avoid procrastination. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person)
  • Thursday, Mar. 23 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

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. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal. 

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

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. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person) 
  • Wednesday Mar. 8 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

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, the value of including regular review in your weekly routine and how to combat the Ebbinghaus (Forgetting) Curve. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal. 

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person) 
  • Wednesday, Mar. 1 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person) 

Goal Getter

Understand the science behind your habits and how habits are connected to goal setting. This workshop will review how to create positive learning habits and set effective goals! Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person) 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 
  • Thursday, Mar. 9 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

Writing 101

Understand the fundamental principles of university writing and how to follow your instructor’s assignment instructions to achieve your best grade. We’ll also cover everything you need to know about writing support at Laurier, including how to book an appointment with a writing tutor and why you should take advantage of writing appointments/drop-in hours throughout the term. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal. 

  • Thursday, Feb. 16 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

I Failed, Now What? 

When all else fails, think about your thinking! This workshop will walk you through a personal self-assessment of your outcome and provide self-regulated learning strategies to help recover from a fail assessment or poor grade. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal. 

  • Wednesday, Mar. 1 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 8 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person)
  • Thursday, March 16 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

Study Smarter, Not Longer 

Identify more effective ways to study and put your new study techniques to practice. We’ll cover the fundamentals of university learning using Bloom’s Taxonomy and how to make the most of your study time. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal.

  • Thursday, Mar. 2 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 7 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 15 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 15 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 

Optimize Your Brain Power! 

Learn multiple ways to improve your thinking and cognitive processing. Learn how sleep, eating, attention, and exercise will make your smarter and maybe even generate new brain cell growth! Optimize your brain, optimize your life! Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal. 

  • Tuesday, Mar. 28 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person) 

Preparing For Finals 

Join us to create a final exam study plan, explore effective study methods, review stress management techniques, and avoid procrastination triggers. Registration is required – register today on the Student Success Portal. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 30 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual) 
  • Monday, Apr. 3 from 3 – 4 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual)
  • Tuesday, Apr. 4 from 4 – 5 p.m. in P224 (Waterloo in-person)
  • Wednesday, Apr. 5 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OM209 (Brantford in-person)
  • Wednesday, Apr. 5 from 4 – 5 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual)
  • Thursday, Apr. 6 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom (Multicampus virtual)