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Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE)

The Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers a variety of academic supports to help students transition to university and succeed during their studies.


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This page will also provide information for students seeking assistance from the Emergency Support Fund and other resources relevant to specific student services.

ACEX 1006 EL: Understanding, Learning and Inquiry
This course is designed to strengthen students' writing, study, numeracy, and research skills. It also introduces students to the institutional commitment regarding bilingualism and triculturalism. (1.5 hrs lecture and 1.5 hrs seminar)


ACEX 1006 EL - 01

“Fall 2020” - Online

August 10, 2020 - August 21, 2020

Open to new students.


The ACEX 1006-01 course counts as 3-credits toward your degree. 

These courses count as part of your Fall 2020 course load and are OSAP and scholarship eligible.

Note: the ACEX 1006-01 course does not count for credit in the Engineering program. 


ACEX 1006 EL - 02

“Fall 2020” - Online

August 17 - August 28, 2020

Open to returning students. 


ACEX 1006 EL - 03

Fall 2020 - Online

September, 2020 - December 2020

Open to ALL undergraduate students!

Become a Better University Student!
Boost Your Studying, Research and Writing Skills!

  • Identify your study strengths and weaknesses
  • Acquire effective stress management techniques
  • Improve critical thinking skills and how to apply them to problem-solving and decision making
  • Develop improved writing and presentation abilities
  • Learn active listening skills to improve notetaking
  • Understand the most effective way to read your textbooks
  • Enhance your ability to work in groups

ACEX 1006 FL: Compréhension, apprentissage et enquête


ACEX 1006 FL - 01

Automne 2020 - en ligne

Du 10 août 2020  au 21 août 2020

3 crédits

Pour les nouveaux étudiants.


ACEX 1006 - 01 vous donne 3 crédits envers le diplôme. Consultez le site Web des frais pour connaître les droits de scolarité.

Vous pouvez demander des bourses et l’aide du RAFEO, car ce cours s’insère dans votre charge de cours d’automne.

ACEX 1006 - 01 ne mène pas à des crédits dans les programmes de génie.


ACEX 1006 FL - 02

Automne 2020 - en ligne

Du septembre 2020  au décembre  2020

3 crédits

Pour TOUS les étudiants du premier cycle !


Dépassez-vous...réussissez mieux à l'université !
Perfectionnez vos techniques d'étude, de recherche et de rédaction

  • Identifiez vos forces et faiblesses pour les études
  • Apprenez des techniques efficaces de gestion du stress
  • Améliorez vos habiletés de pensée critique et leur place dans la résolution de problème et la prise de décision
  • Développez vos compétences de rédaction et de présentation 
  • Découvrez des techniques d'écoute pour une meilleure prise de notes 
  • Sachez identifier l'approche de lecture la plus efficace pour votre matériel scolaire
  • Augmentez vos compétences pour le travail de groupe

ACEX 5006: Teaching in Post-Secondary Institutions

This course provides the fundamental concepts and theories of education with emphasis on the shift in the design and implementation of curricula from what needs to be taught (learning objectives) to what needs to be learned (learning outcomes). The role of technology in the learning process for all levels of education and instructors is explored. Finally, the foundational academic skills required to teach in a university setting are introduced on-line and as face-to-face sessions.


Spring 2020 (Begins May 21, 2020)
Hybrid Delivery (Asynchronous online and synchronous Zoom sessions)

3 Credits    


Designed specifically for graduate students who want to enhance their teaching qualifications:
⦁    Learn education concepts and theories
⦁    Discuss course design and the implementation of curricula
⦁    Explore the role of technology in the learning process for all levels of education and instructors
⦁    Develop foundational academic skills to teach in a university setting online and in face-to-face sessions
⦁    Practice your teaching skills in an actual class setting


Six Online Modules:
1.    How Students Learn
2.    Assessment Strategies
3.    Active Learning
4.    Principles of Course Design
5.    Globalization of Learning
6.    Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching


Face-to-Face Seminars
This course will include six bi-weekly seminars to foster community, and which will invite guest faculty to address a topic in the field of teaching at the post-secondary level. Examples include technology-enabled learning and including Indigenous content in the curriculum.

The seminars will be held via Zoom and will be held on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:


May 21, 2020 - How Students Learn

Presenters: Shelley Watson and Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald

(Introduction to Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Dossier)


June 4, 2020 - Active Learning

Presenter: Patricia Orozco

(Experiential Learning)


June 18, 2020 - Assessment Strategies

Presenter: Aaron Langille

(Teaching with Technology)


July 2, 2020 - Principles of Course Design

Presenter: Georges Kpazai

(Learning Outcomes)


July 16, 2020 - Globalization of Learning

Presenter: Jorge Virchez 


July 30, 2020 - Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching

Presenter: Charles Daviau

(Indigenization of the Curriculum)

Academic advisors help students better understand their goals, their academic plans, and guide students as they make important decisions about their future.

