October 29, 2014

Alcohol and student conduct

Deb Eerkes of Student Conduct and Accountability discusses the facts you need to know about alcohol and student conduct as you head into the Halloween season. 

You don’t have to stretch the imagination too far to make the link between alcohol and misconduct. As a Discipline Officer, I often see how these these reckless actions due to alcohol are in violation of the Code of Student Behaviour. I meet with students who say they can’t remember the events of the evening, or that they shouldn’t be held responsible for what they did under the influence of alcohol. And every time I think to myself that there has to be a different way to help students understand this issue and make better decisions.

As you enter into the Halloween season and attend events that include alcohol, keep these facts in mind:

October 16, 2014

Developing University-Level Study Habits

It may feel like the semester just began, but the first round of exams are already underway for most. Mebbie Bell with the Student Success Centre shares her guidelines for studying that will keep you on track and successful.

Although midterm exams may be weeks away, the first week of term is the best time to start studying. And, those first exams creep up on you very quickly! Here are some guidelines that will help you stay on top of your studying from the start:

October 15, 2014

Staying on track in a busy semester

Where did the time go? As you prepare for midterms and final exams this semester, Mebbie Bell with the Student Success Centre shares her top tips for staying on track. 

With the fall semester quickly moving along, midterms are upon us, and many students are wondering how to juggle exam preparations with their long lists of lab assignments, projects, readings, and other activities. How do you avoid swapping one cramming session for another and the feeling that you are constantly behind? Here are a few suggestions for getting on track with exam preparations and making sure your studying is strategic.

October 09, 2014

Keeping it honest: Academic Integrity

How does academic integrity factor into your university career? Student Conduct and Accountability offers advice on how to keep your academic work honest, from assignments to exams. 

As you start preparing for midterms, assignments and essays, it is important to consider the role of academic integrity. No one wants to find themselves inadvertently in violation of the Code of Student Behaviour due to academic misconduct, which includes cheating, plagiarism, all other forms of getting unfair academic advantage. In an effort to keep students out of our office, the Discipline Officers have compiled a list of the top five things you need to know in order to keep it honest:

October 07, 2014

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

The Community Social Work team discusses mental health and strategies to boost your own well-being at any time of the year.

World Mental Health Day is this Friday and it is important to ask “What is mental health?” and “Why is it important to talk about it?” Often when we hear the words “mental health”, it is common to think of of mental illnesses or disorders. While mental illness is an aspect of mental health, and something that affects one in five Canadians, mental health is much more than an illness or disorder. 

Mental health is something that everyone has. 
Key to our overall wellness, mental health is a level of psychological well-being that reflects our emotional and behavioral functioning. 

Unlike physical health, mental health is often invisible. It takes an active effort to evaluate our mental health and a conscious initiative to strengthen it. Our mental health is often difficult to gauge or measure, however, there are some common strategies for checking-in on our mental health, building our mental well-being, and making sure that we are putting ourselves in the best position to respond to life’s ups and downs.

October 02, 2014

Starting a major writing project?

Are you worried about starting your major writing project? Here’s how to hit the ground running with advice from Graduate Writing Advisor Rob Desjardins at the Student Success Centre.

You’ve heard it time and again: get started early on a major writing project (such as a master’s or PhD thesis) so that you have time to edit and improve it. That’s great advice, but it’s often hard to put it into action. Students preparing for such a project may feel unready to write; they may think there’s too much left to read and too many ideas to absorb. They may be overwhelmed by demands on their time, finding it hard to chisel out the time they need to put their thoughts on paper. And they may be so critical of their own work that they’re reluctant to get started.

If some of this sounds familiar, don’t worry: a lot of students are in the same boat. You can find success by applying some simple (and some not-so-simple) strategies.