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Distance Education—The New Norm for High School Students?

On March 15, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Education released “Education that Works for You — Modernizing Classrooms,” which states that starting in 2020-2021, “the government will centralize the delivery of all e-learning courses to allow students greater access to programming and educational opportunities, no matter where they live in Ontario.”  Although few specific details… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Into the Woods

This world is a forest from a dark fairy tale, dreamed up by the fevered imagination of the Brothers Grimm. At the moment, it seems to be locked in eternal winter, but, far away, the sky is burning red, and I fear it’s not from the approaching dawn. The trees here are black and gnarled;… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Tipping Point for Joy, Love, and Less Stress

Imagine student life filled with joy, filled with love, and void of stress.  Impossible? We all feel bad at times.  We might worry, feel irked, or blame ourselves or others.  Whenever a bad thought arises, we can squelch it.  More accurately, we can crowd it out with positivity.  According to author and self-professed life coach,… Read more »

Alberta’s Budget Cuts—Affecting So Many

In November, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the government plans to cut up to 5,900 jobs as part of its elaborate plan of balancing the budget before the 2022-23 fiscal year.  Most of these cuts will affect Alberta’s Health Services and government employees.  While their jobs will not be affected until March 30,… Read more »

Editorial—Hold on to Your Wallets!

It’s now official.  Athabasca University will be increasing tuitions by 7% across the board.  At the same time, negotiations with the various labour groups at the university seem to be heating up as well, with AUFA having recently done a survey and finding out that almost half of those surveyed don’t trust the senior management… Read more »

Top Eight Productivity Tips for AU Students in the New Year

Turn off distractions We all know those times when it takes us hours to write one sentence of an essay or when we sit down to study but can barely read past the first page. Turning off distractions is a key to working effectively. This includes cell phones, social media, and loud music. Sometimes when… Read more »

The Study Dude—Cure Yourself of Exam Anxiety

Perfectionism often leads to anxiety.  And you don’t want anxiety during exams. “I’m going to fail!” I’d burst into tears, wailing those words before every math exam.  I discounted the twenty-four hours each week I studied for that one course.  I discounted my 4.0 in prior math classes, too.  Luckily, my stress morphed into confidence… Read more »

Editorial—New for the New Year

The new year has rung in, and at least in Calgary, it’s brought with it some proper winter. Maybe it’s me getting old, but there’s something just off when I can see people walking around in Bermuda shorts in January.  Even in Calgary. Unfortunately, it’s also brought some increased tensions between the Middle East and… Read more »