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From “Best Lent Ever 2017”:
Students are in the process of choosing their courses for the school year of 2017-2018. I recommend an online visit to eINFO for university entrance requirements (courses and averages):
All universities have an Open House during the March Break. I highly recommend these visits. Here are some for area universities:
Queen’s University: http://www.queensu.ca/admission/events/open-houses/march-break-open-house
U of Toronto: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/march-break-open-house
The University of Waterloo will be hosting an evening for Grade 10 students and their parents on Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This is a great opportunity for grade 10 students who are thinking about attending any of Ontario’s universities. Information covered will include finding a program that is a good fit, navigating the application process, and financing post-secondary education.
Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.
“It’s about using the devices smartly but having the capacity to concentrate as you need to, when you want to.”
Don’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute ‘cramming’, it is widely accepted that for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with:
- Have you identified the exam specifics (format of questions, time allowed, content to be tested)
- Have you organized your textbook notes and lecture notes (sequenced, stapled, in piles or folders)
- Have you integrated / cross-referenced your textbook notes with your class notes
- Have you tried to draw diagrams or mind maps to explain difficult concepts
- Have you determined if there is content that you need more help understanding
- Have you tried to explain the content from your notes in your own words and out loud if possible
- Have you practised solving the problem-type questions
- Have you found sample questions (from other textbooks or websites) that could be asked on the exam
- Have you tried making flash cards or using mnemonics, acronyms, analogies, etc. to recall content
- Have you tried to teach someone else the material that you are studying
- Have you constructed a practice exam for the content that will be studied
- Have you determined when is your best time of day to study
- Have you determined a good location for successful studying
- Have you tried to review your textbook and lecture notes regularly
It’s not always easy to know when we’re in the presence of “genius.” In part, that’s because we barely agree on what it means. In Roman times, genius was not something you achieved but rather an animating spirit that adhered itself to people and places. In the 18th century, Romantics gave genius its modern meaning: Someone with special, almost divine abilities. Today, we’re quick to anoint a “marketing genius” or a “political genius,” oblivious to the fact that true genius requires no such modification. In truth, real geniuses transcend the confines of their particular domains. They inspire and awe. Which is precisely why we should use the word sparingly, lest it lose some of its magic. That’s not the only misconception.
Read the rest of Eric Weiner’s article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-genius/2016/10/21/ffecc73c-96e0-11e6-9b7c-57290af48a49_story.html?utm_term=.5369ada4f0b1
INTEG 10 is a seminar on transdisciplinary topics and integrative practices which are of special interest to Knowledge Integration students. This is the “living room” of the program; a place where ideas come together.
We welcome friends and visitors!
Each session features a different guest speaker and is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public. We encourage sparkling and lively discussion between speakers and audience members.