7 Tips to Get Through The Semester

You’re in the middle of the semester. Government funding’s and time are running out before final exams kick in. If you haven’t said it out loud yet, you definitely will. You need to get your life together. What better time to start then halfway through the semester? Probably at the beginning of the semester, but everyone eventually starts somewhere! Luckily for you, we will provide you with many tips to help keep you organized in school and in life. This list of school tips and college hacks will be your survival guide until the end of exam season.

1) Create Daily To-Do Lists

Daily to-do lists are both efficient and rewarding. Whether you are using your phone, your laptop or your agenda, you can keep track of the tasks that you are responsible to complete for that day. At the end of the day you will feel accomplished knowing you completed all the tasks on your list!

2) Purchase or Create A Desk Calendar

Having a calendar that you can see every time you sit at your desk is useful. It helps you organize your week and it also helps you focus on upcoming events and assignments. As many other students, being broke comes as a characteristic of being in university, so don’t feel obligated to buy a desk calendar. Grab some construction paper and create your own calendar!

3) Treat Yo’Self!

Don’t get too excited. I don’t mean to go spend $500 you do not have. I’m talking about giving yourself a little bit of a break by watching a Netflix episode or taking a nap. If you’ve been working intensely on a project or have been cramming in the library for long hours, you deserve a break. Give yourself time to recuperate so you have energy to continue to work hard.

4) Get Enough Sleep!

Don’t be that person who brags about pulling all-nighters. You need your rest! It doesn’t matter if you literally nap under your study desk in the library. No one will judge you! Study shows that 83% of students perform better in academics with a full eight hour sleep. Aim high and become a nap queen or king!

5) Save Everything!

From the syllabus to the random surprise pop quiz you did so poorly on. It doesn’t only have to be school papers, keep receipts and flyers also! Invest in folders for each of your classes and keep everything. You won’t be spending time searching for notes and power-points during final exam season! At the end of the semester you can toss out the things you don’t need but trust me when I say you will be thankful you did this when tax refunds come around!

6) Check Your Emails Daily

University is all about communicating through emails. It is important to organize your emails so that you don’t miss important emails from professors or teacher assistants. Make it a routine to check your email either once in the morning or at night. You’ll be grateful for this when you are one of the very few who are aware about the assignment extension!

7) Stay Motivated

Stay focused and motivated! There are only a couple of weeks left in the semester so give it your all. Looking for ways to stay motivated? Refer to 6 Motivation Tricks for Midterm Season.

There you have it! These tips will definitely get you on track to getting your life together. If they don’t, at least it now looks like you have your life together to everyone else so fake it ’till you make it?

Furniture Ideas That Are Affordable For Student Housing

Moving out is all fun and games until you own no more than a mattress. Furnishing an apartment can be tough when you don’t have the funds to purchase an entirely new living room. When seeking out furniture, remember that it will only be in your student house for a maximum of four years. Don’t break the bank for furniture! Here are some tips on seeking out affordable furniture.

1) Furnished Apartments

This option is super simple. Your cost of rent will be a little higher because the entire apartment is furnished. This is ideal for students who are unable to move some of their own furniture to their new house. It is also ideal for students who aren’t looking to add stress of furnishing a home. Furnished apartments are definitely super fun but take into consideration your budget for rent.

2) Multi-Purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture is super convenient because you’re getting two options for the price of one! For example, if you’re purchasing a couch, look for a sofa that doubles as a pull-out couch. You will be getting both a bed and a couch for the cost of one. While it may not be ideal to sleep on a pull-out couch, you won’t have to spend money right away to buy a bed also!

3) City-Wide Garage Sales

Specifically in the summer, seek out city-wide garage sales! Not only are they fun, but you will definitely find lots of furniture that you can afford. Be prepared to spend more than you expect because people have so many things to sell and you’ll just want it all!

4) Kijiji Is Your Friend

It may feel sketchy or unsafe sometimes to purchase furniture off of someone online, but Kijiji is by far the safest out of all. Use the search engine to narrow down the type of furniture you need, the preferred location, and the maximum budget. You will be surprised with the amount of options you have!

