The Academic Skills Development program provides learning opportunities throughout the academic year and changes as the term progresses. To get the help they need, when they need it, students can participate in orientations, workshops, and find online resources related to the topics below.

Jump Start Your Learning

Jump Start Your Learning by attending an "Ask Me Anything" session! Talk with a current student who has experienced the transition from high school to university, or get tips from a learning specialist to get started on your academic learning journey. Topics in these sessions will focus on, but are not limited to:

  • learning skills and strategies to successfully transition from high school to university
  • entering the scholarly/academic community and what you should expect as a member of the USask community
  • understanding your course syllabus to identify what is required of you, interpret grading criteria, and use your syllabus as a guide to plan and develop a routine of study.

Ask us anything about the skills and strategies that will help you transition to university! If we don't have the answer, we will connect you with someone who does.

Session 1: Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 1-2 pm

Peer Mentor Anteia O. will facilitate this session. Anteia is entering her fourth year of university, majoring in Political Studies and minoring in Indigenous Studies. In her role as a peer mentor, she leads Academic Skills workshops and meets with students to discuss learning strategies and study skills.

Session 2: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 10-11 am

Learning Specialist Jill McMillian will facilitate this session. Jill is a former secondary school teacher (in Canada, Costa Rica, and Singapore) and previously supported undergraduate student success at two Ontario universities before joining USask last year.

Session 3: Monday, August 31, 2020, 2-3 pm

Learning Specialist Joel Fonstad will be answering your questions in this session. Joel coordinates the Learning Communities programs for the Colleges of Agriculture & Bioresources, Engineering, and Kinesiology. He has also been a writing tutor, tutorial leader, and a first-year instructor. He was even a student like you once. This will be his 10th year helping new USask students adapt to learning in a university context and he looks forward to putting your minds at ease as you prepare for your first cycle of classes.

Smart Start for Success

September 
Learn these essential skills to set yourself up for a strong academic start. All levels of students are welcome to attend. We offer a wide variety of workshops.

For Undergraduate Students

  • Self/Personal Management
  • Research & Writing Basics
  • Study Techniques
  • Note-taking Skills
  • Reading Skills

For Graduate Students

  • Time Management
  • Research & Writing Basics
  • Professional Skills
  • Seminar & Reading Skills

Keeping on Track

The term keeps going and you can too! Keep on track by developing more skills to manage and complete your academic work ahead.

For Undergraduate Students

  • Self / Personal Management
  • Communicating Research
  • Reading Methods
  • Research & Writing
  • Study Techniques
  • Note-taking Skills
  • Exam Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Group Work Skills

For Graduate Students

  • Personal Management
  • Time Management
  • Presentation Skills
  • Research & Writing

Gearing Up to Finish Up

Take advantage of the academic support we offer to complete your assignments/projects, and finish the term with flare!

For Undergraduate Students

  • Study Techniques
  • Exam Skills
  • Research & Writing

For Graduate Students

  • Personal Management
  • Time Management
  • Presentation Skills
  • Research & Writing
  • Professional Skills
  • Seminar & Reading Skills

For Instructors and Staff

Student service units and course instructors may request orientation and/or instruction sessions on topics that fall within the Academic Skills Development program. Please contact Amy St-Jacques, our Library Orientation and Academic Transition Assistant.