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Academic Skills Certificate

Available to students registered on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, the new ASk Certificate is a collection of workshops and study sessions geared towards your academic success.

These include:

  • Mastering Time Management 
  • How to Study in University
  • Study Smarter, Not Longer
  • Midterm Madness
  • Make the Most of your Reading Week
  • You’re up! Presenting 101
  • Study Groups: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  • Preparing for Finals

To earn your ASk Certificate you must complete eight ASk activities – including a minimum of four workshops and study sessions – in one semester.

Learn more about the ASk Certificate.

Academic Skills Workshops

Each week, Learning Skills and Development offers you a workshop on a specific writing or study skill with four times to choose from! All workshops take place in Market Place room 115 (45 Market Street) and are one-hour long. 

Registration is required for all workshops through the Student Success Portal. Sign up for one, two, or more! Students who complete seven or more workshops in one academic year (May 2019 – April 2020) can request acknowledgement of participation in the Academic Skills Workshop Certificate on the Laurier Experience Record.

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Start the Term Off Right

This workshop, in partnership with the Orientation & Transition Coordinator, will help students get motivated for the new term. We'll talk about strategies to boost productivity and avoid procrastination, as well as create a check-list of things to remember at the start of the new term.

Skills for Success in Online Courses

This workshop, in partnership with eLearning, will help students understand the design of online courses. We’ll talk about strategies that can help students stay on track, get the support they need, and navigate the online learning environment to support their success in online courses.

Writing Well: Getting Started

This workshop will help students understand the beginning of the academic writing process. We will focus on strategies for understanding assignments, planning and starting a draft.

Get More from Your Readings, Faster!

This workshop explores the research behind reading on paper versus e-reading and will introduce students to active reading strategies for different kinds of academic readings including textbooks, journal articles, and literary works whether in print or on-screen.

Midterm Madness

This workshop will help students develop and apply strategies for preparing for and taking multiple choice and other types of objective exams.

Writing Well: Communicating Your Ideas

This workshop will help students improve the writing skills needed to develop the body of academic papers. We will discuss the effective use and integration of sources as well as how to craft solid academic paragraphs.

Making Groupwork Work

Working productively in a group setting is a fundamental skill for university students. Make your next group work experience a positive one by learning some proactive strategies to deal with common difficulties that can arise when working in a group.

Writing Well: Editing Your Work

This workshop will help students develop the skills needed at the end of the writing process. It will focus on strategies for effective editing, revising, and proofreading and will include a brief discussion of stylistic considerations.

Presenting with Confidence: Planning and Preparation

This workshop introduces students to strategies for developing an effective presentation. We’ll talk about things to consider when planning a presentation including goals, organization, and the creation of visual aids.

Writing Well: Enhancing Your Style

This workshop will help students refine their academic writing by learning about the style of scholarly discourse and making an impact with citation and scholarly language.

Presenting with Confidence: Communicating Effectively

This workshop will help students practice the skills of effective oral presentation including awareness of non-verbal communication. We will also briefly talk about strategies for effective group presentations.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Getting Ready for Final Exams

This workshop helps students plan for and achieve a successful review of course content for final exams.

Laurier Experience Record

Many of our workshops are eligible for the Laurier Experience Record. Check with us to determine which ones.