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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...

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...

“Work Harder”: The Worst Advice?

If you’re a student on the cusp of starting a new semester, you may be contemplating how you’re going to up your game this school term. Whether you’re a C student or an A student, if you’re thinking about how to raise your grades this academic year, I’m sure that...

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10 Tips to Get Prepped for Online Learning

Replicating an academic environment in your home requires some renegotiating of physical and mental space. Do you ever wonder why you’re more productive in certain areas, like a library, or why it’s harder to get work done in spaces where you typically watch...

Webinar on Online Learning

This Saturday, April 11th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM BridgesEDU will be hosting a webinar discussion for students centred on online learning. Our presenter, Christopher Grafos, will be offering 10 tips to get the most out of virtual learning and then we’ll have a discussion...

Mental Health Resources for Undergraduates

Introduction Over the past few years, the dialogue around mental health and undergraduate students has changed dramatically. This is at least in part because there is more information available about the mental health challenges experienced by students. For instance,...

5 Tips to Improve Essay Writing Skills

Are you struggling to get the grades that you know you’re capable of? Is essay writing holding you back from getting that stellar GPA? Do you have others read your work, but still fall short of where you feel you should be?

See Us in The Toronto Star: BridgesEDU Helps Students Succeed

This is an area of specialty for BridgesEDU and our students have experienced overwhelming success because we know the standards set by professors – we’ve taught and graded undergraduates ourselves! – and we know how to help students exceed those standards.

Exam Essays: Breathe Deeply, Plan Thoughtfully, and Write Clearly

As exams draw near, the daunting prospect of reviewing a term's worth of content and synthesizing that material into a short series of answers will cause no small amount of anxiety and stress. Far too many bright students feel overwhelmed by the prospect of studying...

5 Important Things to Know for Success in this Undergraduate Year

When April of the coming academic year arrives, do you plan on looking at your final grades with pride and a sense of accomplishment? Of course! This is what most students aspire to do. But, to get there, you need a plan. Work harder and study more? That will help,...

Online Coaching, Tutoring, and Learning: A Pathway to Critical Thinking and the Skills of Tomorrow

Emerging research tells us that there is a disconnect between school curriculums and the needs of tomorrow’s (and today’s!) economy. Consider the following statement from the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs and Skills Report: In many industries and...

Straight-A or Straight-C Student? You Should Still Apply for Scholarships

Is the allure of cold hard cash all that scholarships are good for? While financial awards are really nice, having a track record of scholarship attainment is an asset that can help you distinguish yourself in competitive employment or academic opportunities

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....

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