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What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a service provided by the University Advisors for students who want an academic boost.  Short videos on MyLMU Connect offer study strategies for topics your LMU peers said they needed most.

In addition to online materials and reminders, the University Advisors are available for one-on-one appointments to tailor strategies to your personal academic needs or challenges. 

What topics do you cover?

  • Balancing Time Commitments (Time Management)
  • Metacognition and College Expectations
  • Test Preparation
  • Note-Taking Techniques
  • Critical Reading
  • Study Group Strategies
  • Oral Communication and Presentation Skills
  • And More . . .

Each topic area above includes a  variety of resources. 

For example, our oral communication resources include:

  • Recommendations Video from our Kickstart Student Editor (a Communication Studies major)
  • Time management for oral communication projects (for individuals and group projects)
  • Development process worksheet for presentations and public speaking
  • Powerpoint vs. Prezi "Which is right for your project?"
  • Powerpoint vs. Prezi overview video
  • Long-form content from our workshop

Who should use Kickstart?

Any student who wants an academic boost can use our services, but most materials target new LMU freshmen.

How can faculty use Kickstart?

Faculty may contact at any time to discuss your thoughts on Kickstart, to offer contributions, or to collaborate with us on a classroom session or assignment.  We particularly strive to address topics and skills addressed in the LMU core curriculum.  For example, as more faculty include oral communication components in their curricula, we've included more resources to support the need. 

Any of our Kickstart content may be adapted to:

  • Individualized support:
    • 30 minute appointments are available to students when they contact the ARC at 310.338.2847 to book a Kickstart appointment.
  • Classroom Visits are available in the following formats:

    • 10 minute: recommendations tailored to your course, including an overview of our online/in-person support and/or a discipline-specific discussion with instructor.
    • 50 minute: a presentation and at least one whole-class activity.  Adaptations for specific courses are possible with the collaboration of the instructor.

How do I sign up?

Get access by . . .

  • Contact the University Advisors at and request access.  We'll do the rest and send you login instructions, or . . .
  • Login to MyLMU Connect as normal, and use the "search organizations" box to search for "Kickstart!"  Click the drop-down arrow to join.

Once you've got access, you can check out the content 24/7 via MyLMU Connect, right alongside your courses.  Kickstart! will be in the "My Organizations" box.

Other Kickstart opportunities to build your resume . . .

Using the service allows you to become a Kickstart Reviewer, Contributor, or receive our Certificate of Completion.  These are unpaid opportunities, but each allows students to build their resume and continue improving our materials at the same time!

What are these roles?

  1. Kickstart Reviewer:  By watching a select number of videos and completing a "Kickstart Review Form" for each, you can become an official "Reviewer."  Your contributions will help us edit video content and discover new topics of interest.
  2. Kickstart Contributor: These students provide content through a combination of video reviews, short content pieces like their own blogs and videos that provide a student's perspective on strategies that work.
  3. Kickstart Certificate of Completion:  Students who watch all of our videos and demonstrate their learning may receive our Certificate of Completion, showing future employers their commitment to academic success and time management.

Try a Sample Video . . . 

Not sure if Kickstart is right for you?  Here's a taste of the practical and big-picture tips you'll find in our videos.  



To find out more . . .

To find out more about the research behind and development of Kickstart, please email


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