Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Upcoming Workshops

Reassessing Your Study Strategies:

Did you have a difficult first term? Are you hoping to improve your marks? This workshop will focus on assessing your current study strategies, learning from your mistakes, and recognizing alternative approaches in order to adapt to the demands of different courses. Come and learn about the resources that are available to support you.

The workshop will be offered on the following dates:

Thursday, January 28th from 9:00-9:50 a.m. (215 Tier)

Thursday, February 4th from 4:00-4:50 p.m. (105 Drake)

Friday, February 5th from 12:30-1:20 p.m. (215 Tier)

Wednesday, February 10th from 2:30-3:20 p.m. (206 Tier)

Thursday, February 11th from 9:00-9:50 a.m. (206 Tier)

Monday, January 11, 2010

If all the year were playing holidays

If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work.
Henry IV, Part 1, 1. 2

This line from Shakespeare always reminds me of why holidays are so well deserved after having worked hard. It is important to enjoy our holidays, but unfortunately there always comes a time when we do have to go back to work. Hard work is what makes holidays so much fun in the first place. However, for many people at this time of year it is especially difficult to transition out of holiday mode and back into study mode, and they soon find themselves struggling to catch up with their classes and work load.

As a new year presents itself, it might then be a good time to set some goals for the upcoming term in order to stay motivated and focused. Some academic resolutions are a good way of forcing yourself to improve simple study habits, in order to get better marks.

This year, I sat down to make some personal New Year’s resolutions and quickly found that I had violated a very important principle of goals setting: be realistic. I looked at my list of ten resolutions and quickly narrowed it down to three important areas of my life that needed improvement. When we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, we doom ourselves to failure because our expectations are so high that there is no chance of meeting them, let alone getting started. The key is to start small. Set small but specific goals for yourself that you stand a chance of accomplishing, and then build from there.

One other strategy that has worked well for me in the past has been to find ways to remind myself of my goals. Some people tell a friend, so that their friend will remind them when they slip up. You can also write them down and post them in a visible place, so that you can see them on a regular basis. Last year, I put my New Year’s resolutions in an envelope and taped them to the calendar month of March. As time passed, I eventually found a reminder for myself, so that my resolutions didn’t slip away after the first week of January. I took stock of my progress and then taped the resolutions to the month of June, so that I could find them again a little further on down the road. The resolutions that I set in January stayed with me for a good portion of the year, because I kept coming back to them.

Related LAC handout:

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Fish or Cut Bait

I've let this blog lie fallow for over a year now, and it's time to either end the project or post on a regular basis. So, no New Year's resolution, but we're (LAC staff and tutors) going to try to post at least once a week. My desire is to have a variety of posts on the writing and study strategies we find useful (including tips from our tutors), as well as information on web and or mobile applications that you can use for writing, thinking, communicating, organizing and studying.

The LAC is open this week with one tutor available on Thursday. Next week we tutor/s working Monday through Friday in 201 Tier, but no tutors working in the library. Starting January 18 tutors will be available in both 201 Tier and Elizabeth Dafoe Library.

Our schedule is available here: