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Welcome to the Practical Scholar Blog

Some nicknames just seem to stick – Practical Scholar is one of them. I believe that student success depends on getting the right support both inside and outside the classroom. For some this integrated approach is radical, to me it’s the only way to advance all types of learners. It’s why I hope you will join me in talking “all things” students.

Dr. Linda Pardy


Bulls..t and My First Shot at Post-secondary

November 22, 2013

The fall semester is always a very busy time. And it has been this year for me too, but I have  been thinking about how hard it is for students when they first start out.  Questions like -  will I ...


How I Spent My Summer: Thanks for the Input!

September 28, 2013

Seriously I hated the essay topic of having to write about my summer vacation and I still do.  So I am not going to bore you with some made up version of how wonderful my summer vacation was.
I did ...


Graduation – A Time to Celebrate Life

June 17, 2013

This week I attended the graduation ceremonies of students that I have worked with over the last four years.  I love grad!   I have to admit I am not a big ceremony fan, but for me there is something greater ...


Congress 2013

June 10, 2013

The University of Victoria in BC was  host to this year’s Congress 2013.   There were over 7500 people in attendance and the best part was you could go to sessions in a wide range of disciplines.  I hung ...