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  • Kennedy Aberdeen

    Kennedy Aberdeen
    Financial Accounting

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    I never go to class without: coffee or a water bottle

    I didn’t think I needed SL until: I attended a midterm review session and learnt how to study with others

    What I wished I knew on day one: The more you get involved and work with your classmates the better your experience will be.

    Best or memorable SL moment: Leading a session and a student asked me a question I had to think about. Another student in the session knew and helped answer the question of the student.

    Best advice: Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.

  • Carter Lindsay

    Carter Lindsay
    Financial Accounting

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    What drew me to become an SL leader?

    I wanted to help people achieve better results while also gaining valuable experience.

    I never go to class without: A note book and pencil.

    Best advice I’ve ever received: Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    What I wish I knew on my first day of university: What type of resources are offered at TRU to help new students achieve their goals

    My academic “a-ha” moment: When I realized what study methods worked for me, and how I could apply them to better my grades and and university experience.

  • Abhi Malhotra

    Abhi Malhotra
    Financial Accounting

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? The possibility of helping someone achieve the satisfaction of being able to understand a topic in more detail.

    I never go to class without: a notebook and a clear mind.

    The best advice I’ve ever received: “Never trade long term goals for short term satisfaction.”

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: Don't focus on more than you can handle.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until: I attended my first session. Practising alone and practising with guidance are very different. 1 Hour of SL can be more powerful than three hours of self-study.

  • 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.

  • Luca Williamson

    Luca Williamson
    Biology

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    My best/ most memorable SL moment was when I had a student come up to me after an exam and just say "thank you so much " and she told me about how she got an A on her exam, which wouldn't have gotten without the help of SL. It made me feel so fulfilled.

    I was drawn to be an SL leader because I benefited so much from SL in my first year, andreally wanted to be able to give that experience to others.

    I never go to glass without spare sheets of blank paper. You can use it to draw out diagrams or write side notes.

    The best advice I've ever received is that just because something is harder for you than others doesn't mean you can't do it. Being dyslexic, reading can be hard for me; however, just because it is hard does not mean that I can't get the readings done. It just means I have to take more time and use strategies to help the reading process go smoother.

    I wish I had known how to make a study schedule on the first day of university.

    I didn't think I needed SL until I went to my first session and found out that it was a great, free, resource to help me succeed in my more difficult classes.

  • Cody York

    Cody York
    Anatomy and Physiology

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    What drew me to become an SL leader: The opportunity to discuss interesting topics with likeminded individuals.

    I never to go to class without: Way too many pens.

    Best advice I've ever received: Pizza makes any study group better.

    What I wish I'd known on the first day of university: Study groups with the right people can make any course achievable.

    My academic "a-ha moment": Realizing how great flashcards are.

  • 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.

  • Julianna Bissonnette

    Julianna Bissonnette
    Botany and Organic Chemistry

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? In science, there are a lot of initial courses and a lot of SL sessions that coincide. Taking advantage of the opportunities, I met a lot of SL leaders and got to know some very well. They helped me stay on top of my course work, and they stayed on top of their own; I looked up to them. I became an SL leader to help other students... I wanted to be like the leaders I had previously.

    I never go to class without: paper and a pen. Although I often take a lot of notes on my computer, I always find times when handwritten notes become useful. There’s something about drawing or writing essential things by hand that helps with the learning process.

    Best advice I’ve ever received:

    The best advice I’ve ever received is not to compare yourself to others. This is easier said than done, but it will help reduce stress and take a load off your mental health. Everyone is different, and everyone has to forge their own paths. There’s no right way to reach your goal…Make yourself happy and do the best you can.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: TRU is smaller than other universities, which allows you really meet and know your teachers well. Find some time to talk to them. Most are very willing to help with concepts you may not have understood, and they take time to help you succeed.

    Also, It takes a while to explore campus and find the best places to study. See where you focus best and are less distracted. Different buildings, and even levels of each building, change the entire atmosphere.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until: SL was a life saver in first year; however, by my second year, I thought I knew how to study and succeed on my own. Then I took my first o-chem. midterm. After getting back that grade, I knew I had to get some help and pull my mark back up, and SL helped with that. By the time the final came around, I understood the concepts that I had previously overlooked and felt prepared. I believe SL saved my grade in that course.

  • Jasmine Fast

    Jasmine Fast
    Chemistry

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    I didn’t think I needed SL until: I was studying with my fellow students who didn't attend sessions. For some reason I had remembered some random but important facts from the course material and I realized it was because of the different activities from the SL sessions. It was encouraging to see how much more I knew because of attending one 50 minute session a week.

    I never go to class without a water bottle and a snack. There is nothing worse than being thirsty or hungry in the middle of a lecture. This is also my key to staying awake if I’m very tired. Drinking water or munching on a snack wakes me up surprisingly well!

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university was that the semester will go by so fast! So enjoy each class and make the most of your time. You ‘ll only be in first year once!

    My most memorable SL moment was when one of the students attending with me wrote out an entire chemistry problem on the whiteboard with a permanent marker. We worked together on the chemistry problem and solved it and then worked together on the permanent marker problem and solved it. Funny times.

  • 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.

