A Humanities Student’s Best Friend

In my opinion, the most useful single book a student of the Humanities can own is not a dictionary, a thesaurus, or any “Great Work”. It is a reading journal.

My girlfriend made me one as a gift last Christmas. She intended it to serve as a forum in which to preserve my thoughts and feelings on various books I’ve read, a convenient space to store treasured quotes and shortcuts to particularly memorable passages, and a way to track each step in my literary journey; essentially, it was a bibliophile’s dream.

It also turned out to be an extraordinarily useful academic tool.

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Is that something I should be doing? Finding your own learning structure

Naomi Chernos, 4th Year English/Physics

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Friends and peers are great resources for picking up ideas on how to study. Talking to other people about study strategies and course content, and hearing about how other people structure their time is a great idea, and I’m not about to tell you not to do it. In fact, I think learning as many different ways as possible to find academic (and general) success is incredibly helpful. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but in the face of stress and confusion of midterm season easy to forget the main caveat to this approach: someone else’s approach to studying isn’t necessarily the best approach for you.

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Hitting the Reset Button

By: Veronica Sewilski, Class of 2021, Nursing

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One of my favourite times of the year is September because it’s the perfect opportunity to give myself a fresh new start for the school year. It’s true for most of us: maybe you want to start eating healthier? Become more organized? Go to every single one of your classes? It’s the best time to think about what you want to accomplish to become a better version of yourself.

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What nobody tells you about being a perfectionist in university

By: Veronica, Nursing, Class of 2021

 

I guess you could say that I’ve been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember. I was raised with the mentality that if something was not perfect, you start again (and again, and again…). This mindset has stuck with me my whole life. Before coming to Queen’s, this trait was quite beneficial for me: I got really good grades, I was very involved in the community and with extra-curriculars, and I was well-liked by teachers and employers. I’m sure a lot of you grew up this way too.

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Playing Catch (Up)!

By: Samantha Simpson, Second Year Psychology Student

You were so totally going to start studying for exams 2 weeks ago. Yep, you were going to ace every single one of them, turn your 2.0 GPA into a 4.3 GPA in the process, and make your mom proud. But then the second season of your favourite show (finally!) came out on Netflix, so naturally you had to catch up on your binge-watching first. By the time you finished, night had fallen, and sleep was calling to you. And then you just… didn’t. For the next 14 days. And now exams are, um, next week? Can we rewind this thing?

If this sounds anything like you, be assured that all hope is not lost! It’s time to get some serious studying done and I’m here (along with some handy tips) to help you out.

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On your mark, get set, go! A guide to running your final exams

By Gaurav Talwar, 3rd year Life Sciences student

It’s week 12, exams are approaching and hopefully you have taken some time to view your exam schedule (if you haven’t, then I’d highly recommend you check it now). The question that I have for you is, What kind of race will you be running this exam season? Will you be sprinting your way through multiple back-to-back exams? Or will you be running a marathon with exams extending to the last day?”

In my first year, I ran a 100-meter sprint, with 5 back-to-back exams and an occasional study day in between. In my second year, I ran a 200-meter sprint, with more than 3 days to rest between a few exams. This year, I’ll be running a marathon.

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Do your research: an informal guide to tackling research essays

By: Hannah Thiessen, 3rd Year History student

One of the most intimidating things about being a history student is the breadth of professors’ knowledge, and the assumption that students will acquire the same. With the right attitude and strategies though, gaining the necessary knowledge to succeed both on your paper and in the course is quite attainable. However, there are approaches to make the research and writing process less daunting, or even enjoyable! I am writing from the perspective of a history student, but hopefully you will see how what I’ve learned can apply to many disciplines. Here are some of the approaches I’ve found helpful and strategies I’ve used to find what I’m looking for.

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How I find the time to do what I love, even during the busiest times of the year

By: Sophia Klymchuk 3rd year Concurrent Education/French Studies student

 

“I don’t have time for anything anymore.”

These are the words that I kept repeating to myself when I entered my first year. When I was in high school, it was easier for me to find time for my hobbies, such as reading for fun, drawing or baking. But when I started university, all the extra assignments, readings and studying made me feel like I didn’t have the time to do these activities. I was under the impression that I had to work all the time, and that it was normal to let go of what I used to do for fun.

You may have, on more than one occasion, had this thought, or shared it with a friend. As a university student, what is expected of you on the academic level is challenging. However, your academic career shouldn’t be getting in the way of your hobbies and what you enjoy doing. I came to this conclusion after my overwhelming first year, and ever since, I’ve been consciously making room for reading and drawing along with my studies. Whether it’s reading, playing music or learning a language, here are some ways that you can find the time in your busy schedule to do what you love.

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How to make it through the last stretch on top of the podium

By Victoria Wolf, 4th year French/Linguistics student

Transitioning from the sunny beach or your warm bed where you spent your reading week back into Stauffer and lecture halls in the thick of midterms can be tough. On top of that, the Olympics are over and Roll Up the Rim is coming to an end.  But to make lemons out of lemonade, I’ve decided to capitalize on that Olympic spirit in order to motivate myself to avoid burn-out and make it through the final stretch of the school year. Drawing inspiration from Olympians, here are five tips to help you make it through the last stretch of the semester on top of the podium:

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How To: Get Out of Your Studying Slump

By: Kaitlin Pilarski, 2nd Year Life Sciences Student

I don’t know about you, but it felt like I blinked and reading week was over. We are now back to the routine of classes, midterms, and assignments. But what do you do if you feel like you are still behind? Or maybe if you received a grade that was not what you were expecting? If no one has told you this already, you are not alone, I am right there beside you. Here’s the thing: pity parties don’t get anyone very far, I promise you (I’ve tried).

So what can you do to keep moving forward and rediscover your motivation? Let’s find out…

 

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