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They’ll match you up with a student who has mastered the course you’re currently in. Think you’re acing the class and the idea of someone helping you for $18 is silly? Think again. The mere act of sitting down to discuss and review even the material that you feel comfortable with is exactly what you’ll thank yourself for when you get to your final exam.

*Newly admitted undergraduate students have their first session free.

They’ll pair you up with one of their “active listeners” (lol I know, but let me finish 😂) — you’ll meet at a local café where you can talk about whatever you like. For free. Although I don’t know if everyone needs “counseling” per se, I do know that an occasional objective opinion can NEVER hurt.

You will get P-A-I-D to interact with people slash pretend to listen to these researchers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! 💺😌💰

The EASIEST way to be productive is to get a study partner, I repeat, a study 📚 partner, that is, not a “study session” with your BFFS. CLICK. THAT. LINK. Motivation is literally at your fingertips. By filling out this form, you will get paired with a random student who has that same goal of reducing procrastination levels.⚕

*Although this program is run by the Office for Students with Disabilities, all students are eligible to apply.

Not only does listening to classical music elevate your mood, it may also help you focus on your school work. So next time you plop yourself down in McLennan, give this Montreal station a shot. 🎶 There’s a good chance you’ll improve your French while you’re at it.


REVIEW – SSMU Mini Course: Hatha Yoga

Last semester, I participated in a non-credit course offered by the Student’s Society of McGill University.

As the autumn air was approaching, I found myself browsing the list of mini courses that would be offered in the coming weeks. As soon as my eyes caught sight of the Saturday morning yoga class, I was headed to the SSMU office with my sixty five dollars.

NB: Although one’s experience in any mini course entirely depends on the instructor and the group of individuals taking that course, I thought you might be interested in reading about my adventure in yoga this past Fall term.

Friendly Environment? Check.

My group happened to have a range of experience levels. Thankfully, the instructor managed to  create a welcoming environment in which everyone seemed to feel very comfortable. She would always demonstrate the various levels of a given pose, as well as stress that the easiest version would be just as beneficial (for the experienced yogis) and even more beneficial (for the beginners).

Beautiful Environment? Double check.

If you’ve never taken a mini course before, they usually take place in a beautiful building on Peel Street, near the corner of Dr Penfield. Calling the room that would turn into a yoga studio every Saturday morning “a pleasure to practice in” would be an understatement. The space, in my opinion, was absolutely gorgeous — making the yoga class all the more exciting. The majestic looking house in the Golden Square Mile had a very clean, modern interior that became rather cozy as the crisp morning air slowly descended upon the city.

Workout? More like sleepout(side of your bed).

If you’re looking to break even the slightest sweat, then the Hatha Yoga Mini Course is not for you. Unfortunately, I could not come to call this class a good stretching session either. Personally, I would go as far as to classify it as a lazy Saturday morning ritual for people who wish to be in bed during that time. In other words, I would not call it a yoga class but rather a sleeping-with-one’s-eyes-open (actually we would often close them 😂) -whilst-moving-super-slowly-session, all the while hearing people intensely exhale and make strange noises. Relaxing the mind is great (and evidently very important). But If you’re interested in a “workout” in any way, shape, or form, I do not recommend this class.

Making friends? Don’t count on it.

If you’re looking to meet people, then the Hatha Yoga Mini Course is not for you. From my experience, the instructor did not once encourage discussion, nor did she ever leave any time for something like a group reflection, which surprised me given that the required material, besides a yoga mat, was a notebook. It was merely: you walk in, set up in silence, take an alternative version of a nap for two hours, briefly say goodbye, and leave. Very relaxing, but talking to others was not encouraged.

Will I take this mini course again? No, because my personal reason for enrolling in the class was to get a minor amount of exercise while simultaneously meeting new people — both of which were not the instructor’s, nor anyone in the group’s, primary goal.


To Do Before The Dreadful 7th of January










And head into the new year with this commercial in mind. Like seriously, was it made especially for students like us who have “no time for anything” yet spend hours mindlessly scrolling on our phones?

  • Subscribe to a new podcast.

Get hooked! Find one you’ll want listen to on your way to class or on your way home from that long day. You’d be surprised how relaxing it could be and how it could give you the ability to say “Hey, I really didn’t know that!” on a weekly basis.


Report is due, but don’t panic!

Credit to: Calvin and Hobbes (Scientific Setbacks)

As graduate students, we are often assigned teaching jobs, most commonly lab and course TAs. I really enjoyed my time with students when we did lab work together (I’m a lab TA), and we chitchatted about life, study, weather, or  future. My colleagues have various working styles, but in general we are a bunch of cooperative ants focusing on our tasks. On the other hand, grading several dozens of lab reports is the most painful moment at the end of every experiment cycle – we are sad to see people forgetting what we emphasized during the experiment, not double-checking the formatting, giving us blah-blahs without even reading the background information… (more…)

Wake up before the semester starts!

It is the time! We are either coming or returning to the McGill campus, and I hope everyone has enjoyed a great summer no matter you were studying, travelling, working, volunteering, or just snoozing with some chill drinks at the backyard. However, I would like to remind you something before we sit in the lecture room. (more…)

Municipal Elections Matter, Part 3: Women and Municipal Politics

It is commonly thought that women are more successful in municipal politics than federal or provincial politics. This conclusion is reached since municipal elections are typically less competitive and their campaigns presumed to be less costly. [1] At the same time, women may be at a disadvantage because of how the media frames female candidates or if voters perceive politics as ‘male sphere’.[2] Erin Tolley and Mireille Paquette explored to effect of gender in the 2017 race for mayor of Montreal between Denis Coderre and Valérie Plante.[3]With a rising number of women stepping up to run for office in Canada and the United States, it is interesting to understand what barriers exist or are being challenged.


Municipal Elections Matter, Part 2: Nationalism and Party Identification

When voting, is your decision something based on a singular issue or is it about how much you identify with the party? Perhaps one issue shapes the entire party landscape? This question is fundamental to many who study political science, but until attending CMES, I had no idea that municipal politics were a field of study. In all my introductory political science courses at McGill, the topic was never touched upon. Thus, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the study of municipal politics, which has been studied in Canada for many years. In this post, I will focus on how municipal politics interact with Quebec nationalism, an issue Canada has worked with and around since the British won the Seven Years’ War.[1] (more…)

A Letter to My First-Year Self

credit to: https://www.coachingpositiveperformance.com

Dear First-Year Self,

First of all, choosing McGill was definitely the right decision. You will see that it won’t be smooth sailing, and you are going to have doubts along the way, but you will leave them all behind. Looking back now, I can definitely say that starting from scratch in a city you’d never been to before will definitely give you a hard time, but I promise it will get easier.


Key Takeaways from my First Case Competition

The 5th annual Graduate Management Consulting Association of McGill’s Case Competition

During the first two weeks of May, I had the opportunity to participate in the Graduate Management Consulting Association’s (GMCA) annual case competition. I actually tried my first case competition, the Desautels Preparatory Case Competition, hosted at McGill, just over two years ago. (more…)

Learning from McGill’s Public Talks

Source: Owen Egan/McGill News/Alumni Magazine/2013

When you go to a large university with a lot of students, faculty, and staff, there’s often a lot going on both on and around campus and you may not always know about all that’s happening. For me, one of these was the variety of public lectures available. For one of my classes this term, students were handed a list of lectures pertaining to the class and given the task of attending several public talks over the course of the semester. Going to these conferences turned out to be very enriching and eye-opening. In fact, there is a lot that you can learn and find out from the speakers and their presentations, especially regarding your studies and what you’d like to do in the future.


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