The value of developing new skills, while improving on your existing ones is an important aspect of your academic experience. Not only will skill enhancement help you achieve success with your studies, but it will be essential in pursuing your future career path.
Here are a few example of skills which can be the most useful:
Effective Communications – the ability to listen objectively, comprehend clearly, and then to express yourself both in person and in written form.
Critical Thinking Skills – the ability to think logically, construct enquiry, and solve problems.
Independence and Self Reliance – these include time management, study skills, budgeting, health and wellness.
Teamwork – the ability to work / study collaboratively within groups, whether small or large.
Adaptation to Technology – ability to learn and thrive in the digital age, with a variety of software and media.
While at Columbia College, students will find many ways to build new skills and gain experience, both within the classroom setting, and outside via clubs, activities, field trips and so on. In addition, students can pursue volunteer and paid work opportunities. Practical advice is this: the more that you participate, the more you will benefit.
Check out this page regularly for volunteer and job employment opportunities on and off campus!
Peer Tutor at Columbia College
Students can volunteer their time (commitment is 2 hours per week), and assist their peers with various topics, subjects, and skills. They can volunteer in the library, Student Services computer lab, or in the Learning Centre. They are welcome to volunteer their support in: Microsoft Word and Basic Computer Skills (this includes the Student Portal), Computer Sciences, Business, Accounting and Economics, or Sciences.
The primary role of the tutor is to offer academic assistance by helping the tutee “learn how to learn” on their own. The peer tutor will not teach course material. They will receive training from the Learning Centre Supervisor and will participate in monthly volunteer meetings.
Please note: Peer Tutoring in the Learning Centre is provided by students who are chosen based on instructor recommendation, academic performance, and the ability to understand their own learning. If you would like to apply, please come to Student Services (Room 211) or the Learning Centre (Room 411) to pick up an application form.
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