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First Year Academic Coaching Workshops

Visit the Peer-Led Support page for our full list of study skills workshops designed for Golden Hawks in first year on the Waterloo campus! 

Academic Skills Certificate

Upgrade your study strategies while earning the Academic Skills Certificate (ASk).

Available to students registered on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, the 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

Spring Term Online ASk Workshops

Register for all ASk workshops through the Student Success Portal.

Mastering Time Management
Wednesday May 12,  6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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


The Virtual Study Cycle
Monday May 17, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m
Wednesday May 19, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Build the essential skills required to identify what, when and how to study.

  • What to do before during, and after class
  • Weekly Essentials - The value of Regular Review
  • The Ebbinghaus (Forgetting) Curve


Study Smarter, Not Longer
Wednesday May 26, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday May 31, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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


Procrastinate… Later  
Wednesday June 2, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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


Writing 101
Monday June 7, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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


Preparing for Exams
Wednesday June 9, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday June 14, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Create an 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 


Virtual Group Studying and Online Collaboration
Wednesday June 16, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Discover the secret to creating the most effective and beneficial study groups! 

  • Organizing a Virtual Study Group
  • Effective group studying principles
  • Virtual sharing, studying, and questioning


Register for all ASk workshops through the Student Success Portal. 

Academic Skills Workshops

All workshops take place online through Zoom.

Each week, Learning Skills and Development offers you a workshop on a specific writing or study skill with multiple times to choose from!

Registration is required for all workshops through the Student Success Portal. Check your Laurier email the morning of the workshop for your Zoom link to connect. 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 is designed specifically for students who experienced difficulty with their academics in the fall term and want to get back on track. We'll provide information about connecting with Academic Advising to understand your GPA and progression requirements, reflect on successes and challenges in the fall term, and create concrete goals for the winter 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.


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 online workshop with their completed document. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor about the petitions process after completing their learning plan.