These online sessions help you develop the academic skills needed to succeed in a remote learning environment.
- Making the Most of Your Accommodations
In this 30-minute workshop, learn about how to make the most of common accommodations to support their learning needs and styles. This workshop is designed primarily for students who have recently registered with Accessibility Services or students who want a refresher on using common accommodations. Topics covered in this workshop include:
- Top five tips for making the most of your academic accommodations.
- Using accommodations for tests and exams, note-taking and extensions.
- Where and how to access additional support.
- Understanding Your Course Syllabus
Learn about the common sections of a course syllabus and strategies to interpret the instructions within a syllabus. Students will also learn about how to apply syllabus instructions to learning strategies in other areas, such as test prep and participation. Topics covered in this workshop include:
- Common Sections of a Course Syllabus
- Test Format and Preparation
- Requesting Accommodations
- Planning for the Semester
Do you struggle to find time to create a semester-long plan? In this event, a learning strategist will lead you and a group of your peers through creating a plan for the upcoming winter semester. Through a series of interactive activities, the goal will be for you to have a plan/schedule for your winter semester work by the end of the event. This event will focus less on strategy instruction and more on holding you accountable to creating a semester plan. Topics covered in this event include:
- A review of time management strategies
- Reviewing the deadlines in your syllabus
- Step-by-step instructions and guidance on how to create a schedule
Note: Please bring the syllabus(es) for your course(s) to this event if available.
- Using Reading Week Effectively
When you're behind on your work or feeling overwhelmed, how can you use Reading Week to catch up? With assignments, essays and exams on the horizon, the middle of the semester can be overwhelming.
In this workshop, learn how to create an inventory of upcoming assessments and make a realistic plan to use reading week effectively.
- Learn to prioritize your urgent and important tasks
- Break down your work into smaller academic tasks
- Create a schedule to complete your work
- Preparing for In-Person Tests and Exams
In this workshop, learn strategies for tackling in-person tests and exams, including multiple choice, short answer and essay exams. You will also learn how to create an inventory of material covered on your upcoming assessments. Topics covered in this workshop include:
- Identifying what to study, how to study and when to study
- Recognizing your strengths and discover how to use them to your advantage
- Managing your time and staying calm and focused during your tests and assessments
- Skill-Based Notetaking
Are you interested in learning about a variety of effective methods to take notes during class? In this 60-minute workshop, connect with an Accessibility Services Learning Strategist to learn new skills, ask questions and discuss your current strategies for note-taking. Within this workshop, students will discover active studying strategies that will help with taking notes during online and in-person classes.
- Learn strategies to take notes by hand or on your computer for online or in-person courses.
- Discover ways to incorporate active review into your weekly schedule.
- Discover strategies to get the most out of your courses, through annotating digital slides, taking digital notes, reviewing supplemental or copied notes.
- Get Started Club
Is anxiety making it difficult to get started on your assignments? Is it difficult to find the energy to follow through on academic tasks? This 3-part series of workshops introduces calming and energizing movement, creative exercises, helpful strategies and peer connections to support progress.
Bring an academic task or assignment you've been avoiding and take steps towards completion in this safe, FUN, and encouraging environment. If you have paper, coloured pens or other tools that help you express your ideas creatively, feel free to bring them (though they aren't necessary for participation!).
Topics on initiating academic tasks include: mindfulness, grounding and movement, learning strategies, connection and peer support.
- Building Mental Strength for Resiliency
In this workshop, learn strategies that aim to enhance an open mind for tackling the mental processing and cognitive function required for university. You will also learn tips to improve mindfulness and resiliency, while recognizing signs of stress and impaired concentration. Topics covered in this workshop include:
- Explore the science behind growth mindset and visualizing our brain's plasticity.
- Learn about positive coping mechanisms to build mental strength.
- Discover multimodal learning strategies and how this can enhance your overall learning experience.
All U of T students who self-identify as having a disability are eligible.
How The Program Works
Each 60-minute or 90-minute learning skills workshop is led by a learning strategist. Students will learn different learning strategies about a specific academic skill (e.g. time-management). You will also have opportunities to ask questions about learning strategies and listen in on discussions.
Being on camera, using your mic, or participating in the chat are all optional. We welcome you to participate in a way that works for you. You are welcome to ask your own questions or simply observe these sessions to learn from ongoing discussions.
You are not required to bring any materials to these sessions, but we encourage you to come prepared with questions. Recordings of these sessions will not be provided to encourage the participation of all student attendees.
Platform access information
This session will be delivered using MS Teams. Information on how to access live captions, and all other accessibility information for MS Teams, can be found on this MS Teams accessibility page.
If you have other questions about the group drop-in format, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For detailed instructions on how to register for workshops using CLNx, read How to Use CLNx to Register for Workshops (PDF).
Fall 2022 schedule
Making the Most of Your Accommodations
- September 21, 2022 at 1:30 – 2 p.m.
- October 5, 2022 at 1:30 – 2 p.m.
- October 19, 2022 at 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Understanding Your Course Syllabus
Planning for the Semester
Using Reading Week Effectively
Preparing for In-Person Tests and Exams
- September 29, 2022 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- October 12, 2022 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- December 2, 2022 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Get Started Club
Building Mental Strength for Resiliency