SL Leaders

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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.

  • Anna Vieira

    Anna Vieira
    Accounting

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    My best or most memorable SL moment…

    Was when both me and the SL leader showed up on zoom in our pajamas. We both laughed, commiserated about midterm prep and online school for a bit and then got down to studying the material.

    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I want to connect with fellow students and keep my knowledge of Financial Accounting sharp.

    I never go to class without:

    A full water bottle. Even in remote classes, I never sat down to a class without a big glass of water.

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

    That everyone else was as nervous as me. Or, they were at least a little nervous!

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I saw the syllabus and the amount of homework questions we’d been assigned. I knew I needed help becoming comfortable with the topics so I could complete my assignments on time.

    My academic “a-ha moment”

    A bad grade doesn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Once I realized that I was able to procrastinate less because the worst (a bad grade) had already happened. When you combine trying hard and a good grade, that’s the most satisfying feeling.

  • Mackenzie Mertion

    Mackenzie Mertion
    Biology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    SL gave me confidence in my own ability to study, and was a safe place to ask questions and go over what we had learned that week. I hope to be able to affect someone in the same way, giving them a safe place to gain confidence in the material and ask questions.

    I never sit down to study without:

    A quiet space, a cup of tea and my favorite pens.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Keep reaching for everything you want in life.

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

    Every part of starting University can be overwhelming: meeting new people, being at a new school, even the courses themselves, but being able to take time to adapt, and do what is best for yourself if you are struggling, is very important.

    My academic “a-ha moment”

    Taking time to exercise, visit friends, and getting lots of sleep is truly helpful to academic performance. It can be easy to overlook these things, but I always find that taking a break clears my mind and allows me to refocus.

  • Maggie Jones

    Maggie Jones
    Biology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I find that learning is a two-way street, and that teaching is the best way to help myself learn! I was excited to turn that into a way to help others.

    I never sit down to study without…

    my Pilot G-Tec C4 pen. They don’t sell them in the stores around Kamloops so I have to order them special online.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    To try what I’m interested in, because I’ll never be too old to start over.

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

    How important finding profs who were passionate about what (and how) they taught would be, and how important it is to actually take notes in lecture.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I realized that it was more compatible with my style of learning and helped me get a firmer grasp on the content of my courses.

  • 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.

  • Alivia Mercer

    Alivia Mercer
    Chemistry

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    The mentoring I’ve received from SL leaders was really helpful to my success at school. I can relate to someone having challenges with courses and I thought being an SL leader would be a good way to help others struggling.

    I never go to class without:

    Being prepared with any assignments or readings given prior.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Even though sometimes you feel like you’re struggling, never give up on something that’s really important to you.

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

    Never be afraid to ask for help. Others are there to help you succeed and there’s so much support available at TRU if you are struggling.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I began struggling in my courses and found it hard to work things out on my own. Once I started going to SL, I realized how effective it was in helping me understand the material and how I could apply their methods in my own studying.

  • Neva Dalinghaus

    Neva Dalinghaus
    Chemistry

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I enjoy learning with others. I’m an interactive and visual learner and I have found that SL is the perfect place to ask questions, gain confidence and excel in every subject.

    I never go to class without:

    A positive attitude.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Work hard, play harder.

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

    Prioritize your mental and physical health. University is a journey filled with new experiences, and new friends, so it can be quite overwhelming at first. Take some time for yourself everyday and enjoy the ride.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I realized I never learned how to properly study effectively and efficiently.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Faulds

    Andrew Faulds
    Philosophy

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I found supplemental learning to be extremely helpful during my course, and my leader encouraged me to try it. I also enjoy the opportunity to help others with their education and also learn new things!

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Stop comparing yourself to others, and instead compare yourself to the you from yesterday.

    My most memorable SL Moment:

    I only got the opportunity to take SL during the pandemic so it was all virtual. However, one memorable moment that stands out is when we were studying for an assignment and there were only a few of us but even virtually being in an environment where everyone’s goal was to help each other out—it was a feeling I won’t forget!

    My academic “a-ha moment”

    When I realized succeeding in academics is more so about the time and effort you’re willing to put in, as opposed to your natural aptitude for learning.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until:

    I started SL early on in my courses because it’s a free and easily accessible resource that helps you develop good study habits while also reinforcing the concepts and material from your course. You can never get too much help!

  • Siobhan Toal

    Siobhan Toal
    Psychology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I began to realize how effective the SL program was for students of all ages in my third year. The weekly study sessions offered by my SL leader became an anchor for my academic success. As my own subject knowledge expanded, I began watching my peers grow and become more confident as learners. I wanted to develop the tools necessary to help other students progress and fulfill their academic goals.

    I never sit down to study without:

    A plan for the day. In my agenda, I always write a list of daily tasks that are ranked from most to least important. This keeps my focus on the most urgent assignments at hand, while giving my brain some direction throughout the day. I swear by this technique, and I would recommend it to any student looking to develop their organizational skills.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    Was from my parents, and it’s incredibly simple: nothing is permanent. From the perspective of a person dwelling in the short-term, mistakes or failures are devastating. However, change can happen in an instant, and obstacles seem small when the bigger picture is taken into consideration. I try to embody this growth mindset, especially when it comes to university and volleyball. When you perceive outcomes as just outcomes, rather than “good” or “bad”, anything can be overcome.

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

    When I arrived at TRU, I had left my hometown and was overwhelmed with the fast pace of university life. The transition from high school was more difficult than I’d anticipated, but I was too shy to approach my professors or peers for assistance. Looking back, I should have utilized TRU’s resources to cope with the common issues of becoming a first year student. To anyone dealing with the ups and downs that university can bring, you are never alone. Programs like SL can integrate you deeper into the TRU community, while simultaneously forwarding your academic career.

    My academic “a-ha moment”

    When I was in first year, I called my dad in tears to complain about a mark that I’d received on a test. I told him that I had studied thoroughly, and that I didn’t understand why the result was so poor. He listened to me quietly, then spoke the words that would change the way I looked at school. “What don’t you know? You can’t rely on the things that come easy. You have to push yourself to go after whatever it is that you don’t know.” My dad encouraged me to start identifying my blind spots as a student, which was crucial in my journey towards active studying. I began to discover the techniques that shaped me into the student I am today.

  • 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.

  • Poonam Pabla

    Poonam Pabla
    Consitutional Law

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    Mentorship! Just last September I was in the same boat as all of you. I’m here to guide you through the seemingly impossible 1L year, and beyond!

    I never go to class without:

    Organized notes! Whether you take notes on a notebook, iPad or laptop, remember to stay organized. Organization goes a long way, especially during the final stretch when you’re scrambling to make your CANs!

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

    Law school is going to become a major part of your life; however, it is not the only part. The only way to survive law school is to stay sane by continuing to make time for things that you love doing. Whether it’s going to the gym, seeing a friend, or binge-watching Netflix, remember to make time for yourself.

    The best advice I’ve ever received:

    Do what works best for you! It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. You’ve made it this far for a reason. Stick to your roots and your studying strategy, and of course, adapt when needed.

    My best or most memorable SL moment:

    I remember going into the Constitutional Law midterm review knowing nothing! After a two-hour SL session with the incredible leaders, I remember walking out thinking I might actually be able to ace this thing!

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Realizing there’s a method to Professor Jones’ madness!

  • Brietta Stewart

    Brietta Stewart
    Consitutional 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.

  • Scott Narang

    Scott Narang
    Property

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I think it is important to take the chance to help others who are going through an experience that you’ve gone through yourself. SL provides an opportunity to do this by providing tips & guidance that I would have found useful as a first-year law student myself.

    I never go to class without:

    My laptop charger or a bottle of water.

    The best advice I’ve ever received:

    Take time out of the day to do something for yourself completely unrelated to school to avoid burn out.

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

    The importance of a good note-taking system rather than trying to get down every word on every slide.

    My academic “a-ha moment”:

    Came from attending SL and just from working in study groups in general. I realized that while reading and reviewing on our own can work, there are times where verbalizing the material really allows you to get a grasp of what you know or don’t know. You can surprise yourself with what information you do know when trying to explain something to someone else. Certain concepts became much easier to understand when I broke them down into pieces and realized how each piece fit into the overall concept.

  • Jaicee Payette

    Jaicee Payette
    Property

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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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