Access one-on-one help from a professional learning advisor to maximize your academic skills and outcomes. These individual 45-50 minute sessions provide you with personalized advice for your specific academic questions or projects. Appointments are available to learners in all U of A programs as well as non-U of A students, and members of the general public.


  • U of A Student Fee: $15 per session
  • Non-U of A Student Fee: $22.50 per session

Individual appointments must be booked in advance either in person or by phone. We require pre-payment by debit or credit card for all appointments. Please note that we do not accept cash. 

What to expect

Appointment topics may include:

  • Time management and scheduling
  • Studying, note-taking, and memory
  • Anxiety and performance
  • Reading
  • Exam preparation
  • Strategies for oral exams, essay exams, and multiple-choice exams
  • Preparation for certification exams
  • Writing analysis and feedback (for course papers, thesis sections, grant applications, or any writing task)
  • Communication strategies
  • Presentations

How to Prepare

Learning Appointments:

  • You may bring texts, sample exams, or other academic materials you are working with, but you are welcome to just bring your questions.

Writing Appointments:

  • You must email your advisor a writing draft at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Although you and your advisor will look at, discuss, and fix some writing problems, this is not a proofreading or editing service.

Communication Appointments:

  • You will receive feedback and coaching on a 10-minute pre-prepared presentation. Feedback will also be provided on accompanying visual material (e.g., PowerPoint/Prezi, slides, poster).
  • Graduate Students wishing to book a communication appointment must first complete either the "Polishing Your Presentations" or "Defending your Dissertation (or Thesis)" workshop.