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?

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

7 Holiday Decorations On A Student Budget

The holidays are the best time of the year. Besides the presents and the family bonding, decorations are what makes this holiday so wonderful. There’s mistletoe, Christmas trees and garlands all around your parents home. Unfortunately, you are stuck until the last possible day of exams and miss out on all the fun decorating. With these cute ideas, you will be able to decorate your dorm or apartment and still be just as poor as you were before!

1) Paper Snowflakes

While it is very much of an elementary school type of activity, you will end up smiling in the end. Use all the construction paper and printer paper left around your house and spend a day making snowflakes. Just like real life snowflakes, every single one is different so have fun with it. You can hang them from the ceiling or tape them to your window! It will definitely get you feeling the holiday spirit.

2) DIY Christmas Trees

The typical tall, green Christmas trees are so overrated. Why not create your own Christmas tree in your dorm? If you have a lot of leftover textbooks from the previous years just sitting on your shelf, use them to make a tree! Your tree doesn’t need to be big. It could be the smallest tree to fit the size of your room. Regardless of the size, you will feel a lot better having a DIY Christmas tree in your home.

3) Paper Garlands

Turn your dorm into a room that Buddy the Elf just entered! Similar to paper snowflakes, paper garlands will give you flashbacks to elementary school but you’ll be happy making garlands. All you need are strips of paper and a stapler to make these fun garlands for your dorm!

4) Popcorn Garlands

Going off of the paper garlands, popcorn garlands are also a fun way to decorate your dorm room! It is a very traditional way to decorate most homes without breaking the bank. If saving money isn’t enough for you, just think about how good your dorm or apartment will smell!

5) Christmas Lights!

The Dollar store will be your best friend during the holiday season! Many Dollar stores have on their shelves indoor fairy lights that you can hang around the house. Get creative with where you place them. You can have them lining your door or stringing along your headboard of your bed. Nothing says festive more than Christmas lights!

6) Makeshift Mistletoe

Mistletoe is always fun to have in the dorm. You can make mistletoe out of coloured paper and hang it anywhere in your room. I advise you to not place it by the door because you’ll end up kissing every single guest you have in your room!

7) Saving Stockings

Hanging up stockings are a tradition in many households. You can purchase very simple stockings from the Dollar store and decorate them yourself. You could turn this into a roommate activity and have a little fun with it! Remember, it really isn’t the decorations you put up, it is the memories you make creating them!

Spend a day pretending to be an elf and make all these decorations for your dorm room or student house. You will feel the holiday spirit while making them and it will definitely make your atmosphere more positive during final exams!

Stop and Remember

Remembrance Day is coming up on November 11. While we continue to be caught up in our own lives, it is important to take a step back and appreciate the beautiful country we live in. Originally recognized as Armistice Day, at the 11th hour, we pause to recognize and remember the soldiers who fought for our country. It is also important to take the time on this day to appreciate our Armed Forces for their sacrifices. Along with this, here are a few ways to honor those who fought and are still fighting for us.

1) Wear a Poppy

It isn’t difficult to purchase one as there will be plenty of people handing them out in return for donations. The donations will benefit our veterans. These poppies are being handed out up until Remembrance day to represent support to our Canadian troops and veterans. If you are looking for a poppy, visit your local grocery stores as there will be people handing them out.

2) Take Two Minutes

At exactly 11:00 a.m. on November 11th, pause for two minutes of silence to reflect, honour and remember our soldiers. Take the time to be grateful for the wonderful country we live in. Remember that there could be people around you who have lost loved ones to the war. Be courteous to those who are around you during this time as they will be doing the same.

3) Visit a War Memorial

There are several war memorials across Canada. If you are looking for a place to pay your respects, feel free to check out the War Memorial of Montreal West. There are other memorials such as The National War Memorial in Ottawa of The Victoria Memorial in British Columbia.

4) Visit The Commemorative Ceremony

On November 9 at 10:45 a.m. Outremont Park Cenotaph will be hosting a Remembrance Day ceremony. This park is on the corner of Elmwood and Outremont Avenues. The service will run until 11:30 a.m. There will be local elected officials as well as the City of Montreal Police service participating in the ceremony. For more information visit Veterans Affairs Canada.

