Learning Skills Services, Student Development Centre

Individual Counselling

Confidential individual appointments with a learning skills counsellor are available to help students achieve academic success. This service is available to all University of Western Ontario students.

Learning skills counselling is for all students. Individual counselling can benefit both successful students who want to improve performance further or increase efficiency by learning new study strategies, as well as students who are experiencing academic difficulties. For students experiencing academic difficulties, it is strongly advised that they arrange a counselling appointment as soon as possible. See Disappointing Grade? for additional information.

Students can use Learning Skills Services at any point in their studies, from first year to graduate school. Students may self refer to the service or be referred by a professor or staff member. All counselling is confidential; information is not released unless requested by the student and signed consent is on file.

Making an Appointment

Appointments can be made in person in the Student Development Centre, Room 4100, Western Student Services Building. Click here for the hours of operation. You can also make an appointment by calling 519-661-2183. Appointments are 50 minutes in length.

If you have made an appointment by phone, please print the Learning Skills Assessment Form and bring the completed form to your appointment.

Click here to view our Procedures and Guideline form for Learning Skills Services. 

Referrals from Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can refer students to learning skills counselling. When there is an immediate problem of some urgency, faculty and staff are advised to contact a counsellor in Learning Skills Services by calling ext. 82183 so that the student can be seen in an emergency appointment. Alternatively, without including any student information, faculty and staff can request that a counsellor phone them by sending an e-mail to learning@uwo.ca. For more information on SDC's Learning Skills Services and recommendations for the handling of common student issues visit our FAQ page.


The LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies Inventory) assesses students' approaches to learning. For more information see Assess Your Skills.