5) Old Tenants = New Friends

If you’re lucky enough to meet the old tenants of your potential new home, you are truly blessed. When moving, getting rid of a lot of things becomes part of the game. There is a good chance that the previous tenants are looking to sell some of their furniture. Ask them about their move and hopefully they’ll give you a good price on some of the things they’re getting rid of.

6) IKEA Wild Night Sale

Most IKEA’s will participate in an annual student night sale. This sale will be your lifesaver when buying furniture. IKEA will drop their prices quite a bit for this specific night because of the amount of students that participate in the event. Do everything in your power to not buy everything you see! While it is new furniture, this will be a benefit when and if you decide to sell it in the future.

7) On Campus Residence Move Out Sale

Most universities and colleges host an event where students can sell the things they don’t need. While it might not be couches and beds, you may be able to find bookshelves and dressers for cheaper!

Moving into a university off-campus house is all apart of the experience. No one said the experience had to be more expensive than it already is! Take these options into consideration and you will end up with a beautiful home that you’ll be proud of.

Student Success: 6 Tips to Wake up Before 6am and Effectively Start Your Day

Student Success: 6 Tips to Wake up Before 6am and Effectively Start Your Day

You know those crazy student’s who show up to 8:30 class early and look alive? Well, you can become a morning person too. Students can get tasks done easier by waking up early before their peers and the online world. Waking up early can also allow you to prevent missing daily tasks. There are numerous times I did not wake up early for the walk-in-clinic or sent an email too late for a response that same day. Keep reading for tips to maintain this early morning habit.

1. Beat your alarm

Put your alarm across the room to force yourself to get out of bed. Student’s love to hit the snooze button and this prevents that. If you are someone who listens to music before you sleep, you can also set an alarm on your computer and place it across the room. Putting a glass of water beside your alarm and chugging will also help you wake up. Water fires up your metabolism and rehydrates your body which will improve your alertness.

2. Stay warm

Similarly, winter can make your room an icebox so if you don’t like waking up in the cold prepare the night before. Put a sweater, sweats and slippers (or socks) beside your bed so you can put them on while you’re still under the covers. Taking a hot shower can have the same effect. Prepping your coffee and tea the night before can also decrease the amount of time it takes to make your hot caffeinated drink and warm your body up.

3. Wake up at the same time

Plan to always wake up at the same time, despite the time you go to bed. If you have trouble doing this the first night, its okay. The less sleep you get the first night will make you more tired the next, and you will be able to regain the lost sleep. Tracking your sleep cycles will allow you to wake up without feeling tired. Tools like Sleep Calculator are a great resource to track what time you should go to bed. Even if you pull an all-nighter the night before you can plan to sleep for one full sleep cycle and somewhat make it through the day.

4. Plan a to-do list

Write a to-do list the night before. Minimize the amount of time you need to get ready and eat breakfast if you have a heavy workload. If you need a big long breakfast to wake yourself up then plan your time around that. Extra time needed for serious tasks can be saved by doing meal prep for lunch and choosing the “right” outfit the night before. If to-do lists stress you out try doing a rolling-list which breaks up your projects into steps. Instead of completing a full assignment you can divide your time to focus on your readings, studying, and completing a portion of your assignments.

5. Prepare your work

If you have certain readings you need to do, have them saved and open on your laptop. For textbooks, just have the right chapter open. For assignments, have the rubric, objective, citation guideline and any research you have already done, open. Structure your work by what you are most excited about or the easiest to the least exciting. When you get to the harder and denser work you will already be focused and in the zone.

6. Eat a healthy breakfast

Last but not least, eat a well-balanced breakfast. Some days I could get away with a typical student diet of coffee or leftover pizza but if you have a lot of stuff to do, feed your brain! Fruits have natural sugars that will wake you up and eggs, oatmeal, peanut butter, and yogurt will fill your stomach so you can wake up and focus on your tasks. Check out other brain foods to boost your focus on our blog here.

Starting your mornings right can help you accomplish more tasks than you would complete during the entire day. Plan your days right and boost your productivity to finally beat mornings and make it to class on time.

