Good luck on your exams!

December has arrived and the end of term is in sight - you can do it!  Don't forget you're not alone:  Learning Skills Services are here to help you achieve your academic goals.  Although our Fall Workshops end on November 30, check out our "Resources for Success" tab, above, for useful Time Management  worksheets and other resources and tips, to help you plan your studying and stay on top of things. And next term, be sure to include LSS as an ongoing component of your academic success strategy. In the meantime,  all of us at the Learning Skills Team would like to wish you good luck on your exams and final assignments. Have a safe and happy holiday break!


What are Learning Skills Services?

Learning Skills Services (LSS) are about "learning how to learn" and improving student effectiveness and efficiency at learning, studying and completing tests and assignments. Looking for ways to better achieve your academic goals? Wondering how to keep up with course readings and assignments? Hoping to find strategies to manage your time more effectively, stay on top of your studies, prevent problems later on in the term, and get the most out of your university experience? Learning Skills Services can help!

Open to all current York University students, LSS can help you take charge of your own learning, build your academic skill set and confidence, and foster a deeper sense of engagement with your studies. No matter what your program of study or level of academic success, from first year right through graduate studies, LSS is for you! Learning Skills Services include Workshops, Drop-In, and One-to-One sessions.

What Services Are Offered at LSS?


During the Fall and Winter terms, LSS  offers a full range of Learning Skills Workshop topics designed to promote academic success, from Time Management and Reading & Note-Taking, all the way to Exam PrepAdvance registration is not necessary but LSS workshops are popular and fill up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis, especially in September, so be sure to arrive early for a good seat! Download your own copy of our January Workshop Calendar, once it becomes available.

If you attend 8 or more different Learning Skills Workshops at any point during your time at York, you can also earn your Passport to Success certificate - a valuable addition to your portfolio and Co-Curricular Record at York.

Peer Academic Coaching - Will Resume in January

Are you looking for individual support to help you achieve your academic goals? If so, Peer Academic Coaching might be just what you need! Meet with one of our awesome Learning Skills Peers for a 30-minute session to discuss learning skills-related strategies designed to support your academic success. From how to develop and stick to a realistic time management plan to how to tackle your readings, upcoming papers and exams, Learning Skills Services can help you become a more prepared, confident, and well-rounded student.

Our Peer Academic Coaching program begins on September 20, and will continue every Wednesday afternoon throughout the Fall Term, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m, until November 29. Please note that  Peer Academic Coaching sessions are available by appointment only. For step by step instructions on how to make an appointment, visit How to Book An Individual Learning Skills Appointment

Drop-In - Thursdays, 12-2 - Will Resume in January

Do you have a quick learning skills issue or study-related question to discuss with a Learning Skills Specialist?  As a Learning Commons partner, LSS offers Drop-In services at the Learning Skills Pod, Scott Library, for short (10-15 minutes or less) first-come, first-served consultations.  Fall Term Drop-In will take place this semester on Thursdays from 12 - 2, until November 30. Winter Term Drop-In times will be posted once they become available.

One-to-One Sessions

In addition to the LSS workshops, York students (undergraduate and graduate) may also sign up for a limited number of individual sessions with a Learning Skills Specialist, to develop and implement personalized strategies for better achieving academic goals. Before booking an individual session, students must attend at least one workshop, or visit Drop-In or Peer Academic Coaching.  Informaion about how to botok an individual appointment can be found here: How To Book An Individual Learning Skills Appointment

Please be aware that sessions with a Learning Skills Specialist are limited, so if our booking system does not show any white spaces to book, that means our schedules are full for the week. You will need to check again the following Monday morning for that week's availability. In the meantime, feel free to sign up for an Academic Peer Coaching spot, if available, come to one of our Workshops, and/or check out our online information and resources, under Academic Success Resources, above.

Other Services

At LSS, we welcome opportunities to consult with Faculty, Course Instructors or T.A.'s, staff or student groups about Learning Skills. On a limited first-come, first-served basis, we can send a Learning Skills Specialist to individual classes or other campus events to provide sessions on academic skills. For more information, contact us at 416-736-5144.

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