Why I love the WCC's Online Workshops

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When I first started my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, one of the biggest challenges I faced was learning how to bridge the gap between the writing skills that I brought with me from high school and the writing skills that were expected of me in university.   

How to get the most out of your undergrad writing groups

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So, you’re looking for ways to stay connected with the student community while getting schoolwork done. Joining a writing group seems to be the best fit because it looks like fun and a great way to meet others in university. But what exactly are writing groups and are there any benefits to being part of one? 

4 Things I Wish I Knew as a First Year Student

I know it can be scary to begin university, and in my case, being an international student meant that I was going to be away from family and friends, or in other words, home…

Top 6 COVID-19 Prompts to Ace Your Next Virtual Interview

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Going digital is the new normal. This could be about moving in-person services to the virtual space or adjusting from on-location work to remote work. As the world is adapting to the pandemic by transitioning online, we must also adapt our skills and job search to this change as well. This includes having to do co-op placements or jobs at home on your computers and having to be interviewed for those positions virtually with answers that highlight your digital skills.

Below we have compiled some key interview questions with helpful answers to get you through the interview successfully.

Interview with UW’s award-winning graduate student presenter, Nikolay Videnov

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Last semester, Nikolay Videnov won the Best Presenter award at the University of Waterloo and the University of Strathclyde’s Virtual Research Colloquium. We love to see UW students succeed at presentations, so we thought we’d reach out and have a short conversation about how that presentation came together, and to pick Nikolay’s brain about the process.  

Find the “write” balance this Reading Week

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Hey, it’s fall reading week! The weather is getting cooler. Time to curl up with your laptop and a cup of tea, and spend some time getting caught up on your work. What do you have on your plate?

How to turn the high school “hamburger” essay into a university-level paper

5-paragraph hamburger essay

It goes by many names: the 5-paragraph essay, three-tier paper, or 1-3-1 model, to name a few. Many of you know it as the “hamburger” essay – an easy-to-follow model for writing papers that’s often taught in North American high schools.

How to Use the Bullet Journal as a Goal-Setting Tool

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The September cover page.

Need a creative way to keep track of your online courses? Consider breaking out your bullet journal (or BuJo for short) to lessen the blue light strain on your eyes and to plan your goals effectively using the good ol’ pen and paper.

Keeping Academic Writing Simple

Keep calm and keep it simple

As a new student just entering university, I was obsessed with this idea of “academic writing.” What was it? How could I recognize it? How was I supposed to do it? I was always worrying about whether my writing was “formal” enough, or “academic” enough.

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