10 Life Hack All Students Need to Know

Make this lifestyle a little bit better.

From an abundance of papers to general living difficulties, it can get pretty hard to adjust to living on your own after living all these years in a well-equipped household. Starting university life can be so exciting yet equally challenging. Even the tiniest of things could become so bothersome that you end up resenting the independent life. Struggles to maintain a good work-life balance is a tedious task on its own. Moreover, running a house for oneself in a tiny space takes a lot of patience and hit-trial experimentation to get tasks done.

It is the same with everyone and you are not alone in this. We have got ten amazing life hacks that can make your life super simple. SO take a deep breath and start on.

 

Create more space in your cupboard

We all know how cramped up the dorm closet hanging spaces are. And with all those piles of clothing that you bring to university to play dress to impress; small spaces can really become a headache! However, we have got a super sustainable solution to it. So the next time you drink a soda don’t throw the can tabs. Use can tab to make double hanging space.

 

Get hold of the pen thieves

The most easily lost stationary item is the pen. And almost everyone gets confused with their own and end up owning others. Here is simple hack; switch the cartridges. Get a pack of red and blue ones and switch their cartridges to escape the confusion in future. People will think twice to attempt a robbery on your pen treasure!   

 

Deep Sleeper Alert

It is really hard to get up on time when your parents have been your alarm clock through the past eighteen years. So the next time you set your alarm on the phone, place the phone inside a glass. It will give it a surround boost and makes sure that your dorm partner also wakes up with you!

 

 

Chilling a beer real quick

If your beer had to stay out because of inadequate space in the fridge, and you want a cold one real bad, that too in a few minutes. Wrap a damp paper around it and place it in the fridge for a while. It will be chilled in no time. You may Thank us later, after having your cool!

 

Tangled Cables

All the cables popping up through one night stand can get really messy and tangled! Use paper clips to sort the cables out. You won’t get confused!

 

Less time for prepping?

If you are short on time to know about a certain topic, Google the topic name and ppt along with it. It will give you available power point presentations on the topic which are easier to skim.

 

Make Google Docs your best friend!

Do your assignments on Google docs rather than relying on any other source in order not to lose your work. It easier, it’s secure and it’s shareable!

 

The first draft must be handwritten

Go old school and jot down the first draft of your assignment. It will help you remain focused on the topic.

 

Take breaks during assignments

Taking a break during assignments can refresh your mind and increase your productivity.

 

Slip a cutting board on a drawer

To make room at your pantry counter, slip a board on the drawer and cut your veggies conveniently!

 

All these hacks have been tried and tested and not a mere Google search. You must try these to make your life streamlined.

Do you have a life hack better than this, that works out wonders for you? Leave it in the comment section or tag us at @stcathys.

Ways To Get Through This ~Crazy~ Montreal Snowstorm

Snow in April? Yeah, that sounds about right.

It is widely and rightly said that you can’t ever control the weather. All thanks to the evolved technology and advanced meteorological systems, that at least now we are intimated well in time for the upcoming weather situations. Being on the North, the temperatures in Montreal are always extreme. The temperature in winters generally goes down till -30 Celsius, and that’s an absolutely freeze anything around. Snowstorms in Montreal are really crazy. They can come on quickly, switch direction without notice and build up intensity within no time.
So if you are residing in Montreal, be ready to witness an extreme situation and prepare yourself in advance for few things to get through crazy Montreal snowstorm, because “WINTER IS COMING!”

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Be Prepared

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Check all your water pipes. Below 7 Celsius the pipes tend to get frozen. Check if any of those need extra foam insulation. Once the temperature begins to drop, let your faucets drip so that the water keeps running through the pipes. Charge your cell phones and power banks. And use phones on low power mode just in case of power failure you have enough battery to make emergency calls. Bank on extra cells and batteries for the same reason.

 

Stock Up on Comfort Food

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As soon as the news of a snowstorm will hit the news the store aisles will become crowded. It is very important that you stock up your house with an ample amount of groceries. Check for weather reports for almost how long the storm will last and shop accordingly. The grocery items must include dry grocery as well as a lot of water supply. It is smart to make a list so you don’t run out of anything in your pantry. If you have a pet, make sure you shop for their commodities in advance. Include a few canned items, in case there is a power or gas outage you still have something readymade to eat.

