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Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!

Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre (SASS) would like to wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2015! Learning Strategies appointments for 2015 will be available to book as of January 6, 2015. Call 613-533-6315.

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Exam season is coming! Are you ready?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Exam season is coming! Are you ready?

By Yuming Wang, 3rd-year Life Sciences student It’s the start of December! With just a few days before exam season officially starts, I want to share with you all some tips that can help you when preparing for exams: Plan ahead! Don’t start studying last minute for your exams. Starting your exam studying early is a great way to ensure that you can give yourself enough time to go over your lecture materials and any past exams/questions. As well, it gives you sufficient time to catch up on any assigned course readings or homework you might have...

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How to stay calm, cool and collected during exam season

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

How to stay calm, cool and collected during exam season

By Elana Moscoe, 4th year Con-Ed, History “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” said no one ever… but for me, surprisingly, exam season really is one of my favourite times. Hold, on: I can explain. I love exam period because I get to go by my own schedule, dive deep into my courses that for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed this semester, and take a step back and try to solidify my knowledge that I have learned throughout the year. However, the key to keeping as calm, cool, and collected as possible during exam season...

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Handling academic stress

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Handling academic stress

By Caleigh Treissman, 3rd-year Psychology major Academic anxiety is something that all students face to varying degrees; it’s a regular part of being a university student. Sometimes stress is a good thing – would you really have stayed in to finished that assignment instead of going out with your friends if you weren’t a little anxious about it? But when stress starts to have a negative impact on both your social and academic life, it no longer serves its purpose. There are some great ways to shrink your stress and the Peer...

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Listening to music can help with concentration

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Listening to music can help with concentration

By Jenna Goldberg, 4th-year Sociology major For some people, working in a quiet environment helps them focus. For others, like myself, it is usually impossible. Picking a playlist for me is what sets me on track to start reading, writing, or studying. Research suggests that listening to certain kinds of music in the background can help in calming a person down. Being calm helps productivity. The type of music you choose, though, is very important. It is useful to have a pre-made playlist ready to go when it comes time to hit the books! Try to...

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Learning to be more resilient at university

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Learning to be more resilient at university

By Kelli Cole, 3rd-year Life Sciences student Resilience. Many of us have heard this term before, yet if asked to define “resilience”, we may struggle to put our finger on exactly what it really is! What is it? How do we know when we have it? Why do some people have more of it than others? In an attempt to encompass multiple definitions, for this blog I’ll define resilience as “the capacity to maintain or regain psychological well being in the face of challenges.” We’ve all been there. Reflect on a rough week. You know, one...

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Don’t let November’s workload get you down!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Don’t let November’s workload get you down!

By Sarah-Louise Ruder, 2nd-year Philosophy/Physics student As I turned to the next page of my calendar this past weekend, I was shocked by the amount labs, culminating projects, and tests which are coming up in the next few week, not to mention the regular work load weekly workload for my courses. It seems that we have just survived mid-terms season of October and yet the to-do list is just as intimidating! The good news is that planning ahead and a positive mental attitude can make the upcoming weeks quite manageable. Take advantage of this...

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Time management is a skill you can learn and practice

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Time management is a skill you can learn and practice

By Chelsea Hall, 2nd-year Life Sciences student Time is of the essence for every student.  Between managing a full course load, being involved in the school community through extra-curriculars, trying to maintain a social life, and desperately needing to sleep, it can easily seem as if there is not enough time to get everything you want to (or even need to) get done. I speak from experience when I say that it is all too easy to become overwhelmed! Time management is one of the biggest determinants of academic success and it can be incredibly...

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The importance of having “me time”

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

The importance of having “me time”

By Ann Choi, 2nd-year Concurrent Education student At university, it is sometimes difficult to find “me time” because of busy schedules and social lives. This was especially true for me in my first year at university. Although I met a lot of wonderful new friends, learned a great deal from my studies, and experienced great growth through living independently, I realized I neglected to have “me time”. “Me” time can mean having fun or relaxing with friends, but for me, “me time” is often something different. As an introvert, I...

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Getting rid of groupwork’s bad rap: How to make an effective study group

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Getting rid of groupwork’s bad rap: How to make an effective study group

By Cristina Valeri, 4th-year English major It seems to me that, perhaps because of high school experiences, group work has acquired a somewhat unsavoury reputation. I’m sure there are lots of Queen’s students who can relate to those feelings of awkwardness and embarrassment, of dismay and mortification when placed in a group with people you don’t know. Even more problems can arise if the group doesn’t work together as a cohesive unit or if one or two members end up doing all the work. We’re in university now and...

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