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Why is punctuation so important?!

Once a writer completes a manuscript and sends it out into the world, he or she loses control over how an audience will read and interpret the text. Since every reader’s mind works differently, writers must hope that the only tools they have, words and punctuation, will guide the reader’s understanding of the work.

Essentially, punctuation is a tool used to organize words to facilitate readability. Looking at a couple examples, it’s easy to see how a change in punctuation can drastically skew the meaning.


If you would like to know more about correcting your punctuation and improving your grades try these great webpages:

Grammar & Punctuation libguide

Grammar girl’s quick and dirty tips

The blue book of grammar

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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for GPRC Students

Ok, so maybe you’ve already got a long list of resolutions for 2012, maybe you’ve already broken half of them (or all), or maybe you don’t have any!  Consider these resolutions to get you back on track at school.

1) Attend all your classes this year. Remember, it’s up to you if you attend.  Your money, your grades, your responsibility.

2) Get organized! Go through your course outline/syllabus and record all assignment due dates in your Agenda book.  Determine how many days you will need to complete each assignment.  Mark the dates you will begin working on each assignment in order to get it completed on time!  Check out the Time Management Workshop Jan. 25th.

3) Get to know your instructor. Introduce yourself and ask questions during or after class.  Developing a relationship with your instructor is important so they know who you are when emailing them and when they are grading your assignments!

4) Note-share! If you absolutely have to miss a class, arrange beforehand for a class-mate to share their lecture notes with you (make sure you’re prepared to return the favour). Check out the Note-taking Strategies workshop Feb.1st

5) Create a study group.  Reviewing course materials with others is a great way to take the stress out of studying and can help you clarify ideas and concepts discussed in class.

6) Attend the Learning Support Centre workshops.  From January 25th to February 15, the Library will be hosting a series of weekly 1/2 hr  workshops for students.  All sessions run from 12:15-12:45 in F207.

7) Explore your GPRC accounts.  Do you know your GPRC email address? Do you know how to log into your Library Account? Do you know if one of your courses is on Moodle? Almost everything is online, which means, you need to know how to access important information especially for you! Don’t know the answer to these questions?  Ask Us at the Library!

8) Eat smarter.  Try to eat foods that are high in Omega-3 and vitamin B, which are known for improving brain function!  Eatcho Greens!

9) Get more sleep.  Getting 7-8hrs sleep a night can help you stay focused at school, reduce stress, and keep energy levels up.  Make it an early night!

10) Save money, pack your lunch!  Ditch the $10.00+ combo deal at the cafe or nearest fast food joint.  Instead, pack your lunch the night before and chow down on an affordable custom made lunch made especially to taste!

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Exams: Set-up for Success

There are several factors that determine success on final exams. While participation in class and reviewing material play a large role, below are some tips to improve your exam experience:

  • Find out, in class, what types of questions will be on the exam (matching, M/C, short answer, essay) and what percentage each type of question might be worth. [this may help you budget your time before setting foot in the exam room]
  • Form a study group to discuss which topics and key points will be on the exam. Hint: Think about topics your instructor emphasized, repeated, or even hinted at in class.
  • Prepare, Practice, Review, Repeat. Reviewing your material frequently (daily or weekly) helps with understanding and commits information to long term memory.
  • Lay-out your materials the night before(pencils, eraser, calculator, comfy clothes, etc.), especially if the exam is early in the morning.
  • Get enough rest the night before. Eat healthy and drink enough water

*Check the time and location of your final exam here:

GPRC Exam Schedule

More links for study guides and strategies, plus a few brain games:

Study Guides and Strategies

Academic tips and brain games


Movember: the month formally known as November

Did you know that Movember started in Melbourne, Australia, and is now a global event? It is not only changing the appearance of many men lately, but it has become a fun way to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research.

And yes, Movember is even happening at the library. Our very own Mark Coates, Learning Support Coordinator, is proudly sprouting a very suave soup-strainer in support of this cause. For more information on Movember and how you can donate or get involved, check out the official website:

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Learning Support Centre

It’s the start of a new school semester. Maybe you’re
already confused by things like factoring inequalities or APA referencing!

Well, the Learning Support Centre is here to help. Open Monday through Friday,
the Learning Support Centre can help you set your semester up for success. Get
your semester started in the right direction; drop-in or make an appointment to
see Susan or Mark.