Faculty and Student Learning Services (SLS) work together for student success in a number of ways. Below you will find tools for raising student awareness of the services available to them in SLS, ideas for encouraging students to take advantage of these services, and information on collaborating with Writing and Learning Strategists.
Featured Workshop: Strategic Textbook Learning
This workshop presents textbook reading as a process with three stages: before, during and after reading. We discuss the importance of setting up conditions for success before reading (e.g., study space, attitude) as well as surveying the reading and dividing it into manageable chunks. Tips for staying focused while reading include reading a paragraph at a time and marking the text in strategic ways. Finally, we discuss how split page or visual notes can be created after reading a section and then used as self-testing tools.
Important Dates for Winter 2018
- January 4 – Registration opens for help through the Peer Learning Program
- January 16 – Workshops start
- March 1 – Recruitment for fall 2018 Learning Peers opens
- March 1 – Recruitment for fall 2018 Peer Mentors opens
- March 16 – Workshops end
Writing and Learning Strategists
- Cut and paste this blurb into your course outlines.
- Show this slide in class.
- On your Blackboard site, include this link to our studying, writing and referencing resources.
- Consider offering a small percentage of your course grade (max. 5%) for attendance at a defined number of Studying & Writing Workshops. Contact us to request a set of workshop passports to hand out during class.
- Remember, all of our workshops are free, and students do not need to pre-register. Topics include:
- Academic reading, writing and referencing
- Class presentations
- Learning and test-taking strategies
- Time management
- Encourage students who would benefit from one-on-one support to book appointments with a Writing and Learning Strategist. Students can book up to two 30-minute appointments every week - for free.
- Incorporate Essay-Zone, an interactive online essay writing tutorial, into your courses.
- Adapt or co-develop customized student handouts or in-class activities to model effective academic skills.
- Co-create program- or department-specific referencing materials. (Prior projects include NURS APA referencing and formatting guides, a HUMN Chicago referencing guide, and an online APA tutorial with PSYC.)
- Discuss how students might interpret your assignment instructions or test questions.
- Discuss how to embed writing or learning strategies into multi-section, core course curriculum.
- Solutions to Students' Referencing Challenges: How You Can Help
- Analyzing Writing Assignments: What Are We Really Asking Students to Do?
- Essay-Zone - How to Use it with Your Students
- Developing Confident Academic Writers and Strategic Learning: Using the Passport Program with Your Students
- APA Refresher: Keeping Current with the Joys of APA
- MLA: No Pre-Existing Knowledge Required
- Making the Most of SLS
Workshop registration is through ADC.
Download this one-page summary of Writing and Learning Strategist support.
Peer Learning Program - Course Specific Support
- Encourage students to register early for the best chance of getting help.
- Help them understand the program better by showing this short video in class.
- On your Blackboard site, include a link to mru.ca/PLP.
Do you know a strong student who would make a great Learning Peer? Suggest they sign-up at mru.ca/PLP.
Our next official recruitment period begins March 1st, but students can let us know they are interested at any time.
- Winter 2018 request help registration opens: January 4, 2018
- Fall 2018 Learning Peer application opens: March 1, 2018
- Current MRU students in a credit program with a B+ or higher in the course(s) they support.
- Friendly, respectful and professional leaders with strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Facilitators of active learning who complete at least ten hours of certified training.
Do you know students who would make excellent Learning Peers?
Recruitment takes place in November and March each year. To apply, students must submit an online form (www.mru.ca/PLP). Successful applicants begin facilitating sessions the following semester, after attending training.
Student Learning Services’ Peer Learning Program (PLP) provides peer support to help students achieve their academic goals by becoming more effective self-directed learners. It also offers Learning Peers (LPs) a volunteer leadership opportunity that enables them to participate in an on-campus community while building skills necessary for success in their future careers.
Learn more at mru.ca/PLP.
Download this summary of the Peer Learning Program.
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