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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.


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.


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.


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

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

If you have completed the requirements for the certificate, contact with your student ID# to be verified and have the certificate added to your LER.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.