Monthly Archives: December 2009

Winter break is finally here!

A few things you should do over the break:

1) Get your books now and beat the first week rush. By now, I mean now! The bookstore is closed from 11:00a.m. on December 24 until January 4. Online orders will not be processed during this time.

2) Pay for your Winter classes, either online or at the cashiers. Tuition is due January 11, 2010. If you have any payment questions, contact the RDC cashiers.

3) Whether you go for a sleigh ride at Heritage Ranch, spend the day on the slopes at Canyon, or go skating at a neighbourhood rink, get outside! Winter may not have the best weather, but there are plenty of fun winter activities to enjoy.

4) Work on your Student Perspectives abstract for the 2010 SPC. Deadline for submission is February 22, 2010. For more information, contact Christina Verticchio.

5) Celebrate the short break from classrooms, books, and assignments. Enjoy the festivities with your family and friends. Build gingerbread houses, drink eggnog, and wear ugly sweaters. For some reason, Christmas is the one time of year where the little kid in us appears, wanting to watch Frosty the Snowman, not being able to sleep Christmas Eve and rushing down to the tree first thing in the morning. Relish this time, because school will be back in session before you know it.

Happy Holidays to all! See you in the New Year.

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Top ten of 2009

Everyone is putting out their “top ten” lists, so I figured I may as well follow suit.

I have chosen to do a top ten of academic websites of2009. The majority are blogs, some are resources, all valuable.

In no particular order:

1)      College Candy  – Funny, yet insightful. Superficial, yet refreshing. College Candy is a humorous blog on a variety of college related issues.

2)      Zen College Life – Tips on overall wellbeing in college. Not overly preachy, just a helpful voice of reason.

3)      Make Use Of – Learn about all sorts of free computer resources from an arrangement of topics. From dieting to microblogging, you can learn how to do all those things you never knew you wanted to learn through this site.  

4)      Gearfire – More academic and lifestyle tips, such as, saving a wet cell phone and  4 ways to use Wikipedia.

5)      Grade fix – Remember when I was harping on you about creating a schedule? Well, grade fix can help you do that, for free!

6)      Poorer Than You – Great financial tips and advice.

7)      Rate My Professors – Not very useful, but quite funny. Teachers are rated not only on their quality of teaching, but their good looks too. Therefore, I wouldn’t rely too much on the ratings offered.

8)       Life After College – Okay, so not based on the college experience, but it is humorous and real, giving you the inside track on what you may expect when you are finished college.

9)      Study Hacks  – Wonderful strategies on how to become a successful college student.

10)   This very blog you are reading right now. Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

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48 hours…

Finals start in less than 2 days, so here are a few quick tips about preparing for exams:

  • Avoid drinking the night before your exam. Alcohol deprives you of a quality sleep, so you won’t feel rested and focused the day of an exam.
  • Review, recite and then relax! Go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. Trying to cram information in while you are exhausted will not benefit you.
  • On the day of the exam, eat light, well-balanced meals to provide you with energy. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine. You should have your cup of coffee or energy drink, but you do not want caffeine jitters to impact your test performance.
  • During the exam, relax! Take a deep breath, read over the entire exam, and then show that exam who is boss.  

Now, stop reading this blog and get back to studying! Good luck on your finals and enjoy your winter break.

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Last day of classes! Time celebrate or time to study?

It is the last day of classes!

Since finals don’t start for a few days, you may be thinking about going to the FarSide tonight to celebrate. Then maybe you will go out again tomorrow, Thursday, and maybe for a bit on Friday. I mean, you can ace that economics final hung-over, right??  

Yes, you deserve to celebrate the end of classes, but it is not the end of the semester until finals are over. If you don’t have any finals, go out, have fun, and share your secret scheduling tricks with the rest of the BA students. If you do have finals, it is a little premature to celebrate the end of the semester just yet. I mean, look at the Grey Cup. The Rough Riders (and their fans) went from complete ecstasy over winning the Grey Cup, to complete shock upon realizing that the game actually was not over and that they had lost. Cruel analogy? Probably, but you get the idea.

My last advice to you was to establish your game plan and start studying. If you followed my advice, which I am sure you didn’t, you will have already begun the studying process and nailed down which areas you need to focus on. If you didn’t follow my advice, it is crunch time!

Study tips:

  • Go back to the schedule you have created for studying (or create a schedule for studying). Remember to factor in time to sleep, eat, exercise, play on Facebook, and watch 30 Rock. Tweak the schedule if you are not getting enough done, or if you are way ahead of schedule.
  • When it comes to your place of study, choose wisely. It is not always the best idea to study at home because there are too many distractions (ex. your laptop, roommate, cable TV). If you can turn everything off, and leave it off, you may be able to get some work done. Or check out the library, which can be the ideal place to study, free of noise and distractions.
  • Set a study goal for the day and make sure your goal is based on the amount of material covered, not the time it takes. It is really easy to waste time and say that you were studying. So, instead of saying you will study History for two hours; say you will review all the chapters up to WWII. This may take longer than two hours, but you left room for the unexpected in your schedule, right?         
  • Study for 30-50 minutes and then take a 5-10 minute breather. If you are not studying ‘actively’ then you are just wasting your time. Do not study tired, you need to study with attention and purpose. Create flash cards, ask yourself questions, do not just read aimlessly.
  • Stop reading this blog and get back to studying! Unless, of course, you are on your 5-10 minute breather.

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Speakers Wanted: Call for Submissions for the 6th Annual Student Perspectives Conference

Want to present in the 2010 SPC? Abstracts for the 2010 SPC are now being accepted until February 22, 2010.

Please refer to the 2010 Abstract Submission Guide for more information.

Not sure what SPC is all about?

  • Occurs annually in March. This year it will be held March 19 and 20, 2010 at RDC.
  • Opportunity for students to showcase their work related to the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Organized by students and faculty from the department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Why you want to present in the 2010 SPC:

  • Polish your presentation skills
  • Show off to your family and friends
  • It looks good on your resume and/or grad school application
  • Supportive environment
  • Overall great experience

You may be thinking “Yeah right, I hate presentations” or “Why would I do this? I don’t even get marks for it”. So you hate presentations- this is a great chance to show your nerves who is boss. Plus, when you are the head of a massive multi-national conglomerate, you are going to have to speak in public. You might as well start your quest for world domination now.

Also, you may not get marks for this, but the experience is totally worth it. Besides looking good on your resume, it is also a great chance to perfect your presentation skills. So, although you may not be getting marks for your presentation, you always won’t lose any marks if you stumble over a line or two. It is an encouraging and supportive learning experience, one that you won’t regret participating in.

For more information on how you can participate in the 2010 SPC, contact Christina Verticchio.

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