When students understand the nature of university and how to function effectively as a student, they can more successfully meet challenges and balance the demands.
Because we know that learning happens always and everywhere, it is important for Student Life to support and enrich the academic development of our students—especially when it comes to creating transformative student experiences at Brescia.
Academic development is effectively
mastering independent and self-directed learning
It is the process of learning how to learn and learning what it means to be a successful Brescia student.
Skills such as:
- Effective time management
- Oral and written communication
- Active listening
- Problem solving and critical thinking
- Relationship development
- Stress management
- Adaptability and resilience
- Independence and interdependence
- Service to others
…contribute to building a balanced and organized approach to ‘being a good university student’.
As a student, you experience a lot of changes. One big change is the way you are expected to learn. You are expected to do your work differently, study differently, manage your time differently, and you are assessed differently.
It can’t be assumed that you already know how to successfully meet all of these expectations at the beginning of your university career. In fact, students spend their years in higher education continuously learning how to develop the skills that come with academic success.
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good; it’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell
A skill is a learned activity and like any other skill, can be developed and continually improved upon with practice. This applies directly to the skills associated with academic development. It takes learning practical techniques, re-evaluating ineffective strategies, and mentally exercising your brain.
Support is all around you at Brescia. We want to see you be a productive, successful student, who will:
- Take responsibility for your own learning
- It is up to you to decide how and when you will study and how much you will learn.
- Think independently
- Go beyond lecture notes and textbooks, make links between theory and practice, apply your knowledge and skills to new situations, evaluate arguments and evidence, and form independent judgments.
- Recognize that knowledge is constantly evolving
- Knowledge is not fixed or certain, but is constructed by individuals, and theories and opinions may differ/contrast.
- Develop higher-order thinking abilities
- You need to think critically, have the capacity to challenge assumptions, work with abstract concepts, and share knowledge.
Brescia Learning Skills Resources
- Writing Centre – Provides workshops and individual consultations to help Brescia students learn and practice techniques and strategies as scholarly writers.
Other Learning Skills Resources
- Western’s Learning Skills Services – Provides information and support through skill-building handouts, in-person workshops, 1-1 support (drop-in or appointment) to help all students achieve academic success.
- University of Guelph Learning Services – Assists students with enhancing their skills and performance to reach their intellectual potential
- A Guide for University Learning for First Year Students (Study Strategies, Tip Sheets on Preparing for Exams, Working in Groups, Presentation Skills)
- A Guide for Time Management