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As someone who has taught undergraduates, I know there are two immense pressure points faced by students, particularly in the early years of university. First, is the gap between academic expectations in university and student preparedness to meet those expectations....

Accepted to university! Now what?

You submitted university applications months ago and now you’ve read the sweet words, “We are pleased to offer you admissions for September 2018”. Your hard work has paid off and it’s official, you’re going to university. But now what? After prom has ended, after...

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Resources related to mental health

As someone who has taught undergraduates, I know there are two immense pressure points faced by students, particularly in the early years of university. First, is the gap between academic expectations in university and student preparedness to meet those expectations....

What Should I Write?: A Question Your Professor Hates

I know that chalkboards are turning into a thing of the past, but have you ever heard fingernails scraping against one? It’s really hard to listen to and it makes most people shudder. In my time as a university instructor, the equivalent to fingernails on a chalkboard...

Accepted to university! Now what?

You submitted university applications months ago and now you’ve read the sweet words, “We are pleased to offer you admissions for September 2018”. Your hard work has paid off and it’s official, you’re going to university. But now what? After prom has ended, after...

Announcement: BridgesEDU Scholarship Contest 2018 – 2019

Dear Applicants, I am delighted to be offering the BridgesEDU Scholarship Contest for 2018-2019 (click here for a link to the application)! Scholarships are such an important part of academic life so great work on taking the time to consider this application. I...

For Parents & Students: 3 Common Grade-Killing Ideas Students Have About Writing

Writing is one of the most important skills needed to succeed in university. Period. At the same time, it is one of the skills that students struggle with most. Why is this the case? There are some concerning trends that I have recognized in my work with high school...

How “Right vs. Wrong” Hurts Students: One Important Difference Between High School and University

Did I make the right points? How many points do I need for full marks? Is this the right answer? These are questions that I have heard countless times from students and I completely understand why. When you’re being graded by someone, it’s natural that you would want...

The Good and Bad of “I’ll figure it out on my own”

Imagine, you’re sitting in an undergraduate class and your professor starts returning graded papers. You anxiously turn to the final page to see how you did. Under a paragraph of comments you see a grade that disappoints you; “Ugh!” Now, let’s go back in time to when...

For Parents: Studies on the Transition to University

In the summer of 2014 I attended a dinner with professors from across Southern Ontario. The crowd was diverse in expertise and in years of teaching. In small groups, the organizers of the event asked us to consider and discuss some questions about research and...

“I am capable”: A Transformative Tool for Students

If there is one thing that I think many students could benefit from in university, it is a belief in their own capabilities. Yes, a belief that you are capable of doing well is far more important than what many others say will propel you to academic achievement (e.g....

How University Grades You: An Insider’s Perspective

In a 2010 Maclean’s article, Carson Jerema reported the following: The vast majority of students see their grades fall, often dramatically, once they get to university. What is sometimes called “grade shock” can have devastating consequences for students, as they...

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