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 Learning Resources 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 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

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.

Upcoming workshops:

Time Management

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 16, 2020 -  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Study Skills

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Test Writing Strategies

  • Monday, October 5, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 7, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Online

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

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

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Reading and Notetaking

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 -  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

How to Capture Course Content with Technology

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Writing with Technology

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Studying with Technology

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Digitizing Math

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:00 - 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
  • Discover how to navigate online learning platforms
  • Develop and maintain a routine
  • Engage in personal wellness and self-care
 

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

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

Learn about a variety of technologies that will assist you in capturing course content.

Writing with Technology

Learn about a variety of technologies that will assist you with your writing assignments 

 

Studying with Technology

Learn about a variety of technologies that will assist you with your studying.

Digitizing Math

Learn about a variety of technologies that will help digitize your Math.

 

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