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Spring/Summer hours

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off

Spring/Summer hours

Schedule a 1:1 session with a learning strategist or professional writing consultant this summer! We can provide support for essays, dissertation and other grad-related writing, English language learner issues (including presentation and academic language skills sessions), or issues with motivation, time management, procrastination, and managing academic stress. Learning Strategies: May 4 – July 30 Appointments are generally available Monday – Friday afternoons, 1:30 – 3:30. The Writing Centre: April 27 – July 30...

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How to tackle exam season

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

How to tackle exam season

I say this every year, but this semester really did just fly by. I cannot believe that we are already at the end of Week 12. Exam season is here and it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. This also applies to those bogged down by final assignments or essays. Let’s not procrastinate — instead think “game on!” The time to start is now. Try not to fumble Falling behind in your classes can happen sometimes, and the sense of losing control can heighten when exams loom ahead. The best way to counter exam anxiety is...

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5 ways to be AWESOME this exam period!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

5 ways to be AWESOME this exam period!

By Grace McCabe, 4th-year English major Well, folks, it’s that time of year again…that time in the semester when you are scrambling to get multiple assignments and final papers completed, keep up with readings and all the while, you have that nagging voice in the back of your mind that’s telling you, “You better start getting ready for exams!” How are you supposed to keep it all together at such a busy time? Here are a few tips on how you can start getting ready for final exams at this point in the semester: 1. Get the big picture If you...

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Training for the marathon (AKA university)

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

Training for the marathon (AKA university)

By Caleigh Treissman, 3rd-year Psychology major University is a marathon: the workload is large and the timeline is tight, but in order to succeed you must be able to keep up your endurance. An important way to build up the endurance to last throughout the race (your university degree) is by taking breaks (yes, you read that right, BREAKS!). Use the 50/10 rule: Try to break your study time into 50-minute sessions with a 10-minute break between sessions. Give this a try! It will help improve your concentration and keep your momentum up! Here...

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The last ten yards: Catching up before finals

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

The last ten yards: Catching up before finals

By Theresa Bryce, 4th-year English major and Gender Studies minor It’s week 10 and final papers, assignments, labs, and exams are right around the corner and you haven’t done readings… ironically since reading week! It might not be easy to catch up but I hope these strategies will guide you and relieve some stress as you make your way into the summer! Once you’ve fallen behind I always hear friends and students ask “Should I start from the week I stopped doing readings? Won’t I fall behind on what’s happening now?”. The short answer is that...

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University is a balancing act

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

University is a balancing act

By Jordanna Grossinger, 4th-year Concurrent Education student studying French and Psychology Time flies when you’re having fun… We’ve all heard that before and my last four years at Queen’s are definitive proof of this oh-so-famous statement. Between all of our social commitments, academic responsibilities and extra-curricular activities, university turns into one big balancing act that’s often hard to manage. At the beginning of the year we find ourselves organizing our to-do lists, making fresh (maybe colour-coded!) schedules and committing...

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Logging in to online learning

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Logging in to online learning

By Hayley Toivanen, 4th-year English major I am not an online person. I organize my calendar with an old-fashioned agenda. I print off emails with important information. I bring pens and notebooks to class. I watch my printer ink decline as I print off PDF-readings, but it’s worth having a hard copy to mark-up instead of skimming the text, reading from a screen. For the reasons above, I have tried to avoid taking online courses. But this semester, my last at Queen’s, I decided to try an online course through the Writing Centre as an elective....

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Motivation mantra

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Motivation mantra

By Tamar Ailenberg, 4th-year Bio/Psyc SSP As a Yoga enthusiast, I have learned the importance of having a positive attitude. Whether you’re approaching something as a novice, intermediate or trained expert, it is important to not underestimate your abilities and consequentially psych yourself out. Here are some useful tips and tricks to psych yourself in to studying! Stress is good. Too much stress is bad. So how do you manage that productful, motivating kind of anxiety and that overwhelmingly inhibiting kind? The answer is simple, but not...

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Keep up with your readings

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Keep up with your readings

By Ann Choi, 2nd-year Concurrent Education student, majoring in English literature As we near the end of the semester, completing the readings may seem more difficult than ever. You might be tempted to go out with your friends to enjoy a walk by the beautiful Lake Ontario if the day is nice, or, if you are living in residence, your friends may visit your room and whisk you away into fun places, bidding adieu to your readings! It is also possible to read for hours on end, and realize you did not process any of the information in the book....

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Time management for every personality

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Blog Post, Featured | Comments Off

Time management for every personality

By Brigid Conroy, 3rd-year Biochemistry student Returning to the world of classes after reading week can be quite a shock to the system, especially when due dates that seemed distant when you left are suddenly fast approaching! If you are hoping to improve your time management skills for the second half of the semester, there are several strategies that can help. Whether you like to have every moment of your day scheduled or need a more relaxed approach, there is a time management strategy that will work for you! If, like me, you do best when...

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