What is Academic Skills at Trent?
We help students learn the skills needed for academic success at university. These skills include essay writing, critical reading, study techniques, seminar presentation, time management, note taking, lab writing, mathematics, documentation and referencing, and exam preparation.
Academic Skills is part of Trent's college system; experienced instructors offer in-person and online support to all Trent students.
Whether you are in your first year or your final year, completing a degree
in the Arts or Sciences,
we can help you to improve your academic skills.
Book an appointment. Read an online resource. Attend a workshop.
Bring us your questions, and learn with us.
Learn more about supports for:
Learn more about Academic Skills programs:
Supports for Students
Several of our instructors specialize in working with students whose first language is not English, and the ASC strongly recommends that students who do not speak English in their homes make an appointment. Individual appointments are available for ESL/EFL students throughout the year.
For information on Trent-ESL: English for University, visit the Trent English as a Second Language web site or contact ESL Coordinator, Cath D’Amico (705 748-1805).
Students with Disabililties
The ASC makes every effort to support students with disabilities. Working with the staff of the Student Accessibility Services, ASC instructors devise individualized programs for students with disabilities who want extra help. These sessions can be geared to the student's unique learning profiles. Talk to your instructor about a plan that may be right for you.
For more information on services for students with disabilities at Trent, visit the Student Acessibility Services website.
Fresh Start Students
Students enrolled in the Fresh Start program may be referred to the ASC by an academic advisor. Students can reflect on their academic strengths and weaknesses, and with an ASC instructor, they can work to improve study strategies, writing skills, or time management. Students enrolled in Fresh Start should bring all required forms to an ASC appointment. Instructors retain the right to not sign a form if they think the student has not participated during the appointment.
For students who have spent some time away from study, it is often challenging to enter the world of academia. However, mature students bring a world of experience and many of the skills necessary for success. For mature students who are unable to attend an in-person appointment because of work or family commitments, the ASC offers online appointments and a variety of online resources, including the Online Documentation Guide, Thinking it Through: A Guide to Essay Writing, and Formula for Success: A Mathematics Resource.
Mature students may find the information provided by the Trent Part Time Students Association to be very helpful.
Academic Skills Programs
Academic Integrity is essential to your university studies. Your professors will demand that your work is your own and that you accurately reference the sources of information that you use in your work; failing to maintain academic integrity will result in serious consequences. If you have questions or concerns about how to avoid acts of academic dishonesty, including how to avoid plagiarism, please seek help from your professors, TAs, or the Academic Skills Centre. (See FAQs: What is the Academic Integrity Module?)
Take the University Challenge
The ASC leads this academic boot camp during Orientation Week, which offers new students an opportunity to become familiar with the work
load and expectations faced by university students. Students in a range of programs, from Nursing to Business to Cultural Studies to Biochemistry, will discover helpful strategies to meet the challenges of university by working with Academic Skills instructors to complete exercises, discuss strategies, and assess strengths in topics like time management,writing lab reports and essays, and study skills.