Professional staff

Linda Williams, MA Psychol.

Senior Learning Strategies Advisor

I meet diverse students at Queen’s individually or in group workshops.  Some are struggling to pass and others are competing for a highly prestigious fellowship, but they are all relieved that there are supports available and they don’t have to “do it alone”.

I am often struck by the determination and energy that students display as they try to adapt to new learning situations or different academic expectations in their undergraduate or graduate program.  It is a privilege to be able to help students develop new learning and studying techniques and maintain a positive attitude, or help them find ways to complete a thesis, or enhance their presentation skills, or change their daily habits to be more productive and happier.

I have previously taught at the post-secondary education level and worked with people with disabilities or disadvantages related to their physical, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Working in Learning Strategies enables me to combine my long-standing interests in education, research, mental health and counselling individuals to meet their potential, regardless of their situation.

I welcome students to call or drop by the Learning Strategies office in  the Learning Commons, Stauffer Library (613-533-6315) and see how we can work together to have a satisfying Queen’s experience.

Please contact Linda at linda.williams@queensu.ca

 

Elizabeth (Beth) Pero, BAH, BEd, MEd, OCT

Learning Strategies Advisor

I love supporting student success! More specifically, I love the privilege of experiencing a “light bulb” moment that leads to increased confidence, self-awareness, and achievement of potential. Finally, I love the challenge of making content accessible, providing strategies that work, and researching new strategies.

To that end, I advise Queen’s students individually based on a variety of topics from habits of mind like motivation to study skills like effective reading and note-making strategies.

My own experience as an undergraduate student at Queen’s left me feeling overwhelmed. I turned to Student Wellness Services for support and spent a year working with a Peer Mentor. The connection helped me to feel less isolated and gave me the confidence that I needed to succeed. I continued for another two years with the program as a volunteer.

I have previously worked for ten years with the Limestone District School Board as a part of the various literacy programs that support students between Grades 6 and 11 who are at risk of not passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. I have also worked for three years as an Occasional Teacher with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Book appointments with Beth via our online booking system. You can also visit the Reception Desk at Student Academic Success Services, Stauffer Library (ground floor), or call 613-533-6315.

Claire Hooker, BA (Hons), BEd, MA, PhD (in progress)

Writing and Learning Specialist 

I work with a variety of students who have a range of interests and concerns related to their academic success – self-management skills, study and learning skills, and more. Every student I see has his or her own story, and I very much enjoy listening to these stories and helping students develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that support their learning and development.

Students interest me very much. I’ve spent the last twenty years or so working and volunteering with students in different roles and contexts – in Learning Commons at three different universities, in Residence Life departments at two different universities, at Queen’s Ban Righ Centre for Mature Women Students, as an Ontario teacher, as a college instructor, and more. I thoroughly enjoy working collaboratively with students to help them understand and reach their potential, and I’m pursuing a doctoral degree in Education to develop more skills in this area.

To book an appointment with me, visit our online booking system, drop by Student Academic Success Services, Stauffer Library (ground floor), or call 613-533-6315.

 

Caleigh Minshall, MA

Outreach Coordinator

As the Learning Strategies Outreach Coordinator, I often feel these strategies extend beyond academic success at Queen’s—we can use them in every aspect of our lives, from navigating a career to bolstering personal relationships! To this end, I support fifty student volunteers, the Peer Learning Assistants, as they share their experiences with learning strategies in a series of workshops across campus. My hope is that they empower fellow Queen’s students to meet their academic and personal goals in a balanced, healthy way.

Being a university student can be challenging at times, but learning the skills and knowledge to succeed here doesn’t have to be. (A former Queen’s student myself, I learned the hard way—learn from my mistakes!) The Peer Learning Assistants and I are committed to sharing these skills in a non-judgmental, fun atmosphere with relevant examples.

Feel free to contact me at caleigh.minshall@queensu.ca or drop by Room 143 on the main floor of Stauffer Library. You can also see upcoming workshops here.