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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.

Fall ASk Workshops 

Registering for all ASk workshops will be available through the Student Success Portal after classes begin.  All locations and Zoom links will be updated in early September.

Online workshops  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 studentsuccess@wlu.ca


Multiple Choice; Multiple Strategies!

  • Tuesday Oct. 4, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224
  • Thursday Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Tuesday Nov. 15, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224
  • Wednesday Nov. 23, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

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  

Study Smarter, Not Longer

  • Wednesday Oct. 5, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Thursday Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Tuesday Nov. 1, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224

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

  • Fundamentals of University learning – Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • More effective ways to study
  • Most efficient uses of your study time 

Goal Getter: 

  • Tuesday Oct. 18, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224
  • Wednesday Nov. 2, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

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!

Mastering Time Management

  • Wednesday Oct. 19, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

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.

  • Creating a Master Plan for your term
  • Understanding and completing weekly tasks
  • Making the most of your day

Writing 101

  • Thursday Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

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

Read, Review, Repeat

  • Tuesday Oct. 25, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224
  • Thursday Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

Build the essential skills required to identify what, when and how to study and read academic texts!

  • What to do before during, and after class
  • Weekly Essentials - The value of Regular Review
  • The Ebbinghaus (Forgetting) Curve
  • Hard Copy Vs Online Readings
  • Active Reading/PQ4R strategy

 

I Failed, Now What?

  • Wednesday Oct. 26, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Tuesday Nov. 8, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224
  • Thursday Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

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, or a poor grade! 

Procrastinate... Later!

  • Wednesday November 9, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Thursday November 17, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Tuesday November 22, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224

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 

Optimize Your Brain Power

  • Wednesday Nov. 16, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Thursday Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link

This workshop will help you identify ways in which you can optimize your own learning, including health and wellness tips.  How can you use your brain most efficiently to sleep, eat, and study?  Find out here!

Preparing for Finals

  • Tuesday Nov. 29, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224
  • Wednesday Nov. 30, 4 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Thursday Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. ONLINE, Zoom Link
  • Tuesday Dec. 6, 4 p.m. Waterloo Campus, In-Person, Room P224

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

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 studentsuccess@wlu.ca.