The frosty weather outside makes this the perfect season to curl up indoors, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, and dive into all the learning this month has in store for you! Stay on top of all your readings, assignments and tests  with the help of Learning Skills Services!

Learning Skills Services are here to help you achieve your academic goals, so always remember to  include LSS as an ongoing component of your academic success strategy. Need help preparing for midterms? Managing your time? Figuring how how you can learn best? We're here for you, at LSS!

We're Hiring!

Learning Skills Services is currently hiring for work/study positions for Summer 2018 and Fall/Winter 2018-2019 - apply here!

The application deadline is Monday March 12 at 9 a.m.


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 at the beginning of term, so be sure to arrive early for a good seat! Download your own copy of this month's Workshop Calendar here:  February 2018.

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

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.

Beginning January 10, our Peer Academic Coaching hours for the Winter Term are:

  • Mondays, 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 am

Please note that all 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


Do you have a quick learning skills issue or study-related question to discuss with a Learning Skills Peer?  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.

Beginning the week of January 8, our Winter Term Drop-In hours are:

  • Tuesdays from 11:00-3:00
  • Wednesdays from 12:00 - 2:00
  • Thursdays from 12:00 - 2:00

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, and visit Drop-In or Peer Academic Coaching.  Information about how to book 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 visit Drop-In, 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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