Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I just checked on the gradebook on-line and found out that I failed my final exam! What are my options now? How does a fail affect my degree? Thanks for the help. B. in Toronto Dear B. I can relate; I too have failed an exam. Nobody’s perfect and sometimes you can be… Read more »

Sounding Off

Last week Debbie Jabbour wrote about her experiences taking AU exams, and I asked students to send me their exam stories. I’m sure many of us have strange stories to tell about writing exams! I am currently working towards a Certificate in French language proficiency, so exams, especially in another language, can be unnerving. During… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Manitoba Students get Free Extension The Provincial Government of Manitoba has announced ( that it will be doubling the interest free period of student loans from six months to a full year. When combined with their recent budget that keeps tuition at 10% below 1999 levels, it seems like going to Manitoba to take your… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, As a new AU student my life has been pretty busy. I’m always studying and that means my wife has had to pick up a lot of the slack. She is an amazing woman, wife and mother and this year I would like to get her an amazing Mother’s Day present to say… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

When Even The Bank Tells You To Spend More The Toronto Dominion bank recently released a report ( praising Alberta as being the only region in Canada that has U.S. levels of wealth while preserving the Canadian-style quality of life. The report is not all wine and roses however, and points out that in order… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Holistic Home

Very rarely do I ever purchase what I call “feel good” books. They are often expensive and the content is mostly glitz. Holistic Home, however, described on the front cover as a book for “creating an environment for physical and spiritual well-being” delivers just that and is my exception in the purchasing books department. This… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, Exams are coming up for me at the end of the month and I am STRESSED! So stressed in fact, that I cannot get to sleep at night! Any suggestions? Jittery & Tired in Strathmore, AB Dear Jittery & Tired, I hope my advice helps you because the most important thing to do… Read more »


PREVENTING DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN ALLEVIATES ADULT CONDITION Researchers at McGill University have found that “prevention of depression in childhood is the best way to thwart the condition in adulthood.” John Abela, the McGill psychology professor who conducted the study, finds that “children are currently experiencing pessimism, sadness and depression at an unprecedented rate,” and that… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’m in a cooking rut. My family is sick and tired of Hamburger Helper and fish sticks, but I don’t have the time, money or the know how to do any better. Any suggestions? Hamburgered-Out in the USA Dear Hamburgered-Out, You don’t have to cook like Emeril and have Oprah’s bank account to… Read more »


For a long time, Distance Education [DE] was considered inferior to traditional learning. That stigma is slowly being eroded, and AU has played a large role in legitimizing DE. For the next Sounding Off, tell me about your experiences as an AU student. How do people react to when they hear that you are attending… Read more »