 

Stay Indoors

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It is very much advisable to stay indoors during severe snowstorms in Montreal because you wouldn’t want to face the deadly consequences. Since the visibility goes down to zero there are chances of meeting fatal accidents. Also, the roads might be blocked, to keep you indoors. Even if there is a need to go out, keep yourself warm. Dress up in loose, layered clothing. Lose clothing will keep the blood circulation efficient, increasing warmth. Mittens are better than gloves as the fingers stay close enough to be warm

 

Learn the Signs of Hypothermia

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Hypothermia is a condition where your body fails to produce an ample amount of heat to keep it warm. The body tends to dissipate more heat than it absorbs. It starts with shivering and may lead to high blood pressure due to the contraction of blood vessels. A person may feel out of breath and find it hard to make any decisions. Loss of control over bladder is also one of the symptoms.

 

Stay Hydrated

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Drink lots of water. The more hydrated you will be, the warmer you will stay. Once you get dehydrated there are more chances of catching frostbite and hypothermia. The low temperature during a snowstorm in Montreal tends to freeze around everything. Loss of water in the body cells will freeze them in a shorter span, hence causing frostbite.  A hydrated cell, on the other hand, will keep itself warmer. Consult a doctor to thaw. If it is impossible to reach to a doctor place your hands in warm water. It will be painful but will work for a while.

Keep Yourself Busy

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Find yourself interesting board games or cards to keep your mind off these dire circumstances. Enjoy your indoor time, stay warm and eat lots.

 

The snowstorm in Montreal can really take a toll on you, but if you will keep yourself ready, it will not bother you much and you may end up enjoying your indoor off time. Give time to yourself, read, pamper yourself, munch and Netflix it away. Do you have something more to add to it? How do you spend your indoor time in Montreal during snowstorms?

Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative endeavors Instagram at @scathys. 

Need to write an A-List paper? Here’s How!

Let’s get busy!

Where being a university student brings you a lot of perks of independence, there, the first jolt that you get is when you are asked to write a paper.  Most of the students, tend to put off the hard task on the fact that since they can’t produce a good one. Suddenly, the days go by and often you end up submitting a ~somewhat plagiarized~ or third-grade paper when they fall short on time. This ultimately leads to bad grades and, and as we all know too well, papers usually make up a large portion of students grades. Here are few tricks to guide you through writing your paper so you don’t have to toss out plagiarized version a night before.

 

KNOW WHAT YOUR PROFESSOR WANTS

Before you begin writing a paper it’s very important to know what your professor wants. Go through the assignment you are provided with. It’s more effective to do it that very day when it handed over. Generally, teachers tend to give a rubric containing eminent things that they will be looking for while grading. If you haven’t gotten one, do not hesitate to ask for one. It will be completely unfair to assess students without letting them know what is expected of them. Once you make a rubric, you need to be clear how will you end the paper. Craft the paper in the same manner. Read the assignment critically to analyze what it asks of you. Write anchor sentences in the rubric as a reminder to stay on the track while writing the paper.

ORGANIZE YOUR PAPER

Sit down! Yes, that’s the foremost thing you ought to do. You might have come across a few tasks which are only hindered because of not getting time to sit down. It is said 90% of the tasks are considered done the moment you sit down for them. Specify yourself a time slot in your daily routine for the paper. It’s important that your targets are realistic and are being met each day. This will give you a feel of accomplishment. Commit yourself to the process and do a bit of it every day. Remind yourself that this little bit is an important addition to your overall career.

COMING UP WITH IDEAS OF PAPER

Once you have achieved the first two steps, now is the time to open your thinking bag and get to work. Gazillions of ideas come floating in through a small window and are hard to interpret. A lot of people recommend free writing. Freewriting helps you make records that can be used in the future as key points. Free writing generally seems vague and disorienting in later stages. Mapping, on the other hand, is quite useful. Map your thoughts in an organized manner like a flow chart. This will pop guiding questions for your research and will clearly demonstrate how your ideas are linked. This technique is super beneficial for writing long research papers.

