Academic Support ~ Summer Semester

During the summer, we continue to offer services to help you achieve academic success.  Remember that at Learning Skills Services, we are here year-round to help you meet your academic goals, so always  include LSS as a key component of your academic success strategy! From workshops, to helpful info and resources, to individualized help with organization and study skills,  LSS is here for you!


What are Learning Skills Services?

Learning Skills Services (LSS) are about "learning how to learn" and improving student effectiveness and efficiency at 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 Prep. For times and locations of upcoming LSS Workshops, see Upcoming Workshops in the right-hand column and check out our monthly workshop offerings, by clicking on View Calendar under the upcoming workshops. You can also print your own copy of our monthly Workshop Calendar here: JUNE 2017, JULY 2017Advance registration is not necessary but LSS workshops are popular and fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early for a good seat!

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.

NEW this summer: Peer Academic Coaching

Are you looking for individual support to help you achieve your academic and personal goals? If so, Peer Academic Coaching might be just what you need! Meet with our Senior Learning Skills Peer for a 30-minute session to discuss learning skills-related strategies that will help you succeed in university. From how to develop and stick to a realistic time management plan to how to effectively prepare for specific presentations, academic papers, and exams, Learning Skills Services can help you become a more prepared, confident, and well-rounded student.

Peer Academic Coaching sessions will be available by appointment only. For step by step instructions for how to make an appointment, visit  How to Book An Individual Learning Skills Session. For the Summer 2017 term, our Peer Academic Coaching times will be on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Drop-In (returning in Fall 2017)

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. Our Fall Term Drop-In times will be posted soon, when 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. We now have a new booking system. Information about how to book an individual appointment can be found here:  How to Book An Individual Learning Skills Session.

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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