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September 21, 2017
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Long Night Against Procrastination Nov. 14 in Waterloo and Brantford

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Procrastination comes naturally to many students, as does the ability to complete schoolwork at all hours of the night. Laurier’s Learning Services understands that these two things often lead to students being unable to access their services, so they are setting out to change that for at least one night.

The Writing Centre at Laurier’s Waterloo campus and The Learning Services Centre at the Brantford campus are hosting The Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) on November 14, an event that will give students the opportunity to make a dent on final papers, essays, assignments, and studying. 

In Waterloo, students are invited to come out to the Student Leadership Centre in the 24-Hour Lounge between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to get help from the Writing Centre, Math Assistance Centre, and Study Skills. There will be on-site tutors for support and free food (and coffee) for motivation.

“We all know that pulling all-nighters is sometimes what students do to get their work done,” said Boba Samuels, Writing Centre manager (Waterloo). “This event is the perfect opportunity for us to take advantage of the bad habit of all-nighters to promote the better habits of getting feedback and revising.”

At Laurier’s Brantford campus, writing and study skills services will be available in the lounge on the second floor of the student centre between 6 p.m. and midnight. Food and coffee are being provided through the generosity of the Dean of Students' office.

“If students are working later at night, we want to make ourselves available to help them,” said Jenna Olender, Writing & Study Skills Services manager (Brantford). “We know that at this time of the term, students may be feeling overwhelmed and stressed and we’re hoping that this event will raise the profile of our services on campus and help students feel supported and encouraged in their work.”

The LNAP initiative first began in Germany in 2010 and has since become part of an international initiative among writing centres that has recently spread to Canada and the United States. An LNAP event was held last year on the Waterloo campus, with over 50 students attending, with a handful of students staying all night.

“The feedback we got from students was unanimously positive,” said Samuels. “They were very appreciative of the dedicated space – quiet space to write, tutoring space to get help when they needed it, social space to share a coffee or snacks – and the opportunity to get some work done before end of term.”

Students are encouraged to drop by any time throughout the night. Foot Patrol and Special Constables on both campuses are recommended resources to ensure students get to and from campus safely.


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