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Self-explanation for studying

Published April 16, 2019 by Julia Lane
Get those gears turning! Self-explanation as an effective study strategy

I'm sure I don't have to mention that it is exam time! In this blog post, Donya Samadi --  PhD student in Educational Psychology and former Graduate Facilitator with the SLC -- shares how the concept of self-explanation can be applied to studying. 

Self-explanation, Donya explains, may be beneficial because information previously learned is recalled and integrated with new information to generate a self-explanation. In this way, self-explanation is a connection and elaboration to prior knowledge. When engaged in self-explanations, learners can develop new meaningful associations, and further understand the content they are studying. 

The common comma: Part 2

Published April 9, 2019 by Julia Lane
learn when NOT to use commas in your writing!

Welcome back to the wonderful world of commas!

SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, helps us understand the "unwanted comma," or when NOT to use commas in our writing. 

Missed Part 1? Check it out here

The common comma: Part 1

Published March 14, 2019 by Julia Lane
learn to use commas in your writing

Perhaps you are starting to gear up for term paper writing? If so, you might be wondering when you are REALLY supposed to be using commas...

SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, returns to help us understand that common piece of punctuation, the comma... and maybe, just maybe, how to save our relationships? 

Poems vs. papers: Not as different as you’d think!

Published February 15, 2019 by Julia Lane
Congrats on your CBC poetry prize Natalie, and thanks for sharing these writing tips with In Common!

Award-winning poet and SFU Communications student Natalie Lim guest blogs for In Common this week! 

Check out Natalie's top tips for how a creative writing practice can help strengthen your academic papers. As a bonus, Natalie offers some fun and helpful writing exercises to try out! 

Congrats to Natalie for winning the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize with her poem Arrhythmia.

Glossary of grammar terms

Published January 22, 2019 by Julia Lane
A Blog Post of Useful Grammar Terms

It's a New Year and it's time for a new installment of our Grammar Camp series! 

SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, is back with a glossary of useful grammar terms to help you with your writing... and with breaking the ice at your next party! 

Welcome Guest Blogger Eric Cai!

Published December 21, 2018 by Julia Lane
In Common welcomes former SLC Peer Eric Cai as a guest blogger

In Common welcomes former SLC Peer Eric Cai as a guest blogger. In his posts, he will focus on study and communication skills for students in math and science. Learn more about Eric in the following email interview.

The Fall Semester - midterm housekeeping reminders

Published November 13, 2018 by Julia Lane
Head stuck in your books? Nose to the grindstone? The SLC is here to help!

By Daniel Chang

PhD candidate and SLC Graduate Writing Facilitator Daniel Chang offers some important reminders and tips to help take you through the end of the Fall 2018 academic term. 

Kicking your procrastination habit

Published November 6, 2018 by Julia Lane
Procrastination Meter by Emilie Ogez on Flickr

By Alexandra Patzak, SLC Graduate Learning Facilitator & PhD Candidate in Educational Psychology 

Your assignment is due next week.

It’s totally okay to put it off for a while... Right? 

In this blog post, Alex takes a close look at procrastination and how it can stop you from accomplishing your goals and result in unnecessary stress. 

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