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Academic Skills at Trent is dedicated to instructing undergraduate and graduate students in the skills necessary to succeed and excel at university. We embody Trent’s commitment to small-group teaching and individualized learning through one-on-one appointments and small-group workshops. Academic Skills provides instruction in all aspects of academic, writing, and study skills, including:

  • Grammar
  • Essay, lab and review writing
  • Research and documentation
  • Critical reading and thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Listening and note taking
  • Oral presentations
  • Exam preparation
  • Time Management

Specialized instruction is also available for ESL students and students with learning disabilities. 

Learn more about Academic Skills services:



Customized Workshops

Subject to availability, one of our staff members can visit your classroom to give a five-minute presentation on the centre and its services.

We can also prepare a fifty-minute customized workshop or a series of shorter workshops for your class that directly address an assignment or a particular area of interest. At least two weeks notice is required. Possible workshop topics include the following:

  • The Writing and Research Process
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing the Essay Proposal
  • Critical Thinking/Critical Writing
  • Structuring a Piece of Writing
  • Poster Presentations
  • Math for Physics
  • Math basics for Algebra or Applied Calculus

Email marmstrong@trentu.ca to request a workshop or to learn more.

Academic Integrity Module

The Academic Integrity module was designed to help undergraduate students to better appreciate the importance of academic integrity and to understand how to avoid plagiarism and other acts of academic dishonesty.

The module contains three parts:

  1. Understanding Trent’s Academic Integrity Policy
  2. Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
  3. Understanding and Avoiding Cheating

Each section is comprised of instructional materials followed by a quiz that assesses students’ understanding of academic integrity. In order to successfully complete the module, students must earn 100% on each of the three quizzes.

If you wish to require the AI module for your course(s), please complete a registration form for the appropriate academic term.

For more information about the module, or to preview it, please send an email to aimodule@trentu.ca

Referring Students to Academic Skills

When students face academic challenges, they usually turn to course instructors. Students’ concerns can often also be addressed on a more ongoing basis by an Academic Skills instructor, particularly when a student needs to work on skill-related issues. While most students come to Academic Skills on their own initiative, many are referred by instructors for ongoing help with writing, grammar or language-related issues. Academic Skills instruction, however, is not simply remedial. Even the best student can benefit from a“fresh pair of eyes” on an assignment.

Students have the opportunity to see a writing instructor for up to five sessions per term. No other university in Ontario provides the level of professional, ongoing, one-on-one academic support.


Academic Skills Instructors

All Academic Skills instructors have graduate degrees in a range of disciplines. We bring professional experience from secondary and post-secondary classroom teaching, adult education, teaching English as a second language, and teaching children and adults with learning disabilities.

Academic Skills instructors help Trent achieve its stated goal of providing educational programs that encourage students to think critically and to communicate their ideas effectively and that foster creative interaction between academic departments, programs, faculty, staff and students.

Please let us know how we can help you