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Preparing for Online Exams

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 1, 2020 - 5:28pm

Read on to explore the various kinds of tests you may encounter this year and how you can prepare for them, as well as some general tips to help you get prepared for a successful exam season.

Types of online tests

Here are some different types of tests your instructors may have decided to use this semester to evaluate your learning, and some prep strategies.


Setting Up Your Study Space for Success

Submitted by Rachel Stern on November 26, 2020 - 1:28pm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, homes have begun to serve as multi-purpose areas—especially for students. Our living settings have quickly morphed into other forms of essential spaces like gyms, libraries, and offices. This has given us the opportunity to re-evaluate our living environments. The field of environmental psychology gives us insight into optimizing our homes to meet our needs.

VIU Student Pulse News: November 18

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 25, 2020 - 7:48pm

From tips on managing stress, to COVID policies and procedures, to  career fair and updated library hours, to supports to help you as we enter the busiest time of the semester, please take a moment to read this issue of the Student Pulse. As always, please reply to this email with any questions you have that aren’t answered here! We are happy to answer them.

Stress Management 101

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 13, 2020 - 1:29pm

A little bit of stress can be a good thing, increasing our alertness, improving performance and heightening our ability to focus. However, when stress levels increase beyond that optimal amount, our performance and ability to focus can be negatively impacted, and there are other physical and emotional impacts. With the uncertainty and ongoing anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the regular pressures of being a student, you may be experiencing elevated levels of stress.

Here are a few stress management 101 tips to help you maintain your focus and stay healthy:

Habits for Happiness

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 1, 2020 - 4:29pm

Being happy affects both your brain and your body in positive ways. Cultivating personal happiness is something you can do every day. There are many actions we can take to improve our mood, build our resilience and our sense of well-being.

Here are 7 practices toward living a happier life to try:

Elder-in-Residence Mentors Students Through Storytelling

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 27, 2020 - 12:28pm

Vancouver Island University’s ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal student mentorship program is celebrating its 10th anniversary in September 2021. In honour of this important milestone, we are sharing the stories of 12 people closely connected with the program – one per month – leading up to the anniversary.

The ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins program builds capacity for mentors to gain leadership and employability skills through outreach and mentoring activities. Students hone skills in self-awareness, communication, leadership, self-care and an exploration of personal values, with an emphasis on “telling one’s story” as a path to self-empowerment through outreach to others.

Job Hunting During COVID-19

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 17, 2020 - 10:56am

We are all aware that it isn’t business as usual these days and as BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This isn’t forever, it’s just for now.” So, although we don’t know how long we will be adapting through the pandemic, there are jobs that need to be done during this time and although it may be a bit more challenging to find good jobs, be resilient, adaptable and open. As non-essential businesses and services continue to re-open, more and more opportunities will emerge. Here are a few actions to take to help you work toward your employment goals.