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Academic Coaching

Don't make a game-time decision when it comes to your grades — be proactive about your success at school. Enhance your learning, studying and test-taking skills with support from an academic coach.

Coaching is available throughout the year — book an appointment with an academic coach, attend a success seminar or drop-in to connect with peer coaches at Learning Explorers every Thursday, 11 am - 1 pm. Studying off campus? No problem. You can meet with an academic coach over Skype.

Overcome challenges early on in your studies

Being a student means excitement, deadlines, growth, exams, balance, change, independence — it's a whole new world of demands and opportunities.

A supportive community of staff, advisors, instructors, academic chairs and your peers have you covered.

Early Alert program

Sometimes on the path to success at school, you hit a bump in the road. Whether the bump is academic, personal or just a feeling that something’s off, SAIT has a community of support resources that can help.

Early Alert is a referral system — a referral can take place anytime during your studies. It’s a way for your instructors to connect you to the right support resources before those little bumps turn into major struggles. You can also refer yourself or connect with support resources directly.

Students supported by an Early Alert system are less likely to be on academic probation and more likely to improve their academic performance and well-being.

Complete the Early Alert self-referral form. If your instructor notices you might need a little support they’ll submit a referral on your behalf.

Early Alert is entirely confidential and governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). Referrals will never impact your academic record or transcripts.

Remember! A referral isn’t necessary to come see us or to use student resources on campus. Drop by the Lamb Learner Success Centre, MC221, Stan Grad Centre anytime.

Step two: Connect

After a referral has been made, you’ll hear from us by email. When you respond, we’ll set up an appointment. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll try you by phone. 

Step three: Meet

The appointment is your time to talk and ask questions. We’ll listen and connect you to the right resources.

Step four: Follow up

After we meet, we’ll also email you a list of the resources we talked about and any additional info we think might be useful.

Step five: Follow through

We’ll check in to make sure you have all the support you need. 

Questions?

early.alert@sait.ca
403.774.4773

Thinking about withdrawing from a course?

There are lots of reasons you might consider withdrawing from a course or program.

If you're having challenges with the course material, stress, a demanding schedule or just need some direction, talk to your academic chair, program advisor or reach out to an academic coach.

There are also tutoring services available on and off campus, plus advising resources if you need financial guidance, counselling services or SAITSA's Peer Support Centre if you just need to talk.

Always know where you stand with your grades — use the interactive grade calculator to track your progress, and if you think you need to withdraw, know your deadlines and avoid getting that "F" on your transcript.

If you withdraw from a course, prior to the withdrawal deadline you'll receive a "W" grade for the course that won't be calculated in your GPA versus an "F" grade, which will. If you need the course, make sure you can re-take it. Connect with your academic chair, program advisor or the Office of the Registrar for more information and direction on how to withdraw.

Questioning your program fit or career plan?

Ensuring your career goals and the program you have chosen to take at SAIT are a match is important. If you have questions about your current or prospective plan, connect with Student Development and Counselling or talk to an academic coach.

Preparation courses

Preparation courses are designed to help new students get ready to start classes at SAIT on the right foot.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective note-taking and more through this free, short course for new students.

Online course

The online version takes about four to six hours to complete. All new SAIT students are automatically registered and you can access the course through Brightspace (D2L) starting your first day of classes. Log in with the same username and password you use for mySAIT.

Access PREP 100 online

Classroom course

If you prefer face-to-face learning, PREP 100 is also available as a one-day workshop from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You will need to have your SAIT ID ready when you register. Your confirmation/reminder email will include the classroom location.

Upcoming course dates and times

Date Day Time
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PREP 145: Orientation for Apprentices

This free study skills course is for apprentices — and the smartest six hours you'll spend at SAIT.

Discover your learning style, develop memory techniques, learn effective ways to conquer your modules, get tips on how to write multiple choice tests and prepare for your apprenticeship exam.

Note: Apprentices are required to take this course by the end of the first week of training.

For more information and to register, visit Apprenticeship Training Preparation.

MATH 123: Mathematics Refresher

This free refresher course offers 18 hours of in-class instruction and is a must for students enrolled in a SAIT technology program. Topics include a review of algebra, geometry, functions and graphs, trigonometry, exponents systems of equations and more.

