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First year international students: Apply to ATLAS and prepare for academic success at Queen’s

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off

First year international students: Apply to ATLAS and prepare for academic success at Queen’s

Are you an international student coming to Queen’s for the first time? Will you be a first year undergraduate student at Queen’s in September 2014? Would you like a “head start” to adjust to life and studies at Queen’s?   If you answered YES to these questions, then the ATLAS program may be for you!   Apply now. (Deadline to apply is July...

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Welcome, SOAR students and families!

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

Welcome, SOAR students and families!

Whether you attend SOAR in-person, or whether you’ve found our website from afar, Learning Strategies welcomes you to Queen’s University. We can’t wait to meet you! In fact, if you’re on Twitter, you should tweet us to say hello! (We’re also on Facebook.) Here are our top four most useful resources about academic transition for Queen’s students and their families. And remember that these are all FREE to Queen’s students! 1. Download our online resources for first-year students, including the beautiful...

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What I learned as a Teaching Assistant

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

What I learned as a Teaching Assistant

By Ramona Neferu, 4th-year Engineering Chemistry student. For two years, I have been a teaching assistant for a first year engineering course where students design a product or service for a local organization. This experience has made me become more critical of myself as a student, and I would like to share a few things I’ve learned.

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Full steam ahead on the Exam Express!

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

Full steam ahead on the Exam Express!

By Tamar Ailenberg, 3rd-year Psychology/Biology SSP This is exam season I challenge you to stay healthy, focused and on top of your game! Think that’s impossible? …Think again! It may seem too early to start prepping for exams. However, there is one month until exams and preparing the slightest amount now can have enormous gains later on. Here’s a look at how you can stay on-task this season when studying for exams while remaining healthy, social, and motivated. Scheduling START: With a Bird’s Eye View Print out an April calendar and...

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Deal me in

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

Deal me in

By Tanveen Rai, 3rd-year Biology/Psychology student For a lot of students, this is a very busy time of the year. Midterms are underway and there is no end in sight as far as assignments go. Oh, but did I mention that final exams are also right around the corner? And my room is a mess! I still have a pile of dishes to do! Who’s going to do my laundry? I want to go to the gym too! At some point all your commitments and everyday chores get to be very overwhelming! When this happens the best thing to do is just to take a step back from it all and...

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Maintaining motivation

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Maintaining motivation

By Grace McCabe, 3rd-year English major Where has the time gone? I can’t believe we’re entering the final weeks of the school year! But before we can start counting down the days to freedom and fun (and hopefully some warm weather), there are essays to write, tests to take and exams to prepare for. I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year where I start to lose steam. With so many assignments due as the year wraps up, I find myself tired, overwhelmed and stressed out which in turn leads to a wee bit of procrastination. Okay, you...

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#VinedYourSolution: A Learning Strategies social media contest!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off

#VinedYourSolution: A Learning Strategies social media contest!

Your Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) are now on Vine! Follow our Twitter account @DoWell_Queens or our Facebook account to learn some quick study tips and have the opportunity to win a great prize! The PLA’s have been making their own Vines, and we want to give you the chance to share some of yours. For two weeks in March, Queen’s students can Retweet or Share PLA Vines on Twitter and Facebook to have their names entered into a ballot. We encourage staff and faculty to participate, too, but you will not be eligible for the prize. What is the...

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Reading Week guilt

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Reading Week guilt

By Lucy Mackrell, 3rd-year Global Development major As Reading week drew to a close, I was plagued by the feeling so common to students coming back to campus after the break – Guilt. I only got this much work done, I should have finished that essay, I should not have spent so many days “doing nothing” etc. Dwelling on this is such an easy trap to fall into, which in turn decreases your current productivity and needlessly adds to your stress levels. Here are four ways that I like to productively combat this feeling of guilt: 1. Express your...

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Put the “Read” in “Reading Week”

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

Put the “Read” in “Reading Week”

Or, How to Actually Read on Reading Week By Cristina Valeri, 3rd-year English major By the time Reading Week rolls around in February, most of us are ready to do the exact opposite of reading–namely napping, snacking and watching whole seasons of TV shows on Netflix. What the university officials idealistically called ‘Reading Week’ is what we university students call ‘Much Needed Week Break. During the Busy Time of Second Semester’ where we do those exact things I mentioned before–napping, snacking and...

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Frightening February: How to stay motivated as 2014 advances

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Frightening February: How to stay motivated as 2014 advances

By Alex Valeri, 3rd-year English student It is officially February! The end of January usually signifies a couple of exciting things on the horizon such as Valentine’s Day (which basically just means binge chocolate eating), Reading Week (an opportunity to spend time with family, friends and your favourite textbooks) and finally, a lot less New Year’s Resolutioners in the gym and in your classes. For me, February is definitely the “burn out” month. Readings are starting to pile up, due dates on assignments are quickly approaching, and the...

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