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Time Management Basics

tumblr_mklbg2Pc5O1qln7vao1_500Struggling with time management now that a flurry of activities and assignments seem to be on the way? It’s difficult, in school, to coordinate all your class work and create time for your own interests. These are my tried and true tips and tricks for keeping balanced and organized lifestyle.

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Let’s Talk Shop

college-classesReturning is always work. Settling in, doing laundry, restocking the fridge and figuring out which courses will help you get closer to the finish line. The reality is that you may end up going to more classes than ever right now and I encourage it. It’s time to hustle and utilize the Add/Drop.

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Learning my Limits

Entering the Fall 2015 semester, I was part of two planning committees, had two part-time on campus jobs, and was taking a full course load with five classes. I had everything planned out! My weekdays were perfectly structured. Most of my classes were scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which gave me ample time to work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It all seemed to fit perfectly! I mean, yes, I was out of the house everyday by 9am and returned around 8pm; and I barely had time to eat, sleep or hang out with my friends, but hey! I was gaining so much work experience and taking advantage of all the opportunities I was being offered at McGill! Yes, I knew it was going to be tough, but it will all work out in the end and be worth it, right?!

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T-A or Not T-A

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As I was lounging around and enjoying my break during the summer, I was suddenly struck by the realization that I should apply for some sort of TA, RA or grading position. I immediately started e-mailing all of the professors whose classes I particularly enjoyed and whose research work I found especially interesting. After a couple of weeks of radio silence, I slowly started receiving responses. To my dismay, none were positive. The bulk of the e-mails informed me that the department was responsible for assigning TA positions and applications had already passed. But one reply, from a professor I had briefly served as a research assistant in the past, explained that while she would not be teaching the course this semester, she would contact me in the winter to discuss a grading position. Thankfully, she forwarded my information to the professor instructing this semester and as it turns out, he was in need of an extra grader, which is how I ended up with the job.

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Staying on Top

studdyBecause of the comments I had gotten on my last post I decided to follow it up with some studying tips, or well the best way I find to study and prepare for exams. Even if you don’t have exams coming up, some of the tips will be useful for keeping up on your readings, therefore, when the exams do come you won’t have a pile left to do.

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Stress? What Stress?

stressDays are getting shorter, nights are getting colder, leaves are falling to the ground….not only is fall among us but it is also midterm season as well. The majority of you will have your midterms either just beginning or beginning in the upcoming week, fortunately for me I’ve already written 4 out of my 5, so I may be able to provide some useful advice for managing midterms, work, volunteering, and having a bit of a social life.

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All in Good Time

 

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Midterm season is upon us and many students are already drowning in the sea of endless papers, exams, projects and reports! Rather than tackle the overwhelming pile of responsibilities taunting us, many choose to take the irrational approach (according to Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalytic theory), and find ways to distract ourselves from our priorities. I would say that procrastination is a student’s #1 adversary in this battlefield called University!

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Exam Time!

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What’s that smell in the air? Caffeine and stress. Ah, midterms are rolling around again. *insert Beethoven’s 5th Symphony soundtracks* Wait, but I haven’t started studying yet! So I have a week left to prepare for 3 exams. Time to put on the thinking cap. Here are some tips from a pro test taker survivor.
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Reading Tips and Tricks

Book-Pile_fullThey start to pile up and everything seems as though it is a thousand pages and how can it all be done? Sometimes it feels like we are on a constant quest to tackle the ever-growing pile of readings we are faced with each week.  Daunting, should this be your first go at a university workload but not impossible and (with luck) eventually well manageable!

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On Motivation and Good Habits

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At the start of every semester, it is a hard time for us to say good-bye to lazy summer sleep-in hours and to get back to our busy schedules. Lectures, labs, assignments, extracurricular activities or part-time jobs, everything seems to be top priority. Same story for me, I also decided to fill in my new school year with more action than the previous just so I will get more opportunities to discover another world outside of classrooms.

Unfortunately, more activities also mean more commitment and responsibilities. Then how could I get involved in all the activities while keeping up the grades? Well, here are some living habits that I figured for myself and hopefully could help some of you.

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