It might seem like 2018 has just begun, but for many York U students, it’s nearly midterm season! As a fellow York U student, I completely understand the rush of excitement and nervousness that comes along with midterms. Balancing your courses, friends and educational challenges can seem overwhelming at first, but you don’t have to deal with everything on your own. York offers a wide range of services and support to help you manage university life. Whether you’d like some help preparing for exams or want to learn how to manage your time effectively, the #YUBlog’s guide to York U resources has a support service for you.
If you missed our previous #YUBlog post, “A Guide to Mental Health and Wellness Resources at York U,” take a few moments to get to know the resources available to you.
Learning Skills Services (LSS)
Learning Skills Services helps students “learn how to learn” by providing workshops and training opportunities that focus on areas such as time management, reading, note-taking and personalized study strategies. LSS can help you broaden and build your academic skill set, take charge of your learning and achieve your academic goals. LSS is located within the Learning Commons on the second floor of Scott Library.
LSS offers a wide variety of services for students, including:
From time management to exam preparation, LSS offers workshops to help students build a full range of learning skills. Check out the monthly workshop calendar for a complete list of dates, times and the topics that will be covered each month. Workshops are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis but they fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early!
Success tip: If you attend eight or more Learning Skills Workshops, you can earn your Passport to Success certificate, which is a valuable addition to your academic portfolio and Co-Curricular Record.
Peer Academic Coaching
If you’re looking for individual academic support, book an appointment with a Learning Skills Peer for a 30-minute academic coaching session. During the session, you will discuss strategies to help you better tackle your assignments, readings and exams. The winter term hours for Peer Academic Coaching are Mondays from 12pm to 2pm and Wednesdays from 9:30am to 11am.
Do you have a burning learning skills question that you can’t wait to have answered? Visit the Learning Skills Pod at Scott Library to speak with a Learning Skills Peer for a short first-come, first-serve consultation (around 10-15 minutes or less). You can drop by on Tuesdays from 11am to 3pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm.
LSS also offers one-to-one sessions with a Learning Skills Specialist as well as Resources for Success, which include learning skills materials and worksheets. For more information on the full range of services that LSS provides, take a look at the Learning Skills Services website.
Student Counselling & Development (SCD)
York University’s Student Counselling & Development helps students to manage the challenges of university life by providing counselling services and themed workshops. SCD’s goal is to aid York students in realizing their full potential and make the most out of their university experience. SCD is located in room N110 at the Bennett Centre for Student Services and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.
Please note that Student Counselling & Development (SCD) is the new name for Personal Counselling Services (PCS). While the new website is being updated, you can continue to access information about Student Counselling & Development here.
A few of the services the SCD provides include:
Workshops & Workshop Series
SCD’s workshops cover topics ranging from academic to social issues, such as tackling test anxiety to managing shyness and social anxiety. If you attend five workshops, you will receive a Personal Development Certificate, which is a great addition to your Co-Curricular Record. Please note that some workshops require registration, and some are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about this month’s workshops and registration details, visit the SCD monthly calendar.
Student Counselling & Development provides a safe and supportive place for students to talk about their concerns and gain guidance. Students can attend individual short-term personal counselling, couples counselling or group counselling to receive professional assistance. To access these services, you must first visit the SCD in person to book an intake appointment so that a counsellor can assess your needs. Refer to the Accessing Counselling Services page for the full details on the counselling process.
Throughout your university career, you will be writing a lot, from completing assignments to taking exams (or you may be lucky and have multiple choice tests instead)! Nonetheless, there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to writing. York’s Writing Centre is a great resource to develop your skills and enhance your ability as an effective writer. The Writing Centre is located on the third floor of the South Ross Building and is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm, Fridays from 9am to 3:30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm.
The Writing Centre offers personalized writing instruction in a variety of programs::
One-to-One Writing Support
Whether you are just getting started on your writing assignment or are revising your ideas, you can get help from a writing instructor by booking a 50-minute one-to-one appointment. The writing instructor will provide guidance on any aspect of writing and at any stage in the process. Use the online booking system and choose whether to meet with an instructor in-person at the Writing Centre or online via video chat.
eTutoring Paper Submission
If you’re busy balancing school, work, and personal obligations, you can access the Writing Centre’s support via the revamped eTutor program. Upload your draft along with the assignment details and your concerns or questions, and a writing instructor will provide helpful guidance to help you move forward. The instructor will respond to your follow-up questions as you continue to work on your assignment. Read more about how the improved eTutor program works to learn more!
The Writing Workspace for Drop-in & Guided Writing
Looking for a great place to write while you’re on campus? Try out the Writing Centre’s new Writing Workspace for Drop-in & Guided Writing. As you write, you can consult writing guides and style manuals, and ask the writing instructor in the room for guidance. The Writing Workspace is open weekdays from 10:30am until 3pm (pending the use of the space for writing workshops and courses). You can phone the reception desk for more information about operating hours 416-736-5134 to learn more.
In addition to Individual Writing instruction, the Writing Department offers a number of small-group workshops on specific aspects of writing. The titles, descriptions, dates and times of the workshops are posted in the Events Calendar, so be sure to take a look before writing your next paper!
Learning Commons’ Q&A
If you have one or two simple questions related to writing, head to the Writing Instruction Pod in the Learning Commons. Located on the second floor of the Scott Library, you can get the guidance you need from a writing instructor for a short 15-minute session.
York U offers a large range of services to help you succeed in university, from developing learning skills to becoming a better writer. If you need support, don’t hesitate to reach out. Ask for help sooner rather than later and take the opportunity to learn and grow from the challenges you are facing. Good luck Lions!
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