Getting Your Head Back in the Academic Game

Getting Your Head Back in the Academic Game

Academic study is like playing sports in some respects. There are goals in both. Focus matters. Discipline is critical. Momentum can overturn what seems like a certain outcome. Despite how one has played, one can only achieve success if one truly commits to playing...
Making the Most of Asynchronous Learning

Making the Most of Asynchronous Learning

I confess that last March I could not have told you what asynchronous learning was. Now with universities across the country offering classes remotely, I am teaching an English class asynchronously for the University of Saskatchewan. Asynchronous is an adjective that...
Make the Most of Your Online Learning Experience

Make the Most of Your Online Learning Experience

Let’s face it. Online learning can be difficult, and our experience of it right now is shaped by COVID-19 forcing institutions and students to adapt. Truth be told, most instructors and students would not make this choice. The situation has forced us to make changes....
Attitude, not Ability

Attitude, not Ability

How important is one’s attitude? How often have you heard people comment about people’s attitudes: “They are so positive” or “They ‘suck’ in the attitude department.” Attitude is that unseen but so ever-so-present energy we bring to the tasks at hand. I don’t believe...
Don’t Waste the Pandemic

Don’t Waste the Pandemic

COVID-19 has affected everyone, but not everyone equally. It has certainly affected young people in terms of their education, employment opportunities, social rituals, rites of passage, and in some cases, their health. Young people with their own health issues or with...