Remote Learning 101: Learning Skills Services

Posted by Deea Deb on May 27, 2020

Academic Success

Hey Lions! Are you struggling with time management? Not sure of how to take notes? Anxious about prepping for exams? Fear not! Learning Skills Services (LSS) have moved their workshops online to provide their resources to students. So, if you are looking for help in the areas of studying, time management, exam prep, LSS is here to help! In this #YUBlog post, we’ve broken down some of the resources they are providing, but make sure to check out their website for yourself!

1. Study Effectively During COVID

Their Student Guide to Remote Learning module covers a wide range of topics like adapting to studying remotely, learning remotely and accessing campus resources. These resources also come with worksheets to help you visualize your plans!

Study pro tip: While reading assigned texts, develop questions that arise from the concepts that are being discussed. Use these questions to critically analyze the supporting evidence.

2. Resources for Success

The LSS site also provides a long list of materials and worksheets that will help you with a variety of topics. You can find resources on anything from reading and note-taking skills, to preparing for exams and other time management skills. Follow the link above and see the list for yourself! There is something there for everyone.

Time management pro tip: To manage your time effectively, map your to-do list onto Google Calendar and assign definite timelines to each task. This will keep you productive and keep away procrastination!

3. Online Workshops

Usually held in the Sound and Moving Images Library (SMIL) in Scott Library, LSS have moved all of their workshops online to support students during COVID-19. For example, the Time Management workshop focuses on helping you learn practical, personalized approaches to managing your time and balancing school, work, and life. Many students find keeping up with the readings and lecture notes at university to be a real challenge, and if that’s you, then you might find this workshop very helpful. You can also learn more effective reading and note-taking techniques to help you stay on top of your course work with the Reading & Note-taking workshop.

Make sure to visit their calendar every month to keep up with the latest sessions and to find the right session for you! Now that you may be making a more flexible schedule for yourself while remote learning, it could be a good idea to plan some time in your calendar to attend one of these sessions. Even if you consider yourself a top-notch notetaker, you may learn some new tools to add to the toolbox!  

Note-taking pro tip: Don’t copy passages from your textbooks word for word in your notes. Write your notes in your own words and analyze whether you have understood the concepts clearly. If not, review the content again.

4. Peer Academic Coaching

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Tell us what you chose for your Zoom background!

If you are looking for a one-to-one consultation to help you achieve your academic goals, a useful individualized online service that LSS is offering this summer is Peer Academic Coaching. Students can book appointments with an experienced Learning Skills Peer and work with them on areas specific to their own needs, like time management, study strategies, academic reading strategies etc. 

To see available appointments and for step by step instructions on how to make an appointment, visit How to Book An Individual Learning Skills Appointment

5. Passport to Success

If you attend eight or more different Learning Skills Workshops at any point during your time at York, you can also earn your Passport to Success certificate – a valuable addition to your portfolio and Co-Curricular Record (CCR) at York.

The CCR is a York University tool on the YU Connect system that tracks your participation in co-curricular activities and organizations throughout your university experience. It supports learning that occurs outside of the classroom as a result of students’ experiences through purposeful reflection. CCR provides you with a chance to connect your experiences to skills that employers and graduate schools look for. Record your activities and use your CCR as a reference to articulate your accomplishments and skills when writing your resumé, curriculum vitae (CV), or cover letter when applying for jobs, graduate or professional school.

So, what are you waiting for? Register for workshops and use these resources provided by the Learning Skills Services team to transform this summer into a productive and efficient term!

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If you have nay questions or any more tips on making the most out of our e-classes, feel free to comment below or tweet us at @YorkStudents.

Deea Deb
Deea Deb

Deea Deb is a third-year English and Professional Writing major at York University. She loves reading, travelling, being organized, and writing. She hopes to help York students succeed at university.

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