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Book a 1:1 Consultation with a Learning Strategist.  Learning Strategists work with you to create personalized study strategies for reading, learning from lectures, mananaging time, preparing for exams -- and more!  See the Learning Aids below for topics you can discuss with a Learning Strategist. Book a face to face appointment, or connect online.

Learning Aids

A learning aid is something intended to enhance learning and retention by the learner. They may include, but are not limited to: written materials, visualizations, charts, diagrams, processes, strategies, or any other appropriate item.

The following materials will assist you in your acquisition of processes and strategies that aid in deep learning, retention, and transfer of content materials from courses and programs into your future endeavours.



Read the Syllabus / Course Presentation - Decipher the syllabus / course presentation. Finding University Services - How to locate essential university serves at KPU.
Support from the Learning Centres - All the various supports that you can access at the Learning Centres.  


Reading Effectively (SQ3R Method) - Get the best information from your textbooks                                                            Reading Academic Journals - Read journal articles strategically to find the information you need
Three Column Note Taking - Use this method to improve your understanding of course materials and put ideas into your own words.  

Managing Time

Budgeting Time and Attention - Spend your time wisely. Semester Scheduling - Look at the big picture of your semester.
Weekly Schedule - Schedule your week for efficiency. Scheduling your Day with a To Do List - Make and prioritize lists.
Schedule with your Smartphone - Put your schedule in your smartphone. Set SMART Goals - Make motivating goals.

Study Skills

Study Smart - Many ways to massage your study habits. Active Learning - Take charge of your learning to make efficient use of your classes.
Study Strategy Check - How are you doing right now? NoteTaking and Study System (Cornell) - Take and utilize the best notes possible.
Why Take Notes? - Find out how taking good notes supports your learning Four Key Questions for Learning Success - Plan, monitor, and evaluate your study strategies to meet course objectives.
Analyze Assignments - Discover strategies and steps to achieve.assignment success Get It Done - Tackle your assignment and projects systematically
No Procrastination - Think, Say, and Do to beat procrastination. Three Phases of Learning - Take control of your learning to become more efficient and effective.
Math Success - How to study math successfully. Learning with Your Multiple Intelligences - Eight ways to be and get smart.
Get Connected to Essential Skills - Succeed in your University studies and your chosen profession. Individual Learning Plan - Help yourself plan to learn.
Effective Learning - Improve your learning and your grades.

Learning and Study Skills Inventory - Discover how you study and how you can study more efficiently.

Use Your Accounting Textbook - Create a weekly plan for studying Accounting using your course materials.  

Thinking and Memory

How Learning Works - Want to improve your learning? Here are the basic principles. Learning Approaches - Use both Surface and Deep approaches to take control of your learning.
Thinking Critically - What is it? How is it done? Ways to do more! Case Studies - Analyze Case Studies like a pro.
Mastering Your Memory - Boost your memory and recall.  
Flash Cards - Drill your memory to learn new terms, concepts, and language. Using Spaced Repetition - Practise efficient learning techniques using your smartphone.


Bloom's Levels and Questioning - Use your cognitive levels of learning. Critical Thinking through Socratic Questioning - Socratic questions to aid learning.
Four Levels of Questioning for Learning - Use questioning for learning.  

Communication and Working in Teams

Active Listening - Ways to get the most from lectures and conversations. Cross-Cultural Communication - Communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations.
Getting the Best out of Group Projects - Be the best team possible. Conflict Management - Manage potential and real conflict in group situations.
Presentation Plan - Plan your next presentation for maximum impact. Connecting with Your Instructor - Communicate effectively with instructors in person and online.
Develop Your English Vocabulary - Create a plan for learning and remembering important words. Tuckman's Team Development Model- Action steps to move through Tuckman's four stages of team development.
Use Mahara - Set up a portfolio to document your learning using Mahara.  

Writing Basics

Essay Writing: Preparing an Outline - What every essay needs. Sample Essay Template - A structure to help you start writing a complex essay.
Writing Strong Thesis Statements - Consider the elements of a strong thesis statement. Academic Paraphrasing & Summarizing - Paraphrasing/Summarizing for essays.
Literature Reviews - Include all the elements of a good literature review. Academic Critiquing - Take a scholarly approach to article and paper analysis.
Self-Editing your Grammar - Execute a plan to improve your grammar. Self-Editing in Five Steps - Learn the basic skills of self-editing.
APA Citation Aid - Infographic that makes the major citation decisions easy. Terms in Essays (and Examinations) - Define what the Instructor asks for in essays.
Write the Abstract - Create a concise abstract for your academic paper. Restructuring Sentences - Use the paramedic method to restructure and improve sentences.
Writing Lab Reports - Apply the key elements of Lab Reports to your writing. Write Effectively in Biology - Analyze and respond to questions in biology.

Using Error Logs - Error Logs will help you to correct your common errors.

PDF icon Use Dictionaries - There are many types of dictionaries, find out which ones you need and how you can use them.

Subject-Verb Agreement - Find and fix subject-verb agreement errors. Write an Outline:  Hourglass Structure - Use a visual model to shape the structure of your essay.
Virtual Writing Centre - This site is developed by the Kwantlen Polytechnic University English Department. The pages here offer numerous guides to help you with nagging grammar and style issues, self-directed exercises to practice, detailed information for writing about literature, various guides to citation formats, and helpful links to find more information on any of these topics. Reflective Writing - Develop a reflective writing practice that supports you in preparing journals, ePortfolios, and reflective essays.  
KPU Library Citation and Plagiarism Guides - This page provides detailed guides to common citation formats, including APA, MLA, and Chicago style. English as a Second Language - This page provides links to a variety of topics including vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading, grammar, and writing.

Even more writing help is available at the Essential Skills area here.


Learning Flow - Get In the Zone for Learning. Independent Learning - Move from being a dependent to an independent learner.
Personal Journalling - Reasons and ideas for personal journals. Concept Mapping - Map out ideas to understand relationships.
Mind Mapping - Identify what you know and don't know about your topic. Evaluate Your Learning - Use feedback to plan the next steps in your learning.

Tests and Exams

General Test-Taking Strategies - Write the best exam possible. Multiple Choice Testing - Tips for answering Multiple Choice questions
Study to Answer Exam Questions - Plan a process to complete exams effectively and efficiently. Answer All of your Exams - Plan a process to complete exams effectively and efficiently.

Contact a Learning Strategist in any of the KPU Learning Centres for personal support and more ways to promote your academic success.

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