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There are wide variety of resources available to Langara students to help you be successful during your time with us. While not exhaustive, the following provides a high-level summary of some key academic services and supports that you should learn about.

Langara Student Success Course (LSSC)

The LSSC prepares you for academic life at Langara College and introduces you to key supports available on campus.  It is advised that you take this free course before starting your program.

Career Workshops

The Co-op and Career Development Centre offers workshops, resume reviews, interview practice, and guest speakers to help you get a head start on your career.  

Tech Thursday

Tech Thursday is a series of monthly panels where industry experts will talk about a day in the life of their career, the position and skills required to do their work, and tips for students entering their company. A variety of job types, career paths, and future outlooks are presented each month.

Student Success Workshops

Learn fundamental skills and get valuable tips carefully tailored to improve your productivity and results during your time at Langara and for your future workplace experience.

These workshops are free for Langara students to attend.

Learning Commons and Tutoring

The Learning Commons, located inside the library, offers research help, writing and subject tutoring, study skills workshops and more services and tools to help enhance your learning. All services are free and available to Langara students.

Virtual Learning Support

Virtual Learning Support is a place where you can find resources and connect with someone from the Learning Support Team to get help with academic and online learning. The page includes online learning tips and the answer to frequently asked questions.

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Students are expected to adhere to classroom and learning environment guidelines during their time at Langara College. You can read the full list of expectations here.

Find information on policies, rules, and regulations that impact your time at Langara. The office helps students gain greater insight into their decisions and behaviours so every student can learn in a safe, respectful environment. There are also examples of activities that are plagiarism and cheating.

It is good to know your Grade Point Average (GPA) and to understand how it is calculated. Your GP is assessed at the end of each semester on a 4-point scale. Good academic standing means that you have a GPA over 1.50 and you do not have more than one F, N, or U.

  • F = Fail (completed course work but did not meet the minimum expectation
  • N = Incomplete (did not attend class, complete course work, or write the final exam)
  • U = Unsatisfactory (did not pass a class)

For more information on academic standing, visit Registration & Records Resources/Information.

This video has a light-hearted view of what’s considered acceptable and unacceptable.

Regular Studies students on academic probation who do not achieve the minimum academic standard in their next semester will be placed on academic suspension.

If you are currently on academic suspension, visit Langara’s Counselling service to learn about additional resources to help you continue your studies.

Group work is an assignment or project completed by three or more students collaborating and performing tasks together in order to fulfill course requirements. Most classes will require some form of group work: some group work may be required for a final presentation and project; other group work may be just to work together to discuss a topic or answer a question in class.

Benefits of group work include:

  • Increased individual achievement
  • Interpersonal and intercultural communications skill development
  • Enhanced teamwork skills leading to greater employment opportunities
  • Improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong connections created with other students

Although there are many benefits, many students fear group work, especially if they’ve never done it before. However, being prepared and knowing what to expect will help you overcome your fear.

FOUR TIPS FOR GROUP WORK:
Understand the assignment. Set roles and responsibilities.
Agree on team expectations. Maintain regular group communication.

All instructors have office hours and are required to be in their offices for a certain amount of time every week to help students and provide extra support. This information is available on the course outline you receive in the first week of class. They are expecting to see students and welcome questions about their course so come prepared with specific questions to take advantage of this valuable time.

A few tips when communicating with instructors by email:

  • Include your full name, your student ID number, and the class you are in.
  • Formal email format and be as polite as possible.
  • Allow 3-5 days for a response.
  • Remember that your instructors have many students in their classes.

Langara Return to Learning Course (LRTL)

Are you currently on Academic Suspension? 
It can be very upsetting to be placed on academic suspension, we encourage you to view this experience as an opportunity to develop new approaches to your studies, which will help you be more successful in the future. Langara College has an Academic Standing policy that governs how your academic performance is assessed. The full academic policy is available from Registration & Records.

If this is your first time on academic suspension at Langara College, you are not permitted to register for three consecutive semesters. However, you may be eligible to appeal for early readmission if you choose to successfully complete Langara’s Return to Learning (LRTL) course option. Under this new option, early readmission is not guaranteed, and you will still be required to sit-out for a minimum of one semester while you complete the LRTL course.

Note: If this is not your first time on academic suspension, you are not eligible to appeal for early readmission based on the LRTL course option.

Completing this course is not mandatory, but is required if students wish to appeal for early readmission. Early readmission is granted to students who successfully complete the LTRL course with a minimum grade of 75%.

There are three steps to completing the LRTL course option for early readmission:

  1. Attend a LRTL information session.  You will be registered into the course after the completion of the information session.
  2. Log into Brightspace and complete the online course. You must achieve 75% on each module quiz in the course, in order to successfully complete the course.
  3. Attach your ‘completion badge’ (download from Brightspace, showing you have achieved the required score of 75%), and attach it to the Appeal for Early Readmission Form and submit to the Registrar’s Office.

Information sessions are held each semester. When the schedule is confirmed, dates and registration information is posted on the Counselling website.

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