Students are advised on a variety of topics such as course selection, registration, and interpreting university regulations. Advisors also provide referrals to other university offices and offer options during tough times and difficult situations.

Specific student needs are addressed in the following advising programs:

  • Academic Advantage (Introduction to University Studies, Early Warning, Probation Program)
  • Degree & Career Exploration
  • First Year Student Advising
  • International Student Advising
  • Transfer Students
  • Voyageur Advantage (for student athletes)

Telephones will be answered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  To schedule a zoom appointment with an advisor, please go to your

Writing assistance is available to all Laurentian students who would like some extra help to improve their writing skills. Peer writing coaches are available for:

  • Consultations with pre-writing, writing, and post-writing
  • Linking the syllabus/learning outcomes and the assignment
  • Using a writing process specific to an assignment (genre, style)
  • Understanding academic integrity and intellectual property
  • Creating an outline while tracking research
  • Referencing or citing using APA, MLA, Vancouver or Chicago writing styles
  • Reviewing points of grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and/or punctuation
  • Using Microsoft Word

Appointments are available to all students in English or French. (Including federated universities, on campus, or distance education).

Our Languages Canada accredited institute assists international students in need of developing or refining their English language competency at various skill levels. Their programs include:

• English as a Second Language (ESL)
• English for Academic Preparation (EAP)
• University Preparation (UP) – an academic bridging program
• ESL Summer Camps
• Customized support services

Laurentian University is a leader in bilingual online and distance education. 

Whether you're looking for a flexible learning option to accommodate your schedule or the opportunity to learn from the comfort of your own home, at Laurentian, you can complete full programs online or via distance education. These include French and English undergraduate degree programs, as well as various post-graduate certificate programs. 

Laurentian Online offers: 

  • Fully online degree programs and courses
  • College to online degree pathways
  • Opportunities to learn from anywhere in the world
  • Admissions three times a year
  • No annual or out-of-province fees for part-time learners – pay for courses only when you register for them
  • Knowledgeable instructors
  • Dedicated and experienced staff

For a list of available online programs consult

For a list of courses please visit:

Understanding the distinct needs of online learners, our team provides support and guidance to our student community to help them achieve their academic goals. 

Learning Assistance provides students with resources and opportunities to improve their ability to learn at a university level.

Learning Assistance offers:

  • Online Resources
  • Excellence in Learning
  • Study Skills Coaching
  • Tutor Directory
  • Tutor Training
  • Workshops

Students can also meet one-on-one with a study skills coach to privately go over academic strengths and areas of improvement:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Exam Preparation
  • Note Taking
  • Reading
  • Study Skills
  • Time Management

Together, a personalized study plan is created to meet each student’s specific needs.


TutorOcean @ Laurentian University

TutorOcean is an online platform that allows Laurentian students the opportunity to receive immediate tutoring support from their peers. This new service is very user-friendly and offers the flexibility of receiving their tutoring sessions in-person or online via their virtual classroom, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit the classroom demo on TutorOcean’s homepage to take a tour of the platform. 

Simply login using your Laurentian username and password to create a student profile. Creating your profile is quick and easy as a student where you’ll be asked to link your preferred payment method to your account to ensure that the tutor is paid as soon as the session is complete. 

Once your account is created simply search for a tutor using your course code of subject. With more than 70 tutors active on TutorOcean, support more than 400 courses we’re sure that you’ll find support. Visit the tutor’s profile and request a tutoring session by clicking their availability in their calendar, which is highlighted in green. 

If you’re a varsity athlete that requires tutoring support for any one of your courses please reach out to us via email at to receive a coupon that will support the cost of your tutoring session(s). Your status as a Varsity Athlete must be confirmed by an Academic Advisor at the Centre for Academic Excellence. 

In the event there isn’t a tutor registered for your desired course, please reach out to us via email at with the course code as well as the professor’s name as well as their contact information     so that we can begin the recruitment process of finding a tutor for you. 

Are you Interested in becoming a tutor at Laurentian? If so, simply create your Tutor profile via the TutorOcean platform and reach out to us at for the complete list of requirements in order to get you started as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the TutorOcean platform please don’t hesitate to communicate with us directly at


Laurentian University Math Clinic

Winter 2020

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Room : F 338C

Room : F 212

Room : F 338

Room : F 212

4 :00 - 7 :00 pm

4 :00 - 7 :00 pm

2 :00 - 5 :00 pm

4 :00 - 7 :00 pm

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11,539 academic advising sessions (January - December 2018)

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2,242 writing sessions (September 2018 - July 2019)

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1,179 international students enrolled in Language Institute since September 2010

Centre for Academic Excellence

J.N. Desmarais Library, 2nd Floor

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Academic Advising

September to April

Monday: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.