Learning communities

Any student can participate in a Learning Community. Professors who are interested in having their course participate are asked to email dave.decker@unb.ca.

If you also want to claim up to 5 bonus marks in one course, you have to be enrolled in and passing a participating course.

With other students you can:

  • Attend tutorials led by senior students
  • Develop skills essential to university success
  • Learn about various resources and services on campus
  • Earn up to five bonus points in one eligible course

Each of the tutorial sessions focuses on a different aspect of student life. No preparation or homework is involved.

Social Integration on Campus and Online

Getting out of your shell and engaging with other students in-person and online will not only help introduce you the campus community, but better prepare you to engage in the classroom.

  • Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
  • Two on-campus sessions and two sessions delivered through Teams
  • Specific times to be announced by Sept. 15
  • Supplementary sessions on using Teams, online classrooms, D2L will also be hosted through Teams during this module

Meta-Learning and Academic Culture

Adjusting to campus and learning in the University can be a big shift in your thinking. This module covers themes of independent learning and cover academic jargon, norms such as office hours, and resources to help understand regulations and procedural knowledge.

  • Oct. 13-16
  • Two on-campus sessions and two sessions delivered through Teams
  • Specific times to be announced by Sept. 15
  • Supplementary sessions on using memorization techniques, how to use the library, and learning techniques will be covered this week.

Self-Care and Self-Management

Midterm exams and papers will start to catch-up with you around this time of year. For that reason we will feature stress management and coping techniques will be discussed as we move toward the end of term.

  • Oct. 26–30
  • Two on-campus sessions and two sessions delivered through Teams
  • Specific times to be announced by Sept. 15
  • Supplementary sessions on peer-mentoring, stress busting

Academic Skills and Life Outcomes

Students may be caught up in the day-to-day and losing track of the bigger picture. A session on skills involved in academic success and essential workplace and life skills which grow through a university education could help.

  • Nov. 9-13
  • Two on-campus sessions and two sessions delivered through Teams
  • Specific times to be announced by Sept. 15
  • Supplementary sessions on career development, resume writing with a focus on skills learned in University

Learning Community Wrap-up

Students will review the content covered over the term and focus on the shift to final exams. Emphasis will be on reviewing topics covered over the term, properly preparing for final exams and promoting registration and advising for the Winter term.

  • Nov. 23-27
  • Two on-campus sessions and two sessions delivered through Teams
  • Specific times to be announced by Sept. 15
  • Supplementary sessions on cramming and last minute study techniques

How to join a Learning Community

Show up! No registration is required. Links for online sessions will be posted here in the week prior to sessions. Physical classroom spaces will be posted on Sept. 15.

There are four different time slots per week. These session have the same topic but may vary..

Sticking to one time slot throughout the program increases you chances of making closer connections with other students, while attending on other time slots can make it easier to meet more people.

Bonus points

You can get up to 5% added to your final grade in a participating course based on your attendance:

  • 5 different mandatory modules: 5 bonus points
  • 4 different mandatory modules: 4 bonus points
  • Fewer than 4 mandatory modules: no bonus points

Points must be applied to a single participating course. You cannot divide your bonus points between two or more courses. They cannot be used to move from a failing grade to a passing grade.

If you are uncertain about your attendance it is your responsibility to check with the Learning Community Leaders outside the normal tutorial time. Decisions regarding attendance are final. Instructors and advisors are not involved in any way with the day-to-day running of the Learning Community and will not be involved in attendance or tutorial procedures.

Participating courses

This list is subject to change. Confirm with your professor that the course is participating in this program.

Faculty of Science

  • NURS 1011 | Manzer, D.

Faculty of Arts

  • COMS 1001 | Madeley, J.
  • ENGL2002 | Bell, S.
  • FREN 1203| Loutfi, F.
  • FREN 1304| Loutfi, F.
  • FREN 2203| Loutfi, F.
  • HIST 1301 | Marquis, G.
  • UNIV 1003| Craft, K.
  • UNIV 1003 | Creelman, D.