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Midterms Are Coming

Are you worried about midterms?  Like winter, they are just around the corner.  The QLC offers a variety of workshops and assistance in order to help you prepare for midterms, and reach your full academic potential.


QLC Workshops:
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Learning Strategies offers workshops on preparing for different types of exams, such as:

Studying for Midterms - Multiple Choice

Studying for Midterms - Short Answer & Essay

Studying for Midterms - Study Tips and Techniques

Learning Strategies also offers workshops on managing your time leading up to midterms, in order to ensure that you have enough time to fully study for every subject.  Check out their workshop on Drafting an Exam Study Schedule.

If you're concerned with your writing skills, The Writing Centre also offers a number of workshops on writing.  Some of these workshops may include:

How to Write Critically

Crafting Perfect Paragraphs

Say What You Mean: Writing With Clarity

Common Grammar Problems & How to Fix Them

Essay Writing Tips & Tricks (useful for essay-based exams)

Advising Appointments and Writing Consultations

To book appointments with Learning Strategies and The Writing Centre, call 613-533-6315 or visit the Student Academic Success Services reception desk in the back right corner of the ground floor of Stauffer Library.

Learning Strategies offer advising appointments with a professional advisor, in order to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to time management and studying.  They can help you create a study schedule, as well as suggest different ways of studying and learning in the time leading up to your midterms.  For more information about their services, visit their web page: Professional Advising.

If you're concerned about your writing, you can book an appointment at The Writing Centre.  Bring a sample of your writing (like an essay or a lab report), and a Writing Consultant will help you pinpoint areas for improvement.  We recommend that you book with The Writing Centre ahead of time, as their appointments fill up really quickly.  For more information about Writing Centre appointments, go to this page: Book an Appointment.

Drop-In Sessions

Both The Writing Centre and Learning Strategies offer drop-in sessions with Peer Writing and Learning Assistants.  Peer Writing Assistants (PWA) cover writing skills, while Peer Learning Assistants (PLA) cover studying and learning skills.  For the PWA and PLA drop-in session hours, please visit the Student Academic Success Services website: SASS.

Online Resources

The Writing Centre and Learning Strategies offer a variety of online resources.  You may view their tipsheets on their website: Learning Strategies Tipsheets and Writing Centre Tipsheets.

The Queen's Learning Commons has also collected a variety of videos produced by other schools which cover studying and time management skills.  You may view them here: Study Skills and Organization Skills.


If you have any concerns regarding accessibility during your midterm, you may contact Disability Services.  If want to have your school materials transferred in an accessible format in order to help you study, you can contact the Adaptive Technology Centre.  The Adaptive Technology Centre also provides a computer lab with accessibility software installed on the computers, and study rooms for students registered with disability services.

Study Space

If you're looking for a place to study, the Queen's Learning Commons and Queen's Library offers a variety of options.  The QLC, located on the ground floor of Stuaffer, has individual and banquette style seating if you want to study alone or in a group.  The Library has a number of study carrels throughout Stauffer, as well as in its other five libraries.  Check out some of the reading rooms that are located throughout the Queen's libraries.  Popular study spaces include the Fireplace Reading Room and the Art Collection in Stauffer, and the Harry Potter Room in Douglas Library.  You can also book a group study room on the library website, at this link: Booking a Group Study Room.

Good luck on your midterms!