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VIU Student Pulse News: January 13, 2021

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 13, 2021 - 8:44pm

It's the first full week of classes and we hope everyone is settling in well and excited to start a new semester. Below you’ll find answers to some common questions we get at this time of year, including how to buy your textbooks and where to go to get help if you’re struggling with your academics or course selections. If your question isn’t answered in this enewsletter, simply reply to this email!  

VIU Student Pulse News: January 5, 2021

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 5, 2021 - 9:53pm

Welcome back to the start of the spring semester and, for new students – welcome to VIU! To kick off 2021, there are some new student orientation events planned (see the first item in Need to Know). This issue of the Pulse also includes some info about changes to VIU services and resources to start 2021 on a positive mental health note. Happy New Year!

From Community Cousin to Canada’s Highest Court: Rebecca Olivia Watmough

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 21, 2020 - 4:38pm

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.

Seven steps to writing a university research paper

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 20, 2020 - 11:26am

One of the cornerstones of the university experience is learning how to write a research paper – a written document that organizes and analyzes information you have collected to answer a question of yours or your professor’s choosing. A university research paper is a bit different from your typical high school essay, so we asked John Hill, Coordinator of VIU’s Writing Centre, who has helped thousands of students learn how to write research papers, to break it down into steps.


VIU Student Pulse News: December 16, 2020

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 16, 2020 - 4:22pm

This is the last edition of the Pulse for 2020 and we wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation and gratitude for all of our students for the patience and resilience they have shown this semester as we all adapted to online delivery. We know it hasn’t been easy, but we continue to be inspired by the ways you have stayed connected and supported one another, from online games nights, to physically distanced walks (when those were permitted), to Netflix watch parties. We hope you all have a safe, healthy and restful break and do some things that bring you joy.

The 12 Days of Holiday Health

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 14, 2020 - 3:01pm

Even though this year might look different due to COVID-19, the holidays should be a time to do some of the things you enjoy and spend time with loved ones, even if many of those interactions will have to take place virtually this year. Because staying healthy through the holidays can be challenging, here are 12 tips to stay healthy this holiday season.


VIU Student Pulse News: December 2, 2020

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 4, 2020 - 4:16pm

The exam period is right around the corner at VIU, so this issue of the Student Pulse is focused on tips to help you prepare for taking online tests (and how they may be different), as well as stress-busting activities to help you stay on top of your game. You’re almost there, and we are so proud of each and every one of you!

Preparing for Online Exams

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

Students and instructors alike have been adjusting to learning and teaching differently this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like everything else, exam season is happening differently at VIU. Most exams will be technically some form of take-home exam this fall, as they are being done at home. VIU has put all timed exams in the exam schedule, but you might be given more than the traditional amount of time to take the test. Your instructors will give you full details.