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Writing a Professional Email: 101

Published September 22, 2020 by Julia Lane
Tips for writing a professional email

Former SLC English as Additional Language Peer Bessie W. returns with tips and tricks for writing a professional email. Just in time to help you reach out to your professor or TA to get clarification on those first assignments... 

Insights from a summer of remote learning

Published September 8, 2020 by Julia Lane
The academic semester can feel like a blur of stress and deadlines. Don't forget to build in breaks!

Former Writing and Learning Peer Grace L. reflects on her experiences with remote learning in the summer 2020 semester. She offers tips to help you set and maintain boundaries to support both your academic success and your health and well-being. 

We wish you the very best for this new kind of learning adventure and hope that these insights from the summer semester can help you get set up for success! 

A trauma-informed approach to difficult course material: Part 2

Published March 31, 2020 by Julia Lane
Taking a trauma-informed approach includes being intentional about your own learning journey - picking up what you want to take and releasing that which does not serve you.

SLC EAL Peer Ashley K. returns with more information about using a trauma-informed approach to learning. She shares more information about a trauma-informed workshop co-facilitated by Jennifer-Lee Koble and Jennifer Dehoney. She also offers 8 important self-care tips. 

To read the interview she conducted with Dr. Elise Chenier, click here

If you are in need of support, please reach out. A particularly good resource for immediate support is My SSP. 

A trauma-informed approach to difficult course material: Part 1

Published March 17, 2020 by Julia Lane
Red dress displays like the one photographed here have become powerful symbols of the genocide of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada

How do we take care of ourselves when we are introduced to difficult material in class? This is a question that SLC EAL Peer Ashley K. asked herself as she embarked on . her learning journey in HIST 436, which focuses on a close reading of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

As part of her work to answer this question, she sat down to interview the course's instructor, Dr. Elise Chenier. This two-part blog series begins with a transcript of that interview. Here is a powerful idea that emerged from their discussion, 

"my main goals is not just know the breadth and depth of the problem intellectually, but to know it in their bodies. In my opinion, when you know it in your body, then it changes you, but to know it intellectually, you can still hold that at a distance and you don't necessarily see why you should change anything about the way you do anything" (Dr. Elise Chenier). 

In part two of this series, Ashley K. shares some self-care tips that she learned through a workshop offered by Jennifer-Lee Koble and Jennifer Dehoney during the class. 

Take care of yourselves. If you are in need of support, please reach out. A particularly good resource for accessing immediate support is My SSP

'Tis the season... the exam season

Published December 4, 2019 by Julia Lane
You're making a list, and checking it twice... an exam prep inventory list that is...

It's the first day of exams! Here are some of the SLC's top tips for exam season. 

5 popular time management strategies

Published September 3, 2019 by Julia Lane
Now is the time to brush up on your time management strategies

Do you sometimes find yourself in ‘busy mode’ but not accomplishing much? Do you feel you could be more organized or productive? With the start of the fall semester, it's the perfect time to set some intentions about how you want to spend your time and get prepared!

Exams are over! More learning?!

Published August 20, 2019 by Julia Lane
Summer exams are over, but the learning never stops!
Hooray! Exams are over and you have 2 weeks until fall term classes start! Time for travel, a staycation on Metro Vancouver’s many beaches, or just an opportunity to catch up on the other life things that you had to put aside during the exam period.

Summer time, exam time

Published July 30, 2019 by Julia Lane
It's almost exam time... read on for tips to help you get prepared!

When Ella Fitzgerald sings "summer time, and the living is easy", she clearly isn't singing about students who are preparing for summertime exams! But, with the summer exam period one week away, the SLC team is here to offer you some helpful tips and tricks. They may not make your exams feel easy, but hopefully they will make your whole exam experience a bit easier

Writing anxiety

Published June 25, 2019 by Julia Lane
Writing anxiety... it's NOT just you!

Feeling anxious about writing your term papers this semester? You aren't alone! In fact, writing anxiety is experienced by writers across all genres and all stages of writing experience. This blog post explores the topic of writing anxiety and provides some practical suggestions for how to address the anxiety you may be experiencing. 

Note: this post focuses on "every day" writing anxiety and not clinical anxiety. If your anxiety is unmanageable, please get support from SFU Health and Counselling or from another health care professional. Your well-being matters! 

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