University of Calgary

Student Success Seminars

Attend free, weekly seminars on a variety of topics related to your academic success. Led by trained SSC facilitators, the focus of these sessions is to provide you with the advanced academic strategies and study skills you need to ease your university transition and increase your success here at UCalgary.

Our Vision
Skills for Success
Enrol in the Skills for Success Certificate Program
Attend a minimum of five Student Success Seminars and receive the Skills for Success Certificate and credit on your Co-curricular Record.

Upcoming Seminars

Students can access seminars on the following topic areas:

Click here for a schedule of all Fall 2014 Success Seminars.

Student Life

  • Balancing Your Life as a Student

    Is your life completely out of balance? This seminar is designed to help you manage your many commitments so that you can be effective in all areas of your life.

  • Getting Involved at UCalgary

    Learn how to take advantage of some of the great extra-curricular programs and activities that exist at UCalgary. This seminar will focus on what fun and rewarding opportunities UCalgary has to offer students as well as how these opportunities can help you develop your social, personal and professional goals.

  • Goal Setting

    This seminar will lead you through an effective process for developing and attaining your personal and academic goals.

Study Skills and Strategies

  • UCalgary Students' Top Ten Strategies for Academic Success

    Listen to successful University of Calgary students share their own secrets to success in this one hour session featuring former first year students' perspectives on "What I wish I knew..."

  • Learning from Lectures: Taking a Good Set of Notes

    Starting out with a good set of lecture notes is essential to successful study practices. This seminar will introduce you to some effective strategies for ensuring that your lecture notes are clear and complete.

  • Problem Solving for Math and Science Students

    Becoming a creative problem solver is an essential skill. This session will take you through some problem solving activities to help you develop a critical and reflective approach to problem solving in your discipline.

  • Reading Strategies for University Students

    Becoming a skilled and thoughtful reader is essential to enhancing your academic success. This session will introduce reading strategies that will help you tackle your academic reading more efficiently and effectively.

  • Study Smarter, not longer

    The key to effective studying is being aware of your strengths and weaknesses. This session will help you to understand what type of learner you are, and reveal study habits that successful students often employ. You will learn how to create study strategies that are suited to your learning style and how to make your study sessions more efficient.

  • Working in Groups

    This seminar will offer tools and strategies for completing a successful group project. Learn how to organize your group resources efficiently, develop effective communication strategies and resolve conflicts as they arise.

Preparing for tests and exams

  • Exam Preparation

    Turn that overwhelming task of studying into a simple, efficient, easier-to-tackle plan. This session will introduce you to a process for developing an effective study plan as well as study strategies for self-testing that will help you to become better prepared for your upcoming exams.

  • Writing Essay Exams

    This session will provide you with practical strategies for writing strong essay exams, and offer tips on how to avoid common problems, such as lack of direction and examples.

  • Writing Multiple-Choice Exams

    This session will provide you with practical strategies for writing multiple-choice exams and you will learn tips on how to improve performance and reduce anxiety.

  • Multiple Choice for Math and Science Students

    This seminar is taught by math and science students and focuses on the key concepts you'll need to succeed on a multiple choice exam for a math or science course.

  • Reducing Test Anxiety

    Did you know that too much anxiety during tests can result in lower grades? Through relaxation techniques and cognitive strategies, you will learn how to manage your anxiety during tests so you can feel more in control and perform better.

Time management and developing regular study habits

  • Time Management and Avoiding Procrastination

    Time management skills are essential to making the most of your time here at UCalgary. Learn some tips to battle procrastination and start managing your time as effectively as you can.

  • Avoiding Procrastination

    Not sure why you procrastinate? During this seminar you will work to understand your procrastination, learn strategies to keep motivated, and set priorities to help you overcome your procrastination.