Is/ was first semester a little rough? CSAS is here to help!
Ashley Sokalski is a fourth-year Bachelor of Cognitive Science with a specialization in Neuroscience student
The first semester of university can be hard. Frosh week starts and everyone is super excited and then all of a sudden you’ve caught the fall cold and you have four or five assignments due next week. Fast-forward a few weeks and its December, the semester is almost over and maybe you didn’t do as well as you had hoped you would have. If you relate at all to that last sentence, have no fear, CSAS: the Centre for Student Academic Support is here! Come visit us in January (or anytime for that matter) and you can meet with a student facilitator who will work with you to help you achieve your goals and have a great second semester.
The centre is located on the fourth floor of the library right next to the tables that are designated for PASS. It’s a little noisy up here right now but once all the construction finishes up, we’ll have a beautiful view of the Canal!
The centre recently amalgamated with a few other services on campus so within the centre you will now find: PASS facilitators and workshops, Bounce Back facilitators, skill development workshops as well as English conversation groups.
Here’s a little spotlight on what these services can help you with:
- PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions) supported classes have a facilitator who has previously taken and done well in the course. They attend lectures, take notes and put on weekly workshops highlighting the important concepts discussed in the course. Come midterm and finals season they also provide mock exams to help you ace yours! If you’re finding it tough to keep up with the material in a course or you want a little extra practice/ more study time, go on out and attend a PASS workshop!
- Bounce Back provides one-on-one academic support to students who are having trouble maintaining a GPA and want more individualized support. This program starts in January and runs for nine weeks. Students meet with a facilitator, who helps them with academic goal setting and provides resources.
- Skill Development Workshops take topics that the general student population struggles with and provide tips and resources about how to tackle those challenges. Some of their most popular topics include 1. How to avoid procrastination 2. Academic integrity and 3. How to properly cite work 4. How to cope with exam stress.
- English Conversation Groups are geared towards ESL speakers who want to learn and practice speaking confidently in English, in a group setting. These groups are geared towards beginners and intermediates.
Just remember whatever your challenge, CSAS can help, come visit us and let us show you how!