5) Educate Yourself

Learning about Canadian history is a lot more interesting when you’re doing it in a museum. If you happen to be in Ottawa, the Canadian War Museum is a must see. This museum will provide you with a lot of information about our history. If you are currently in Ottawa, there is an option to visit the online Remembrance Day exhibition.

 

6) Say Thank You.

Around the days leading up to November 11, there will be many veterans dressed in their uniforms in public. It will take two seconds to say thank you. This gesture will go a long way and won’t cost you anything. Say thank you to the veterans, the armed forces, and those who are dedicating their time to hand out poppies.

 

7) Remember on This Day and Every Other Day

November 11 is a day dedicated to those who have served and to those who have fallen. Try to remember and pay your respects as much as you can throughout the rest of the year.

7 Must See Netflix Holiday Movies

‘Tis the season of Mariah Carey and Michael Buble! As spooky season begins to wither away, Jingle Bells are coming your way. November is a strange month as it still the fall season, but for holiday lovers, we are celebrating the Christmas pre! If you are someone who considers November as the holiday seasons, you are definitely in for a treat. Grab a cozy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle up in front of your television or laptop for these 7 must watch holiday movies!

The Holiday Calendar

This Netflix Original is a new release that will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. This movie is about an aspiring young photographer who is struggling in a dead-end job. She is gifted an antique advent calendar that may be predicting her future. It is considered a romance but who doesn’t love love? Grab an advent calendar and eat all the chocolates in this 1.5 hour long movie.

 

Four Christmases

This comedy will have you thinking about the awkward interactions that may take place in your family dynamic through the holiday’s. Four Christmases is about a couple that are forced into spending their first Christmas together with all their parents. Each of their parents are divorced. They have to visit them all in a single day. Enjoy this chaos of a movie.

 

DreamWorks Shrek the Halls

Looking for something that is less time consuming? This 28 minute film will definitely leave you in a better mood as Shrek handles the mayhem of his family during the holiday season. Nothing will make you happier than witnessing Shrek in a Santa Claus costume. You will not regret this choice.

 

A Christmas Prince

This movie is a must see. If you’ve already seen it, then you know it is a movie that is tradition to watch every year during the holidays. This movie is about a young journalist who has the opportunity to go abroad to write stories on a prince. It is quite the cliche as it is clear that they fall in love, however, it is a beautiful story that will make you feel the holiday spirit.

 

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

This movie is about a dog. Enough said. Beethoven, an over-sized Saint Bernard will truly warm your heart with his love for trying to save Christmas. Even if holiday movies are not your forte, this dog will make you love the holiday’s just a little bit more!

 

Santa Claws

Another movie about animals! For you cat lovers out there, this movie is about kittens trying to save the holidays after Santa has a bad allergic reaction. This 2014 movie will keep you entertained for 1.5 hours and will leave you wishing you had kittens of your own to snuggle in front your television with.

 

Office Christmas Party

This 2016 comedy movie will leave you wanting to throw a party of your own! A branch manager does everything in his power to host a wild holiday party with the goal of getting the opportunity to work with a big client. Does he land the client? Watch the movie to find out!

 

7 Best Shows on Netflix Fall 2017

7 Best Shows on Netflix Fall 2017

For when time simply needs to be wasted. 

Both TV series and Netflix are undeniably awesome. That being said, you may have noticed that Netflix often changes their queue. This can pose some issues for a dedicated audience, expecting their favorite shows to be readily available. If you’ve fallen victim to a queue update resulting in the removal of your favorite TV shows, don’t worry – we are here to help. We have put together an updated list of our top seven favorite TV shows on Canadian Netflix right now – October 2017.

Bill Nye Saves the World

Follow everyone’s favourite scientist as he tackles issues from climate change to fad diets through a scientific perspective.

 

Scream Queens

Join the “Chanels” as they wreak havoc all over their campus, while a serial killer lurks. This horror-satire is one healthy season of entertaining episodes.

 

Cosmos

Renowned astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson teamed up with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to create a docu-series that highlight humankind’s quest for knowledge, with clearly portrayed concepts, presented with both skepticism and wonder.

 

Walking Dead

Luckily the hit series Walking Dead doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Season 1 to 7 are readily available on Canadian Netflix!

 

Family Guy

Feeling like something a little more laidback? Enjoy ~everyone’s~ favorite adult cartoon – Family Guy. Canadian Netflix currently hosts 15 seasons. Needless to say, you will be amused for a while.

