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13 strategies for exam success

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 8, 2021 - 10:16am

Final exams and big semester-end papers are among the most challenging aspects of the university experience. There is so much to learn, keep organized and remember as you head into finals. Following effective study tips can help reduce stress and increase your grade point average. Not every studying technique works for every student, so experiment with a few of these strategies to find out which ones work best for you.

A role model for giving back

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on December 7, 2021 - 12:01pm

After being crowned the Royal International Miss Canada Pacific Role Model this year, VIU student Demitria Rounis will represent Canada on the international stage in Florida next year.

Currently in her final year of the Bachelor of Tourism Management program, the 22-year-old says she got into pageantry “almost by accident,” around the age of 16 when a friend of hers “had a friend who had a friend” who was doing a pageant.

Wayfinding at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 1, 2021 - 9:10am

Campus Development ran a survey from August 2 to September 30 asking students and employees to share their experiences and suggestions about wayfinding signage on the Nanaimo campus. Your thoughtful input will help us develop a comprehensive, accessible and inclusive wayfinding signage system. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our prize winners!

Cultivating the courage to complete her education: Leanor Hampton

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 27, 2021 - 10:51am

Vancouver Island University’s ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal student mentorship program celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2021. In honour of this important milestone, we are sharing stories of people closely connected with the program every month leading up to the anniversary. Stay tuned for a celebration event in February 2022 – when we hope to be able to gather in-person.

Your top questions about VIU's Engineering Technologist program, answered

Submitted by Rachel Stern on November 25, 2021 - 11:28am

What is engineering? Engineering is about solving problems. It applies the principles of science and mathematics to design and build things.

“Everything around you has been engineered, including your desk, stapler, window, the building you are in and the road you travel on. Some of this was engineered a long time ago, but someone did it at some point,” says David Moss, a VIU Engineering Technician. “We build things. Basically everything around you that is human-made has been engineered, whether it was designed or constructed through engineering.”

Academic Plan Roundtables

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 24, 2021 - 5:21pm

On December 7 and 8 the Academic Plan Advisory Group will be hosting a series of online and in-person roundtables on the new Academic Plan Goals, Objectives and Strategies. Each roundtable will focus on a pair of goals. Employees and students are invited to attend as many sessions as you like. This is your opportunity to discuss the goals and provide feedback.  Each session will have the following format:

Looking out for number one: How to practice self-care during mid-terms and finals

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 17, 2021 - 12:37pm

Maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself is key to academic success and to your ability to support others. Neglecting personal care elevates anxiety, inattentiveness, frustration and could lead to burnout. When self-care starts to become equivalent to doing a chore, rather than a mental nudge to be grateful, it’s a sign that something needs to change in your life.

Finding a place to live in Nanaimo

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 4, 2021 - 8:21am

Are you looking for accommodation in Nanaimo? The housing market in Nanaimo can be a challenge – for example, right now, there are few empty rental properties (although it looks like this could be improving!). The sooner you start your search, the better. On top of that, there are various types of accommodations to choose from, like single-unit apartments, secondary suites (for example the converted basement of a house), condos or even private homestays (living with a family). Finding the right housing fit can take some time.