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We are hiring Peer Learning Assistants for 2015-16!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

We are hiring Peer Learning Assistants for 2015-16!

Will you be in 2nd-year or above starting September 2015? Do you love teaching and learning? Good news! We are currently recruiting Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) for the 2015-2016 academic year! Apply now. As a PLA, you will have the opportunity to… Teach workshops on academic skills and strategies to other Queen’s students Empower others to accomplish their academic goals Provide drop-in sessions on time management in Stauffer Library Participate in outreach campaigns to promote academic success strategies Perks of being a...

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Get your groove back: Tips for a smooth return to schoolwork after a break

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Get your groove back: Tips for a smooth return to schoolwork after a break

By Caleigh Treissman, 3rd-year Psychology major After the break, getting back into the rhythm of school can sometimes be difficult: the return of responsibility and stress, saying goodbye to family and friends from home. The important thing to remember is that YOU CAN GET BACK INTO THE GROOVE! We recognize that motivation may be low to start, so here are a few handy tips to get you started! Be gentle with yourself. Recognize that it may take you a while to get back into the school work groove! Don’t get down on yourself, take breaks and do...

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The Big Sleep: Why making time for sleep is so important

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

The Big Sleep: Why making time for sleep is so important

By Alex Valeri, 4th-year English major Throughout my four years at Queen’s, I confess I have seen a lot of bleary-eyed university students stumbling to their morning—or even afternoon–classes, clutching their coffees as if holding on to dear life, and fighting to repress loud, in-your-face yawns. I also confess that I have been one of those students who have valiantly attempted to face the day running on only a few hours of sleep. Sleep is easy to forget amidst our crazy university schedules. Between writing essays, keeping up with...

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Happy New Year from Learning Strategies! Are you ready?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Happy New Year from Learning Strategies! Are you ready?

By Chelsea Hall, 2nd-year Life Sciences student The start of the new year marks the beginning of the winter term: you will have a new schedule, face different challenges, experience more possibilities open to you and so much more. Although new year resolutions are often hard to keep, you can learn good habits anytime.  There is no better time to do so than now! Keep, Toss and Try Take a moment to reflect on your fall term. Are you pleased with your current marks? What study skills worked for you (or which ones did not)? Where was your...

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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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