Effective Writing for First Year Science Students

Wondering about how to write a lab report? Not sure if your style meets university expectations for science writing? Then come to a Writing Centre workshop:

Learn how to:

1. Format a lab report
2. Identify conventions of science writing
3. Use effective pre-writing, writing, and re-writing strategies

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How to Write Your First University Essay

It takes skill to learn how to create, develop and refine a thesis that makes clear to your reader what your essay or research paper will address. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build specific, articulate and engaging thesis statements into your introductory paragraph.

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Build Your Weekly Schedule Drop-in Event

Drop-in Event at Victoria Hall Lobby! Effective time management is one of the top three predictors of academic success. Make the most of your university experience: get school work done but have a life too! At the end of this workshop, you will have a personalized weekly schedule to meet your needs.

Effective time management is one of the top three predictors of academic success. Make the most of your university experience: get school work done but have a life too! At the end of this workshop, you will have a personalized weekly schedule to meet your needs.

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How to Write Your First University Essay

It takes skill to learn how to create, develop and refine a thesis that makes clear to your reader what your essay or research paper will address. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build specific, articulate and engaging thesis statements into your introductory paragraph.

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How to Develop a Thesis Statement

Are you afraid of the word ‘thesis’? Wondering what your course instructor might expect you to create when asking for ‘a clear and effective thesis’? Register early to participate in a highly instructive workshop with our expert academic staff to learn how to:

1.Identify common missteps in thesis construction
2.Use smart strategies to develop and revise a thesis
3. Apply a what/how/why model to evaluate the strength and clarity of your thesis

Your instructors will be very glad that you’ve taken advantage of this opportunity.

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Unpacking Your Reading (for Math and Science Students)

Math and science texts require a specialized approach to reading. Learn how to read effectively and – important for exams! – remember what you read, too. This workshop also includes a trouble-shooting section to cover common challenges like lack of speed and comprehension.

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Build Your Weekly Schedule Drop-in Event

Drop-in Event at Victoria Hall Lobby! Effective time management is one of the top three predictors of academic success. Make the most of your university experience: get school work done but have a life too! At the end of this workshop, you will have a personalized weekly schedule to meet your needs.
Effective time management is one of the top three predictors of academic success. Make the most of your university experience: get school work done but have a life too! At the end of this workshop, you will have a personalized weekly schedule to meet your needs.

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Dear first-year me…

By Victoria Wolf, 4th year French/Linguistics student

Dear first-year me (& whoever else might be reading this),

Three years have flown by and I suddenly find myself in the first week of my fourth year. While I’m definitely not the perfect student (is there even such a thing?), I have learned a bit about the DOs and DON’Ts of university that I wanted to share with you.

1. Taking regular breaks is so important! Don’t try to power through five hours of readings in one sitting – university is a marathon, not a sprint. Try the 50-10 rule – set a timer for 50 minutes and spend that time working towards a goal with no interruptions, then set another timer for 10 minutes and use this time to take a break and recharge.

2. Take advantage of little breaks you find between classes and use this time to catch up on work, review course notes or preview slides for your next lecture. It can be easy to go home during that hour and a half gap and convince yourself you’ll be productive, but it turns into a long and guilt-filled journey into the depths of Instagram every time.

3. Stauffer and Douglas aren’t the only places to study on campus. You might like empty classrooms – they’re especially useful for group studying because you can make use of the chalkboards and projectors. Coffee shops downtown might also provide some inspiration (and fuel), as well as get you out of the campus bubble for a bit, when you’re working on daunting papers.

4. It’s okay to say “no” sometimes. When you’re surrounded by other students, it can be tempting to accept every invitation, and easy to spread yourself too thin. They will understand; they’re in the same boat as you and often wish they had the courage to do the same thing. Catch up with them next time; it’ll be much more enjoyable if you use your plans with friends as a reward for finishing a task.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are so many people who are so willing to help you (it’s their job!) – your dons, your profs and TAs, Queen’s Student Academic Success Services, Student Wellness Services and so many more. It’ll make life at Queen’s so much easier!

Cha gheill,
Fourth-year you

 

Photo courtesy of Queen’s University under Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license 2.0.

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Note-taking in Lectures

Are you taking notes as effectively as you could be? Learn what to do before, during, and after lectures to improve your understanding and memory of the material. We’ll also trouble-shoot ‘problem lectures’: what to do if you find the class boring, hard to follow, too fast, or too complex.

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