Encourage Your Student(s) to Seek Out Support Services

Each year many Western students access Learning Development. We provide a number of important services that can help your student have the best student experience. Click here for a more detailed breakdown of the areas in which we provide support.


Promote Independence

Students need to take responsibility for their learning. This does not mean doing everything on their own. Independent students are able to assess when they can benefit from support services and know how to find and ask for help. Encourage your student to become their own best advocate by learning about the different student services at Western and making good use of them.

Support the Development of Time Management Skills

Students will receive a course outline detailing important contact information, due dates, and course expectations. They should keep this outline handy for easy reference; it's their responsibility to keep track of weekly readings, due dates, and upcoming tests. Encourage your student to note due dates on a calendar and to use a day planner to organize activities throughout the week. For more information on managing time, click here.


Ask Your Child About Their Experiences

Check-in regularly with your student to find out how they're doing, especially in the first year. Many students find the transition from a guided approach in high school to more independent learning in university challenging. Remind them that while change can be stressful, they're not alone.


Be Aware of Our Policy Regarding Confidentiality

All information disclosed by students to staff in Learning Development & Success is confidential. It will not be shared with family, university staff, course instructors, or others without students' written permission and will not become part of academic records. Rather than contacting us on your student's behalf, encourage them to contact us directly with questions or concerns.