What is a Learning Strategist?
A Learning Strategist is a learning support professional who works with students to identify learning preferences, strengths and challenges to develop personalized strategies. Whether tackling specific academic issues or simply wanting to improve academic performance, a Learning Strategist assists students to explore ways to work more effectively.
The Role of the Learning Strategist
The role of the Learning Strategist is to provide one-on-one learning support to students who may require assistance in the areas of organization, study skills, note-taking skills and motivation. Meeting with the Learning Strategist provides the student with an opportunity to discuss their academic goals and steps that can be taken to achieve these goals. Discussions may explore what study habits and skills may have worked in the past and those that have been ineffective. Meaningful exchanges may provide a different approach to studying or an introduction to a new technique that works better for the individual.
Improvement in academic performance may include a discussion of one or more of the following areas:
- Time Management
- Study Skills
- Note Taking
- Test Taking
- Test and Exam Preparation
- Reading and Using a Textbook Effectively
- Memory Retention
- Motivation and Goal Setting
- Writing Skills
- Active Listening
Please note that the Learning Strategist is not a counsellor and does not have the authority to provide accommodations or arrange an Academic Accommodation Plan for students.
Access to the Learning Strategist
Access to the Learning Strategist may be added as an accommodation on the Academic Accommodation Plan. A counsellor may refer the individual based on information presented in a psycho-educational assessment, or by their own recommendation.
A Student Services Accessibility Counsellor, Student Success Officer, and Faculty are the most appropriate to refer to the Learning Strategist. The Learning Strategist may also schedule and facilitate small group study strategy workshops.
To Book an On-Line Appointment
Students may also request an appointment with the Learning Strategist to get assistance throughout the academic year. Please complete the fillable form to book an appointment with the Learning Strategist.
What is an Assistive Technologist?
An Assistive Technologist is a learning support professional specializing in the training and provision of adaptive technologies that meet the unique needs of accommodated students. Matching you with the right technology can change everything!
The Role of the Assistive Technologist
The role of the Assistive Technologist is to provide one-on-one support and training to students requiring assistive technology. Assistive Technologists may also plan small group workshops. Services provided by the Assistive Technologist include:
- Text to speech software
- Speech to text software
- Student training/coaching in the use of technology for testing purposes
- Providing textbooks in an alternative format
- Provision of interim assistive technology for individualized cases
- Provides assistive devices available for loan (ie. digital recorders, FM systems, laptops)
- Customized computer lab equipped with assistive technology software
Please note that the Assistive Technologist is not a counsellor and does not have the authority to provide accommodations or arrange an Academic Accommodation Plan for students.
Access to the Assistive Technologist
Access to the Assistive Technologist may be added as an accommodation on the Academic Accommodation Plan. A counsellor may refer the individual based on information presented in a psycho-educational assessment, or by their own recommendation.
To Book an On-Line Appointment
Please note that access to the Assistive Technologist is by referral from the Accessibility counsellor only. Online appointments are to address inquiries.