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.

8 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

8 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

Healthy = delicious.

Who doesn’t want to implement a healthier lifestyle? Not only can it have huge benefits physically, but mentally as well (brainfood!). Whether you avidly add 30-60 minutes of exercise to your day, or have recently doubled up on your fiber intake, simply making some subtle adjustments to your daily routine can lead to huge health benefits. Unfortunately, its easy to stray away from a strict diet and exercise schedule – especially as the semester gets busier, so we’ve come up with a healthy and delicious way to swap out your favorite junk foods for better alternatives. We’ve put together a list of top 7 favorite healthy snacks and meals to substitute your preferred junk foods and meals, proving lifestyle changes don’t necessarily mean you will go hungry:

 

Chip Lovers

Alternative: Kale, Zucchini, Apple, or Sweet Potato Chips

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Who doesn’t love that crave that satisfying chip crunch? Luckily, there are many literally delicious healthy alternatives that deliver the same amount of crunch and flavour. Get 16 healthy chip alternative recipes here.

 

Wing Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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When you just ~need~ buffalo wings, try this easy and healthy alternative to get both the flavor and the crunch of your favorite wings. Not a buffalo fan? Switch the sauce to your preference! Get the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Lovers

Alternative: Avacado Brownies

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I won’t insist that chocolate lovers switch to 70% cocoa chocolate (although delicious,  it’s not actually that healthy) because I’m here to help innovate your diet. For something completely different yet equally satisfying, try chocolate avocado brownies. You can eat these babies guilt free. Get the recipe here.

 

Popcorn Lovers

Alternative: Coconut Oil Popcorn

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A personal favourite, this is a great healthy (and cheap) alternative to junk food for when you’re on the go. Feel like spicing it up a bit? From chilli powder, lime powder, and salt & pepper, to traditional popcorn seasoning or vinegar, this snack is both quick and customizable. Get the recipe here.

 

Peanut Butter Lovers

Alternative: Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Peanut butter lovers, I get you. I could eat spoonful after spoonful, and you probably can too. Aside from simply switching over to natural peanut butter, another health-ish recipe to satisfy any peanut butter craving is dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Made with cocoa, coconut oil, and natural peanut butter, these are suitable for your healthy (and even ketogenic) lifestyle. Get the recipe here.

 

Pizza Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Pizza

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Why yes, there’s a healthy alternative for all of you pizza lovers too. With an abundance of veggies and healthy fats, cauliflower pizza is a personal pizza. Get the recipe here.

 

Candy Lovers

Alternative: Ketogenic Gummy Bears

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When you get a serious sugar craving, these gummy bears will help you get through the day. Get the recipe here.

 

Ice Cream Lovers

Alternative: Frozen Yogurt

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This healthy junk food alternative may seem basic, but I prefer calling it timeless. In a rush? Simply freeze your preferred type of yogurt add your favourite fruit, nut, or topping for the perfect snack. My personal favourite is strawberry greek yogurt with sunflower seeds. Get the recipe here.

 

No excuses! Try one (or all)  of these healthy alternatives to your favourite junk foods today. Share you experience with us in the comment section below.

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.

5 Subscription Boxes You Need in Your Life

5 Subscription Boxes You Need in Your Life

Things you love, delivered to your door.

As you’ve probably noticed, subscription boxes have risen to prominence over the last few years. With a bundle of things you love delivered to your door monthly, we understand why this trend has blown up. Now we set a few years after its initial appropriation, and there’s a subscription box available for everything and anything. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite boxes we’ve come across (because face it this is the 2017 version of a care package), sure to please everyone from sci-fi fans to beauty-lovers.

 

Love with Food

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If you like to discover new snacks and healthy alternatives, Love With Food is guaranteed to be your favourite subscription box on the market. This monthly food and snack subscription box aims to help customers discover new organic, all-natural bites. For those that prefer a gluten-free diet, there’s also an option to get gluten-less snacks monthly.

 

Sci-Fan Bloc

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Sci-fi fanatics, this box is for you! Sci-Fan Bloc joins the science fiction and fantasy genres to deliver a subscription box that you’ll love. With 4-6 collectibles and an exclusive T-shirt every month, this crate was made to satisfy your inner nerd.

 

DoodleCrate

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Art lovers, Doodle Crate is your chance to get all your required materials delivered directly to your door! This subscription box aims to inspire young makers to learn new skills and gain creative confidence by providing subscribers with a fun DIY design project to create every month.

 

BeautyFix

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BeautyFix is the ultimate subscription box for beauty lovers. Unlike its competitors, this subscription box contains full-size high-quality makeup and beauty  ADD hair products. From eyelash curlers and Dermalogica face wash to beauty blenders and Smashbox mascara, this subscription box will have all beauty lovers ~geeking~.

 

Loot Pets

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Yep, there’s even a subscription box that caters to your pets! With pet accessories, toys, and treats, this box is the ideal box for your beloved pet friend.

 

Did we miss your favorite subscription box? Let us know which boxes you subscribe to 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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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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SILVER/GOLD

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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.

 

It’s Official, These are Coolest University Courses in the World

It’s Official, These are Coolest University Courses in the World

Making school fun again?!

