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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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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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