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FAQs for TRSM students during COVID-19 home isolation

Below are some quick links to important and relevant content on this page for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found on the Ted Rogers School of Management's COVID-19 Updates.  

How can I maintain motivation and productivity during times of constant change and uncertainty?

Motivation is affected by goals, beliefs, perception, and expectations. This means that motivation is highly personal and is related to more than just academics. It is nevertheless important to identify the factors of motivation that influence your academic success. When thinking about motivation, it’s useful to think about two areas: internal (intrinsic) and external (extrinsic) motivation (external link, opens in new window) . External motivations are reward-driven, such as grades, money, and praise from others. But what’s most helpful is working on internal motivation strategies because you have the most control over these types of motivation. Here are some internal motivation strategies.

Eat the Frog (external link, opens in new window)  is a fun way to remind yourself to do the hardest thing first. For example, if you are procrastinating on studying for your finance exam, you might want to do many other things before studying and spend the day worrying about your exam. Instead, the wisdom of the “eat the frog” method is to start studying for your finance exam before doing other tasks. It may sound difficult, but it will help ease stress.

Eat the Frog. The most uncomfortable thing you don't want to do, but really need to do equals the Frog.

“Note to Self” is a writing exercise that encourages you to look closely at course descriptions and learning outcomes and then rewrite them in a way that is meaningful to you. This provides a personalized resource that you write when your interest/motivation is high that you can read when your motivation/interest is low.

Positive self-talk (external link, opens in new window)  is another rewarding internal motivational strategy. When you lack motivation to do something, it’s helpful to tell yourself positive things to boost optimism. An example of positive self-talk is saying, “I’ve studied really hard and I am going to do the best I can on this exam.” It may seem awkward at first, but once you get used to it, it can be a powerful motivational tool.

A resource from the University of Michigan on finding motivation during strange and uncertain times (external link, opens in new window)  also has a few more useful tips on keeping you going and this blog post on Study Tips During Quarantine (external link, opens in new window)  has more helpful strategies.


In these uncertain times, how do I keep myself feeling like a balanced and whole human?

Remember that you are a whole human being. That means there are lots of different parts of you that need nurturing - not just your brain. Below are some links to wellness strategies and offerings to help keep you feeling like a whole, balanced human

How to Relieve and Get Rid of Stress - Relaxation Tips for High School and College

Meditation 101: A Beginner’s Guide

 Should I be aware of any upcoming important dates?

Yes, below are some important upcoming dates to keep in mind. However, it recommended that you also visit Toronto Metropolitan University's 2022-2023 Undergraduate Calendar for more significant dates and detailed information.

 Date Event
Friday, November 18, 2022 Last day to drop a fall course (No Refund of Fees)
December 7 - 18, 2022 Fall Examination Period
February 18 - 24, 2023 Winter Study Week
April 17 - 29, 2023 Winter Examination Period

 Who can I contact for support?

Support needed Toronto Metropolitan University Contacts
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