Ensuring Future Academic Success

UNIV 0001: Student Success Course

The Student Success Course is a non-credit course for students looking to improve their academic standing. The course is designed to help students gain the academic skills necessary for university success.

Testimonials from students who completed UNIV 0001: Student Success Course:

“My overall experience in student success was amazing and I still apply those tricks learned in the course to my university life. Student success helped me find my place in the Mount and honestly has made a huge impact on my life.” (Meghan)

“This course has helped me further my university career by giving me the tools to better manage my time and better organize myself so I can reduce my stress. This course changes the way you look at your homework and allows you to be more positive about university. I have the highest regard for this course, and I think that it is a university essential course.” (Taylor)

The main goals of the Student Success Course

  • to reflect on the learning process
  • to connect with peers
  • to explore MSVU resources/community
  • to discover individual academic strengths
  • to boost motivation for learning
  • to enhance effective study skills
  • to develop personal development skills

Course Content and Delivery

To meet the goals of the course, the following topics are included:

  • Motivation
  • Self assessment/reflection of current study skills
  • Time management
  • Single-tasking
  • Reading textbooks effectively
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective note-taking
  • Writing papers
  • Public speaking
  • Preparing for exams and dealing with exam anxiety
  • Self-Care

The delivery of the course includes a combination of self-assessment/reflection, group and individual exercises, lectures, and discussions.

Class size is usually limited to 25 students in an effort to provide as much one-on-one support to students as possible.

Meet the UNIV 0001: Student Success Course Facilitator

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!


Learning Strategies

Student Success

Supplemental Instruction


Email: James.Jollymore1@msvu.ca

Location: 3rd Floor Seton Academic Centre, Room 346

Phone: 902-657-6358

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