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  • Adam Toor

    Adam Toor
    Accounting

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    The opportunity to share my knowledge with others

    I never go to class without:

    Emergency snacks

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Treat others the same way you want to be treated.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university

    How much extra support TRU offers to their students

    My academic “a-ha moment”

    I didn’t realize how much SL helped until after I attended my first session.

  • Anneesha Gaba

    Aneesha Gaba
    Accounting

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I never thought about it until my leader suggested it. Helping people comes naturally to me, and gives me joy that I’m able to help my peers…

    I never go to class without:

    I never sit down to study without all sorts of colored pens, highlighters and a notebook.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Take time to know yourself, and don’t make assumptions. Just do the best you can.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    Don’t be afraid to take a course that fascinates you, don’t let anything confine you. Figure out a way to do it all. And don’t ever be afraid to ask questions.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Was getting an A+ in financial accounting! I was on top of the world after receiving my result.

  • Isla Adderson

    Isla Adderson
    Accounting

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    My best or most memorable SL moment… When the whole SL room was focused on solving problems and trying to come up with the answers the fastest, you could pretty much hear people’s minds working. This moment was unique because there was no stress of an exam, yet each student still had the focus of achieving outcomes.

    What drew me to become an SL leader? I really enjoy helping people succeed and was very grateful for the SL leaders when I needed their assistance. I am thrilled to offer the same support I had available to me.

    I never go to class without: My calculator!

    Best advice I’ve ever received: Use different coloured highlighters to group categories together, this makes it quick and easy to see what goes where. Awesome for exams too!

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: Where to park!

  • Elvira Mukharryamova

    Elvira Mukharryamova
    Biology

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    My most memorable SL moment was while me being a student at SL. It was a two hours preparation session for organic chemistry test. Me and my friend started to solve the assignment together, but after some time the whole class joined us. We were laughing, making jokes and solving chemistry. That was when I realized that I was ready for the test and was not nervous at all.

    What drew me to become an SL leader? I always wondered how good my mentoring and leadership skills are. Being a scientist means to work in groups a lot, it’s important to be able to lead a group, be an organized person and a good presenter, which is exactly what the position of an SL leader teaches us.

    I never go to class without my colorful highlighter pens. Colorful and well organized notes help me study more efficiently.

    Best advice I’ve ever received: “Don’t stress out before the tests: Let the force be with you.”

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: It is never wrong to ask questions.

  • Levi Manson

    Levi Manson
    Biology

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    My best or most memorable SL moment…

    My first encounter with SL in first year biology. I soon realized that I was ahead of many students in studying, which had never happened in high school.

    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I’ve always found that when I explain concepts to others, my knowledge on the topic would consolidate. I also found out that I enjoy helping others gain intuition on puzzling topics.

    I never sit down to study without:

    Coffee, water, and a highlighter. Also, Word document open to condense notes!

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    Know when to take a break. Burnout is far too common to not practice self-care. A few hours of a break may seem like a lot at the time, but in the long term, it will save you from long periods of unproductive hours of forcing yourself to study.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Realizing that there are productive and unproductive modes of studying; just putting in the hours is not enough. Learning how and when to study is crucial and SL is a great tool in developing those learning tricks!

  • Eric Franks

    Eric Franks
    Anatomy and Physiology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    A desire to more fully master the material, and to help others do the same. I was privileged to have had spectacular SL Leaders, and I hope to become like them.

    I never go to class without:

    I never go to class without having reviewed the notes or lecture slides in advance.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Get to know your professor. They want to help you succeed. Make a point of letting them know who you are and that you’re engaged and passionate about your learning.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    When I began university I wish I‘d realized how incredibly ineffective it is to simply copy and rewrite notes. I spent hours doing so without truly retaining. I also wish I’d known better how to prioritize the information that was necessary to know for each subject, based on the learning objectives. I often found myself studying too deep into the wrong sorts of concepts, whichwere not as fundamental or as necessary in order to achieve success. Time is precious, and it's so important to know how to use study time effectively.

    I didn't think I needed SL until :

    I began attending. I studied for a year in another university which didn’t have any sort of SL program. I did alright but felt overwhelmed constantly by the sheer volume of information to master. When I began at TRU and started attending SL, was amazed by how dramatically the sessions helped me to organize concepts being taught and how easily I came to be able to explain those concepts to others. It helped me better understand how and what to study, and also provided me with a social framework to help me do so.

