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Five Tips to Stay Focused

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Hey everyone! I hope everyone has been having a productive midterm season! While I haven’t had any exams, I just completed my first set of assignments. It’s been a wild ride! I was somewhat aware of how much work I’d

Posted in Eating Healthy, Eating on a Budget, New Students, Overwork, Productivity, Staying Well

Finding the “so what”

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When you’re grading undergraduate essays, one of the most recurring issues you may come across is a student not taking their argument far enough. They’re stating a point that they’re attempting to prove, but going no further, they have no

Posted in Archives, Overwork, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

On Balancing Breaks

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It is the end of April. Spring is in the air, and summer is just around the corner. Those of us who are instructors or teaching assistants will soon be free. Free from preparing for classes, giving lectures and tutorials, and

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Imposter Syndrome – You’re Not Alone!

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You’re not alone in feeling like your skills don’t quite add up to other students around you, and you’re not really an imposter. Stats and data analysis are common requirements in graduate programs. Most of us are required to use

Posted in All, New Students, Overwork, Productivity, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

Highly Effective Study Habits

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This blog is co-authored by our guest blogger Dylan Ermacora. Dylan is currently pursuing his MSc in epidemiology at Queen’s University and has an academic background in both psychology and social work from the University of British Columbia. Dylan is

Posted in General, Guest Posts, New Students, Orientation, Overwork, Productivity, Skill Development, Student Perspective

Surviving Archive Fever

A photograph of some documents from a recent trip to the archives

In Jacques Derrida’s book Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1996) he writes about the French idiom mal d’archive (archive fever) explaining that this idea is more than simply suffering from a sickness but it is – “to burn with a passion. It is never to

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Delivering in a Time Crunch

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As productive as we may like to be, sometimes life gets in the way. We may find ourselves taking energy shots late night to power through a massive assignment or to finish a project due in a few hours. I

Posted in New Students, Orientation, Overwork, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective

On Feeling Overwhelmed

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As graduate students, you have to prepare for your courses, work on your research, and fulfill your teaching responsibilities. You may also need to spend time with your spouse/partner, children, family members, and friends. What about regular, daily household chores

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Taking Advantage of Nature In/Around Kingston

Making friends on Big Sandy Bay Beach, at Wolfe Island

It’s beginning to feel more like spring! Exams are done, and hopefully all the marking you have had to do is finished as well. For those of you sticking around in Kingston summer, I’m sure you’ve already noticed the libraries

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