11 Student Budget Friendly Gifts To Give Your Friends

The holidays can be expensive, especially December. What student has the money for gifts when they spent all of exam season eating takeout? Not me! Doing a secret santa with your house mates or close friends can be a cost effective way to still give a gift. Below are items that your friends will praise you about.

Anti-Soggy Cereal Bowl

Do you or your friends procrastinate eating cereal like you do your papers? A never soggy cereal bowl may be the solution and best give gift for you. Amazon sells an anti-soggy cereal bowl for $14.99 and free shipping.

What Do You Meme? Card Game

Perfect for “outmemeing” your friends and giving back to that friend who cannot stop tagging you in memes. If your go hard friend already has the game you can purchase extension packs. There is the “Basic Bitch”, Stoner, and regular expansion pack which are all $19.99

Student Success: 9 Foods to Boost Your Brain While Studying

Student Success: 9 Foods to Boost Your Brain While Studying

Eat well, achieve well.

While studying, most students reach for junk food and coffee to destress, however, these foods can lead to decreased levels of focus. Choosing healthy and brain powering foods can help you eat your way to success.

1. Avocados

These green powerhouses contain vitamin K and folate, which help improve cognitive function, especially memory and focus. Avocado toast will boost your Instagram and studying game.

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2. Blueberries

Often referred to as the “brain berry,” this fruit is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants improve brain health, leading to improved memory and cognition. If you find yourself craving some sugar choose a natural sugar source instead.

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3. Blackberries

Similarly, these berries improve memory during long hours of studying. Blackberries contain polyphenols that encourage communication between neurons and allow the brain to be open to new things. In other words, these berries will help you remember the most boring readings while you cram.

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4. Oily Fish

Salmon, trout, mackerel, and herring contain high levels of omega-3 fats, which help decrease stress and improve serotonin. Plant alternatives include soya beans, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. If you cry during stressful studying periods (I’ve been there) then increasing your omega 3s can help boost your mood.

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5. Dark Chocolate

Need an excuse to eat chocolate all the time? Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that help regulate blood flow to the brain and heart. Increased blood flow improves memory and focus. If you want an added bonus, try chocolate covered coffee beans to boost brain activity and improve focus.

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6. Broccoli

Your parents told you to eat your vegetables, and they were right. Broccoli is a nutritious source of vitamin K, iron, and chlorine. These nutrients help keep your memory sharp. Eat your greens to fuel your brain for missed readings and cramming.

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7. Green Tea

Green tea is a smart alternative to high-caffeinated products. Energy drinks and too much coffee can overwhelm your body and cause caffeine crashes. Green tea provides antioxidants and releases caffeine slowly in the body to avoid crashing and promote concentration over longer periods of time. Green tea also reduces stress, allowing student’s to improve their sleep and rest their brain before tests. David’s Tea also has wellness teas to increase certain moods like energy and focus.

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8. Dark Leafy Greens

When reaching for salads, spinach, kale, and romaine are dark greens that are filled with nutrients like vitamin A, B6, and B12. Eating a salad a day can make your brain 11 years younger and sharpen your memory. While eating salad is a good diet for weight loss it can also be a good diet for your brain.

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9. Eggs

Last but not least, eggs are packed with vitamins B6, B12, and chlorine. Higher intakes of chlorine increase memory and mood. If you find yourself skipping breakfast and rushing to campus look for breakfast sandwiches with eggs to prepare for your day.

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Switching out junk for healthy habits will improve your focus, memory, and retention. Take your study game to the next level and choose healthy over junk. Happy eating and studying, good luck!

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8 Entertaining Youtube Shows

8 Entertaining Youtube Shows

Sometimes, you just need to wind down.

Today, with the ever-growing power of technology, cable tv is becoming increasingly irrelevant. In fact, with the widespread accessibility of mobile and desktop technology, streaming video of the internet has never been in such prominence. With over a billion users with and thousands (and thousands) of popular channels, Youtube’s popularity is sky high – and there’s a good reason for that; there’s something on Youtube for just about everyone! With that in mind, we’ve taken this opportunity to create a list of 8 awesome entertaining youtube channels for next time you’re surfing the web:

 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

American/ World politics meet celShowties, great music, and satirical humour, with the Late show with Stephen Colbert. Watch his rant (and maybe Jon Stewart crash it) on just about anything, and guaranteed you’ll have a new favorite.