  • Katie Ignace

    Katie Ignace
    Anatomy and Physiology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? Providing students a space to learn and help each other out as a team drew me to become an SL leader. This helped me greatly when I went to SL sessions.

    I never go to class without… My planner, a pen and a water bottle.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: to leave time for myself whether that be going for a walk, hanging out with friends, or reading a book. You need that time to keep yourself sane, and it won’t take away too much time from your studies.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until… I realized that I was only memorizing and not understanding concepts. You really need to be able to understand to do well.

    My academic "a-ha moment": Realizing that I can get that A even if it seemed impossible.

  • Andrea Valcarcel

    Andrea Valcarcel
    Biology

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    My best or most memorable SL moment…:

    In CHEM 2120 and 2220 SL sessions, headbands were the most fun and memorable activity. There’s just something funny about a big group of students struggling to define a term and having someone else guess the word. We bonded over this and, afterward, we all had a better understanding of important course concepts. Thanks to SL, and thanks to those awkward moments, I’ve made friends that have continued to be part of both my social and academic life.

    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    My own experience with SL was led me to become a leader. SL has been a part of my weekly routine ever since I started university and the thought of supporting my peers, like other SL leaders supported me in the past, really motivated me to apply.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I actually went to my first SL session. I left that first session with a better understanding of the content and feeling like I had a safe space to ask questions and discuss any doubts. Before then, I didn’t really know I was missing this. Now I wish all my courses had SL!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    When you’re feeling down or unmotivated, even a little effort is better than no effort.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    That it’s okay to mess up sometimes. I used to be afraid to participate in class, fearing my answer or comment would be wrong. Now I know actively participating and asking questions helps me understand the course material better, and professors really don’t mind if you get an answer wrong. They’re just glad you’re participating and trying to understand.

  • Olivia McLennan

    Olivia McLennan
    Chemistry

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I became an SL Leader because I enjoy interactive learning, and I know I have the capacity to help my peers succeed.

    I never sit down to study without:

    Sticky notes, a coffee, and music.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Don't let a bad five minutes become a bad day.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    I wish I’d realized that the other first years were just as nervous as I was; no one else knew exactly what they were doing either.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    All of my courses became busy, and SL was a way for me to study efficiently and effectively.

  • Naomi Meijerhof

    Naomi Meijerhof
    Chemistry

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    The group studying environment really helped me learn concepts that I was struggling with, and I want to help other students understand those concepts.

    I never sit down to study without…”

    Snacks and study buddies!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Don't forget to take some time for yourself.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    How to get around the campus.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Just follow the electrons!!

  • Alex Parobec

    Alex Parobec
    Chemistry

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? In my first year, I had SL for most of my classes. I got to know all my leaders fairly well, and quickly developed a huge amount of respect for them. They were very easy to get along with, and they each brought something unique to their sessions. I owe much of my academic success to their efforts in running such great study sessions, I hope I can pay it forward and do the same!

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: $5 coffees every day add up quickly.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until: My first session. I was amazed how much more material I was able to retain from collaborative study with classmates. Seeing different ways to solve problems or interpret concepts can be so much more helpful than studying alone.

    My academic “a-ha moment”: When I realized that any mark is achievable if you can put in the time and effort. Since I grasped that concept and really saw the big picture of what I could accomplish in university, my motivation has gone through the roof.

    Best advice I’ve ever received: Strive for perfection, but embrace failure.

  • Juliana Hermiston

    Juliana Hermiston
    Physics

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I am so grateful for all of the amazing SL leaders that supported my learning in my first year of university. I thoroughly enjoyed, and benefited from, every session I attended, even if it was only for the retention of one new idea. I want to give back to other students by engaging with them and helping them learn, and by providing the same welcoming environment I experienced.

    I never go to class/sit down to study without:

    A water bottle and colourful pens!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Be kind to everyone! You never know what battle a person might be fighting.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    How fast each semester actually goes by!

    My best or more memorable SL moment...

    During one of the first exam reviews of the semester for physics, my professor had ordered pizza for all of us. Physics and pizza… what could be better!

