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Laurier teaches high school graduates strategies for success in university

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Jun 22/09| For Immediate Release


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WATERLOO – From 80 pages of weekly reading to 250, from memorizing to critical analysis, learning in high school is different from learning in university. Wilfrid Laurier University is offering two summer courses for high school graduates to help them prepare for this new academic experience: University 101, and TriAGe: Preparation for University Calculus.

University 101 shows students how the university learning process differs from high school and teaches them how to develop academic and personal strategies for success. Course topics range from academic to lifestyle, including time management, critical thinking, active reading, test taking and personal wellness.

“Secondary school students must transition and further develop their academic skills in order to succeed in university,” said University 101 instructor Michael Lisetto-Smith. “The strategies and skills they will develop through this course will be transferable to any learning environment—even the workplace.”

Offered by Laurier’s Mathematics Assistance Centre, the TriAGe program will help students prepare for first-year calculus courses, which are required for many mathematics, science, business and economics programs. This course will review and provide a deeper understanding of key pre-calculus material, which is paramount for success in university calculus.  

“The program is designed to strengthen fundamental math skills in trigonometry, algebra and geometry,” said David Vaughan, mathematics professor and associate dean of science. “In addition to positioning students for success in first-year calculus, the course will also help them to develop effective learning strategies to ease the transition to university.”

University 101 and TriAGe are open to all high school graduates, whether or not they will be attending Laurier in the fall.

University 101 is offered on the Laurier campus from Aug. 4 to 20, and online from Aug. 4 to 27. The course cost is $295 plus materials. For more information and to register, visit

TriAGe runs at Laurier from Aug. 11-27 with an optional exam on Sept. 1. The course cost is $150 plus materials. For further details and to register, visit


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