1. Balancing academics and life
Students achieve a sense of success at university when they have a positive experience and positive outcomes. This is more likely when students think for themselves, and then make wise choices, about
“What would a good life at university look like?”
“What do I want to achieve this year, or during the next 4 years?”
Students who learn to make wise choices in regulating their health and activities usually have a more positive experience at Queen’s combined with better academic achievement. Good health is usually thought of as a state of well-being in several areas:
2. How can you cope if you feel overwhelmed?
There will be times when students aren’t up to date and not able to do everything to 100% of their ability. This is normal! Making strategic choices is part of being an efficient student.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can try to:
- get a good sleep and re-assess the situation;
- follow some of the familiar routines from home, such as bedtimes and eating times;
- control your distractions, including social media, Netflix, your phone, and friends;
- use a 4 month term calendar to map out what is due, when, and how much it is worth;
- set daily priorities, including school work and down time;
- talk to the Professor or TA to clarify the assignment, to see if your assignment is on the right track, or to get an idea of the focus of a reading;
- organize a homework schedule that includes study plus class time (a full time job), eating, exercise, sleep and some personal time. See our weekly schedule template for help;
- use campus resources such as:
- use the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library for work space and academic support services;
- speak to librarians for help researching a paper;
- see the Faculty Academic Advisor in the general administration area of the faculty (e.g., Room F200 in MacCorry Hall for Arts & Science students, or 1st Floor Goodes Hall for Commerce, or Student Services in Beamish-Munroe Hall for Engineering);
- talk to your residence don;
- make an appointment with a Counsellor at Student Wellness Services; and/or
- speak with the University Chaplain.