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 to non-U of A students and members of the general public.

To ensure that you can continue to develop your academic skills, advising appointments are offered both in-person and remotely. Remote appointments will be held through Google Meet, Zoom, etc., and access information will be provided after registration. As well, to support your academic progress during remote delivery, appointments are free to learners in all U of A programs. Appointments are also available to non-U of A students and members of the general public.


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

Individual appointments must be booked in advance by phone or email. 

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 provide 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 may book an appointment to gain guided practice on techniques taught in our workshops
  • You may also request a customized session focusing on communicating in academic settings, such as: in-class discussions, group work, self advocacy, and presentation skills. 
  • Appointments are open to both undergraduate and graduate students



Academic Support