 

THESIS STATEMENT

Create an excellent topic overview upon which the paper is based. The topic should be generic. After this narrow down to construct the specifics of your paper. Present at least three solutions to the problem you presented in the overview. And then at the end, trim it down to the best of three and make connections with the most appropriate one.

EDIT THE PAPER

After finishing it still won’t let you go this easy. Revise your paper thoroughly. Ask a good study partner to do this favor for you. Edit the mistakes and apply proper formatting techniques. Review it again and at the end give it a read for the last pass. Once you are done with these three steps refer to the rubric, and honestly review if you filled the requirements?

 

After finishing these tasks off print it and hand the devil off. It’s very unlikely that you don’t get a good grade unless there are some major errors involved! There is still a tip to it. Start working on it the day you get it. It won’t take your grade records down.

Any brilliant addition to the list? Do share with us in the comment section or tag us on instagram at @scathys. 

7 Tricks for Students to Relax and Treat Yourself

It’s time to treat yourself! Honestly, you deserve it. You’ve had a long week of work or an exhausting couple of days at school. You need to relax. It could only be Tuesday and you’re over the week. That is definitely okay! Focusing on yourself and providing the care your body needs is nothing to be ashamed of. Take the day for yourself and recuperate. Here are some tips to have the ultimate relaxation day.

1) Beauty Sleep
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Before your big day of relaxing, you need to get a good night’s sleep before the big day.If you’re deciding the night before that you’re going to have a relaxation day, get a good night’s sleep. You want to wake up feeling rejuvenated. If you start your day off tired, the rest of the day will feel pointless. Get the full eight-hour sleep you’ve been craving so badly. You’ll instantly love yourself a little more in the morning.

2) Relax and Unplug From Social Media

Although this might sound like the last thing you want to do, you will not regret it. I promise you at the end of the day you’ll feel more at peace knowing you spent the day just thinking about yourself. Realistically, you’re just going to sit on your phone creeping through Instagram to see what your ex-boyfriend is doing. It’s not worth it! Unplug from social media and give yourself the attention that you deserve.

3) New Sheets = New Me
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The feeling of crawling into your bed at the end of the day to freshly washed sheets is indescribable. Throw your sheets in the wash or replace them with brand new ones. Your relaxation day doesn’t need to end the minute you get into bed. If you have problems with breakouts, changing your pillow cases and sheets regularly can help prevent them. Treat yourself by sleeping in some nice sheets!

4) Bubble Baths
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Light yourself a nice teak-wood mahogany candle and get some calming music to feel relaxed. Bubble baths are so soothing and will instantly make you feel at peace. Don’t have a bathtub? Hot showers are just as relaxing. Get your shower playlist ready and go live your best life in the bathroom.

5) Food, Lots of Food.
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Today is your day. If you feel like going all out for breakfast, do it. However, if you’d rather take yourself out to brunch, go right ahead. You deserve to be well fed and happy. You don’t want to ruin your day by being hangry so treat yourself to your favourite meal or dessert!

6) Art
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Whatever popped into your head when you read “art,” do exactly that. If that means you want to draw, grab a sketchbook and a pencil. If you want to paint a canvas, go grab your paint brushes. Expressing yourself through art allows you to relax and show what you’ve been feeling lately in a creative form. Take the time during your day to express your thoughts and emotions.

7) Dress For Yourself

Self-care days are what you make of them. Dressing for yourself in the morning is important! If you feel like going all out with a full face of makeup because you have the time, you can. If you would prefer to be in sweatpants, hair tied, chilling’ with no makeup on, I don’t think Drake would oppose! Overall, this day is all about you so dress the way you want.

With these tips, you’ll be on the road to relaxation in no time! Remember that self-care is important and it is okay to take the time you need to get back on track. Treat yourself, you deserve it.

What are your favorite self-care tips for an especially stressful time? Let us know in the comment section below.

