Student Support & Advice

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    Time management is important as a student, but can be especially challenging with the transition to online courses in response to COVID-19. Some online courses can lack the structure of face to face classes that we’re used to. Below are some tips to help you to structure your study time to get the most out of your semester!

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    A good sleep impacts many aspects of your life. Learn about the benefits of getting a good sleep and ways to help you improve the quality of your sleep.

  • Use this simple flowchart to determine how to prepare your work to avoid plagiarism or academic misconduct when using words, ideas, or images from someone else.

  • By the end of this interactive course you will be able to explain which actions constitute appropriate academic behaviour and which are considered academic offences. You should also be able to explain why certain actions are academic offences are considered academic offenses.

  • Using proper citation style is usually a requirement for any written assignments and publications. Keeping track of your sources using the appropriate style will help save time and effort looking things up again later.

  • Be careful what you copy. The Canadian Copyright Act allows you to copy someone else’s work under these guidelines. You can make a single copy of a “short excerpt” from a copyright-protected work.

  • Finding credible resources online can be challenging. You want to be able to find accurate information from reputable sites. Here are some guidelines to help you figure out if the web site you are looking at has good subject matter for your research project as well as looking at the overall design and usability.

  • Some library databases are licensed for CNC users only. You can access these at any CNC campus computer or from home if you have a current CNC Connect computer account.

  • Instructors expect you to do your own work, acknowledge sources and avoid plagiarism. This information sheet explains what plagiarism is and what you can do to prevent it. The goal is for you to be successful in your studies.

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    These steps are general in nature and can be adapted to any subject for which you need to find and present information.

  • Assignments that involve reflective writing include journals, vignettes, blog postings, and reflection essays. Much like a personal diary, reflective writing involves your personal thoughts. However, you are writing for an academic audience and need to use academic language. Your writing should demonstrate to the instructor that you have thought deeply and critically about how your thoughts have developed or changed as a result of the learning experience in question.

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    Taking notes of what happens in class is necessary for two main reasons. Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, we take notes to help us remember the main points of the class. We use these notes to go back to when we are reviewing or studying. Secondly, we take notes to help us learn as we listen. This works because a good note-taker is focusing on fully understanding the concepts as he or she structures them on paper.

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    Textbooks are different from other forms of reading as their purpose is to inform and educate. Your instructor is expecting you to do more than just memorize facts from your textbook. You will need to understand the concepts.

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    If you find yourself struggling to finish assignments before the deadline or getting to exams wishing you had found the time to study more you are not alone. Many students struggle with managing time for their studies, and in today’s interconnected busy world it is no wonder.

  • While studying online gives you greater freedom to direct your study, the lack of physical classroom interaction can make it difficult to stay motivated. Below are some ways to help you remain engaged in your online course at CNC. Find what works for you and keep doing it!

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    Online study does not mean you are alone. In fact, you have the same supports that you would have if you were studying on-campus. Below are some of the online academic services available to you at CNC.

  • Many online courses require students to participate on online discussion boards. An online discussion board is a place for back and forth conversations between students on topics set by the instructor. Just as students in a classroom are expected to behave appropriately when engaging in class conversations, students participating on discussion boards are expected to behave respectfully.

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    Online learning is a unique learning environment that gives you greater freedom to tailor where, when, and how you study. However, without preparation and self-discipline your online courses can become difficult and frustrating.