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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.

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

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

Online Webinars

As of March 16, 2020, ASk workshops are now offered as webinars.

We will not be offering the Group Study Sessions for the rest of the term.
If students complete six activities (with a minimum four workshops) they will be given credit for completing the certificate. This is updated from the 8 activities that were originally required to complete the certificate.

The new schedule for the webinars is: 


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 for the Spring 2020 term will take place in our Online Live Classroom.

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 can request acknowledgement of participation in the Academic Skills Workshop Certificate on the Laurier Experience Record.

Workshop policies:

  • You may register for as many workshops as you would like throughout the term.
  • Workshop registration is limited due to the size of our workshop room. When you register for a workshop, you are confirming your attendance at that workshop. If something changes and you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration through the Student Success Portal.
  • Students who repeatedly register for workshops but do not attend may have their Learning Skills and Development privileges curtailed. A missed workshop will count as a missed activity with our service. Students who miss two workshops will not be able to book future appointments with us in that term.

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Start the Term Off Right (Fall & Spring)

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.

Bouncing Back! (Winter)

This workshop, in partnership with Academic Advising, is designed for students who experienced difficulty with their academics in the fall term and want to get back on track. Academic Advising will discuss understanding your GPA, progression requirements, and strategies for boosting or maintaining your GPA. Learning Skills & Development will discuss focus, motivation, time management, and strategies to avoid procrastination.

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.


Taco Tuesday Teach-ins

Taco Tuesday Teach-ins are monthly academic skills workshops facilitated by our Senior Peer Mentor for Indigenous Students at the Indigenous Student Centre. All students are welcome. No registration is required.

During the winter 2020 term, enjoy a free taco lunch at 1 p.m. before the workshops start at 1:30 p.m. Please note that the Indigenous Student Centre is located in the Circle Room (RCE319) for the Winter 2020 term.

Tuesday, January 21st: Get More from Your Readings, Faster!

Tuesday, February 25th: Making Groupwork Work

Tuesday, March 17th: Writing Well - Enhancing Your Style


Learning Plan Documentation for Academic Petitions

Students who are required to complete and submit a learning plan as part of their documentation for an academic petition can register for one of our learning plan workshops. Professional staff will assist students in completing their learning plan and they will leave the workshop with this document in hand. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor about the petitions process after completing their learning plan.