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Lunch and Learn Workshops at Roblin Centre!

January 14, 2016 • Written by

Tired College Student Girl Studying For University Exam WorriedAs a student, college is incredibly busy! This lunch and learn series will bring students together to share challenges and develop ways of managing successfully! Over these five weeks, we will discuss issues such as work/school/life balance, coping with stress & anxiety, dealing effectively with emotions, “being well” in a relationship, and developing communication skills.

Bring your lunch, gain mutual support and learn healthy ways to have a meaningful experience at Red River College.

All sessions are free and located in room P310 from Noon to 12:50 at the Roblin Centre. Drop by with your lunch and an open mind!

  • When:   Workshops are every Tuesday
  • Time: 12 Noon – 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: P310 at the Roblin Centre


  • January 12 – Balancing Everyday Life and College
  • January 19 – Effectively Coping with Stress and Anxiety
  • January 26 – Dealing Effectively with Emotions
  • February 2 – Being Well in Relationships
  • February 9 – Developing Communication Skills

Grouping Together

October 14, 2015 • Written by
Reviewing together

Business Admin weekly math review session

Hi! Dayna Graham, your Academic Coach, here!

The day before a running race there is not much you can physically do to increase your chance of success (cramming a track workout or a 30km run the night before is highly discouraged). However there are many things you can do to hurt yourself (see examples above).

The reasoning behind this is simple: all the distributed and focused training you’ve had the past several months have lead you to a place of readiness. Cramming a tough workout just before the race can tire your legs, depriving yourself of the rejuvenating rest your body needs to run its absolute best.  As a student it’s important to know that your brain is very much like a muscle – it builds knowledge through sustained practice and periods of rest.

Right now, time is on our side as we are still one week away from mid-terms, and though you are not on “the night before” track yet, you are on the tapering part. At this point, we are past the building phase and into the review phase.

This is when you review all that you’ve learned by recalling information, testing yourself and taking care of yourself. There is a large amount of research attesting to the benefits of  group review sessions. This is why the Academic Success Centre (ASC) has amped up our review sessions this week. Our staff tutors have worked hard to create practice questions and reviews for your math mid-terms.

Reviewing together with ASC staff tutor

Reviewing together with ASC staff tutor, Charanjit

We invite you to come to these workshops to review your course math concepts with new questions, and with peers who are just as eager as you to really dig deep into their learning. Updated workshops can be found at:

We look forward to hearing how these workshops are for you! Drop by the ASC anytime to give your input, feedback and suggestions! (D110 NDC, P210 EDC). And of course, let us know just how well you are doing as your success is our success! Happy uncramming!

With a little help for my friends

April 10, 2015 • Written by

Exams are mere weeks away and you are employing laser-like focus on LEARN, your textbooks, review sheets, and paying close attention to your class lectures, labs and classes.

Take a moment to look up from your notes and devices to notice your peers: those who have worked beside you in the lab, spent countless hours with you on your Entrepreneur Project or co-authored your Cre Comm magazine. Thinking of your own cohort, have you ever asked yourself:

“How can I help others when I barely have time for myself?”

Let’s answer your questions by looking at a common tactic in group cycling – ‘drafting.’  The science behind drafting is that it tampers the biggest enemy for a cyclist: wind resistance. You see, one way to get around wind resistance is to fall into the slipstream, or draft zone of the cyclist in front of you. This person drastically reduces the effort you need to push through the wind. The first rider of course works the hardest to shoulder the wind, using about a third more energy than you.

Commuter and RRC Digital Media Design student, Tiffany Bartel

Commuter and RRC Digital Media Design student, Tiffany Bartel

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Finishing Strong

December 5, 2014 • Written by

Ford Ironman World Championship 13 October 2007In a 1982 Triathlon Ironman, the first place leader was meters away from the finish line when she stumbled, fell, stumbled, fell, was passed by the soon-to-be winner, and finally crawled to the finish line in second place.

After 10 plus hours of racing, it was the last 2 minutes that challenged her the most. But – she made it. Congratulations on how far you’ve come!

Finals are a few weeks away and you’ve had a long haul up till now.  You’ve navigated the first weeks of college life, attended full day courses, kept up with copious amounts of reading, worked diligently on assignments and papers, worked with your peers on group projects and reached the other side of mid-terms.

Sometimes it’s near the end of our journey when we need the most motivation; something to give us that one last surge to the finish line. To stay strong, consider the tips below:

        • Recognize the importance of performance. Be proud of the work you do. Surprise yourself in the quality of your product.
        • Look to those that inspire you. Surround yourself with peers who value their college experience and who challenge you through modeling to always ‘do better.’
        • Support your peers. Working on a team project? Quality and performance has an upward spiraling effect. Do your part well and others will follow suit. Support the other members of your group.
        • Amplify your attention and interest in class. Go to class with a prior understanding of what you’ll be doing and come with curiosity and gratitude for what you’ll learn.
        • Be counterintuitive about taking breaks. When you are at your busiest, take some time to get fresh air or enjoy a local event. Even when you’re on a deadline ensure you eat lunch with a real live person instead of with an electronic device. Give your mind a break. The key is being responsible.
        • Be Professional. For essays, reports and projects spend time on the presentation. A professional-looking report will be noticed!
    • Get help when needed, and know where you can find help. If you are taking math-based courses, supplement your understanding by watching the RRC’s Wise Guys Math Videos at Test yourself on what you learn.
  • Do more today. Before the day is over, do one more thing you were saving until tomorrow. If you do this, you’ll find that you are stronger than procrastination.
  • Do more today, but do one thing right now. Give your full attention and care and thought to this one thing.


    ASC Staff tutor, Charanjit Singh, with BA students – Gurkaran Kaur and Anika Maria

All in good time

October 10, 2014 • Written by

Timing is everything. A friend of mine learned this when he encountered a major setback in his quest to develop as a competitive runner. His story got me thinking about how his experience was similar to so many students I work with at RRC.

You see, Grayden had traveled over 400 km to compete in a 15 km race.  He had his heart set on the generous cash prize for top finishers.  A year of speed work, tempo runs and strength training behind him, Grayden was more than prepared to contest this race. Registration for the race closed at exactly 8:30, 30 minutes before race start.  Grayden arrived at 8:32.  He was denied entry into the race.

The look of disappointment on his face was visceral, and though the rules clearly stated this registration cut-off there wasn’t a single competitor who didn’t feel sorry for Greyden. Even those who would’ve been passed by this runner felt his pain. What went wrong here?  Time management?  A variance between Greyden’s watch and the Greenwich Mean Time?  I can’t help but think that it really came down to not taking that extra step to ensure all details were considered and included in his planning. Because he didn’t take the time to consider all barriers to success (including travel time to the race) he failed to reach his goal. It’s an absolute shame that all his prep was all in vain.

EDC BA student, Natalia Dorgan

EDC BA student, Natalia Dorgan

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