We are here to help you to plan, manage your time and organize your semester, make useful notes (from your textbooks and lectures), prepare for exams and more.

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The Learning Strategist (formally the Learning Specialist), as part of Learning Support Services at CapU, can support you by providing ways to explore how you learn (i.e., What is working? What needs improvement?) and then work with you to design ways to trial learning strategies that can support your growth as a learner.

These strategies will help you to improve how you study. They may include offering new ways to approach your course materials (reading and note taking skills development), guiding you towards creating a plan and using your time efficiently and effectively (time management), retaining what you are learning for use on assignments and tests (memory and active learning techniques) and/or breaking habits that are not working for you as you strive towards your learning goals.

The Learning Strategist is here to offer you diverse ways to become a stronger learner and to support you while you find what works best for you. They give you the tools, by way of strategies, and you use them. If you find that they are not quite right for your learning, you have an opportunity to work together to explore other options.

We want you to be successful!

Meet our Learning Strategist

CapU Learning Support Specialist Melissa D'Agostino.

Melissa D'Agostino

Learning Strategist

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Credentials: MEd
Languages: English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Education from the University of Victoria, along with a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from UNBC. Melissa's expertise lies in providing executive function learning supports that are trauma-informed and neurodiverse affirming.

At the core of Melissa's practice and approach is her commitment to fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, where shared vulnerability and curiosity drive learning, discovery and growth. She endeavors to create a space where students feel empowered to actively shape their educational goals and journey.

Through personalized consultations, engaging workshops, and innovative programs, Melissa offers a diverse array of strategies aimed at enhancing study skills, time management, critical thinking and metacognitive awareness.

Whether it's mastering effective note-taking or honing exam preparation and self-management techniques, Melissa equips students with the confidence, skills and resilience needed to navigate university life successfully.

On her off time, Melissa enjoys an array of diverse adventures including: hiking, biking, running, softball, thrift shopping, painting and slowing down and relaxing in beautiful cafes.

Appointment info

Appointments are 45 minutes and take place online. Clicking the "Book an Appointment" button above will show the upcoming sessions. 

If you are experiencing challenges booking online, please call our Learning Support Services team member at 604 984 1744.

Learning resources

We have videos available that cover a number of learning strategies that students may find useful.

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How can Learning Support Services assist faculty?

Learning Support uses evidence-based learning strategies to support students while they build the metacognitive capacity to systematically plan and effect change in how they learn.

Making students more aware of their own efforts relative to academic expectations results in them adopting new ones where necessary.

Did you know that anyone — other students, staff and faculty — can refer student to our services? Please consider referring students to the Learning Strategist for support in developing their learning strategies and approaches.

The Learning Strategist is currently working on asynchronous workshops, via eLearn, that can act as standalone workshops or workshops that are embedded in your eLearn shells that can support students study skills development 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This project has an anticipated launch of May 2022.

Depending upon students' needs, the Learning Strategist can also provide customized presentations or workshops, ranging from 15-45 minutes, to support your students with course-specific learning/study skills development. Every effort is made to use the students' course materials and assignments to develop their learning processes and the skill being taught.

Faculty can consult the Learning Strategist on learning issues that are identified in courses.

These consultations may result in tailored workshops, referral to pre-existing workshops, resource referral and/or resource development that will help students adapt their techniques to get more from their learning experiences at CapU. There may also be an opportunity (or need) to work together with our colleagues in the Centre for Teaching Excellence to ensure students' success.

Learning Support at our regional campuses

For information on specific learning supports, beyond Learning Strategist consultations, offered at the Sunshine Coast campus, please contact the Sechelt Regional Campus receptionist at 604 986 1911, local 5900 (toll-free), or at 604 885 9310.

Free tutoring available through Nimbus Learning

The Sunshine Coast campus of Capilano University has partnered with Nimbus Learning to help students access free tutoring support in math, sciences, English, writing and computers.

You will have access to both one-on-one appointment-based tutoring, and group drop-in tutoring sessions, which will be hosted online through Zoom (accessed through the Nimbus platform).

Visit Nimbus Learning for information on downloading the app, creating an account and accessing free tutoring sessions.


Have questions?

Learning Support Services

604 984 1744
Birch Building, room BR267