  • Michelle Raglin

    Michelle Raglin
    Philosophy

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    My best or most memorable SL moment…

    A classmate that I hadn’t felt comfortable with showed up for an SL Session. We ended up working together on the material over the course of the semester, during and outside Sessions. At the end of the term, I realized we had become friends and that learning with others made studying fun and memorable.

    I never go to class without:

    Water!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Anything is possible. You just have to want it enough.

    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    SL Sessions helped me so much, not just with the class I was taking, but with general studying, that I wanted to be part of sharing that experience with others.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I tried it and enjoyed the experience so much. Studying can get tedious. Having a place where developing skills to be successful is enjoyable is invaluable.

  • Cassidy Jean

    Cassidy Jean
    Psychology

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    Most memorable SL moment:

    My SL leader threw us a Christmas party because our last SL session was after our final exam. It was the perfect way to end the fall semester!

    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I decided to become an SL leader because I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and to help other students who are going through the same things I did. I had such an amazing SL experience that I want to be a part of making sure that other students can have a great experience too.

    Best advice I've ever received:

    "Do the best that you can, with the resources you have, and the time allotted." At the end of the day, you can only do what you can do. Learning to be happy with my best instead of having to be the best has taken a huge weight of my shoulders and allowed me to enjoy the journey a lot more.

    What I wish I'd known on the first day of university:

    There is more to school than just studying. University has so much to offer, and you shouldn’t be afraid to try things.

    I didn't think I needed SL until:

    I tried to do my homework! I thought I understood everything in class but when I sat down to do it myself, poof, all the information left my brain. SL gave me a chance to put into practice what I had learned in class, to make connections with my classmates, and to make my learning experience far better than it would have been without SL.

  • Loghan Eskritt

    Loghan Eskritt
    Psychology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I appreciate that SL commits to being a flexible and supportive study environment. The idea of meeting and studying with peers in a fun yet focused way made me really interested in being part of SL.

    I never sit down to study without…

    Some kind of timer! I lose focus after about half an hour. If I don’t have a timer to remind me to take short breaks I keep studying, but with a lot less focus.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Make time in your day to do something unrelated to school or work.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    How useful and important office hours are! During my first year I didn’t take advantage of these opportunities to meet with faculty one on one. Now, if I’m struggling to understand a concept or unsure that I am doing an assignment correctly, I prepare a few questions and go meet with my professor. I also wish I knew about ESTR’s Market on my first day! The food is amazing and the people are great.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Drawing my own diagrams or visual representations for key information changed studying for me. It is much easier for me to recall images rather than text. Once I figured this out, I became a lot less anxious about studying because I had a strategy I knew worked for me.

  • Katelyn Kabatoff

    Katelyn Kabatoff
    Pathophysiology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I want to be able to provide students with a space to learn and collaborate with each other. To be able to be a part of student’s success stories would be very rewarding as an SL Leader.

    I never sit down to study without:

    Cue cards, laptop, and water bottle.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Choosing happiness is a decision you make ahead of time.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    Everyone in the program is in the same position as you are—they are all at the start of their academic journey in that particular program, so you are not alone.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Studying and reviewing a little bit of the course content everyday will make preparing for an exam much easier.

  • Britney Walton

    Britney Walton
    Pathophysiology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    Knowing that I will be able to help support and foster a fun and positive learning environment for a course that seems daunting and difficult. I’m excited to meet incoming students and work alongside them to see them understand the material and achieve their goals.

    I never go to class without:

    COFFEE… and my laptop!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Take time for you! Even though the stress of balancing academics, work, family, etc. may feel incredibly overwhelming, it’s important to schedule time to do what you love, whether that be hiking, kayaking, reading a book, taking a bubble bath, playing guitar, going for a run, or just hanging with friends.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    It’s never too early to start that paper or assignment

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Day-to-day reviewing of lecture material is so much more powerful than saving review until the week before an exam. This is especially important in a class like patho, where each lecture builds off the previous one. By taking time each week, to review and pinpoint areas needing clarification, you’ll stay on top of the material and avoid mega stress at exam time.

  • Monica Salt

    Monica Salt
    Torts Law

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    I never go to class without: A cup of tea and a smile! I find that it is hard to learn if you are not happy to be in class so I make sure to always have a warm drink and remember that I am so lucky to be in school.

