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Agriculture & Bioresources LCs
Harvest Your Academic Potential!
If high school is the back quarter section, a place where you learned the fundamentals of how knowledge is gained, then your first term of university is a 1600-acre farm. You’re going to need different resources and tools to grow a successful crop.
In your AgBio Learning Community weekly sessions (LC Hours), you will work with other first-year students and successful upper-year students (Peer Mentors) to prepare the soil of your mind and manage the crop of knowledge planted in your classes to ensure a high yield. By spending an hour a week developing your approach to learning and applying what you learn from each LC Hour to studying your course material, you’ll grow a bumper crop.
Design a Successful First Term!
In your Engineering Learning Community weekly sessions (LC Hours), you will work with other first-year and two successful upper-year students (Peer Mentors) to learn how to apply the Engineering design process to your studies. You’ll develop a solution to the problem of how to be successful in your first term, by thinking like an Engineer. Over the course of the term, you’ll develop skills and learn processes you can take forward with you in your degree and later, your career.
Train Your Brain!
You’ve reached the next level in your academic pursuits and, just like in athletics, you’ll need to work to develop the skills and mindsets you need to be successful.
In your Kinesiology Learning Community, you will work with other first-year students and successful upper-year students (Peer Mentors) to learn how you can strengthen your brain’s capacity to learn, improving your performance in classroom, studying, and testing environments.
Arts & Science
Frequently Asked Questions
A Learning Community (aka LC) is a small group of first-year students who meet for one-hour a week with two successful upper year student Peer Mentors. Learning Communities help you to transition to university by meeting new people, getting to know campus resources, and helping you to develop your skills as a student in the university environment. Being in an LC gives you the special opportunity to meet upper year students, alumni, and advisors through a variety of informative, fun, interactive, and helpful LC Hours. You'll also have a chance to build skills, engage with ideas, and learn more about yourself through the various activities your LC will do.First-Year Learning Communities are course based, meaning students in the LC take a set of common courses with the other students in the LC. These Learning Communities are comprised of first-year students, professors who teach the courses, peer mentors who guide the LC, alumni, your college, and Student Learning Services at the University Library who support you and your fellow students.
Your Learning Community Hour will be facilitated by 2 Peer Mentors (successful senior students) who offer their knowledge, experiences, and guidance to help you develop skills to optimize your potential for success. You will be making connections between people and ideas, while challenging yourself to be a better student and strive for your program and career goals.
Some of the meetings will include the following:
- Study strategies and tactics for better learning
- Exam preparation
- Academic advising
- Alumni panels - an opportunity to hear about the experiences of graduates from your college and gain from their wisdom
In the College of Engineering and the College of Kinesiology, all LCs have the same course combination, so you will be choosing based on which schedule is more appealing to you. In the College of Agriculture & Bioresources, we suggest you pick your LC based on your interests and/or discipline (ex. AB02 is specifically for Animal Bioscience Majors and AB03 is specifically for transfer students).
No matter which LC you choose, joining an LC is the best choice you can make!
If you want help finding the right LC for you, email a First-Year Academic Advisor in your college:
- College of Agriculture & Bioresources - email: email@example.com tel: 306.966.1784
- College of Kinesiology - email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 306.966.1101
- College of Engineering - email: email@example.com tel: 306.966.5274
If you aren't entering one of these colleges, please visit the U of S Academic Advising website for more information on Academic Advising in your College.
The benefits of joining a Learning Community are countless. The obvious initial benefit is the help with selecting and registering for your first term classes.
Consistently attending your Learning Community will help you to:
- Connect with students, alumni and professors who share common interests and/or goals – your academic social network!
- Benefit from mentorship and support by successful, senior students (i.e., Peer Mentors) and recent graduates from the U of S
- adapt to university expectations and campus life
- Develop the skills to succeed in your new academic environment
All Learning Communities that take place in the Fall have their last LC Hour during the final week of classes in Term 1*. Some Learning Community participants become quite good friends in the first semester and choose to stay connected during the second semester informally.
*There are Term 2 Learning Communities in the College of Arts and Science and the College of Education, to learn more about those LCs, please head to the websites for those colleges.
Students who are starting their first year of university at the U of S in the Colleges of Agriculture & Bioresources, Kinesiology and Engineering* are eligible to sign up for a Learning Community.
Sign up early – space is limited, and spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.
*Learning Communities also exist in the College of Arts & Science and the College of Education, to learn more about those LCs, please head to the websites for those colleges.
You must have a U of S network services ID (NSID) handy to register. If you don't have your NSID, please see your admission letter. If you need help accessing your NSID or password, please contact Student Central at 306.966.1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've got your NSID ready, use our step-by-step sign-up guide to compete your sign-up.
The first step here will be to contact Admissions (306-966-5788) with your NSID in-hand (e.g. abc123). Let them know that you are a first-year student wanting to sign-up for a Learning Community, but that the system is giving you an error. If your status is good, please call the LC Team at 306-966-8057.
Pro tip: Always use your U of S email (e.g. email@example.com), available via PAWS, to communicate with people on campus. We will be able to help you more efficiently if you do so.
You can drop LC courses through PAWS just like any other course after the first year registration window in June (students should be aware of drop deadlines throughout the term). If you do not take all the courses attached to an LC, you will not get the full benefit. Students who drop the LC hour before the start of the term are asked to withdraw from all their LC classes. Please contact us immediately if you accidently drop your LC Hour (XTLC 00X) to be registered again and avoid being removed from the associated course.
Finalizing room scheduling happens later than LC signup and is subject to change. Therefore, room numbers will not be posted on your LC schedule. You will be able to check your detailed student schedule (with room numbers) after the first year registration window opens in June through PAWS. To do this, log into PAWS and select “Academics” (on the left of the screen), then “My Courses”. From here you can select either “Class schedule” or “Class locations” to view the room numbers of your courses. Your courses are scheduled in a variety of buildings, all of which are located in a relatively small area. Getting from class to class (or lab) on time is very rarely a problem for those without mobility challenges.
Pro tip: double-check the room numbers for each of your classes the day before they start. It is very uncommon, but sometimes they do change at the last minute.
Starter Pack for Success
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We recommend that you consider your Learning Community options, then email a First-Year Academic Advisor in your College with specific questions about which LC best fits your academic goals and interests and to schedule your advising session.
Email a First-Year Academic Advisor:
- College of Agriculture & Bioresources First-Year Advisor - email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 306.966.6646
- College of Arts & Science First-Year Advising - email: email@example.com tel: 306.966.7802
- College of Arts & Science Academic Advisor for Aboriginal Student Achievement Program - email: ASAO@arts.usask.ca tel: 306.966.4754
- College of Education Programs Office - email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 306.966.7654
- College of Engineering Advising - email: email@example.com tel: 306.966.5274
- College of Kinesiology Academic Advisor - email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 306.966.1101