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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How Simple Breathing Can Stomp your Test Anxiety

By Cole A Harrison-Priddle, 3rd year English/Art History/Voice student

 Exams and in-class tests are not only evaluations of your knowledge and ability to apply it. They’re also performances: the class is your stage, your pens and pencils are your props, the time limit is your show length, and the examiner is your audience. Unlike actors performing a rehearsed play, students like you must determine the best answers to the show as you are performing it. Considering how rampant stage fright is even amongst veteran performers for rehearsed plays, it is understandable that you might feel test anxiety when approaching or performing an exam. Luckily, you and everyone else has a latent tool – one in constant use but likely not yet harnessed, one that is foundational yet able to make or break actors, singers and musicians alike, and one without which you cannot live – your breath.

 

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University has taught me to… Get comfortable being uncomfortable

By Sam Taylor, 4th-year Concurrent Education, English major student

Now is the time to try something unordinary!

I am currently in my fourth year of my undergrad here at Queen’s. I think one of the most important pieces of advice that I learned throughout my undergraduate experience is to “get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I actually just heard this saying recently at the Queen’s Conference on Education that I attended my first weekend back from Christmas break. It occurred to me that this saying holds true for a lot of occurrences over my past four years: I just never had a way of categorizing them. Here is how Queen’s has taught me to “get comfortable being uncomfortable” and made me a more open-minded and well-rounded learner because of it.

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Editing So That It Makes Sense: Breaking Down Your Thesis Like 1,2,3…

By Lily Zhu, 3rd year Concurrent Education, English and French Student

 

When editing a paper, one of the first things to look at is the thesis statement—for good reason. The thesis statement is the most important component of your essay. It is the MAIN IDEA, which means that everything you argue in your essay should relate back to your thesis.

 

It’s pretty common for a paper to have a strong, argumentative, well-written thesis, but then end up going in a different direction. While you might want to return to that original statement, it’s important to remember that you can adjust your thesis just as much as the rest of your essay. So after exploring your topic in writing your first draft, there’s a way to make sure that your thesis is “up-to-date” before working on your final draft.

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