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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 and enhance your learning, studying and test-taking skills with support from an academic coach.

We can help you with:

  • time management
  • exam preparation
  • reading strategies
  • effective note-taking and more.

We play an active role in supporting students — whether you want to improve your learning skills or are facing some challenges. Book a one-on-one appointment with an academic coach anytime during the school year or attend a drop-in workshop.

Are you a Distance Education student studying off campus?  You can book a one-on-one appointment with an academic coach to take place over Skype.

Book an Appointment

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.

You can succeed at SAIT — you can thrive at SAIT.

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

Early Alert program

Early Alert is a referral system that may be used by your instructors and/or academic chair to connect you with useful resources at SAIT before small bumps in the road become challenges. You can also refer yourself to the program.

How does it work? 

An Early Alert referral can actually occur at any time during your program. If you're referred to Early Alert, you'll be contacted by an academic coach and connected to relevant and useful support resources.

How do I refer myself? Or a classmate?

You can contact the Early Alert program or feel free to connect directly with student resources on campus.

You cannot refer a classmate to the Early Alert program — if you're concerned about someone in your class, talk to your instructor or direct them to this page.

Is participation mandatory?

No. You always have a choice to participate. An Early Alert does not become part of your student record nor does it adversely impact your grades or progression through your program. The information contained in an Early Alert is confidential and governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).

Contact the Early Alert program

early.alert@sait.ca
403.774.4773
Lamb Learner Success Centre, MC221, Stan Grad Centre

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). Log in with the same username and password you use for mySAIT.

Access PREP 100 online

Classroom course

If you prefer face-to-face versus taking an online course, 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 and you will receive a confirmation email with a reminder to the classroom location.

Note: Registration for in-class offerings of PREP 100 for fall 2018 is now closed. Please access PREP 100 online, as above.  

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 Apprentice Success Services.

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 Apprentice Success Services.

ETHI 110: Academic Honesty Awareness

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 - Academic Honesty Awareness.

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.

Students are automatically registered and course completion is mandatory. You can access the course through Brightspace (D2L). Log in with the same username and password you use for mySAIT.

Access ETHI 110 online

Workshops and seminars

SAIT offers workshops and seminars to help you improve your learning skills.

Become a test prep expert

Learn how to manage exam anxiety, build an effective study schedule and get tips to create a variety of study guides.

Upcoming seminar dates and times

DatesDayTimeRoom
Sept. 5 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Sept. 5 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209
Oct. 31 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Oct. 31 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209

*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

DatesDayTimeRoom
Sept. 12 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Sept. 12 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209
Nov. 7 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Nov. 7 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209

*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

DatesDayTimeRoom
Oct. 3 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Oct. 3 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209
Nov. 28 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Nov. 28 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209

*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

DatesDayTimeRoom
Sept. 19 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Sept. 19 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209
Nov. 14 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Nov. 14 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209

*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

DatesDayTimeRoom
Sept. 26 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Sept. 26 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209
Nov. 21 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Nov. 21 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209

*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

DatesDayTimeRoom
Oct. 10 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Oct. 10 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209
Dec. 5 Wednesday noon - 1 pm MC209
Dec. 5 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm MC209

*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.

The Back on Track workshop is offered from 5 to 7 pm. When you register, you'll receive a confirmation email and a reminder with the classroom location.

The next session of Back on Track workshops will take place in January 2019. 

Contact Academic Coaching

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

Hours of operation

DaysTimes
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm



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