7 Stress Free Living Space Ideas

With midterms quickly approaching, and finals just around the corner, it can feel difficult to de-stress. School is the last place you’ll find relaxing because just like you, everyone else is having a life crisis. When you go home, whether that is to your Montreal student residence, off-campus student house, or residence dorm, you should be at a relaxed state of mind. Here are some ways to make your living space feel stress free!

1) Smells Like My Home
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Nothing says home than a calm, fresh scent. Lavender is known to create calming atmospheres and soothe anxieties! Because it is so common, you won’t have any trouble finding lavender products or essential oils. If you live in a dorm room and your roommate is against this, try dropping a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or drinking lavender tea! You’ll feel at peace and definitely will have a better sleep.

2) Cool Colours Are Cool
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To make a room feel calm, try to add cooler hues in your decor. Any shade of grey, blue, green, or purple will instantly change the atmosphere of any room. That doesn’t mean you have to go and paint your walls, but try and change your bedding. Add wall art or temporary wallpaper with these colours. For an especially cool look, add blue lights to your Montreal student residence room. You’ll instantly feel more relaxed entering a room with cooler hues!

3) Lose Track Of Time

Honestly, what is the point of your wall clock anymore? It literally sits there and ticks away causing you stress that you don’t need while relaxing. Donate your wall clocks. You have your phone to tell you the time. Decrease the anxiety ticking in your room and get rid of the clock!

4) Love > Stress
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Whether it is a Montreal student residence room or an entire apartment, fill your space with love! Have cute knick-knacks and photos of fun memories all around. You can even get digital photos developed for your wall at Staples. If you’re living in an apartment, especially, REMOVE YOUR BILLS FROM YOUR FRIDGE. The refrigerator is where you find love and leftover pizza, don’t ruin that with your Hydro bill staring you down.

5) Let There Be Light!
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Natural light will instantly boost your mood and health. Push your curtains to the side and let in that natural light. You won’t regret it especially on a wonderful sunny day. The natural light will adjust the feel and the appearance of the room! If you are living at St Cathy’s Montreal Student Residence, spend some time on the 7th-floor lounge with panoramic windows and the rooftop terrace, both exposing you to tons of sun and natural light.

6) Clean, Clean, Clean!

Nothing makes your life feel more stressful than coming home to a disastrous mess. Try to keep your living space tidy. Make your bed in the morning and put your laundry away. When you come home, you should feel like there is nothing you need to get done but to relax!

7) Stress Free Plant Parent
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Bring plant friends into your home! Plants not only make for great decor, but they will benefit your stressful life also. Indoor plants will re-oxygenate the air of your apartment or dorm room. Nothing will make you happier when your plant babies start to grow also!

These tips to help you create a calming atmosphere in your home will be sure to do the job. With final exams coming shortly, make sure to take care of yourself first and then kill it this semester. Be sure to get plenty of rest and try to separate your school life and personal life when you are at home.

What are your favourite ways to manage stress? Let us know in the comment section below.

How to Live Your Best (Academic) Life for the Rest of the Semester

You’re in the middle of the semester. Government funding and time are running out before quickly before the stress of final exams kicks 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
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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
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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?

9 Reasons to Love Living Alone During University

Everyone decides to live alone for many different reasons. You’ve either officially given up on roommates or trying to take control on this “adulting” thing. Living alone is a big step and definitely a commitment as you’re stuck alone for at least a year if you’re signing a lease. Not to worry! Here are some of the reasons why you will love living alone.

1) Cooking 24/7
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Cooking with roommates can be chaotic. Who knew all your roommates could be hungry at the exact same time as you? Cooking in an empty kitchen is so wonderful. You have all the available pots, pans and ingredients. There is also no passive aggressive arguments over washing your dishes 0.3 seconds after using them.

2) All The Storage Space
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Living alone is so ideal when you own way too many things. All the storage space is yours! You can store away all those suitcases and endless textbooks properly without feeling like you’re taking up way too much space. At our Montreal student residence, you can have all the closet space you need, without being forced to share!

3) Living In Ice, Ice, Baby
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Do you like your apartment so cold you could freeze? Well, now you can do that! There’s no one to argue with you about the temperature of the apartment. So turn that thermostat off and get yourself tons of blankets so you can be a life-size burrito!

