Learning strategy and assistive technology

AccessAbility Services' LEARN Course

Learn how you can develop and strengthen your skill set through virtual workshops, resources, and demonstration videos.

How to register for our LEARN course


Student Support Drop-in Centre 

All students registered with AccessAbility Services are welcome to attend our online Student Support Drop-in Centre which runs Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the virtual classroom on our LEARN Course.

How to Access the Online Drop-in Centre

You can also connect with our Drop-In Centre staff through the "Ask Us" forum on our LEARN course. This is monitored Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. You can post a question anonymously, by selecting "post as anonymous" at the bottom right of the text box before clicking post.

Our Drop-in Centre staff are available to assist you with:

  • Time management 
  • Notetaking and lecture comprehension skills
  • Reading strategies
  • Test-taking and study strategies
  • Effective use of technology
  • Requesting and managing your accommodations through the online system


Online workshops will be run through Microsoft Teams. Registrants will receive an invite link 1 business day prior.

Upcoming workshops:

Time Management

  • Friday, January 15th, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 22nd, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 5th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Study Skills

  • Friday, January 15th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22nd, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 26th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Test Writing Strategies

  • Friday, February 5th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 9th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning Online

  • Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
  • Thursday, January 14th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mapping Out your Term

  • Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Reading and Notetaking

  • Friday, January 15th, 2021 -  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22nd, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

How to Capture Course Content with Technology

  • Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Writing with Technology

  • Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Studying with Technology

  • Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop Descriptions

Time Management

Feeling stressed about how many assignments, tests, labs, presentations and personal commitments you have to deal with today, this week, this term?

  • Learn how to be more organized and efficient

  • Create SMART goals to help you with decision-making

  • Use strategies to keep you focused and on track

  • Discover productivity and time management apps

Study Skills 

Thinking about how to improve focus, concentration, memory recall and retention to engage in studying with greater success?  

  • Develop a greater understanding of how to enhance your learning 

  • Learn how to adapt your lifestyle choices to promote positive study habits 

  • Discover high-yield study strategies that can support your learning style


Test Writing Strategies

Have you developed a plan to help you succeed with upcoming tests? How well do you manage the stress of testing? 

  • Learn how to manage your stress more effectively 

  • Identify strategies to support focus and productivity 

  • Review systematic approaches to a variety of test question types    

Learning Online

As a student, navigating the online learning environment can be challenging. This online workshop is designed to improve your skill set so that you can become a more successful and independent learner.

  • Learn how to identify your learning style
  • Develop and maintain a routine
  • Engage in personal wellness and self-care
  • Discover how to navigate online learning platforms

Mapping Out Your Term 

Get your term started with success by learning how to be proactive and engage in long-range planning for the current term and beyond.

  • Learn how to navigate LEARN
  • Review your course syllabi and extract important information
  • Create a detailed master schedule and to-do list
  • Chart personal and academic goals

Reading and Notetaking

Effective reading and notetaking can play a key role in your academic success. Discover how to stay focused and adapt your reading and notetaking strategies to your learning environment.  

  • Develop skills for active learning and engagement 

  • Use strategies to read with focus and efficiency 

  • Learn how to implement effective notetaking strategies 


How to Capture Course Content with Technology

Capturing course content during lecture can be challenge. Learn about a variety of technologies that will assist you in capturing course content including:

  • Otter
  • OneNote
  • Sonocent Audio Notetaker 
  • Live Scribe Pen 

Writing with Technology

As a university student writing is a fundamental skill and often a significant requirement for the successful completion of your courses. In the online learning environment, you may find that you are writing with technology as opposed to pen and paper now more than ever. In this workshop, you will be introduced to a few programs and applications designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and enjoyment of your writing. Here is an overview of the categories of programs and applications that will be covered: 

  • Research Tools
  • Brainstorm/ Outline Tools
  • Writing and Editing Tools 
  • Speech to Text Tools 

Studying with Technology

Do you ever wonder if you are making the best use of your time spent studying? Are you making use of the technology available to optimize your studying? In this workshop, you will be introduced to a variety of programs and applications designed to support your studying process which include:

  • Reading Tools
  • Study Tools
  • Organization & Time Management Tools
  • Timer Applications
  • Distraction Support tools
  • Concept Mapping Tools
  • Health, Wellness and Stress Management Tools

Digitizing Math

In this workshop you will learn about a variety of tools that will help digitize your Math. We will be covering the following programs and applications and the features available: 

  • EquatIO 
  • Microsoft Math Solver 
  • PhotoMath 
  • Google Lense 
  • Live Scribe Pen 

Student Technology Lab (Currently unavailable)

The Technology Lab is located in 1441 Needles Hall and is open during AccessAbility Services hours.

Assistive software and hardware in the labs include:

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Kurzweil 3000 and 1000
  • Inspiration
  • ZoomText
  • JAWS
  • CCTV

Adaptive equipment loan program (Currently unavailable)

The following adaptive equipment is available for students to sign-out on a daily, weekly or term basis.  It is loaned on a first come, first serve basis.  For information about the equipment available for loan, contact your Accommodation Consultant.

  • Digital recorders
  • FM Listening Systems (both systems have over the ear headsets)
  • Visual Alert System
  • Light therapy lamps
  • Livescribe Pens
  • Software license for Kurzweil 3000
  • Limited licenses of Audio Notetaker
  • Use of laptop in class
  • Portable CCTV