 

Friends

The 90’s classic sit come Friends is a perfect show to watch, no matter your tastes. With a healthy 10 seasons available on Canadian Netflix right now, this cast will have you laughing for (at least) a few weeks.

 

Suits

Yet another hugely popular series, Suits is currently available on Canadian Netflix. With seasons 1 to 6 readily available, you will be able to follow Mike, Harvey, Lewis, and Donna’s journey from the very start.

 

Did we miss any great shows that are currently hosted on Netflix? Let us know which of your favorite shows are on Netflix right now, in the comment section below.

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

Save that money!

Let’s face it, being a student with a limited income helps you realize how truly expensive life can be. We know that a few monthly expenses can quickly, and little savings can go a long way. Luckily, we have a compiled a list of tips and tricks to make your life a little bit cheaper.

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out some of your city’s best thrift stores and try out shopping online in the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eat for Cheap

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Try buying groceries rather than eating out, or find the cheapest eats around your city. Many places commonly have $5 food such as El Furniture Warehouse – with many locations across North America.

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, if you’re a student in Canada, you can get benefits simply from living away from home as a student, if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use a Water Bottles

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Get your own bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Coffee is a necessity (we get it), so never forget about these Starbucks hacks!

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

 

What are your favorite money-saving hacks? Share them with us in the comment section below.

The Dorm Room Inspiration You Need for September 2017

The Dorm Room Inspiration You Need for September 2017

Will you have the coolest room on campus?

 

With the start of yet another school year just around the corner, it’s time for yet another series of some serious #dormroominspo. This time, we’ve decided to compile a list of really cool decorating ideas sorted by colour! What better way to get some inspirationt than starting with a colour scheme? From blues to red, check out some of our favorite dorm room interior looks below:

 

BLUE

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RED

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red-dorm

Well, then the question arises on how to select the bedroom scheme of a teenager?Go out and have a coffee or hot chocolate and figure out the feelings of your teen on certain favorite shades that brought about.Bedroom color schemes may fade out, but the sweet memories of their living heavens would be there for years to come, hence let them decide what they want.

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PINK

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pink-bed

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SILVER/GOLD

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silver-and-pink-bed

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PURPLE

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purple

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BLACK/WHITE/GREY

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How will you decorate your dorm room this semester? Let us know in the comment section below or share your style with us by tagging @dormbooker on social media.

 

Your Ultimate Music Festival Style Guide

Your Ultimate Music Festival Style Guide

It’s festival season!

No matter where you are in the world, music festivals are an inextricable part of summer culture for students and young adults. From Coachella to Osheaga, music and arts festivals are in full swing from April to August. With so many events spanning across North America, it can be quite challenging to put together numerous flawless festival outfits for these events, no matter your gender. With that in mind, we’ve created an awesome lookbook for men and women’s festival season style 2017. Without further adieu, check out our ultimate style guide for festival season 2017!

 

Men

Gents! We know how hard it can be to dress for these events without looking like a “festival bro”. Don’t worry – we have you covered. Check out our men’s festival fashion inspiration below!

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Looking for a little more? Click here to read about GQ’s take on men’s festival do’s and dont’s.

 

Women

Ladies! The festival outfit options are unlimited. Ranging from sleek outfits that can be put together with your reliable basic to looks that require some carefully calculated statement pieces, below we showcase some of our favourite festival style inspiration.

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Couple Looks

Feel like matching with your boo? No problem! We have included a section of flawless couple looks that will expertly express stylish (over cheesy).

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Indio, CA - Shenae Grimes and husband Josh Beech hold hands as they attend the last day of the 2014 Coachella Music Festival on weekend 1.  Shenae looked cute in a vintage Indiana Jones graphic tee and denim shorts. AKM-GSI          April 13, 2014 To License These Photos, Please Contact : Steve Ginsburg (310) 505-8447 (323) 423-9397 steve@akmgsi.com sales@akmgsi.com or Maria Buda (917) 242-1505 mbuda@akmgsi.com ginsburgspalyinc@gmail.com

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Now you’re ready for festival season! Did we miss one of your favorite looks? Let us know in the comment section below, or tag us on Instagram.

Remeber to stay safe and have fun this summer.