  • Brandon Hayashi

    Brandon Hayashi
    Physics

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    My best or most memorable SL moment: In 2nd year, before our Organic Chemistry Midterm, about 30 people and I were huddled together in SL, learning what we could before our midterm. Everyone was sharing what they knew and how to solve some organic synthesis questions. It was really cool seeing what everyone knew and how we all learned from each other in that trying time; it encouraged us to make our own study groups outside of SL too!

    I never go to class without my notebook and pencil. However, what’s most important is making it to every class… Even if it’s not a huge content day, or I'm feeling a little tired. It’s best to engage with how the teacher teaches. It also makes it easier to review; I can replay the lecture in my head!

    Best advice I’ve ever received: It’s important to never get tunnel vision when you are in any discipline, especially science. If you find yourself fixated and stuck on one particular topic, changing your perspective, or changing the way you learn it, can help. Just because one topic is not your forte, does not mean that it's the end of the world.

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: Talk to your teachers! At TRU, classes are small and it’s easy for teachers to know who you are. A huge part of enjoying your classes comes with getting to know your instructor, and with learning how passionate they are about the material and how invested they are in your success in the class.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until… I got stuck trying to study on my own. When you come to university, it takes a while to realize that the atmosphere is completely different from high school! In the first weeks, I tried to study in a bunch of different ways, but found that the best technique involves talking it out with others and learning together. That’s why SL was so useful to me in my first years.

  • Narain Spoila

    Narain Spoila
    Geography

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? After having such amazing experiences going to sl sessions and realizing how much they helped me succeed, I was drawn to apply for the opportunity of being a Leader when it came up

    I never go to class without: My reusable water bottle and pants!

    Best advice I’ve ever received: It's ok ask for help. We can't expect to do everything perfectly on our own; we're only human. There is so much offered out there to help us grow, and it's up to us to seize it

    What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: that there are so many services on campus to help with various aspects of student life, ways to be involved with peer mentoring programs, and so many fun ways to stay active.

    My academic “a-ha moment”: There are so many different styles of learning, and going to SL helped me realize that. Once I figured out there were different ways to approach things, I did much better and I was better able to help others, too.

  • 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.

  • Devon de Vries

    Devon de Vries
    Psychology

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    My best or most memorable SL moment… would to be the anxiety I felt before attending the first session. It seems silly in hindsight, but I was so nervous about having to talk with strangers. It all got better after that first session.

    What drew me to become an SL leader? Communal learning. In psychology we're taught the importance of strong social support for an individual; the same principles can be said about an individual's learning.

    I never go to class without: A stapler. It's the handkerchief of the office supply world.

    Best advice I’ve ever received: "... never let school interfere with [your] education." - Mark Twain. This quote has taught me to prioritize the value of learning and information over the credentials and certificates that schools provide.

    I didn’t think I needed SL until: I was convinced by a friend to attend a session. Within ten minutes someone shared a way they understood a concept and it just clicked. Seeing the problem another side helped solve the bigger puzzle.

  • Tim Burris

    Tim Burris
    Psychology and Philosophy

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    What drew me to become an SL leader? I found SL very helpful for psych stats (PSYC 2100), and had already been leading an informal study group for logic class. I suppose I wanted to be an SL leader almost as soon as I learned what an SL leader is!

    I never go to class without: A little notebook, to jot down course information, stray thoughts, essay ideas, or anything else that's separate from class notes. This really helps keep me organized.

    Best advice I've ever received: My grandfather told me, "Time does not stand still." It took me some time to really appreciate the significance of this.

    What I wish I'd known on the first day of university: Putting maximum effort into school can be extremely satisfying. When I first started university I wasn't nearly as motivated as I am today. Looking back, I wasted so much time!

    My academic "a-ha moment": I returned to university in Fall 2015 after an 8 year absence, intending to finish my degree. By my second semester I realized that I wanted to go to grad school for clinical psychology. A professor told me that I definitely could, but would need to start doing a lot better than 80% on tests. That stuck with me!

  • 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.

  • Kate Dueck

    Kate Dueck
    Torts Law

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    My best or most memorable SL moment: When my group was working on practice questions and the leader said we hadn't missed anything in our answer!

    I never go to class without: Tim Horton's Steeped Tea!

    Best advice I ever received: "Your character is worth more than your career." -- My Dad

    What I wish I'd known on the first day of law school: how many great people I would meet.

    My academic "a-ha moment": When I was studying theatre I was a total perfectionist, and I couldn't figure out how to perform an assigned monologue. I was getting anxious and self-conscious. My professor encouraged me to stop worrying about getting it "right" and to just try a few different things until we found what worked. I never did feel great about that performance, but I learned that it’s okay to try something that may not work out, which has been very useful in law school.

  • 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.

  • Cory Song

    Cory Song
    Constitutional Law

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    I never go to class without: Mints. Sometimes bad breath creeps up on you... or your best friend sitting beside you, and without any way to deal with it, an hour-long lecture really drags on!

    Best advice I've ever received: Don't sweat the small stuff! (as long as you somewhat accurately determine what counts as 'small')

    What I wish I knew on the first day of university: There is still a lot of time to make mistakes- have the confidence to dive outside comfort zones.

    I didn't think I needed SL until: I noticed after a few sessions that SL helped make connections between lectures and topics I didn't realize were there. SL took concepts and expanded on them in a way that couldn't be done in a packed lecture.

    My academic "a-ha moment": When I noticed that in the 9x9 multiplication table, multiplying by nines was mostly repeating the final calculation of the past eight numbers. Little me was blown away!

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