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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Procrastination: A battle you can beat!

By Alana Sardellitti, 2nd year Math/Music Con-Ed student

“It’s 9:00 pm on Sunday night, and I have an assignment due Monday morning that I haven’t started. It’s going to be a long night.” You know the feeling. We all have done it: put off doing an assignment or studying for a test until the night before. I know I have on multiple occasions and it caused me to feel stressed, get less sleep and not do as well on the assignment as I would have liked. I felt so guilty afterwards because I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it in one night and I should have started the assignment earlier.  Procrastination is a challenge that all students face, but I’ve found some tips and tricks that can help us overcome it.

 

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Get back on track during Reading Week!

The most successful university students plan their time and prioritize their tasks effectively. Reading Week is a great opportunity to get back on track, push forward, and get ready to finish the semester strong. This worksheet is designed to assist you. If you need more help, check out the SASS site, learning and writing advice appointment booking, and SASS’s calendar of drop-in workshops.

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Reading During Reading Week?

By: Alana Kearney, 3rd Year Concurrent Education, English student 

 

It seems that the first week back after reading week is full of students saying, “I should have done way more work than I did,” and “I didn’t open a book the whole week!” With reading week coming up, it is important to plan realistic goals for the week so that you can say, “I accomplished everything I wanted to over the break.” Trying to accomplish too much over the break means you won’t have a break at all, but not touching any school work could make the next 6 weeks more difficult. Here are some tips for finding your perfect balance! The Make the Most of Reading Week: Scheduling Drop-In on February 13th is a great place to go to if you are interested in planning for reading week. (http://sass.queensu.ca/event/make-the-most-of-reading-week-scheduling-drop-in/)

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