Category Archives: Academics

New SOLUS Calendar Subscription

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The AMS and Queen’s ITS have been working together to bring you a SOLUS calendar subscription service. This application will let you get your SOLUS calendar on your mobile phone (that supports ActiveSync), outlook calendar, etc. AMS IT Office and the Academic Affairs Commission have worked with Queen’s ITS to test and deliver this service, and any concerns or bugs ... Read More »

How You Can Decide Who Wins this Election

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4580 =  The median margin of victory in ridings with major campuses in the 2011 elections (the majority of ridings had margins of victory in the 4000s). 19,786 = The average number of estimated eligible student voters in each individual riding. That means that less than a quarter of the student vote often could totally reshape the margin of victory for ... Read More »

9 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry on During Exam Time

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As April approaches, many of us will experience various forms of stress with exams, moving, job searching, and many other things happening all at once. To help combat the stresses that come with this hectic time of year, give this list a read, and think of personal ways for relieving stress and increasing positivity in your life during exam period! ... Read More »

How to Choose Your Program – Arts and Science

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If you’re a first year Arts and Science student at Queen’s, chances are you’ll be selecting a degree plan within the coming months. With so many programs to choose from, many students have trouble choosing their Major, Medial, Minor, or Specialization. Here are a few tips and questions to consider while choosing your degree plan!  What type of degree do ... Read More »

What to know going into your first exam

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PREPARING Write down your exam building location and the room number from the SOLUS Exam list. Since all of your exams might be in different buildings, it is helpful to have a reminder of where to go for each exam. Pack everything you need the night before so you don’t have to stress about finding school supplies right before your ... Read More »

5 Need-to-Knows for that Tough Exam

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1.    Did you know that you have the right to review your final exam with your instructor present? Once your exam mark has been made available, you are able to request to view your exam in the presence of your instructor. Should you formally appeal your grade, you are also afforded access to your final examination paper. 2.     Did ... Read More »

OUSA: What it Does & Your Thoughts

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In 1992, the Alma Mater Society recognized a need to be aligned with an external provincial lobby group that would be an effective advocate to the Province. Issues at stake included tuition levels, under-funding and teaching quality. At that time, the AMS was part of the Ontario Federation of Students, and recognized the importance of having a strong collective voice, rather ... Read More »

The Top Ten Places to Study on Campus

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This December exam period marks my seventh set of exams at Queen’s University as a supposedly ‘experienced’ Economics student, and I’ve learned through the years of the unique places on campus to study without being disturbed.  The goal of today, therefore, is to present the top ten places to study on campus.  This list has been narrowed down, honed, and ... Read More »

Critical Thinking Not Just for Fourth Years

In just a week I will be entering my fourth year as a student at Queen’s University. Fourth year is lauded as the year in which students can finally sink their teeth into critical thinking. They challenge professors in seminars, take advantage of smaller classes to have true discussion, and begin to mold their own hypotheses. Though I’m excited to ... Read More »

Who’s To Blame For Declining Quality?

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I’ve now been involved with student government for three years and am entering my second full-time position as a student advocate. After a year of being the Academic Affairs Commissioner for the Alma Mater Society there is one argument that routinely exasperates me. That argument is that students do not value their education. There exists some cynicism in both the ... Read More »

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