The successful student needs to know how to plan, time manage and organize a semester, make good lecture and text notes, prepare for exams and much more.

Having well-developed learning strategies is associated with improved learning and grades.

Learning Support Services at CapU offers academic support to students and facilitates enhanced performance by:

  • teaching strategies to study efficiently and effectively;
  • strengthening students’ learning inside and outside the classroom; and
  • changing unsatisfying academic results.

Learning Support Appointments

Learning Support provides individualized education and support to all students who want to develop a greater awareness of what is required to learn course content.

Need to speak with someone urgently regarding an academic concern? Drop in daily for a short individualized support session on academic skills and recommendations to enhance performance.

To schedule a confidential, one-hour single session or continuing learning strategy development appointments, email learningsupport@capilanou.ca or call 604 984 1744

Expect more than one appointment for a deeper exploration of more long standing academic challenges.

Accountability check-ins of 20 minutes duration are available to reinforce newly learned strategies and turn them into productive habits.

Set your group up for success by arranging a session with Learning Support Services on strategies for effective group project work involving communication, planning, roles and accountability for every step of the way.

Learning Support Skills Webinars

These webinars are open to all students and cover what you need to know to be an efficient and effective learner.

Open any of the webinars in the list below to learn more and find a Zoom link to join.

Most students find that they fall behind in one or more courses. It is never too late to get back on track. Find out how. Leave this webinar with a plan of action.

Wednesday, October 21, 4 - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 619 9187 5082
Passcode: 735033

Feel like you started out strong and have lost momentum. Need a boost for the second half of the semester? Join this webinar to build a plan of strategies that will elevate your academic performance.

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 687 4713 2477
Passcode: 140655

Midterms are easing off, big projects are due and finals looming.

It’s only six weeks, your pain is brief and your gain is great. Do you know what to make your focus each week? That question is answered in this webinar.

Date: Monday, October 26, 4 – 4:30 p.m. 

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID 613 9337 8890
Passcode: 487908

What makes a successful student? Innate intelligence? Long hours of work?

At this webinar you will rethink what goes into achieving a top GPA by discovering a mix of approaches to improve academic performance while reflecting on your own study habits.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 4 – 4:30 p.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 694 7157 6128
Passcode: 124753

Research shows that students learn best when they maximize their focus and minimize their distractions but many students argue that multitasking, music and an impending deadline are their allies in study.

Find out how to study differently and open time in your schedule.

Date: Monday, November 2, 4 – 4:30 p.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 617 8626 3842
Passcode: 353819

Most students find that they fall behind in one or more courses. It is never too late to get back on track. Find out how. Leave this webinar with a plan of action.

Wednesday, November 4, 8:30 - 9 a.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 692 8449 2904
Passcode: 502632

While many students use re-studying as a way to learn course content, a better choice is self-testing. Research studies show that self-testing techniques are actually superior at helping students remember information.

Scientists refer to this phenomenon as the testing effect. The testing effect occurs even if you do not re-study afterwards! Join this webinar to find out how.

Date: Monday, November 9, 4 – 4:30 p.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 698 3330 3589
Passcode: 734610

Final exams can be overwhelming. Learn how to create and execute a plan to cover all the necessary material for your exams using active study strategies.

Date: Monday, November 16, 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 639 5973 7644
Passcode: 994349

Final exams can be overwhelming. Learn how to create and execute a plan to cover all the necessary material for your exams using active study strategies.

Date: Monday November 23, 4 - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Specialist: Heather Mitchell

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 645 7904 8934
Passcode: 790060

Learning Support Skills Resources

USS100 – Introduction to University Success Strategies (3 credits)

This 3-credit course prepares students for learning success at university. Topics include time-management, note-taking, study and reading strategies, test-taking, presentation skills, mindset, and effective use of university resources.

Learning Skills Assistance at the Regional Campuses

For information on the services offered by the Learning Specialist at the Sunshine Coast campus, please contact the Sechelt Regional Campus receptionist at 604 986 1911, local 5900 (toll-free), or at 604 885 9310.

Learning Specialist Consultations

The Learning Specialist synthesizes interview, diagnostic, and education data to understand you as a learner. Working together you will build a student success action plan:

  • Understand what you need to do;
  • Know the action steps to get there; and
  • Chart your progress en route.

Support for Faculty

Learning Support connects problems in students’ learning to the underlying process of learning.

By teaching students evidence-based learning strategies, they build the metacognitive capacity to systematically plan and effect change in how they learn.

Making students more aware of their own efforts relative to academic expectations results in them adopting new ones where necessary.

Student Referral

Students appreciate your expressed interest in their success. Please consider referring students to the Learning Specialist for learning strategies focused attention.

Students are more likely to seek out help when this guidance is given by their instructor.

Customized Classroom Workshops

The Learning Specialist provides customized workshops to facilitate metacognitive skill development. A workshop is an interactive learning experience designed to support the course content instruction students receive.

Every effort is made to use the students’ course materials and assignments to develop their learning processes and the skill being taught.

Students are more likely to benefit from a workshop where there is an immediate application for the new knowledge.

Consult

Faculty can consult the Learning Specialist on learning issues that are identified in courses.

Such consultations may result in tailored workshops, resource development to aid student learning and strategy development to embed in sections of coursework that will help students adapt their techniques to get more from their learning experiences.