Strong Starts

Start out with success! This one day transition program for Health Foundation students is geared to give you the skills and information you need to move into university studies. After attending this event, you will be prepared to read textbooks effectively, write the first papers in your program, use efficient study strategies, and access the supports you will need to reach your goals.​

Strong Starts: Transitioning to the Health Foundations Program at KPU
KPU Langley
South Building
August 25, 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

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9:00 – 9:30 am

Welcome from Faculty and the Learning Centres

Greeting, TLC Services, Preview of the day (TLC Faculty and Staff)

Welcome to Strong Starts!  Meet TLC faculty and staff, learn what TLC can do to help you, and preview of the workshops taking place today.

9:30 – 10:15 am

Learning in University - What to Expect in Your First Semester

The first semester of a new university program presents many opportunities for academic and personal growth. To get started on the right foot, it helps to know what will be expected in your courses.  In this interactive workshop, you will explore a university Course Presentation, and identify ways you can be proactive in developing the skills that lead to success

10:15 -11:10 am

Getting the Most from Your Textbook

Feeling overwhelmed by your new textbooks? This workshop will introduce you to strategies for reading textbooks strategically – so that you remember more of what you read.  Learn to read with a purpose, and take notes you can use to prepare for tests and exams.

11:20 am - 12:15 pm

Writing Skills for Health Sciences

Success in Health Sciences requires you to take your writing skills to the next level.  In this workshop, you will explore the requirements for writing assignments in your foundation courses, and outline a step-by-step process for working on a writing project.  You will also connect with the services that can support you as a writer.  

12:15 -1:00 pm


1:00 -1:30 pm

Procrastination – It’s Complicated

Quit putting it off. A few adjustments to how you approach your studies can make a big difference. Learn strategies to avoid procrastination by making a realistic plan and sticking to it. Get your projects done before the clock runs out.

1:40 – 2:10 pm

Active Learning for Exam Success

In a few weeks, you will write your first exams as a Health Sciences student.  Exam success begins now.  By regularly incorporating a variety of learning strategies into your weekly study routine, you will retain the material that you learn week-by-week, and avoid the stress of cramming.

2:20 – 3:00 pm

Motivation and Moving Forward: Small Steps, Big Impact

As we begin to close out our day, we will explore ways to connect what you have learned with your future studies and personal growth. Keep motivated and make a realistic plan to meet your academic goals.