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.”
A-Z Learning Services is still here to support students in their courses. In alignment with the University’s movement to online classes, A-Z Learning Services will be running 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.
How to Join
Due to Covid-19, Drop-in is currently only available online. Scheduled drop-in hours are reduced in summer and spring. See Experience BU for scheduled drop-in sessions. Click here.
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. If you would like to join the workshop anonymously, please select “join the Teams meeting by browser”.
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.
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.
- BU101 Faculty of Social Sciences
- BU101 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
- BU101 Faculty of Education
- BU101 Faculty of Humanities and Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
- BU101 Faculty of Mathematics and Science
- BU101 Goodman School of Business
- Faculty of Graduate Studies
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!
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 policy. Click here.
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 email@example.com 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 meeting, the Specialist can answer your questions, help you identify areas to strengthen, and co-develop a plan for success. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment with one of our Learning Skills Specialists. Please indicate your program and the support you’re looking for.
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.
Graduate Students are invited to explore our online synchronous academic prep BU101 developed in collaboration with Graduate Studies. Join here (Available August 1, 2021)
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.
- 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.
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.
Join Transfer Connect on Experience BU: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/transfer-connect.
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 Group on 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. email@example.com
- 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.