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Academic Success: the Basics

What are the keys to academic success for university students? Why do great high school students struggle at university? How can you plan an independent study schedule based on your course syllabus? What are professors expecting from written and class work? We’ll introduce you to some simple but effective strategies that’ll set you off on the right foot at Queen’s!

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Notetaking for Class & Reading

Lectures can sometimes seem like a blur: everything’s too complicated, explained too fast, and you just forget everything afterward anyway. Our note taking class will help you pay attention to the most important parts of the lecture and your readings, organize your information in an effective way, and explain how to work from lecture and reading material when you’re writing assignments or revising for exams.

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Academic Success: the Basics

What are the keys to academic success for university students? Why do great high school students struggle at university? How can you plan an independent study schedule based on your course syllabus? What are professors expecting from written and class work? We’ll introduce you to some simple but effective strategies that’ll set you off on the right foot at Queen’s!

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Welcome to exam season! Student Academic Success Services has got you covered.

 

Make an exam study schedule, or make a professional appointment with a learning strategist to hone your study skills!

Have you made our famous exam study schedule yet?
 

Download the 2018 Winter Term Exam Study Schedule template (PDF)!

Then, once you’ve made your schedule, make sure you know how best to use your 3-hour study blocks.

 

 

Unsure of how your marks are adding up?

Fill in the Grade Calculator and find out exactly where you stand in each course heading into exams.

Learn just about everything we’ve got on effective, efficient exam prep right here. Good luck! 
 

 

 

Not sure where to start with exam prep? Try the study plan
 

Get organized with our rules for organizing your study schedule

Tools: Strategies for effective studying




Tools: Studying for different types of exams




But what if I have to cram?
Even with good planning, there are times when you have to cram. Here are some helpful hints.

 

 

Tools: Overcoming test anxiety
 

Staying calm under pressure is important during exams.  Learn more about coping with test anxiety.


Tools for staying motivated
 

 

Tools for staying focused
 

 

Tools for managing academic stress
 

 







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Have questions? Send us an email or give us a call at 613-533-6315

Remember that Student Academic Success Services (SASS) is here to help you with all aspects of academic writing and learning, whatever your year, discipline or proficiency level.

Explore our website for information about booking 1:1 appointments, using peer writing support, finding a helpful workshop, or accessing free learning and writing resources.

 

 

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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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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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