Five Ways to Problem Solve for Academic Success

We all have problems.  There exist both logical and irrational ways to solve them.  There exist emotional or loving ways to solve them, too.  Perhaps the best way to solve problems is with a model.  Models are tried and true and lead to a higher probability of success. Let’s use the problem-solving models from Life… Read more »

Editorial—Truth of the Day

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation has been declared as a new statutory holiday to be celebrated on September 30th  by the federal government.  This has been known unofficially as orange shirt day.  This means that all federal workers will have the day off, with pay, purportedly to reflect on the legacy of the… Read more »

Extreme Discipline

I’m not disciplined with money.  By no means.  I have more debt than Santa Claus on Boxing Day.  But I am very disciplined with work, and, during my undergrad, I was highly disciplined with studies.  So I have some tips to share about discipline. To illustrate my discipline, such that you may consider my advice… Read more »

Local Shoutout—Supporting Small Businesses

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially… Read more »

Course Exam—BIOL 341 (Human Genetics)

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written for or you recently took a course that you would like to recommend to other AU students, please feel free to reach out with the course name and number, and any questions or feedback you may have.  We’ll be happy to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Moving In

Dear Barb: Hi, my boyfriend and I have been dating for four years and we moved in together three months ago.  We got along great while we were dating, but not so much now.  We seem to argue a lot more about finances—I am a saver and he is a spender.  When we were dating… Read more »

The Study Dude—Closing Clinchers for Essays

Over the last four weeks, I’ve written about the essay research phase, the essay writing phase, the essay editing phase, and opening hooks.  This week, it’s time to focus on closing clinchers for essays. If you are striving for an A+, a closing clincher can get you the grade. I once wrote an essay so… Read more »

Editorial—Why an Election?

I’ve started to see a number of folks online asking why hold an election now, as yet another wave of COVID-19 seems to start gripping our nation.  I think there are a lot of answers to this question. The first answer, of course, is because the governing political party saw the polls, has been looking… Read more »