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How to maintain your focus

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

How to maintain your focus

By Winnie Cheng, 2nd-year Nursing AST student In the world of smartphones attached to your hand and the use of laptops in all your classes, I was really struggling with my focus while studying and in class. I was constantly distracted by the buzz of a text or the habitual checking of Facebook every 30 seconds. In a 50 minute class, I spent more time checking my notifications and newsfeed than paying attention to what the prof had to say! So I wanted to share a couple of tips and tools that helped me focus on the task at hand, whatever it was...

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Battling Internet distractions — There’s an app for that!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Battling Internet distractions — There’s an app for that!

By Kendall Garton, PhD candidate in History Let’s face it: the internet can be a magical and majestic place, BUT between Facebook and cute puppy videos it’s also the dangerous beast at the root of many study distractions. Fear not – there is likely an app for that! Below is a list of some (free) internet resources paired up with some of our favourite PLA tips: Manage internet distractions Ideally, we’d all just turn off the internet while working, but with so many academic resources online that’s easier said than done. To help manage your...

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It’s year four and I’m graduating … When did this happen?!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

It’s year four and I’m graduating … When did this happen?!

By Alex Valeri, 4th-year English major The past few weeks as I walked around campus, I noticed a lot more fresh faces than usual. Queen’s was abuzz with frosh, it seemed! But then a thought struck me: Are other students getting younger or am I simply getting older? I immediately rushed to the closest mirror—no wrinkles, no bald spots, not even a grey hair. Despite the lack of these outward signs, I was forced to confront a very difficult truth: it’s year four and I’m due to graduate in May. So when exactly did this happen? A lot of my fellow...

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Balancing the turkey and the pumpkin pie

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Balancing the turkey and the pumpkin pie

By Rachael Harkes, 4th-year History/Art History major As Thanksgiving looms at the end of the week, excitement is in the air for journeys home, good non-student life food, time with the family and most of all, relaxation. Wait, relaxation?! That word can be hard to fit into one’s vocabulary during midterms, but it squeezes in there in anticipation this upcoming weekend, along with freedom (albeit temporary), turkey, and pumpkin-flavoured everything. It helps us push through this stress of Week 5 midterms, but it is important to remember...

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Pre-midterm pick-me-ups!

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

Pre-midterm pick-me-ups!

By Tamar Ailenberg, 4th-year Biology/Psychology SSP Forget about combating the exam blues, instead, be proactive and prepare for them!  #1– Avoid the Mid-October Pile-up It’s never too early or too late to schedule. Scheduling helps students organize their seemingly overwhelming workload. What’s more is it helps you realistically assess what you have to do and how much time you have to do it in. For tips on creating Monthly, Weekly, or Daily Schedules please visit our online time management resources. Monthly schedules give you a bird’s eye...

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Profs are people, too: How to effectively communicate with your profs

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

Profs are people, too: How to effectively communicate with your profs

By Grace McCabe, 4th-year English major One big difference between high school and university is the communication (or lack thereof) that you have with your professor. In high school, your teachers took attendance for each class and kept track of you and your work. Now you are one of several hundred students in a first-year lecture hall! Chances are your professor does not know your name, they most certainly are not taking attendance and you can be sure they are not chasing you to hand in an assignment or study for a test. Communication with...

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Are we full-time students … or full-time babysitters?

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

Are we full-time students … or full-time babysitters?

By Hayley Toivanen, 4th-year English major Sometimes I think that managing five courses at university is like babysitting five children. On the weekend, you finish all your history readings for the week ahead as if you’ve crooned the baby to sleep. But wait! The curious toddler, analogous to your English essay, has climbed up onto the stair railing and is leaning precariously to the edge. If you don’t spend time writing those a thousand words soon, your English grade will teeter from an A to a B. Meanwhile, Mathematics, Philosophy, and...

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What’s your favourite note-taking system?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

What’s your favourite note-taking system?

By Bryn Berry, 3rd-year Commerce student What’s your favourite note-taking system? Take this quiz to find out, and then try some new note-taking ideas at the end! Here’s how to interpret your results: If you are a notebook ninja… Invest in a spiral bound notebook for each class, and get some colourful pens, because this system is all about taking handwritten notes in class and while reading. It helps to take notes while you read, underlining or highlighting key words and noting page numbers in brackets. Don’t forget to organize...

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Three ways to deal with new academic stress

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Three ways to deal with new academic stress

By Chelsea Hall, 2nd-year Life Sciences student At the start of every school year there is an unparalleled initial thrill, regardless of whether you’re returning to school or beginning your university experience for the first time. During the first month, opportunities seem endless and many students overindulge in the social environment. But then the honeymoon period ends: quizzes, assignments and midterms that at one point seemed like a distant, but necessary, evil are no longer so far away. Accompanying the looming deadlines and...

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How ready are you really for school?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

How ready are you really for school?

By Joyce Leung, 2nd-year Concurrent Education student Just a short while ago, the August days were shining brightly, Stauffer Library was an easier place to find seats, and September seemed far in the future. We’re now one week in and it’s time to wake up and smell the autumn air, because school is now in session! Whether this is your first year here or if this is just another school year, we have some tips here that may help you transition back into scholarly mode – all ready for success. 1. Be organized: “There are so many brand new...

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