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The Centre for Academic Communication

Strategies for writing, reading, speaking, planning, studying, and more!

About us

At the Centre for Academic Communication, we offer online and in-person appointments, workshops, and more. Our services are free and available to all undergraduate and graduate students at UVic.

Our team can provide you with the academic skills you need to:

  • Manage your time and set goals
  • Read texts and take notes
  • Understand tasks and think critically
  • Write papers and give presentations
  • Sustain focus and retain information
  • Reduce stress and prepare for exams

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Meet with us

Meet with our teamin person or over Zoom. Our centre provides free 25- or 50-minute appointments based on daily availability.

Need assistance?

Contact us if you have any questions about the program or ways in which we can help you.

Self-paced resources

Explore our top resources and videos for undergraduate, graduate, English-as-an-additional language, and Indigenous students.

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The use of Generative AI (GenAI) tools such as ChatGPT in the classroom

You may be curious as to whether you can use ChatGPT or other Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) tools in the classroom and to what extent. There are some strengths and weaknesses in GenAI tools. Below are some FAQs regarding usage of GenAI at UVic.What is...

Effective Note Taking

Taking notes helps you actively engage with the materials in your courses. Here are some visuals to help you get started.Evidence of effective notes3-step strategy for taking effective notes This is an effective approach to help you focus and understand what you are...

How to ace the exam period in three simple steps

You don't have to wait until the exam period to start studying, in fact the earlier you start the easier it is! We have a few tips to help you get started below. 1. Take notes As you’re learning material, think about how you can structure and organize ideas into...

Three time-management tips to reduce your stress

Are you hoping to reduce your stress during your studies and use your time productively? Learn three time management strategies that can be used thoughout the term.1. Top three daily activities If you think you have too much on your plate, your schedule is just too...

The use of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT in the classroom

We have updated our guideline regarding Generative AI (GenAI). Learn more about the use of GenAI tools such as ChatGPT in the classroom.You may have heard of the term ChatGPT in recent conversations on or around campus, but what is it exactly? With growing popularity,...

Eating the Elephant: How to stay motivated and plan your time effectively

During midterm season, lots of students start feeling burnt out or have a hard time staying focused. One quick tip for improving motivation and concentration is called “eating the elephant.”How to create manageable goals If you find that you have trouble getting...

Backwards planning for time management

Do you find yourself under a lot of pressure when taking on multiple tasks? Do you have trouble building a pathway towards your goal? Do you find it difficult to visualize the necessary steps needed to complete complex goals? If you answered “yes” to any of these...

ePorfolio Resources for Students

Here are a few safety and security tips to consider when developing your ePortfolio:

Consider Limiting Access to Your ePortfolio. Most ePortfolio platforms allow you to limit access to who can view, edit and publish content
An ePortfolio set to public access will allow anyone with Internet to view your content– this means it may be misused or seen by potential employers.
Use privacy settings to help limit access.

How to read a course syllabus or outline

A course outline or syllabus is your guide to a course. Your professor will provide it to you on or before the first day of class. This post includes some of the most common elements of a course outline or syllabus and can be used as a tool to understand how to read...

Reading Strategies – from journal articles to book chapters

You are encouraged to adapt this strategy to your preferences Questions to ask yourself before reading What do I need to know? How will I use this information? Why is this information important to my course or research? What does my professor or instructor want me to...
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