Learn more about MATH 123, dates and times, and take the pre-calculus self-diagnostic test through Tutoring Services.

MATH 145: Math Prep for Apprentices

Build your fundamental math skills in algebra and geometry with this free course for apprentices. MATH 145 includes 18 hours of in-class instruction, offered over six sessions.

For more information and to register, visit Apprenticeship Training Preparation.

ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices

SAIT is committed to providing an ethical learning and work environment that supports diversity and equity. That commitment is grounded in the fundamental principles of fairness, integrity, respect, safety and transparency. Academic integrity also involves honesty, responsibility and trust. As a SAIT student, you are required to honour these values at all times so that academic integrity and freedom of intellectual inquiry are maintained.

All new students must complete ETHI 110 - SAIT Ethical Practices 30 days from the start of their program.

Learn about and test your knowledge of SAIT's Student Code of Conduct and what it means to you through this online course. Examine your own values around academic honesty, which includes plagiarism, cheating, group work, and the consequences of unethical behaviour.

All new SAIT students are automatically registered and course completion is mandatory. You can access the course through Brightspace (D2L) starting Jan. 6, 2020. Log in with the same username and password you use for mySAIT.

Access ETHI 110 online

Student success seminars

Please note that the student success seminars are cancelled until further notice.

Seminars are offered throughout the year. Can't make it to a seminar? Meet with an academic coach fior customized support instead. 

Activate your study skills

Learn how to make studying part of your everyday routine. Get tips to build a study schedule that works and create a variety of study aids that will put an end to cramming. 

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time Room
Jan. 8. 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Jan. 8, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
Mar. 4, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Mar. 4, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
Apr. 29, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Apr. 29, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017

*No registration required

Master time management

Improve your planning and goal setting abilities, maximize your time and overcome procrastination. Set up a weekly schedule, establish priorities and balance school, work and home life. 

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time Room
Jan. 15, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Jan. 15, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
March 11, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
March 11, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
May 6, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm TBD
May 6, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm TBD

*No registration required

Improve your memory

Learn how to retain information in less time, with more ease and confidence. Discover and practice a variety of memory techniques.

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time Room
Feb 5, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Feb 5, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
April 1, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
April 1, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
May 27, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm TBD
May 27, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm TBD

*No registration required

Get what you need from what you read

Learn and apply a simple six-step system to get vital information out of your textbooks, into your notes and stored in your long-term memory.

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time Room
Jan. 22, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Jan. 22, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
March 18, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
March 18, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
May 13, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm TBD
May 13, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm TBD

*No registration required

Take better notes

Do you have trouble listening and taking notes at the same time? Learn new strategies for processing information and maximizing your learning in class.

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time Room
Jan. 29, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Jan. 29, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
March 25, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
March 25, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
May 20, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm TBD
May 20, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm TBD

*No registration required

Write exams like a pro

Get tips to help you feel confident leading up to and during your exam. Learn how to apply winning strategies to multiple choice, short answer, true/false, essay and open-book exams.

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time Room
Feb. 12, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB008
Feb. 12, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB017
April 8, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MB017
April 8, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MB008
June 3, 2020 Wednesday noon - 1 pm TBD
June 3, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm TBD

*No registration required

Interactive coaching tools

Track your grades

Knowing your grades is important for monitoring your academic success. Use our interactive grade calculator to track your progress.

Grade calculator

Academic probation support

Workshop: Back on Track

If your cumulative program grade point average falls below 2.0, you'll be notified by the Office of the Registrar that you're on academic probation.

We can help you get Back on Track — this workshop will explain what academic probation means, assist you with identifying and addressing some of the factors that might be contributing to low grades, and you'll create a personalized success action plan. Then we will work with you regularly throughout the semester to get you where you need to be.

When you register, you'll receive a confirmation email and a reminder with the classroom location.

Upcoming seminar dates and times

Dates Day Time
Jan. 15, 2020 Wednesday 5 - 7 pm
Jan. 16, 2020 Thursday 5 - 7 pm

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Contact Academic Coaching

academic.coaching@sait.ca
403.284.8082
Lamb Learner Success Centre, MC221,  Stan Grad Centre

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Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm
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