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Arts Connections – Skills for Success

Course Code: STSU 1105
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Student Success
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is intended to assist students in the Arts Connections program to improve the skills associated with student success in an academic environment. The content of the course is designed to help students to become more independent learners and maximize their educational opportunities. Students will learn how to enhance and integrate effective learning strategies and study skills within the context of the other Arts Connections courses.

Course Content

This course will expose students to a number of first semester issues and topics within the context of the thematic approach taken by the Arts Connections program.

Students will receive information and develop competencies in the following areas:

  1. Introduction to student success and college resources
  2. Managing time and study schedules
  3. Note taking from lectures
  4. Examination preparation and objective style examinations (Matching, True/False, Multiple-Choice)
  5. Writing subjective style examinations (short-answer and essay format)
  6. Textbook and journal reading strategies
  7. Giving oral presentations
  8. Procrastination and stress
  9. Memory and visual organizers (mind maps and hierarchies)
  10. Concentration and motivation

Methods of Instruction

The course is application-oriented and will link the concepts and skills learned to their application in other courses in the Arts Connection program. Students will master course objectives through guided self-discovery, readings, presentations, and discussion. 

Means of Assessment

Students will be graded on a minimum of five different evaluations.  No single assignment will be worth more than 30% of the final mark. 

Learning Outcomes

As part of the Arts Connections program, this course is intended provide a structured experience for exploring and integrating key strategies for being successful as a student.

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Define personal and academic goals for success
  • Increase self-confidence and meta-cognition as a learner
  • Identify and use the college resources available for providing support to learners
  • Design productive ways to manage study time
  • Select appropriate methods to enhance information processing in class and from textbooks
  • Prepare for and succeed under typical examination conditions
  • Understand and overcome factors that impede effective studying
  • Employ effective learning processes and participation in other courses in Arts Connections

curriculum guidelines

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.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

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.