This course is for students who are new to the College and are enrolled in or intend to enrol in further Developmental Studies courses. This course will help students learn about and use College facilities and resources. Students will develop skills in personal time management, goal setting, and basic study techniques and learning strategies. This course will focus on the development of skills necessary for success.
Students will receive instruction in the following skills areas:
- evaluation of the demands of learning situations
- evaluation of learning and academic goals
- organization and scheduling
- approaches to learning
- use of study formulas
- listening skills
- understanding and utilizing memory
- effective assignment completion
- managing learning demands and stress
- using a college library
- orientation to the college, including ombudsperson services
Methods of Instruction
Lecture, large-group discussion, small-group discussion and learning activities, cooperative learning, and individual learning activities may be employed. Lab tutorial and scheduled individual appointment time will be available as appropriate. Student-directed learning outside of the classroom will also constitute a component of instruction.
Means of Assessment
A mastery model of evaluation will be used. Progress will be monitored in an ongoing and cumulative fashion by the instructor, based on written and oral demonstrations of skill.
The aims of the course are for students to:
- develop positive approaches to learning and study;
- explore a repertoire of learning strategies and study skills that are appropriate to the individual;
- practice effective strategies, skills, and approaches to learning and study that are directed at improving learning;
- demonstrate these learning and study strategies, skills and approaches in practical as well as academic contexts;
- work cooperatively in classroom settings.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.