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About this Blog Series

Welcome to the Academic Success Centre Blog Series

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This series is designed to offer a deeper understanding of how different psychological concepts (e.g. memory, coping mechanisms for stress, emotions, mindset types, and motivation) impact our ability to learn.

Our brains are capable of processing and retaining an abyss of knowledge. And just like muscles, our brains need to be exercised in order to improve their strength.



We encourage you to check out our blog series which covers:

  • Managing test anxiety and time
  • Working memory
  • Emotions and learning
  • Mindfulness
  • The power of growth and fixed mindsets
  • Reading comprehension
  • Diversity and inclusion in the learning environment
  • Transferable skills for the workplace

In this series, we illustrate a few strategies you can use to have meaningful learning experiences. These strategies have done wonders for us as students! Our goal for these posts is to get you thinking in new and creative ways, strengthen your work and study habits, and be able to apply your course work to your career moving forward!

Cody and Chelsey

Meet Chelsey

Chelsey Finney

Hi! My name is Chelsey Finney and I am entering my 4th year of Booth University College’s Applied Psychology program. My journey with Red River College’s Academic Success Centre began with interning for three months (January – April 2019). I am now in the process of transitioning to become an Academic Coach for RRC. As a Coach, I hope to help students achieve their potential through individualized SMART + GROW plans:


G = Goals the student has

R = Student’s current reality

O = Options the student has

W = Steps the student can take to execute the options


S = the student’s goal is specific

M = His or her goal is measurable

A = His or her goal is action-oriented

R = His or her goal is realistic to achieve

T = There is a timeline that his or her goal will be completed in

I am pro open mindset – your knowledge and skillset has no limitations in capability for growth. The learning possibilities are endless, regardless of your age or current knowledge base. As an existing peer tutor for Booth, I have background knowledge in formatting and citations, writing skills, as well as domains of neuropsychology. This joint blog series, in collaboration with RRC’s Academic Success Centre, is intended to explore how our cognitive processes affects our ability to learn and strive. We hope this series will support you in your journey for success!

Meet Cody

Cody Rogers

Picture of Cody RogersMy name is Cody, and I’m a new academic coach at the academic success center.

I have just graduated from Booth University College’s Applied Psychology program, and am now a Graduate student at the University of Manitoba studying Sports Psychology. I consider myself as an applied psychologist who brings a humanistic approach to interacting with others. My goal is to facilitate, enhance and support students using their own processes of self-discovery.

I believe empathy is an essential skill to foster positive relationships with students, professors and colleagues alike. In my own experiences, my best learning occurred during meaningful conversations and discussion. I broadened my perspective when speaking with other students, professors and colleagues with different ideas from my own. Challenging my own preconceptions and ideas has reframed how I think about learning. Being able to connect with others on a personal level fosters genuine relationships that opens up conversation for meaningful experiences where learning and development can occur. 

My mission as an academic coach is to inspire others, foster positive and meaningful experiences while promoting optimism to enhance the learning and development of students. It is my belief that students are in control of their own lives, and that psychology can introduce new ideas to aide in broadening their perspective.

By communicating and applying psychological concepts for learning and development, I hope to provide tools and information to enhance the well-being of students and in turn, of others around them. I aim to do this by providing students with effective strategies for success that they can apply to their own study routines. Studying psychology, I have learned that students who take charge of their own learning will improve greatly from where they started! It’s my goal to get you engaged in learning!