Learning Centre

How Can We Help?

StMU-Learning-CentreThe Learning Centre is a welcoming place where you can study, use the computers, meet with a peer-mentor and enhance your academic writing and course content comprehension. You can also discuss with our staff any academic issues such as note taking, time management, essay writing or any other school-related questions!

Writing Centre

Schedule-WinterWouldn’t it be great to enhance your academic writing skills? You can book one-on-one 30 minute appointments with a Peer-Writer and receive immediate feedback. The Peer-Writers are fellow students nominated by your professors.

View the schedule here. To schedule an appointment and/or reserve a space Click here.

Peer-Mentor Program

Schedule-Fall-15-1Work with a fellow St. Mary’s University student to enhance your academic writing and/or course content comprehension. The Learning Centre’s Peer-Mentors have experienced what you are going through in your courses and are able to share their experiences and tips to achieve academic success.

View the schedule here. Schedule an appointment here

Success Strategies Series

S3-Schedule-Fall-151These seminars are designed to strengthen your academic success strategies. All presentations include evidence based practices and have been shown to be effective by recent research. Sessions are drop-in but reservations are strongly encouraged. To

View the schedule here.schedule an appointment and/or reserve a space: Click here

Student Need Who to Contact
Academic Accommodations: any assistance with accommodations Rafael de la Peña
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
How to access funding for goods and services, federal and provincial student grants? Rafael de la Peña
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
Verna Wright
Assistant Registrar
Phone: (403) 254-3125 verna.wright@stmu.ca
How to access information regarding course selection? How to add/drop/change classes? How to plan a degree? Academic and Career Advisor
Laura Cochrane
Phone: (403) 254-3709 laura.cochrane@stmu.ca
How to access tutoring, note taking, academic strategist, assistive technology? Rafael de la Peña
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
How to communicate academic accommodation needs to instructors? Rafael de la Peña
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
How to deal with academic difficulties: failing courses, difficulties with course content, course selection, major, degree? Academic & Career Advising
Laura Cochrane
Phone: (403) 254-3709 laura.cochrane@stmu.ca and/or
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
How to secure exam accommodations? Rafael de la Peña
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
How to secure supportive documentation? What documentation is required? How to obtain documentation? Rafael de la Peña
Director, Learning Centre
Phone: (403) 254-3735 learning.centre@stmu.ca
Participating in student council/clubs? Student Legislative Council
Security issues? Security Office:
Phone: (403) 671-help(4357)
Spiritual guidance? Campus Ministry
Nancy Quan
phone: (403) 254-3724 nancy.quan@stmu.ca
Student in distress? Counselling Services
Carrie Grant
phone: (403) 245-5789
Students under stress, exam anxiety, family and/or relationship issues/difficulties? Counselling Services
Carrie Grant
Phone: (403) 245-5789
What awards might be available to me? How to apply for scholarships or bursaries? Verna Wright
Assistant Registrar
Phone: (403) 254-3125 verna.wright@stmu.ca
Academic accommodations are educational practises, systems and support mechanisms designed to accommodate persons with disabilities, and are an alteration in the usual way students perform academic tasks. For example, writing examinations in a course would typically be a course requirement; however, writing the answers to essay examinations by hand would typically not be essential. Therefore, a student who has difficulty writing by hand because of a disability may be permitted the use of a computer to complete the examinations. In this case, the use of a computer would be the accommodation.

I have a physical/learning disability. What documentation do I need to receive accommodations?

St. Mary’s students seeking disability and/or medically-related accommodations and services and/or funding for assistive services and technology are required to provide documentation from a qualified professional such as a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, audiologist, ophthalmologist, or other licensed specialist. The documentation should be current (usually no more than 3 years must have elapsed between the time of assessment and the date of initial request for documentation), and the documentation should:

Clearly outline the impact the disability or condition has on the student in an academic setting and;

Identify or recommend specific accommodations and supports that would reduce the barriers encountered in an academic setting.

The accommodations coordinator will use this documentation as well as interviews with the student to determine appropriate disability-related accommodations and supports. Some conditions are subject to change (e.g., relapses, remissions). Therefore, to ensure the identification of impacts and functional limitations can be properly addressed, updated medical documentation may be requested, periodically, throughout the duration of the program.

A diagnosis of a disability, medical condition, or disorder alone is not sufficient to be eligible for accommodations and supports.

The learning environment must be sufficiently inaccessible or barred such that the student’s ability to perform tasks required to achieve his or her educational goals to his or her potential is negatively impacted.

When should I meet to discuss my academic accommodations?

New students are encouraged to contact the Accommodations Coordinator in Spring/Early Summer to discuss their disability, and to ensure that they have the necessary documentation. This timeframe also gives the student time to apply for the Student Aid Alberta Student with Disabilities Grants should they wish to secure Student Loan funding. The Accommodations Coordinator can assist with the following: determine eligibility for accommodations, facilitate appropriate accommodations, provide adaptive technology supports and training, arrange for assistive services, facilitate accommodated exams, and provide information about funding for students with disabilities.

Who do I need to disclose my disability to?

Students seeking accommodations must self-identify to the Accommodations Coordinator, who keeps detailed documentation of each student’s disability on file. Students may inform their instructors of their accommodations if they choose to, however they are not required to disclose this information, nor the nature of their disability.

Additional Resources

Calgary Learning Centre
Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

St. Mary’s University offers exam proctoring services to students needing to write exams from outside institutions. Listed below are some FAQs when it comes to booking an invigilated exam.

Does St. Mary’s offer proctoring services? Is there a charge for these services?

Yes. St. Mary’s provides a testing centre, and the charge to write an exam is $50/hour. The student will be charged for the total duration of time as indicated on the exam, not the time the student takes to finish it. Please bring a completed Exam Invigilation Form with you and make payment at the administration building prior to the exam. A copy of this form is available at the following link: Exam Invigilation Form

What hours are available for me to write my proctored exam?

Typically the Learning Centre is open Monday – Friday 8:30 am-4 pm for exam invigilation services. In certain circumstances, these hours can be flexible.

Once an exam proctor from St. Mary’s has agreed to proctor my exam what should I do?

Once you have secured an exam proctor, you should consult your home institution to arrange to have a copy of the exam sent to St. Mary’s. It is your responsibility to ensure that you leave enough time for the exam to reach St. Mary’s before your scheduled writing time.

What if the exam I am writing is online? Can I still do an online exam at St. Mary’s?

St. Mary’s testing facility offers two computers with internet access in order to facilitate online exams. Please note that St. Mary’s does not invigilate outside exams that require the additional installations of plug-ins or software. Be sure to check with your home institution to make sure that these add-ons are not needed for your exam.

For additional questions, or to book an exam, please contact:

Learning Centre (403) 254-3137 or learning.centre@stmu.ca
St. Mary’s University
14500 Bannister Road SE, Calgary AB, T2X 1Z4

FAQ

What services are offered by the Learning Centre?

The Learning Centre offers a number of different services including individual consultations, seminars to address common writing and learning concerns, and opportunities to get feedback and suggestions on your assignments.

Is there a cost for Learning Centre services?

All services offered through the Learning Centre are FREE for St. Mary’s students!

What if I still have questions?

Feel free to contact us at learning.centre@stmu.ca if you have any questions throughout your time here at St. Mary’s. Making the transition to a new school can be tough, and we are here to make it as seamless as possible.