Learning communities

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

How to participate

The Learning Community program will commence during the week of Feb. 7, 2024, on the UNB Saint John campus.

This program will have five modules delivered over 11 weeks. Each module will be delivered three times. To fulfill the requirement of attending a module, you only need to attend one session for that particular module.

Over the term, if you wish to change from one time slot to another, you are free to do so. Attendance is tracked and combined for all sessions of each module.

Learning community session schedules

Sometimes knowing where to start can be the hardest part. Get off on the right foot when you begin the writing process – begin by knowing what the professor is looking for in the assignment, how to get the most from a brainstorming session, and how a thesis statement helps you focus.

Monday, Feb. 5 | GH 313 | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 | HWK G16 | 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 8 | IH 107 | 1 – 1:50 p.m.

UNB Saint John is on the unsurrendered and unceded traditional Wolastoqey land in Menahqesk, now called Saint John. Menahqesk is a traditional gathering place for Wabanaki people (Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati) and is covered by a series of Peace and Friendship Treaties.

Menahqesk is now home to many Wabanaki and many other people who are First Nation, Inuit, and Métis from across Turtle Island. This session will be a discussion on Indigeneity and how to be an ally.

Monday, Feb. 12 | GH 313 | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 | HWK G16 | 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15 | IH 107 | 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16 | HWK G16 | 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Many students in high school never have really had to work that hard--But suddenly things are different. This module will give students some tips on how to approach academic learning. Notetaking, study skills, and test-taking strategies are all skills that can help you both in school and in life.

Monday, Feb. 19 | Family Day | University Closed

Tuesday, Feb. 20 | HWK G16, 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22 | IH 107, 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23 | HWK G16, 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Have you ever found yourself in a test situation where you are staring at a question, knowing that you know the answer, but just cannot recall it? Have you been in this situation and been upset because you studied it but still cannot recall the answer? Then this is a great session.

Monday, March 11 | GH 313 | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12 | HWK G16 | 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Thursday, March 14 | IH 107 | 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Experiential Learning can open doors to graduate programs, help prepare you for careers later in life, and can help provide a deeper understanding of your program through valuable field experience.

Monday, March 25 | GH 313 | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 | HWK G16 | 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Thursday, March 28 | IH 107 | 1 – 1:50 p.m.


How to join

Show up. No registration is required. Just attend the meetings and participate at the posted times.

There are multiple time slots per week. These sessions have the same topic but may vary in approach. You are welcome to attend more than one session if you wish.

Should we be forced to use Teams, meeting links will be available on the day of the session in the appropriate “day” channel – but the time and day of the week will not change.

Sticking to a time slot throughout the program increases your chances of making deeper connections with other students, while attending different time slots can make it easier to meet more people, the choice is yours.

Bonus points

You can get up to 4% added to your final grade in a participating course based on your attendance:

  • 3 or 4 different modules: 4 bonus points
  • 3 different modules: 3 bonus points
  • Fewer than 3 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.

  • ENGL 2001 Intro to Poetry | S Bell
  • FR 1204 Communicating in French II | L Bolen
  • HIST 1301 Canadian Historical Issues | G Marquis
  • PHIL 1053 Intro Logic/Reason/Crit Think | M Littlejohn
  • POLS 1201 Intro to Canadian Politics | JP Lewis
  • POLS 1301 Global Political Studies | H Munoz-Martinez
  • UNIV 1001 Everything I need in First Year | K Craft

  • BA 1501 How Business Works | A.S. Richards
  • ECON 1013 Intro to Microeconomics | H Shiplett
  • ECON 1023 Intro to Macroeconomics | H Mustapha Ibn-Boamah

  • BIOL 1205 Biological Principles Part II | B Dowding
  • BIOL 1442 Nurs Anat and Phys with Phys | S Turnbull
  • BIOL 1412 Anatomy and Physiology II | S Turnbull
  • NURS 1225 Nursing and Wellness | K Furlong
  • NURS 2011 Concepts/Prof Nurs Prac | C Busson