    Best advice I’ve ever received: “Leave it all on the ice”. My dad used to say that to me when I played competitive Ringette. This has stuck with me as I have applied it to all aspects of my life. If you do your absolute best and put all the effort you have into something then no matter the outcome you can be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

    My best or most memorable SL moment: In Torts SL, we were reading a fact pattern for the final exam prep. It was probably the craziest one I had ever read. After reading it we then talked for an hour about all the different cases and how they could connect to this one. This was memorable for two reasons, first it showed me that I knew the material and second, I got to be creative and it was really fun!

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: I knew it was going to be tough but I wish I had known how rewarding it would be when you finish a semester or a year. Knowing that would have made the tough times a little easier.

    My academic “a-ha moment”: My friends and I were running through a practice exam. When we were discussing how to answer the question, I suddenly understood the formula for how to answer a law school exam.

  • Stephanie Gosvig

    Stephanie Gosvig
    Torts Law

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I found Torts to be really intimidating when I started law school, and it quickly became my favorite subject. I want to share this passion with our next wave of law students because once you enjoy something, the learning becomes easier.

    I never go to class without:

    Snacks. I’m constantly snacking!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    No one is going to care where you went to school or what your grades were once you're 5 years into your career. Don't sacrifice your mental health for a grade.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

    : A lot of what you’re learning at the beginning of the semester won't be on your exams, so don't panic trying to memorize it all.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Probably when I actually received my grades. I always assumed I was the dumbest person in my class and felt like I wasn't working as hard as everyone else. Seeing my midterm grades made me realize that just doing what's right for you can be what makes you succeed.

  • Jolene Sanderson

    Jolene Sanderson
    Constitutional Law

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    SL really worked for me last year, I found it extremely helpful and honestly just really enjoyed it. I wanted to become an SL leader because I wanted to help create that same experience I had for other 1Ls.

    I never go to class without:

    Coffee and a hair tie

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Comparison is the thief of joy.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until

    The first day of class in Constitutional Law!

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Having these daily, still… Stay tuned!

  • Angelica Kovac

    Angelica Kovac
    Constitutional Law

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? I wanted to be a peer to incoming students and share what I could in a course that I excelled in.

    I never go to class without: My laptop and a cup of tea or coffee.

    The best advice I’ve ever received: Never limit yourself. Experience and become involved in as much you can, but make an effort to understand how much you can handle and don't compare your limits to others. Mental health and well-being are extremely important.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until: I realized that I was getting a deeper level of understanding.

    My academic “a-ha moment”: That going back and writing things in your own words really solidifies concepts. Additionally, finding people to study with benefits you and everyone involved.

  • Jaicee Payette

    Jaicee Payette
    Constitutional Law

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I want to be able to talk to students and listen to their feedback and help them learn in the fashion that best suits them, just like the SL leaders did for me last year.

    I never go to class without:

    As someone who needs constant energy boosts and struggles with focusing during long study days, I always bring a big bottle of water and plenty of quiet, neighbour-friendly snacks (go crazy with the carrots at home). The first step to information retention is making sure the body is in a state to remembering!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    My 1st year of law school was by no means a walk in the park. The best advice I received was that it was perfectly normal and fine to be struggling with the course material, and that chances are 99% of your classmates are, too. “The imposter syndrome” is a stage that almost every first year law student goes through, where wonder how you could have possibly gotten into this program you clearly know nothing about. I’ve heard it compared to being thrown into a French immersion class without knowing any French. But this feeling will dissipate, and you’ll actually start to understand the jargon!

    I didn’t think I needed SL until…

    From my absolute first moment in law school I knew I needed and would benefit from SL sessions in both constitutional law and tort law. The content of both of courses is dense, and SL was such a help in getting to the point of understanding it.

    My best or most memorable SL moment:

    In first year of law school, you participate in “first year moots”. These require you to stand with a teammate, across the table from an opposing team, and argue a fictional case. Harder still, you do this in front of respected members of the Kamloops Bar Association (including lawyers, judges, and profs). In SL, the leaders decided to do a “surprise” moot where we had to choose a case and argue the facts in front of the others in the session. That extra push let me realize that first year moots wouldn’t be so bad.

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