How to make better decisions: Acknowledge the presence of emotions

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According to University of North Carolina TV Science, “It’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day.” Some decisions, like deciding which shoes to wear, may have negligible consequences, so it probably matters less what strategy you use to approach a low-stakes decision.

Plain language makes for better learning

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Queen’s Professional Studies has been moving toward writing online courses in plain language. What is plain language and why have we embraced it?


What is plain language? defines plain language as “communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.” There are many definitions of plain language, but we like this one because it respects the reader’s time and considers how good writing should sound when read aloud.

Best tools for each stage of editing — a peek into online course development at Professional Studies

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Are you a developmental editor? A copyeditor? Line editor? Proofreader? What tools do you use to support the editing work you do? Having the right tools for each aspect of editing can improve writing quality and editing efficiency.

At Queen’s Professional Studies, our online courses go through four stages of editing, as they’re described in the Professional Editing Standards Certificate courses:

The cost of multitasking, and what to try instead

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You can’t multitask

You actually can’t do two things at once. Sure, you can walk and chew gum, and you can probably fold a load of laundry while watching Netflix. But chances are, if you want to catch a key plot point in the show, you’ll likely put the laundry down for a moment.

As psychological scientist and author Julia Shaw explains in The Memory Illusion*, “what we mean by multitasking is generally something more complex, doing meaningful tasks that require attention and memory, and thinking.”

A self-regulation learning guide

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Self-regulation explained

What is self-regulation? Is it the same as self-control? How can self-regulation help parents and early childhood educators support children and teens in their learning? What role does stress play in a child or teen’s ability to self-regulate?

Self-regulation expert Stuart Shanker from York University explains what self-regulation is and why it’s important for optimal learning: