UVic Learn Anywhere

Virtual Centre for Student Learning

Learning Strategies Program


About the Program

We offer personalized academic support for students wishing to develop strategies for the following:

  • task perception (managing academic expectations and course learning objectives) 
  • reading (handling reading load and organizing course materials)* 
  • motivation (reasonable goal setting and time-management planning) 
  • self-regulation (stress reduction and self-compassion)  
  • concentration (focus, retention, and recall) 
  • test taking (pre-test preparation, test sitting, and post-test analysis)  


*The Centre for Academic Communication (CAC) helps with academic reading strategies needed for writing from sources

 We are here to support your academic success by building a toolbox of skills that can be used throughout your academic career and beyond. Meet with a  Learning Strategist in person or over Zoom to discuss your learning needs. 

 In contrast to the fee-based matched support offered by CAL’s Learning Assistance Program, our service provides free appointments with multiple learning strategists based on week-to-week availability. 

Book an appointment



  • Appointments take place over Zoom
  • Book a 25 or 50 minute appointment, and select the ‘meet online’ option.
  • Prior to your appointment, you will receive an automated email with a Zoom link for your meeting. 

*If you are a first-time user, you will need to register for an account to create a user ID (UVic email address) and password before logging in.

Hours of service

  • Monday – Friday: 10am to 5:30pm
  • Saturdays: 10am to 4:30pm
  • Sundays: 10am to 3:30pm
  • Fall Term: September 19 to December 11, 2022
  • Winter Term: January 16 to April 16, 2023 



    Need assistance?

    Contact us if you require any assistance at cacpc@uvic.ca 

    Meet the Team

    The Learning Strategist team, through the division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI), is here to assist you with your online learning needs.  

    Emily Arvay, PhD

    Emily Arvay, PhD

    CAC Coordinator and Learning Strategist

    Emily enjoys working with a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate students. Her educational background specializes in English Literature (PhD, University of Victoria) and Creative Writing (MA, University of Toronto). Emily worked as a Student Academic Advisor in Scotland providing students placed on academic probation with strategies aimed at enhancing student success. Emily has both taught and assisted in the UVic English department (ENG 135, 147) and has worked as a Learning Strategist for the Centre for Accessible Learning. Her teaching practice centres on strength-based and self-regulated approaches to learning: helping students draw on their own strengths to excel in their upcoming academic presentations, papers, and assignments. 

    Brodie Drake, MA Candidate

    Brodie Drake, MA Candidate

    Learning Strategist

    Brodie grew up in Ottawa, or the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people. As a certified teacher, he has worked with young people and families in a wide variety of contexts including outdoor experiential education, school-based support, substance use counselling, and inpatient mental health. If he is not working or studying, you can find him playing disc golf, and mostly likely, contemplating how he can apply SRL theory to improve his game (much to the chagrin of his disc golf partner!).

    Hannah Palmejar, MEd Candidate

    Hannah Palmejar, MEd Candidate

    Learning Strategist

    Hannah was born and raised in Surigao City, Philippines. She is currently in Victoria, working on her Master in Education International Cohort degree. She is passionate about teaching and has been teaching in a state college in the Philippines for 15 years. Her free time is spent with her family exploring and integrating in the Canadian way of life.

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