 

First we Feast

Home to the popular Youtube show Hot Ones, First we Feast is perfect whether you’re into food or awesome interviews with celebrities from across all industries. Whether it’s Neil Degrasse Tyson or Logic, there’s something awesome about watching celebs eat hot wings while answering well-crafted interview questions.

 

Kurzgesagt

Answering all your pressing questions about ~everything~ from alien life to making things explode with science, this channel is perfect for anyone with the yearn to learn!

 

Vogue 73 Questions

Watch while some of your favorite fashion icons, models, and celebrities sit down for a unique series of 73 questions with Vogue. Some recent guests include Kendall Jenner, James Corden, and even characters such as (everyone’s favorite) Derek Zoolander.  

 

Sci Show

You’re never too old to learn! Join brothers Hank and John Green (the author) as they answer all sorts of scientific questions; from every-day questions to the world’s interesting phenomenon and busting science myths- these brothers are on it. You won’t regret joining this bandwagon; SciShow is also incredibly entertaining.

 

Vice

Curiosity meets it’s match on Vice’s youtube channel. These short docu-series are impossible to walk away from and are sure to leave you with all sorts of emotions. The channel features controversial and investigative topics regarding situations all over the world. From comparing different countries’ educational systems to enlightening you on the secretive world of Chinese gangsters; Vice will have you begging to learn more.

 

Ted

Spreading ideas in the form of short powerful talks- that’s Ted for you. Ted began as a conference where technology meets design and entertainment, but today covers almost all topics- from global affairs to science, to business –  in over 100 different languages!

 

Buzzfeed

Arguably the internet’s content kings (or queens), Buzzfeed is an internet media company that focuses on social news and entertainment. They focus on digital media and technology, while bringing “the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video”, and place much prominence on viral content- their own and others. Their youtube channel is filled with hilarious videos relevant to us 20-somethings (and everyone else), from “truths only tall people understand”, to “if cats told you what they were thinking” there’s some seriously great content on this channel.   

 

What are your go-to Youtube shows? Share your favorites with us in the comment section below – they just might end up on our next list!

 

 

7 New Years Resolution Ideas

7 New Years Resolution Ideas

New year, new me.

With New Years celebrations coming to an end, it’s time to look into the future. The new year is a chance to reinvent yourself and hold yourself to new standards. Need some ideas on where to begin? We put together a list of our top 7 favorite resolutions that are sure to get you into the right groove for 2018.

 

Eat Healthily

Ok, this may be a classic, but eating healthy will help you sleep better, work harder, and feel better!

 

Hit the Gym

It may be another classic but just think of that beach body.

Make and Stick To a Study Schedule

Your grades will thank you later.

 

Budget

Because spending all your money and being left with $0.37 for two weeks is so last year.

 

Get Involved with a Charity 

It’s never too early in your life to start giving back.

 

Keep in Touch with Friends and Family 

They will be more than happy to hear from you.

 

Get More Sleep

Similarily to eating healthy, getting more sleep is sure to positively affect all aspects of your life from school to health.

 

What are your new year resolutions? Share your pacts for 2018 in the comment section below.

12 Practical Tips for Self-Improvement

12 Practical Tips for Self-Improvement

Getting better all the time.

As a new semester begins, many students are quickly realizing it’s time to step their game up for the second half of the year. Self-improvement, although often desired, can be incredibly hard to achieve. To facilitate the beginning steps of this process, we’ve crafted a list of 12 simple ways to begin the process of self-improvement – no matter the area you’re looking to ameliorate:

 

Organize by priority not urgency.

Take care of your body: maintain a solid sleep schedule and try to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

 

Set long-term and short-term specific goals.

 

Walk away from poisonous situations – and have the power to de-escalate when you\re angry.

 

Think of the bigger picture- and change your mindset if needed (it’s okay to decide you like a paradigm better than the one previously subscribed to).

 

Figure out what makes you happy in life, and act from there.

 

Don’t make excuses for yourself- own up to your mistakes and issues, and ask yourself the important questions corresponding to the mistakes such as figuring out why you decided to act a certain way.

