SCIENCE SCHEMES NEWSLETTER  Volume 15, Number 4

DECEMBER STUDY TIPS

Focus: Procrastination

Having trouble keeping focused on your final exam studying?  There are many fun distractions this time of year!  A few suggestion remedies for procrastination taken from Learning for Success: Skills and Strategies for Canadian Students are below:

  • Set up a reward for finishing something; this can counteract lack of initiative (advisor suggestion: seasonal coffee shop beverage with extra whipping cream!)
  • Begin to work on a study task that is not too demanding, as opposed to one where your mindset is "impossible"
  • Subdivide a bigger task into several smaller chunks (e.g. 15-minute items); this can reduce the level of difficulty of the overall task
  • Suspend your criticism of how well you are doing in order to complete a task for the first time
  • Co-operate with a friend or classmate to share a task (without copying) and reduce isolation. (advisor suggestion: say random words of encouragement to your classmate during your study session)
  • Substitute the mental message "I should" with "I'd like to"

Excerpt from Learning for Success: Skills and Strategies for Canadian Students by Joan Fleet, Fiona Goodchild & Richard Zajchowski. Harcourt Brace & Company Canada

SAVE THE DATE

DECEMBER 2019

Monday 2nd Last Day of Fall Classes

Tuesday 3rd Free Day

Wednesday 4th  Exams begin. MATH 157 final. Food for Fines starts

Thursday 5th  BISC 101 final. BPK 140 final. MATH 100 final. MATH 150 final. MATH 151 final. PHYS 100 final

Friday 6th  STAT 203 final

Saturday 7th  CHEM 121 finalDesign Jam

Monday 9th MATH 154 final. MATH 232 final. MATH 251 final

Wednesday 11th  BPK 110 final. FAN X99 final. MATH 310 final

Thursday 12th  PHYS 102 final. PHYS 140 final. Advisor away starting today

Friday 13th  Advisor away & all next week

Saturday 14th  STAT 100 final. Design Jam

Monday 16th  BPK 142 final. EASC 101 final. Exams end

Wednesday 18th  Food for Fines ends

Monday 23rd Advisor away

Tuesday 24th  Advisor away.  Traditionally some departments close a bit early.  Call ahead if you plan to come to campus to see anyone

Wednesday 25th  Christmas Day. University closed

Thursday 26th  Boxing Day. University closed

Friday 27th  University closed

Monday 30th   University closed

Tuesday 31st  University closed

Wednesday, January 1st  New Year's Day.  University closed

Thursday, January 2nd  University re-opens. No classes. Call ahead if you plan to visit an instructor - they may not be back yet, but staff will be available

Friday, January 3rd  University open. No classes.  Call ahead if you plan to visit an instructor - they may not be back yet.  Welcome Day for new students starting in Spring

Monday, January 6th  Classes begin for Spring term

* Stay tuned for upcoming Spring workshops in the Student Learning Commons

Food for Fines drive at the library (all locations) is on from December 4 to December 18 2019.  All donated food goes to the local Food Bank.

  • A $2 fine waiver will be applied for each item donated, to a maximum of $30 (15 items)
  • Donated food must be non-perishable
  • Non-food items are welcome (sealed packs of diapers, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Waiver applies to current fines only - it does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items and cannot be banked towards future fines
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THIS IS YOUR ADVISOR

Nadia Williams sees all Surrey campus Science students, General Science Double Minor Program students, Management & Systems Science majors, Science students over 60 units without a major, and students wanting to transfer into Science from other SFU faculties.

Availability:

Monday - Friday, Surrey campus.  Faculty of Science office area at the very, very back of Podium 2.  9:15am - 4:00pm or later. Note: due to the law of not being able to carry-over more vacation time, I will likely be away from December 12th onwards until the university opens again in January.  

Burnaby dates: TBD. Email for potential availability. I'll be sending out an email with any upcoming December afternoon times.

Phone: 778.782.7486

Email: scadv@sfu.ca

Website <- EXPLORE it for advising explanations, tips, etc.

Typical response time within one to two business days. Note: we are closed weekends and holidays.

MY SSP IS A FREE SERVICE AVAILABLE TO ALL SFU STUDENTS

You have access to immediate or ongoing confidential support.

Access by phone 1.844.451.9700 or download the App from the App Store or Google Play.

24/7 available in:

  • English
  • French
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Culturally-relevant support and counselling in multiple additional languages in also vailable.

Travelling outside of North America and need access Call 001.416.380.6578

LIBRARY EXTENDED HOURS

SURREY CAMPUS

Through December 15th:

Monday to Friday open 8:00am - midnight.  Study hall is 9pm to 12am (no staff, security on site)

Saturday & Sunday open 10:00am - 9:00pm.  Study hall is 5pm to 9pm

December 16: 8:00am - 9:00pm

Tuesday, December 17 through Monday, December 23: open 9:30am - 4:30pm.  Closed on the Saturday & Sunday.

December 23: open 9:30am - 4:30pm

December 24/Christmas Eve: open 10:00am - 2:00pm

THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTION OF THE MONTH:

How am I going to recharge during the break to be ready for Spring classes?

 

UNDERGRADUATE WRITING CONTEST

The Student Learning Commons eagerly invites submissions to the third annual undergraduate writing contest.  Prizes range from $100 - $200.

If you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least 15 units and has written a paper for an SFU class in 2019, you are eligible to enter. 

Deadline: January 5th, 2020

Questions? slc-writing-contest@sfu.ca

More details/entry page: https://journals.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/slc-uwc/contest