Do you remember when going to school was actually fun? It seems like forever since the joy of learning wasn’t weighed down by loads of coursework, the stress of exams, and 20-page papers. In fact, some universities have actually noticed this trend, and decided to do something about it. These schools came out with specific courses that have students begging for more. Seriously, we’re talking about the types of courses that genuinely make you excited to go school (yes they do exist!).

 

Rap Linguistics

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Ready to spend three hours a week dissecting exactly what the A$AP crew are trying to portray in their songs? We sure are! The University of Calgary’s department of linguistics offers a class entitled Rap Linguistics which teaches students a linguist’s approach to analyzing the language used by rappers, while simultaneously looking at the evolution of hip and hop and its impact on the western world. Pretty cool if you ask us…

 

Religion & Disney

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Just by the title, we know this would be the most interesting religious studies class out there. The Memorial University of Newfoundland offers a class that aims to examine the religious themes and issues arising from within the world of Disney, including animated feature films and cartoons. Aside from getting to watch a ton of classic movies, the course actually goes further and examines the religious convictions of Walt Disney himself, and how his paradigm impacted the philosophies of the Disney Franchise as a whole (but let’s stick to watching movies all day..). Either way, this is a class we would surely love to take.

 

Poker 101

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Get your poker face ready for the University of Ottawa students taking Poker 101. This course examines the math that is disguised in poker, specifically probability, game theory, and the mathematic underpinning of games of chance. From Texas Hold’em to Black Jack, what better way to spend your lengthy mass classes than by playing poker? This definitely made our list of the coolest ways to get a math credit ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Many Faces Of Harry Potter

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I don’t know about you, but we would love to spend a semester studying Harry Potter! The University of Western Ontario gets that, and their English department has created a course that all HP fanatics are dying to take – The Many Faces of Harry Potter. This course examines the Harry Potter series under various types of literary lenses, including gothic, detective fiction, fantasy, adventure, and even the dystopian literature. No wonder they call it the Many Faces of Harry Potter!

 

Apocalyptic Science Fiction

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Any true sci-fi lover would jump at the chance to take this course! From a true artificial intelligence take over to ominous genetic engineering, this English department course aims to understand the fascination with the potential misuse of science and technology in popular culture. Using apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories, the course looks examines various speculative scenarios in literature, radio, film, gaming, graphic novels, and more. Whether a science or literature fan, this York University course is one we would love to take.

 

Which of these courses are you dying to take? Share your thoughts with us know in the comment section below. If you’re interested in reading more about some of the coolest classes available to university students today, click here.

 

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.

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

Let’s get learnt.

 

With the abundance of available courses and electives available to university and college students today, it can be hard to narrow down exactly which courses you should take when you have a glorious time slot calling for an elective.

 

Science Courses

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  1. It is important to know about what makes the world work.
  2. Gaining a basic proficiency in research and how to make logical arguments only makes your more credible and knowledgeable regardless of your primary field of study.
  3. Science is everywhere. In fact, if it wasn’t for the bonding of very specific elements, we wouldn’t even be here. By taking science courses, you will have a newfound appreciation for these facts.
  4. By taking science courses, you will learn to block out noise from the media, politicians, the internet, etc., and only truly consider the fact as evidence. If everyone did this, the world would surely be a better place- take a science course as your first step to helping humanity.
  5. Worst case, take an animal bio class and spend your time hanging with some critters.

 

 

Computer Science Courses

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  1. Technological proficiency is more valuable today than ever.
  2. A basic proficiency of computing is not just valuable, but beginning to become required in the digital age – you will surely be more employable if not now, in the future.
  3. Computer science is diverse. From engineering, math, problem-solving and logic to psychology, humanities, and the arts, computing is truly the cross roads of so many skill areas, making it a great asset and endeavor no matter your skill set.
  4. You will gain practical knowledge of how our world and technologies have progressed to where they are today.
  5. You will be a little more prepared for the inevitable artificial intelligence world take over (have you seen Terminator???).

 

Business Courses

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  1. You can be a business person no matter what field of studies you choose.
  2. It will help you stand out in the job market upon graduation, regardless of your chosen industry.
  3. You are sure to make some great contacts.
  4. Students from all different faculties work together, fostering a creative and innovative environment.
  5. Learn how to determine and sell your personal value proposition – again, a skill that is guaranteed to make you stand out in the ever growing pool of new graduate job seekers.

 

Political Science Courses

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  1. It is important to understand how your country’s political system works.
  2. You will become a more informed and knowledgeable citizen in general.
  3. You will gain a basic understanding of how the world hierarchy and international society works.
  4. You will make an educated decisions and become an informed voter by the time the next election cycle rolls around.
  5. You will gain a basic understanding and new appreciation of how the programs and institutions tax payers fund actually affect our society.

 

Psychology Courses

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  1. Understanding the science behind people’s actions can be leveraged no matter your field of studies/work.
  2. You will better understand yourself and your behaviors.
  3.  You will be able to better gauge peoples’ reactions.
  4. You will be able to better communicate with people – again, a useful asset no matter your industry.
  5. You will be #Woke.

 

Did we miss a. filed that you think should be on this list?