Ensuring Future Academic Success!

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)

“Very good course, I highly recommend to others.”  (Fall ’21 UNIV Student)

  • 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

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

  • Motivation
  • Habit building
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Single-tasking
  • Critical thinking
  • Note-taking
  • Group work
  • Exam preparation
  • Self-care
  • Mindfulness

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.

Hello Mount Community! My name is James Jollymore – I am the MSVU Learning Strategist and Student Success Coordinator – a part of the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success (CAASS).

My personal philosophy, for work and life, is flexibility and introspection; with recent global events and our educational institutions varied responses, we are in an interesting place of reflection and (re)discovery of what it means to be part of a post-secondary community, and a learner in general.

20 years working in education as: ESL Assistant, ESL Teacher, Direct Care Worker for Adults with Disabilities, Accessibility Consultant, Math Tutor, Student Success Specialist and currently: Learning Strategist, Student Success Coordinator, & Supplemental Instruction Supervisor.

Life-long learner: Acadia alumnus: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology, Masters of Education in Counselling, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Western Ontario. And in 2015 became Life Skills Coach certified through George Brown College in Toronto.

My work and training have focused on supporting individuals with disabilities, mental health issues, diverse learners, and building inclusive designs for learning. And as a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, I personally strive to foster an inclusive environment in the work I do each day. I am dedicated to supporting learners and finding innovative ways to ensure not only academic success but a flourishing educational experience, learning isn’t limited to the classroom – physical or virtual.

On a personal note: I have visited 24 countries, which is just over 10% of the planet, a statistic I hope to improve upon soon!


Learning Strategies

Supplemental Instruction

Student Success Coordinator

James Jollymore



Seton Academic Centre, Room 346