hi all – Meredith here.
Well I don’t know about the rest of you, but on beautiful mornings like this one, I sometimes find it hard to hunker down with my work. I sometimes find it hard to hunker down on rainy days, too… and on partly cloudy days. Yeah, that’s right — I’ll admit it: sometimes I find it hard to get motivated.
And it turns out I’m not alone.
Lack of motivation and procrastination are common issues among graduate students. With unstructured schedules and projects that can seem impossibly big at times, it can sometimes be hard to figure out where to start. That’s why it can often seem easier to everything BUT school work (look at me! writing a blog at a campus coffee shop when I should be working on my thesis project!).
But I’ve got good news for you: there are good people on campus who can help you overcome those pesky motivation/procrastination/time management problems.
I’ve just come from an interview with the fine folks in Learning Strategies Development (I’m writing an article on the topic for the School of Graduate Studies website — it’ll be posted on the site soon – keep your eyes peeled).
I met with Linda Williams and Amanda Kesek, two bright, engaged women who spend their days helping students meet their “academic potential.” Through one-on-one counselling sessions (you can meet for quickies at the Learning Commons in Stauffer, or can book longer sessions through Health, Counselling and Disability Services in the LaSalle Building on Stuart St.), you can get all kinds of help to make your academic experience that much better.
The term they used was “maximize your performance,” which sounds like exactly the sort of thing most of us strive for, right? They can also help you build confidence in your own academic abilities, which is also thing kind of help many of us need (especially those of us at the self-doubt stage in our thesis writing).
When I asked them what sorts of issues grad students might come to them with, the list was familiar. “For grad students, it’s often things like ‘I need help managing my time’, ‘I am stuck writing my thesis’, ‘I don’t know how to start this section’, ‘I’m stumped and don’t know where to go from here’. ‘I am having trouble dealing with the volume of reading I have to do’.”
Any of that sound familiar?
Unlike personal counsellors who help you deal with the non-school stuff (life, relationships and the other non-school stuff that keeps us up at night), the counsellors at Learning Strategies are more focused on helping you be the best student you can be. They’ll give you concrete tools for tackling the stuff that’s slowing you down, so you can thrive (’cause we all want to thrive, right?).
So please, friends – don’t try to take on your lack of motivation by yourself. It’s just not worth it. There will be counsellors on-hand at the Learning Commons throughout June and June — Monday through Thursday from 1:30 – 4:30pm. You can sign up on the spot.
In the meantime, check out their website: it’s chock full of useful stuff: queensu.ca/learningstrategies/grad