Category Archives: Academics

Rethinking Teaching Incentives: An Opportunity to Say Thanks

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I recently had the opportunity to present the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching to two very deserving faculty members at Queen’s Convocation. This, coupled with recent talks happening on campus, sparked a critical reflection in my mind about how we celebrate teaching excellence at Queen’s. Although committing oneself to excellence in teaching, particularly at Queen’s, requires a substantial ... Read More »

Exam Resource: 1st Year Tips

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This week we’ve got a special feature from one of the AMS First Year Interns! This post will offer some advice to our first year students. Beginning your first set of university exams can be an intimidating experience, so we thought we would give some advice to try and ease your stress. Below are some links to AMS and Queens pages ... Read More »

Active Learning Classrooms at Queen’s

Ellis Hall Active Learning Classroom

It’s difficult, as a student, to conceive of a future for teaching and learning at Queen’s that we may not share in. We have thoughts about what we would like to change, perhaps. Concerns, and wishes, but these are rarely realized for us in the flurry of academics and student life. Those who work on rooms like these, designing spaces ... Read More »

Got Grief?


My Experience with the Academic Grievance Centre  I found myself in the third week of classes wondering why I was being penalized with a fee on my student account that wasn’t my fault. Due to complications when receiving permission to take a course at another University I had to navigate a confusing network of University offices. I couldn’t drop a course ... Read More »

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


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


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


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 »

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