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Book an individual Consultation with a Learning Strategist. Learning Strategists work with you to create personalized study strategies for reading, learning from lectures, managing 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.



Decipher the syllabus / Reading course presentations. PDF icon Finding University Services - How to locate essential university serves at KPU.
PDF icon Course Support  - All the various supports that you can access at the Learning Centres.

Understanding your GPA - GPA - What does it mean and how can I keep it high?


PDF icon Reading Effectively (SQ3R Method) - Get the best information from your textbooks                                                            PDF icon Reading Academic Journals - Read journal articles strategically to find the information you need
PDF icon Three Column Note Taking - Use this method to improve your understanding of course materials and put ideas into your own words. Get Started with Digital Texts - Develop a strategy for reading and taking notes from digital texts

Managing Time


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

Study Skills

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

PDF icon Learning and Study Skills Inventory - Book a session with a Learning Strategist and discover how you study and how you can study more efficiently.

PDF icon Use Your Accounting Textbook - Create a weekly plan for studying Accounting using your course materials. Learning Skills Development Plan- Create a plan to develop a specific learning or professional skill.

Thinking & Memory

PDF icon How Learning Works - Want to improve your learning? Here are the basic principles. PDF icon Learning Approaches - Use both Surface and Deep approaches to take control of your learning.
 - What is it? How is it done? Ways to do more!
PDF icon Case Studies - Analyze Case Studies like a pro.
PDF icon Mastering Your Memory - Boost your memory and recall. Ambiguity Tolerance - Practice skills to help you thrive in ambiguous situations.
PDF icon Flash Cards - Drill your memory to learn new terms, concepts, and language. PDF icon Using Spaced Repetitions - Practise efficient learning techniques using your smartphone.


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

Communication and Working in Teams

PDF icon Active Listening - Ways to get the most from lectures and conversations. PDF icon Cross Cultural Communication - Communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations.

PDF icon Getting the Best out of Group Projects - Be the best team possible.

PDF icon Conflict Management - Manage potential and real conflict in group situations.
PDF icon Presentation Plan - Plan your next presentation for maximum impact. PDF icon Connecting with Your Instructors - Communicate effectively with instructors in person and online.
Speaking with Confidence - Develop your speaking voice for positive and effective presentations. PDF icon Tuckman's Team Development Model- Action steps to move through Tuckman's four stages of team development.
PDF icon Use Mahara - Set up a portfolio to document your learning using Mahara. PDF icon Develop Your English Vocabulary - Create a plan for learning and remembering important words.

Writing Basics

 Essay Writing: Preparing an Outline - What every essay needs. Essay Outline Template - A structure to help you start writing a complex essay.
PDF icon Writing a Strong Thesis Statement - Consider the elements of a strong thesis statement. Thesis Statement Design - Template for creating a basic thesis statement.
Academic Paraphrasing and Summarizing - Paraphrasing/Summarizing for essays. PDF icon Reflective Writing - Develop a reflective writing practice that supports you in preparing journals, ePortfolios, and reflective essays.
PDF icon Literature Reviews - Include all the elements of a good literature review. PDF icon Academic Critiquing - Take a scholarly approach to article and paper analysis.
Self-Edit Your Grammar: Execute a Plan to Improve Your Grammar.

PDF icon Self-Editing in Five steps - Learn the basic skills of self-editing.

PDF icon Self and Peer Editing Checklist: Use the self edit columns to edit your paper. PDF icon Terms in Essays ( and Examinations) - Define what the Instructor asks for in essays.
PDF icon Write the Abstract - Create a concise abstract for your academic paper. PDF icon Restructuring Sentences - Use the paramedic method to restructure and improve sentences.
PDF icon Writing Lab Reports - Apply the key elements of Lab Reports to your writing. PDF icon Write Effectively in Biology - Analyze and respond to questions in biology.

PDF icon 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.

Write an Executive Summary - Create and format the executive summary of your report PDF icon APA Citation Aid - Infographic that makes the major citation decisions easy.
PDF icon Subject-Verb Agreement - Find and fix subject-verb agreement errors. PDF icon Writing an Outline: Hourglass Structure - Use a visual model to shape the structure of your essay.
PDF icon Develop Strong Body Paragraphs - Use the PIE Method to structure an effective paragraph. Sample MLA Paper -Use this template to determine the correct format for a paper that requires MLA.
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.    
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.


PDF icon Learning Flow - Get In the Zone for Learning. PDF icon Independent Learning - Move from being a dependent to an independent learner.
Personal Journalling - Reasons and ideas for personal journals. PDF icon Concept Mapping - Map out ideas to understand relationships.
Mind Mapping - Identify what you know and don't know about your topic. PDF icon Evaluate Your Learning - Use feedback to plan the next steps in your learning.
PDF icon Create Your Portfolio in PebblePad  - Step by step guide to create a Portfolio Using Your Stengths - Identifying and working to use your strengths for better learning.

Tests and Exams

General Test-Taking Strategies - Write the best exam possible. PDF icon Multiple Choice Testing - Tips for answering Multiple Choice questions
PDF icon Study to Answer Exam Questions - Plan a process to complete exams effectively and efficiently. PDF icon Plan to Answer Your Exam Questions - Plan a process to complete exams effectively and efficiently.
Study for Problem-Based Exams with Interleaving - Organize problem-solving study for better results Prepare for Open Book Exams - Know what to expect and how to prepare for open book tests

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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