Leveling up at St. Thomas

Academic success while in university isn’t easy. It takes work, determination, and a certain kind of mindset to achieve straight A status.

As a part of its Student Skills Workshop Series, St. Thomas University provides free workshops that offer tips and tricks to help students improve their academic experience. These one hour group sessions cover a range of topics including time management, how to study for exams, and how to prepare for assignments.

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Heather MacDonald, learning strategist at STU offers one-on-one meetings for students. Photo: Cassidy Chisholm

Learning Strategist Heather MacDonald holds these sessions every Wednesday and aims to help students help themselves. “Generally I want students to be very confident that they know how to be a good student and I want students to feel like they can achieve anything they want.”

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Stuck in a rut? The Student Skills Workshop series offers ways to boost your grades! Photo: Cassidy Chisholm

Successful students use study techniques and tools provided by the university to maintain the goals they set at the beginning of the school year. They use these goals to motivate themselves to prepare for assignments, find time to study, and organize their schedule. These workshops teach students how to do just that.

“We want to teach students that learning and achieving your academic goals is easy if you know how to take those foundational steps to do it,” said MacDonald.

Alex Jewett, a third-year student, attended her first workshop on Wednesday.

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Jewett attended the Level Up workshop to prepare for the stress of exams. Photo: Cassidy Chisholm

“I’m already excited to go and sort of plan and schedule and figure out what’s best for me and try new strategies,” said Jewett.

By applying the strategies provided at these workshops, students can discover their method of success and be the student they want to be.


Originally posted on The Second Year Reports on December 5th, 2016.

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