Students improve grades

Any Vancouver Island University student who is struggling to get the grades they need or want, now has a place to go for help.

The new Grade First Aid program is in operation to give students the tools they need to help themselves improve.

“Grade First Aid is a great way for students to kickstart their academic success,” said Tina McComb, interim director of enrolment management at VIU. “The program was designed to provide support for students as they engage in university level learning. Many students come to university without a clear understanding of how to be successful.

“The one-on-one coaching and access to a wide range of excellent learning tools empowers students to develop a plan for learning that leads to enhanced success.”

There are three aspects to the program. When students join up, they gain access to a range of useful online materials through a Desire to Learn course; they can be paired with a learning coach, who is another student who knows the ropes and will help their partner keep on track; and they can attend a series of workshops on a range of key topics in the learning process.

Grade First Aid came about as a result of an initiative by Sharon Kelly in VIU’s advising department, who saw the need and brought together a group of people from across the campus to meet it.

It involved a range of student service providers at VIU, including international student services, services for aboriginal students, the library, VIU’s writing centre, counseling, the campus career centre, the office of enrollment management, and advising.

Students can still register and log into on-line program material by going to  Once registered, students will have the option of being contacted by a learning coach.

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