The SMART program is a collection of interactive micro-courses to help you master learning skills for university.

You'll explore real-world examples and work through activities to practice your new skills. Knowledge checks throughout will keep you on track and deepen your understanding. Each micro-course has downloadable fillable templates that you can use throughout your degree.

Each course takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Try one or take them all! They're self-paced and you can stop and start as needed.

Getting Started

  1. Log into Waterloo LEARN
  2. Choose "Self Registration" from the top menu
  3. Scroll down the list of courses to find:
    Course code SSO_Academic_Support
    Course name
    SMART program (Student Success Office)
  4. Register and begin the micro-courses whenever you're ready.

Time management

Take control of your schedule. This micro-course will help you say goodbye to cramming at the last minute for assignments or exams.

Learn how to replace your old habits with new strategies to give you back your time. You'll master the art of creating a balanced schedule with time for everything you need to succeed.


We all make notes during lectures. But are yours helping you study? With a few simple strategies, you can improve your active listening and note-taking skills.

In this micro-course, you'll be introduced to seven styles of note-taking to help you find the best fit for you. Templates are provided to help you with your next class.


It can be challenging to stand up for yourself, ask questions and seek help. But, with the right tools and practice, it's possible.

Hear from current students just like you who are working on these skills. Leave this module feeling confident identifying and communicating your needs in university and beyond.