Refining Your Learning Skills for Academically Dismissed Students



Get back to class

Regain control of your education. Completing and passing this course with 80% will likely mean you can return to class in September, without waiting a year after academic dismissal. You will also learn and practice skills and new ways of thinking that will help you both in your studies and in life generally.

Become a better, more confident student.

Students participating in this course are expected to engage, share ideas and voice opinions. You’ll have time to think about the big picture—the life you want and how to get there. If you are open and ready, this course can be life-changing. You’ll leave motivated and confident in your ability to achieve academic success.

Develop a vision for the future

Refining your Learning Skills is a well-rounded program designed to help you identify roadblocks to your academic success and give you strategies to overcome them. Engaging instructors deliver sessions in a supportive classroom setting. The program will help you:

  • Acquire study skills required for academic success
  • Learn coping, goal-setting and time management skills
  • Identify your preferred method of learning
  • Renew your sense of purpose and direction

A 10-day roadmap to academic success

Before registering, speak with your program advisor to confirm that this course is the best option for you, and that a passing grade will gain you re-admission.

To participate, you must have university-level competency in spoken and written English, as well as academic dismissal from a post-secondary institution. For English language education at Dalhousie, please visit the ESL Homepage.

You may only take this course once. No student is allowed to repeat it.

Topics covered

Classes run from 9 a.m. sharp to 12:30 p.m. for ten days; some afternoon appointments are also required. This course includes daily writing assignments, small group activities, and individual presentations.

Topics include:

  • Thoughts, feelings, behaviours
  • Time management
  • Learning styles, lectures and note-taking
  • Coping strategies
  • Goal setting
  • Breaking bad habits
  • Procrastination and alternative thinking strategies
  • Assertive communication and exam anxiety
  • Exam preparation and survival tips
  • Mindfulness and your future

How to register

  1. Register online
  2. Complete the form
  3. Submit online
  4. Pay the fee (Payment of fee secures your seat in the program.)

70% of students pass with the required 80% and return to class in September!


Details at a glance

Format: Interactive classroom sessions and written assignments
Support: A team of caring instructors are here for you every step of the way
Class size: 30 students with similar experiences
Time commitment: 6–8 hours per day for ten days
Fees: $895 (subject to change)


Susan Holmes
Program director

Limited enrollment, register early

This course may help you get re-admitted sooner. We strongly recommend that you speak with your faculty or program advisor before registering for this course.