 

Learn to create a monthly, bi-weekly, or yearly budget: creating this habit now will only do positive in the future and aid in feeling like you have control over your life and finances (even when you’re on the student life).

 

Take good care of yourself and your personal hygiene– this will make you feel not only good but also give you a boost of confidence (even if it’s just getting someone to do your eyebrows and sitting through a white strip session).

 

Keep a Ta-da list of things you’ve accomplished- this will motivate you to add more accomplishments, and can even lead to building your portfolio (of any sort).

 

Don’t compare yourself to others– this will only bring out negative emotions such as jealousy.

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Most importantly, stay positive and remember you are in control of you, your thoughts, and your paradigm!

 

Do you have a great tip or trick for self-improvement? Share your favorite tricks in the comment section below.

7 Tricks to Ace Finals

7 Tricks to Ace Finals

‘Tis the Season

As finals season approaches yet again, we’ve decided to brainstorm our favorite studying tricks to achieve optimal results.  Trying to get some A’s? Follow these 7 tricks, and you’re sure to bring that GPA right up.

 

Study with Someone

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Working with a study partner is sure to help you process the information you’re trying to memorize. When you explain concepts to a partner, you’re forcing your brain to process the information instead of just regurgitating it.

 

Make Cue Cards

A great way to force yourself to think critically is by making cue cards. This way you not only get a review of the information while making the cards but also get a mini practice exam that will help you memorize your answers.

 

Eat Healthily

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Give your brain and body and extra edge by eating healthy and fueling your body with good foods.

 

Get Sleep

As helpful as cramming can be, a study republished by Huffington Post shows that students who get sleep before an exam typically perform better.

 

Set Goals

A sure way to get all of the lectures and readings needed for review in is by scheduling your time and setting study goals. This will ultimately help you avoid cramming and lead to better performance.

 

Stay Positive

Studying can easily wear you down, but by remaining positive and keeping your goals in mind, you may find that little bit of extra motivation you had previously been lacking.

 

Take Breaks

Another great way to maximize your performance is actually by taking breaks! After an hour of studying, going for a walk and clearing your mind will ultimately help you come back to your work with a clearer mind (needed for memorizing notes and working out hard problems).

 

Did we miss your go-to studying trick? Let us know how you ace your exams in the comment section below. Goodluck in your finals from your friends at Dormbooker!

7 Tricks to Ace Your Next Paper

7 Tricks to Ace Your Next Paper

Put your best foot forward this semester.

Writing papers can be a burden, nerve-wracking, and difficult for anyone. Even the most seasoned writers can face issues when writing. From run-on sentences to improperly cited sources, it’s easy to loose marks just because of writing errors. To help you get your best grades, we’ve put together a list of our favorite paper writing tricks for your benefit.

Start With an Outline

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By formulating a strong outline, you remove the possibility of any clarity and have a writing plan! This should be the first step to any essay.

 

Get Someone to Peer Edit your Paper

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Sometimes another set of eyes can help you notice errors and fundamental issues with your paper.  A fresh look never hurts!

 

Write Without Fluff

A sure way to get a clear point across in your writing is by avoiding the fluff and instead writing the way you speak.

 

Use Google Scholar

Instead of wasting tons of time trying to find acceptable academic sources, use Google Scholar- a Google search tool that only offers academic articles.

 

Use a “Contradicting Paragraph”

This can be the difference between a B+ and an A! Using a theory or argument that contradicts your thesis in an essay will earn you bonus points with your Prof. Just make sure you don’t forget to include why this view is invalid otherwise it will confuse your argument.

 

Cite with Easybib.com

Don’t spend extra time citing your sources when you can simply copy/paste the URL in Easybib and get a citation generated for you. Whether MLA, APA, or Chicago, you’re sure to get exactly what you need from this cite.

 

Restate your Thesis

Restating your thesis at the end of each argument you make will not only help keep you on track with what you’re writing, but re-elaborates your argument for the reader, reinforcing it at the end of every parameter.

 

Happy writing! Do you have any great essay-writing tips? Share you feedback in the comment section below.