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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.

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

Get started today by registering for upcoming workshops and study sessions using the student success portal.


Study Sessions

Bring your laptop, textbook and assignments, and get to work in a designated study space.
A peer academic coach will check-in to help you stay on track.

Study sessions run from Monday September 16th to Wednesday December 4th and take place in P224, Second Floor Peters Building.

Monday 5:30-6:20 p.m.
Tuesday 5:30-6:20 p.m.
Wednesday 5:30-6:20 p.m.
Thursday 5:30-6:20 p.m.
Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m.


Each themed workshop will introduce you to best approaches to studying and provide a chance to enhance your study skills while putting what you’ve learned into practice. Activities will help you apply new study strategies to your own coursework.

Mastering Time Management
Semester-long calendars will be developed, as well as detailed Weekly Schedules to help complete all of your readings, assignments and studying throughout the term.

  • Mon. Sept. 16, SB106 (Schlegel Building), 7:00-7:50 p.m.
  • Thurs. Oct. 24, BA209 (Bricker Academic), 2:30-3:20 p.m.

How to Study in University
Essential skills will be developed to identify what, when, and how to study.

  • Thurs. Sept 19, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Mon. Sept. 23, SB106, 7:00-7:50 p.m.
  • Mon. Oct. 28, SB106, 7:00-7:50 p.m.
  • Thurs. Nov. 7, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Study Smarter, Not Longer
New study techniques will be described, discussed and utilized to identify more effective ways to study.

  • Thurs. Oct. 3, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Midterm Madness
Timelines and methods to prepare for your rapidly approaching Midterms will be presented and discussed.

  • Thurs. Sept. 26, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Mon. Sept. 30, SB106, 7:00-7:50 p.m.

Make the Most of your Reading Week
Employing methods to stay on top of your studies and prepare for the second half of your term will be outlined.

  • Thurs. Oct. 10, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.

You’re up! – Presenting 101
Best practices for presenting orally, and utilizing Presentations, to professors and classmates will be discussed.

  • Mon. Oct. 21, SB106, 7:00-7:20 p.m.
  • Thurs. Oct. 31, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Study Groups: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Methods for effective and beneficial group study will be outlined and practiced.

  • Mon. Nov. 11, SB106, 7:00-7:20 p.m.
  • Thurs. Nov. 21, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Preparing for Finals
Creating a plan, effective study methods, stress management, and avoiding procrastination for your finals will be outlined.

  • Mon. Nov. 18, SB106, 7:00-7:50 p.m.
  • Mon. Nov. 25, SB106, 7:00-7:50 p.m.
  • Thurs. Nov. 28, BA209, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Mon. Dec 2, SB106, 7:00-7:50 p.m.

Attend a minimum of four different workshops to achieve your ASk certificate or attend any or all to help improve your academic skills.


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 (Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays at 1 p.m.)! 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 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

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.


Taco Tuesday Teach-ins

Taco Teach-ins are monthly academic skills workshops at the Indigenous Student Centre. Workshops are followed by a free taco lunch, courtesy of Indigenous Initiatives. All students are welcome. No registration required.

Workshops: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. followed by tacos and drop-in time with our Senior Peer Mentor for Indigenous Students

September 24: Writing Well: Getting Started

October 22: Making Groupwork Work

November 19: Writing Well: Editing Your Work


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.