FYF@Innis Seminars

Psychology of Student Success

Professor: Ashley Waggoner Denton
Subject: Psychology
Course Code: PSY194H1F

Seminar description

University life presents students with all sorts of challenges as well as amazing opportunities for learning and growth. While there are many different ways to define a “successful student,” the goal of this seminar is for everyone to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to make the most of out of the university experience.

Students will discover what research in psychological science has to say about facing and overcoming common academic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal challenges, as we cover topics including deliberate practice, imposter syndrome, and belongingness.

Students will also learn evidence-based strategies for better managing their attention, energy, and emotions so that they may thrive (rather than just survive) in university.

In addition to learning about psychology, students will develop useful skills in scientific literacy, critical thinking, self-reflection, written and oral communication, and teamwork.

Get to know the professor

NAME: Suzanne Wood

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: PSY199H1F: Psychology and History of Drug Use

HOMETOWN: San Diego, CA

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: BlackkKlansman

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Does the GLOW Netflix series count?

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: Jericho Sirens (by Hot Snakes)

FAVOURITE FOOD DRINK: Coffee

GUILTY PLEASURE: Pastries (I used to work at a bakery).

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Roller skating

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I’ve lived with 32 different roommates over the years.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Sharing & discussing ideas.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: The brain is cool. Learning is cool. Plasticity is cool. Drugs are cool. Drugs are interesting!

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: You’re learning how to think here at U of T, so your past shouldn’t determine your future career (you have options!).

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology are always evolving with new discoveries.

SOME FINAL WORDS: I ask my students in PSY396 to draw pictures of themselves on the first day of class – this is appropriate payback!

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Thought, Belief & Behaviour (2)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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