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Academic Development

Support your academic learning through certificates/workshop series that are offered by the Teaching and Learning departments.  

Certificates/Workshop Series that appear on the Laurier Experience Record help you gain skills and expand your knowledge on a wide range of topics. Register and complete the certificate/workshop series directly with the host department. Completed programs will automatically appear on your Laurier Experience Record by April.

 

ACADEMIC PREPARATION CERTIFICATE

The Academic Preparation Certificate is designed to help you prepare for your time at Laurier. The more time you put into thinking about your study strategies before you begin, the easier it will be to adjust and adapt to the university learning environment. The 6 required activities in the Certificate have been developed to help you think about and practice the skills that you will need to succeed in your first year. Available during the summer for incoming students each year.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

ACADEMIC SKILLS (ASK) CERTIFICATE

The Academic Skills (ASk) Certificate offers a variety of opportunities that will help you improve your study skills and achieve academic success. The workshops are activity-based and cover a variety of topics. To earn your ASk Certificate you must attend six ASk activities (workshops and study skills appointments) in one semester, with at least five being ASk workshops.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

FIRST-FOUR ACADEMIC SKILLS WORKSHOP SERIES

The First-Four series focuses on upgrading academic strategies that will help students succeed in university. Strategies include time management, note taking, exam preparation, and motivation. Students who attend all four workshops are eligible to add this workshop series to their Laurier Experience Record.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo during Fall term.

Introductions to Intercultural Teaching Certificate – Graduate Certificate

The Introductions to Intercultural Teaching Certificate – Graduate Certificate offers online sessions designed to support your development as an educator in today's complex higher education environment, where we aspire to incorporate internationalization, global citizenship, and diversity into classrooms and curricula. Teaching effectively in this environment demands that we understand and practice inclusive approaches to teaching so that we might contribute to social justice in our classrooms and enhance learning for all of our students.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

PEER ACADEMIC COACHING SESSIONS (PACS) PROGRAM

Peer Academic Coaching Sessions (PACS) is a program designed specifically for first year students on the Waterloo campus and is an excellent opportunity to connect with a senior student academic coach and develop strong academic skills. Students will meet weekly for 80-minutes with their academic coach and will learn from their peers in small faculty-specific groups. Weekly PACS topics and activities will include: Time Management - creating semester, weekly, and daily schedules, Procrastination - learn how to avoid procrastination and prioritize tasks, Note Taking Strategies - making useful and meaningful notes, Reading Strategies - effective reading for online and text materials and Preparing for Midterms and Finals. Students must attend 8 out of 11 PACS to be eligible to add the experience on their Laurier Experience Record.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo during Winter term.

PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC SKILLS WORKSHOP SERIES - GRADUATE STUDENTS

Students who complete 3 of 4 graduate student professional academic skills workshops in an academic year (over the fall and/or winter terms) are entitled to have their participation recognized through the Professional Academic Skills Workshop Series Certificate.

  1. TA Skills: Giving Meaningful Feedback on Undergraduate Student Writing
  2. Mendeley Part 1: Organizing Your Research
  3. Mendeley Part 2: Simplifying Citation
  4. Editing with Ease: Formatting Features for Your Proposal, Thesis, or MRP

Available in Brantford

University Teaching Certificate – Graduate Certificate

The University Teaching Certificate – Graduate Certificate offers you a chance to continue to reflect upon your teaching practice in this flexible, self-directed certificate. It is designed to prepare you for a teaching career in academia by focusing on teaching in your discipline, practicing fundamental skills in a classroom setting, and engaging in scholarly research about teaching and learning. You will reflect upon the current state of teaching in your discipline and how to adapt and change this approach in your personal teaching practice.

The University Teaching Foundations Certificate is a prerequisite for this certificate.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Writing Certificate

The Writing Certificate, run by Writing Services, has students participate in individual sessions to systematically develop effective skills in academic writing. You are eligible to receive the Writing Certificate if you have attended and completed at least two writing workshops and two writing appointments during your studies at Laurier.

If you would like to register for a writing workshop and/or book a writing appointment you can do so at https://web.wlu.ca/studentsuccess/portal/.

If you have any questions, you can contact Writing Services at studentsuccess@wlu.ca .

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.