Skill Development

Academic Skills Resource (Desire2Learn) 

The Academic Skills D2L gives helpful tips for time management and active learning, i.e., critical thinking, reading and note-taking, study skills, and test-taking strategies. Modules on academic writing, argumentation, appraising research articles, referencing, presentation skills, and the research process are included, as well as pointers for successful group work.

The D2L also includes a template for an individualized study plan for students to utilize as needed.

Students can visit to self-register. 

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Student Success Advising

The Student Success Centre offers one-on-one academic skills-based advising for students who are struggling with their studies. Appointments typically focus on strategies to improve note-taking, study skills, and time management. 

Advising appointments may also focus on helping students re-engage with their courses and university life via the promotion of leadership programs, volunteer opportunities, campus clubs, and the co-curricular record, while also connecting students with other supports as needed.

Student Success Appointments are offered in Thunder Bay and Orillia either in person or online.  Students can book appointments via mySuccess.


Academic Skills Workshops

Academic Skills Workshops are offered online or in-person to classes, groups of students, and LUSU clubs and can be tailored to meet student needs. Past workshops included tips on reading & note-taking, time management, academic writing, and test/exam study techniques.

Student Success Appointments are offered in Thunder Bay and Orillia either in person or online.  Students can book appointments via mySuccess.


Bounce Back Sessions

Bounce Back Sessions are created to help students get back on track with their academic careers. Sessions may cover time management tips, note-taking strategies, study smarts techniques, and the use of individualized study plans. They are offered in January when students return for their winter academic term and are delivered both in person and/or online.

Registration is made available as part of the Winter Orientation schedule shared in December.


Academic Integrity Matters (AIM)

Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) is a resource to help support academic skills, knowledge, and strategies that are essential to being a university student. Each module consists of a combination of short text-based resources and videos to enhance your learning. After completing each module, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Please use the following instructions to access the AIM training modules:

  1. Visit MyCourseLink
  2. Log into MyCourselink using your Lakehead username and password.
  3. Under the "Support" menu on the right-hand side of your screen, click the "Self-Registration" link.
  4. Click the "Academic Integrity Matters (AIM)" link and complete the self-registration.
  5. Complete the modules and then download your certificate of completion. (Note: your certificate may take up to 5 minutes to appear after successful completion).

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