Welcome to Learning Strategist Services

What does a learning strategist do?

A learning strategist can help you develop study skills, learn effective time management, prepare for exams, and more. Available for one-on-one appointments, the learning strategist can help you take a detailed look at your learning and find an individualized approach toward success.


Seton Academic Centre, Room 346
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS


Meet the Learning Strategist

Learning Strategist and Student Success Coordinator

Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success

Mount Saint Vincent University

Hello Mount Community! My name is James Jollymore – I am the new MSVU Learning Strategist and Student Success Coordinator – having joined the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success team in May. Previously, I worked as an Accessibility Consultant and Student Success Specialist at George Brown College (’03 – ’21) in Toronto. I grew up in River Hebert, NS, and completed both my undergraduate (class of ’97) and graduate (class of ’01) degrees at Acadia University.

I look forward to working one-on-one with MSVU students who would like support with learning strategies, holding workshops for students, coordinating, and facilitating UNIV 0001: University Student Success course, as well as coordinating the Supplemental Instruction program. Many opportunities to connect with students!

Outside of working in post-secondary, I find any opportunity to travel. Most recently I was in South America (pre-COVID) for 4 months exploring Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. Experiencing other countries, cultures and languages has been an invaluable part of my life-long learning journey!


Seton Academic Centre, Room 346
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS

Office: 902-457-6358/ Work Cell: 902-483-6247

Mount Saint Vincent University is located on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.

Student Success Workshops - FALL 2021

Free, student success workshops with study skills resources that will help you develop strategies suited to your individual academic learning needs. Facilitated by Learning Strategist James Jollymore and offered online (Teams) and in-person (small groups).

Workshop Title: Note-Taking & Time Management

Description: In this workshop we will explore the Cornell Method of note taking with the added feature of doodling and the benefits to learning. We will also learn about the Pomodoro Technique and ways to maximize the effectiveness of study time.

Fri., Oct 15th, 1 – 2 pm                  TEAMS: Click here to join the meeting

Fri., Oct. 29th, 11am – 12 pm        TEAMS: Click here to join the meeting


Workshop Title: Single-Tasking: “No More Multi-tasking!”

Description: This workshop will explore the benefits of Single-tasking. “How to focus on one thing at a time, get more done, and feel less stressed.” Article by Jory MacKay Rescue blog: 10/27/20

Fri., Oct. 8th, 1 – 2 pm                      TEAMS: Click here to join the meeting

Fri., Oct. 22nd, 11am – 12pm            TEAMS: Click here to join the meeting


Workshop Title: Exam Preparation

Description: Getting ready for exams by exploring a variety of study tips, organizing notes, and using tools such as Mind Mapping.

Schedule: November 25th, 12 – 1:30 pm

Location: On campus – Room SAC 305


Workshop Title: Self-Care Planning

Description: This workshop will dive into the importance of Self-Care and the benefits of sleep, eating well, movement and being kind with yourself.

Schedule: December 2nd, 12 – 1:30 pm

Location: On campus – Room SAC 305

Note Taking Strategies

Cornell* Notes

Divide the paper into 3 sections:

  • Draw a horizontal line about 5 or 6 lines from the bottom.
  • Draw a vertical line about 2 inches from the left side of the page.
  • Draw a dark horizontal line over the top line.


  • Write course name, date and topic at the top of each page.

Write Notes

  • The large box to the right is for writing notes.
  • Skip a line between ideas and topics.
  • Use abbreviations and shorthand as much as possible (not complete sentences).

Review & clarify

  • Review the notes the same day.
  • Pull out main ideas, key points, dates, and people and write them in the column on the left.


  • Write a summary of the main ideas in the bottom section.

Study your notes

  • Reread your notes in the right column.
  • Spend most of your time studying the ideas in the left column and the summary at the bottom. These are the most important ideas and will probably include most of the information you will be tested on.

*This strategy is based on the strategy presented by Pauk, W. (1997). How to study in college (6th ed). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Learning Toolbox. Steppingstone Technology Grant. James Madison University, MSC 1903, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Tips for Exam Preparation

  • Take time to make a plan – Use strategies such as calendar blocking and to-do lists to plan your week
  • Check your knowledge – Start your study session by writing everything you know on a piece of paper to determine the gaps in your knowledge. Use this to decide what to study first or where to spend more time.
  • Prioritize – Use the traffic light method to organize your material (Red=study first, Yellow=study second, Green=study last/review)
  • Use effective study strategies

Helpful Links

  • Assignment Calculator
  • One of the best ways to remember things is to make it meaningful for you, try out acronymify to create acronyms related to your course material!
  • Trello has a tool to see all of your current tasks, in-progress tasks, and future tasks
  • Self-testing is a useful study strategy, check out Quizlet for learning tools and activities