Course Description

Offered by the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being - CPSW@wlu.ca

The GEAR UP program includes six modules to help you prepare for graduate level academic work. Each module will help you practice and enhance your academic skills to support your success in graduate courses.

Module 1: Expectations and Personal Assets

This module introduces you to the expectations for graduate students, goal setting and recognizing personal assets to support success.

Module 2: Balancing School-Work-Life Commitments

You will be engaged in understanding life-role conflicts and stress management, and practice skills for time management.

Module 3: Engaging with the Learning Materials - Readings, Lectures and Beyond

This module focuses on increasing your awareness of strategies for successful learning including reading techniques, note taking and review for test preparation.

Module 4: Research Skills

You will hone your academic research skills and learn strategies for engaging in inquiry by focusing on a research question, understanding the role of different types of sources in the research process, and knowing how to find and evaluate sources.

Module 5: Engaging with Professors and Peers

This module focuses on the value of connections with peers and professors, including skills on crafting effective discussion posts and engaging in productive group work.

Module 6: Academic Writing at the Graduate Level

You will develop your understanding of expectations for graduate students’ engagement in academic communication including organizing ideas in an essay, integrating sources with integrity, and using APA documentation style for citation.

Course Overview

Start date: Continuous
Delivery: Online
Who: Open (intended for students who are starting an onsite, blended or fully online graduate level program at a college or university, but anyone may participate)
Fee: $95
Time: Approximately 12 hours
Certificate of completion: Yes


This learning package is housed within Laurier’s online learning platform, MyLearningSpace. Once you gain access, you will have 60 days to complete the six modules.


Raj Saini
Police Sergeant

“In May of 2018, I entered graduate studies at Laurier with aspirations of obtaining my master’s degree. Upon my acceptance, I had not been in a formal university course for twenty-one (21) years. Fortunately for me, I received an email about GEAR UP for Graduate Studies. I signed up for the course and it was exactly what I needed to prepare myself for my current program. I finished the modules and received reference material that I use on a continual basis. I highly recommend the program to anyone that is considering furthering his or her education, especially if you have been absent from a formal educational setting for any length of time.”

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GEAR UP for Graduate Studies
Online, self paced
May 01, 2024 to Aug 31, 2024
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Fee non-credit $95.00
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