A-Z Learning Services

We are currently hiring 2021/22 tutors. Please click here for more information.

Our mission is to increase the academic success and retention of all students at Brock University. We offer skills workshops and resources, drop-in academic support, and tutoring—for students by students—with additional opportunities for students who may have faced challenges getting to university.

“The path to success is different for everyone. We help you find the way that works best for you.”  

Services 

A-Z Learning Services is still here to support students in their courses. Due to Covid-19, our services will be offered primarily online until further notice.  

Drop into the Drop-in to get support in your assignments from upper-year Brock students.
Common questions include math, science, studying, time management, research, essay writing and referencing sources.
What we do: We provide problem-solving, studying, and research writing strategies.
What we don’t do: We will not solve problems for you, evaluate answers, or edit written work.

On-Campus or On-Line

We are offering both on-line and on-campus drop-in. Please see the schedule below to see when each is offered. On-campus Drop-in is located in TH 133 and TH 129, part of the Student Success Centre beside Market Hall in the lower-level of the Schmon Tower. For on-campus drop-in, please bring your questions and adhere to Brock’s masking, vaccination, and Covid-19 screening requirements. To join online, visit Experience BU for the link to join: A-Z Learning Services on Experience BU.

Drop-In Schedule (Click image to download pdf)

Workshops are pre-scheduled 1hr live sessions on a variety of skills topics including time management, goal setting, increasing concentration, self-directed learning, essay writing, and exam preparation.
Currently all workshops are being delivered online using Microsoft Teams. See workshop dates and times on Brock’s Experience BU. Click here.
Please RSVP to the event.

Download our start-of-term fall workshop schedule here. 

All tutoring will be delivered live and online. Tutoring is our only pay-for-use service.
Looking for tutoring? Click here.
Questions? Concerns? Email tutoring@brocku.ca 

BU101

BU101 is a free, non-credit, asynchronous online academic skills program for incoming undergraduate and graduate students to build technology, scheduling, notetaking, and studying skills.

Click here to see our BU101 2020 results.

We offer faculty-specific BU101 options to help you prepare for program demands such as science, academic writing, and mathematics. Each BU101 allows you to earn a Certificate of Completion.    

Join BU101 by clicking on one of the faculty options above, beginning August 1, 2021. 
BU101 is available for any Brock student, not just incoming first-year students! 

BU101 Preview 2021


Academic Zone Modules 

Access asynchronous online tutorials in essay writing, grammar, lab reports, time management, and academic integrity. Click here. 
Access a variety of videos and downloadable pdf tip sheets in academic writing, referencing, and study skills from our Student Resources. Click here. 

AZ Learning Services works closely with faculty to support student academic integrity. Learn about academic integrity and review Brock’s Academic Integrity policyClick here. 

Academic Misconduct 

Students who experience issues with academic integrity may be required to participate in different A-Z Learning Services programs.  Workshops are a common requirement 

  • These workshops are delivered by upper-year students and common topics include Academic Integrity, Quotations & Paraphrases, Time Management, APA Referencing, Collaborating Effectively, and Exam Preparation 
  • Make sure you register to the workshop required and that it is delivered by A-Z Learning services, for tracking purposes.  
  • If the workshop you need is not in our event list, email us at learning@brocku.ca and provide some date/time options.  
  • Review our workshop details on this webpage to see how to join on Experience BU 
  • Students attend workshops as requirements or as opt-in for their course participation grade, co-curricular record, or general interest.  

 Consultation with an A-Z Learning Specialist in another common requirement. In this 30-minute meetingthe Specialist can answer your questions, help you identify areas to strengthen, and co-develop a plan for success. Email learning@brocku.ca  

 Avoiding Academic Misconduct 

 Please take advantage of all of A-Z Learning Services’ free opportunities including workshop, academic drop-in, and asynchronous supports like BU101. If you’re not sure where to go, contact learning@brocku.ca and we’ll help you find what you need. 

 Test your academic integrity decision making! Click on your program area below. How would you respond in these scenarios? 

Business 
Computer Science 
Humanities
Math
Science

The Drop-In is delivered by undergraduate students for undergraduate students. As such, if you are a graduate student looking for academic support please contact learning@brocku.ca to request an appointment with one of our Learning Skills Specialists. Please indicate your program and the support you’re looking for.

Critical Reads  

Email to request a 1 hr critical read with one of our Learning Specialists. When making the appointment, you will be asked to email the Learning Specialist a section of concern to review prior to your meeting (i.e., not the entire paper). Areas of focus may include writing style, use of research, referencing, grammar, analytic skills or sophistication of argument.  

BU101 

Graduate Students are invited to explore our online synchronous academic prep BU101 developed in collaboration with Graduate Studies.  Join here 

 Workshops 

 The majority of our workshops scheduled on Experience BU are delivered by undergraduate students for graduate students.  Our Learning Specialist will deliver graduate workshops upon request. Frequently requested topics are listed below. We require a minimum of 4 students to deliver the workshop. 

Click here to request a workshop. 

  • Proposal Writing 
  • Time Management 
  • APA Referencing 
  • Creating a Poster (PowerPoint or Publisher) 
  • Improving your Writing 
  • Writing Reflections 

Welcome transfer students! A-Z Learning Services offers additional opportunities for you.

Transfer Connect

If you’re a student who has transferred to Brock from another post-secondary institution, you’re invited to join the Transfer Connect group.

Transfer Connect is a means for all of Brock’s transfer students to come together and share resources, stories and laughter. Established largely as a social group, the members drive the activities and events to suit their needs. We meet weekly to socialize, network, de-stress, get involved, trouble-shoot challenges, and chat about courses and assignments. For Fall 2020, all meetings will take place online using Microsoft Teams.

Resources
Click here to receive Free Tutoring for new Transfer Students 
Click here for the Transfer Process Overview.
Click here for Transfer Overview.
Click here to read our transfer students stories.
Join Transfer Connect on Experience BU: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/transfer-connect.
Click here to see the Transfer Student Roadmap that provides steps and website links to help you prepare for your first year at Brock.

Welcome First Generation students! A-Z Learning Services offers additional opportunities for you.

As a First Generation student, your parents did not attend post-secondary education and, in many ways, you are blazing your own trail which brings excitement, challenge, and opportunity.
During the Fall and Winter term, we run additional events for First Generation students, including our Trailblazer event. Please visit Brock’s online calendar Experience BU for event information.
You’re also invited to join our online First Generation Hub which is an online discussion group. Meet other First Generation students and share ideas about social and academic supports.
We look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your university journey. Click here to join the First Generation Hub on Microsoft Teams.

Welcome mature students! A-Z Learning Services offers additional services for you. 

Returning or entering post-secondary after being out of school for some time may bring extra challenges. Theses may include technology, navigating campus, connecting with fellow students, academic/work balance, part-time studies, or competing family responsibilities.  

Join our mature student group. Meet other mature students and drive additional opportunities such as life and academic skills workshops and events.  We look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your university journey. Click here to join the Mature Student Groupon Microsoft Teams. 

Welcome Aboriginal students! A-Z Learning Services offers additional services for you. We partner with Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services to support you in your academics.  

  • Connect to Aboriginal Student Services to request funded tutoring. Click here.  
  • Email us to request a 1hr meeting with one of our Learning Specialists. learning@brocku.ca 
  • Learn more about our Learning Specialist meetings from Maggie Whitfield, Manager of A-Z Learning Services. Click here.  
  • Request a skills workshop at a time that works for you! We require a minimum of 4 students to deliver the workshop. 
  • Request a workshop here.