Online account login update:

A friendly reminder to please update your saved login credentials now that you’ve completed your student email migration. You will no longer be able to access our system to request and manage your accommodations using your former “username@edu.uwaterloo.ca” account. Please update your login information to reflect your new “username@uwaterloo.ca” account. If you’re still unable to log-in even after updating your login username, please email us at: access@uwaterloo.ca. Thank you.

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. Once you have self-registered for our LEARN Course, select the Training Content tab to get started!

How to register for our LEARN course

 
 

Student Support Drop-in Centre 

All students registered with AccessAbility Services are welcome to connect with our Drop-In Centre staff through the discussion 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.

Alternatively, you can request a virtual drop-in appointment that will be faciliated through our virtual classroom on LEARN. Virtual drop-in appointments are available Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please e-mail the Front Desk at: access@uwaterloo.ca, to schedule an appointment. You will be sent a link with more information on how to join the meeting. 

Virtual appointments 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

Hours: Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshops

Online workshops will be run through the virtual classroom in the AccessAbility Services LEARN Course. You will receive an invite to the workshop 30 minutes before it begins. Please ensure you are registered for our LEARN course prior to the workshop.

For assistance registering, you can watch this video.

Upcoming workshops:

Online Learning

  • Monday, May 11, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 22, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Getting the Most Out of Your Syllabus and Mapping out Your Term

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Time Management

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 29, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop descriptions and additional resources

Learning Online

As a student, navigating the online learning environment can be challenging. This webinar 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

Getting the Most out of Your Syllabus and 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

 Additional resources:

 

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

 Additional resources:

Notetaking using technology: Sonocent and OneNote

Learn to take good and effective notes in your classes and labs, using Sonocent Audio Note Taker and Microsoft OneNote. These assistive technologies allow you to audio record your lectures, organize content and create summaries of lecture content. Please bring your laptop/tablet, as this will be an interactive workshop.  

 

Notetaking & How to Use Them Effectively

When the average person speaks approximately 125 words per minute, how am I to keep up in a lecture when I only write about 30 words per minute or keyboard 60-70 wpm?

Notetaking is a skill that you can definitely master! Please join us for this workshop and learn how to actively listen, capture the essence of the lecture content and be introduced to three different methods for effective notetaking. We will touch on free trial technology that can support you in your lectures. Tips on how to identify common vocabulary Professors use, time saving common abbreviations, as well as what you should always do with your notes within 24 hours after the lecture, to slow down the forgetting process, will be discussed! 

Text-to-speech: Kurzweil and EquatIO

Read faster and comprehend more with text-to-speech technologies, Kurzweil and EquatIO. Kurzweil is a speech-to-text technology that you can use to complete your readings and turn your readings into digital audio books. EquatIO uses text-to-speech and speech-to-text technology to help you communicate mathematic equations and create on-screen formulas. Please bring your laptop/tablet, as this will be an interactive workshop.  

 

Study Skills I: Setting the Stage for Optimal Learning

We often think of studying as the act of sitting down to review and recall information, for performance-based evaluations.  While this is true, there are many lifestyle factors that contribute to focus, concentration, memory recall, and retention.  These lifestyle choices and habits create a solid foundation and set the stage for optimal learning.  Please join us for this workshop to learn the ‘what, how, why’ healthy lifestyle choices support your brain and turn it into an efficient learning machine! 

 

Study Skills II: Evidence-Based Practices that Work

Everyone has some study strategies up their sleeve…but how do you know if they are truly effective? What evidence do you have? What is your dominant learning preference and what strategies can you employ to compliment that? Let’s move from cram…to plan, from harder to smarter! Please join us for this workshop, to discover the science behind high yield strategies and why some methods are proven to be more effective than others are. 

 

Test Writing Strategies

Do you have a strategic plan or routine when you receive and open your tests, midterms, finals? If you would like to learn more about developing a strategic plan, gain systematic approaches to test writing and learn strategies to tackle multiple choice, true-false, short answer and essay questions please join us for this workshop.  

UW Assignment Planner

Get ahead of your major assignments this term by attending the UW Assignment Planner Workshop with AccessAbility Services. The Assignment Planner breaks down research and writing projects, (ex. annotated bibliography, lab report, research essay, STEM poster presentation, policy brief, literature review, critical reflection and article review) into manageable steps based on your due dates! 

 

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