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Thoughts and resources for guiding your academic journey.

Let’s Talk… and Let’s Listen

Bell Canada promotes “Let’s Talk” to draw attention to mental health, but such talk cannot be one day a year. And listening is equally important.

Just as some of us need to talk, some of us need to listen–really listen.

Down, But Not Out

We repeat cliches because they contain truth. Such is the case with the phrase “down, but not out.” After a difficult academic term of online learning, this cliché might describe how many of us feel in academic circles.Remember that every person in authority in your...

Reflections on the Term That Was…Not So Great

I love teaching, in part, because I love students. I teach first-year university students, so their adjustment to and comfort with the culture of the institution matters. Their first-year experiences often determine whether they continue with their academic studies...

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 with heart and soul from the present moment. Regardless of past failure, you can still win – if you get your head in the game.

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

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

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

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...

What is Academic Coaching and Why Now?

As an instructor, I have always loved autumn. As thousands of students come together at the University of Saskatchewan and at campuses across the country, laughter and music fill the air. Their youthful energy is palpable as they gather and share stories. Such...