Learning Development & Success Learning Development & Success

Western Athletes - Academic Success Program

For 11 years the Academic Success Program (ASP) has supported student athletes with their transition to university learning and competing at the varsity level. There are presentations provided to all students on our website, with one specifically for student athletes (Student-Athlete Time Management). In the third week of September Study Hall opens, which is a designated time throughout the week where athletes can come to study, get assistance on specific course content, and general learning skills and strategies.  We have graduate student mentors that support the logistics and administration of Study Hall, Learning Peers that are providing course specific assistance, and SAMP mentors (upper year student athletes) supporting the transition to university level athletics, and balancing academics and athletics.  Throughout the academic year, we also provide academic check-ins and workshops to ensure that the athletes are meeting their goals in the classroom and in their sport.


We encourage all student athletes, and especially first-year student athletes, to review the following presentations: 

  • Student-Athletes Time Management
  • Learning from Lecture
  • Learning from Textbooks
  • Preparing and Studying for Exams

Student athletes are encouraged to review any and all of the Learning Development & Success presentations that are on the website.  More information on the presentations can be found here.

Study Hall

Study Hall occurs regularly throughout the academic term.  This provides student athletes with the opportunity to connect with Learning Peers for course specific assistance, or learning skills help, to meet with graduate student mentors, or to check in with a SAMP mentor.  Study Hall hours are:

  • Monday 3 pm-6 pm
  • Tuesday 1 pm-4 pm and 7 pm-10 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am-1 pm and 6 pm-9 pm
  • Thursday 7 pm-10 pm

Student athletes can see the Zoom links and course specific assistance that can be provided during Study Hall hours in their Kinduct account. Student athletes are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the PAL Centre for assistance with courses not offered in Study Hall.

Academic Check-Ins

We want our student athletes to succeed, in sport and in academics.  The academic check-ins allow student athletes to meet with the Academic Success Program coordinator to chat about their goals (academically and sport), how the transition to university life has been so far, and to ensure that the athlete is aware of resources and services on campus that will assist with their transition to university.  If there are specific course related concerns or learning strategies that the student athlete would like to work on, these can be discussed in the meeting as well.