Scheduling Your Way to Success

With November coming to an end, finals are rapidly approaching and it’s time for us to start preparing!


I’m going to be honest with you, the first thing I did after seeing the exam schedule for this semester was panic – I have 3 exams within 2 days. If I want to do my best on all my exams, cramming isn’t an option. Therefore, it’s time to start scheduling my time wisely.


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Time is ticking
A picture of 4 stacked textbooks next to a miniature Eiffel Tower model

Persevering In The Face Of Academic Setbacks


Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you planned.


For example, at the beginning of this school year, I promised myself that I would actively keep up with all the readings in all my courses. With midterm season come and gone, I realized that I fell behind in 3 of my courses while studying for midterms. I’m currently trying my best to mitigate the setback by doing my readings for at least 3 hours a day until I’m caught up with all my courses. Nevertheless, this setback was not planned!


A picture of 4 stacked textbooks next to a miniature Eiffel Tower model
It feels like I have a tower of readings to complete before I catch up!


How To Complete A Large Task

Imagine you are a waiter/waitress. It’s currently rush hour at the restaurant you work at, and you have 24 plates of food to deliver to the customers in the eating area. Based on past experience at your job, you know that you can handle carrying 3 plates at a time. How would you deliver the plates to customers?

A) Take only 1 trip from the kitchen to the eating area – carrying 24 plates at a time.
B) Take 2 trips from the kitchen to the eating area – carrying 12 plates at a time.
C) Take 8 trips from the kitchen to the eating area – carrying 3 plates at a time.

My Experience With The Academic Success Center Drop-Ins!

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Hey guys! In last week’s post, I had vowed that I would go to the Academic Success Centre (ASC) during the drop-in hours to meet with a learning strategist to help me prepare for my upcoming midterms. A learning strategist is a trained professional who provides individualized academic support; they help you understand your learning style and guide you towards the appropriate strategies to maximize your learning efficiency. During the ASC drop-in hours, you can meet with a learning strategist for up to 30 minutes.

The ASC is located in the Koffler Student Services Centre building at 214 College St. Drop-in hours for this Fall semester are:

  • Tuesdays: 10a.m. – 12p.m
  • Fridays: 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Here is an account of my first-time experience with meeting a learning strategist:

A Friendly Reminder To Be Kind To Yourself

Hey guys, this week is Self-Care Week at UofT. By definition, self-care involves the things you do to take care of your physical and mental health. This week is part of the University’s HealthyU Month, which is an entire month dedicated towards celebrating mental and physical health.

Although it may not be obvious at first, self-care is directly linked to academic success because reaching your goals becomes easier when you are healthy, physically and mentally. In the spirit of self-care week, here are some common self-care practices that can boost your academic potential.

How To Stay Focused This Midterm Season

A maple leaf has turned mostly orange in colour and is on the pavement

It’s the middle of October and you know what that means? Pumpkin spiced lattes, a chilly breeze, Halloween décor, and midterms. Around this time of year, students often find their schedules filled with due dates, exams, quizzes, labs, papers, and assignments. During times like these, time is of the essence.

On that note, here is a life-hack to help save time: one of the most effective ways to maximize productivity is to minimize distractions. From personal experience, an hour of distraction-free studying is generally equivalent to 5-6 hours of distracted studying. Therefore, by staying focused, you can actually save a lot of time. So, how can you stay focused when studying?

A Little Help Goes A Long Way

Confession time – I’m a third year student at UofT, and up until now, I haven’t really used any of the university services that were specifically designed to guide students towards academic success. It’s time to change that.

Growing up, I have always had the “I can do it myself” mentality. This attitude held me back from reaching out to university services. But recently, I came to a realization that I should have taken advantage of these services.

A picture of a small milk carton, with a large opening, because I opened it the wrong way.
I denied my friend’s offer to help me open this carton because “I could do it myself!” Clearly, I couldn’t.

Old Habits Really Do Die Hard

Do you ever catch yourself doing something that you 100% know you shouldn’t be doing? Yup… That’s me right now. Before you ask questions, let me explain.

A picture of me wearing a onesie, watching shows on my bed.
This is usually how I watch shows/movies (when I shouldn’t be watching)

This August, I had to present a business pitch to an entrepreneurial community. However, the night before the presentation, I decided to watch a movie. And then another one. Then suddenly, the unusual brightness of my room caught my attention. It was the sun. It was 6am and I had to leave my house within the next hour in order to make it to the presentation in time. It quickly dawned on me that I accidentally pulled an all-nighter before my presentation – and in that moment, all I could do was silently mouth “help me” at the sky, hoping that the universe would give me a break. That day, a very sleep deprived Slesha learned the consequences of staying up too late.

After recognizing the importance of a good night’s sleep, I took a vow to sleep earlier this school year – no later than 1am! Little did I know that “taking a vow” meant nothing without setting appropriate behaviour changing strategies in place. So I should not have been surprised when things didn’t go as I had vowed. Right now, it’s 3am as I’m writing this blog post… and I know I should have gone to sleep two hours ago. So, what went wrong?