4) Your Space, Your Rules

Because you’re living alone, there’s no need to worry about the status of shared living spaces within your dorm or apartment. It’s your space, you can do whatever you please. If you like your home so clean you don’t know what dust is, by all means. If you prefer to live in a mess, you’re more than welcome to also.

5) Judgement Free Zone

One of the best things about living alone is the fact that no one can judge you. If you’re having a bad day, go ahead and eat two full boxes of Girl Guide cookies. There is no one around to judge your lifestyle and behaviours. There are absolutely no limitations. Live your best life!

6) No Distractions
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This is such a positive to living alone! When you are swamped with school or work, you need the silence and the lack of distractions. Living alone gives you this because there is no one around you. If it is hard to appreciate this sometimes, just think of how your roommates were before one of your midterms. You’re lucky you’re living alone.

7) FREEDOM

You can do anything you want. Whenever. Wherever. You need to do laundry? Go ahead! Feel like taking a bath? Same, but you don’t have to wait for anyone to be done in the bathroom. You have the luxury of using everything in your home at your own convenience.

8) To Party, Or To Not Party?

Having guests over can be painful sometimes with roommates. Fortunately for you, when living in a Montreal student residence, having people over is something only you have to decide. You can have guests over all the time, or not at all because it is completely up to you. So if you want to throw a huge party, you can most definitely do that. If you would prefer to sit in front of your television all night, you most certainly can.

9) Independent Skills
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It is true. Living alone can suck because you’re only relying on yourself. However, you’re learning so much about yourself by living alone! You learn about the ways you deal with problems, and the way you react to being alone. Not only you, but people around you will be impressed by your independence!

Living alone will definitely have its ups and downs, but you will end up loving it. It is a learning opportunity and a huge step that many people will take. Don’t let the fear of living alone scare you away, it’s an adventure, so get excited!

Furniture/Decorations Ideas That Are Affordable For a Student Residence

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
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This option is super simple. Your cost of rent will be a little higher because the entire apartment is furnished unless of course, you join us at St Cathy’s Montreal Student Residence with furnished apartments at the fraction of a studio apartment price. Nonetheless, furnished accommodations are 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 the stress of furnishing a home. Furnished apartments are definitely super fun but take into consideration your budget for rent. Click here to learn more.

2) Multi-Purpose Furniture
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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
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Specifically, in the summer, seek out city-wide garage sales! Not only are they fun, but you will definitely find lots of furniture and decorations 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
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It may feel sketchy or unsafe sometimes to purchase furniture, appliances, or decorations off of someone online, but Kijiji is by far the safest out of all. Use the search engine to narrow down the type of items 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 items that you may need in your Montreal student residence room, such as an ironing board or a kettle. 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
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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. If you are staying in a Montreal student residence, this can be a great chance to spice up your room with some art and decorations.

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 smaller appliances such as toasters for cheaper!

Moving into a university off-campus Montreal student residence 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 room that you’ll be proud of.

5 Productivity Tools Every Student Needs!

Get on track!

Naturally, during the busy school year, it’s easy to push things off until a calmer time rolls around. With midterms coming quickly, take this opportunity to organize important parts of your life that may get neglected as your time becomes increasingly occupied. From your health to financial management, check out these 5 great tools that will help you be your best self! Achieving your goals has never been easier.

FitnessPal
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Track your steps, exercise and eating habits with this goal-centric fitness mobile application. With a simplified experience that involves searching or scanning your food items and exercise, Fitnesspal is easily the best app to stay on top of your health!

Mint: Money Manager
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Save for your future house, retirement, or even just that clothing item you’ve been dying for with Mint Money Manager. There’s no better way to achieve your financial goals than beginning to track your finances and spending.

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Track your to-do’s, commitments, and goals, by using the new application Trello. This app is perfect to map out your schedule or track your workflow, no matter where you are in life; school, work, or aspiring to/running your own venture, among others. Best of all with mobile, tablet, desktop and Mac applications, this platform is always accessible.

Last Pass
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Okay, this one isn’t exactly free – but is sure to free up space in your mind! Last Pass is a mobile and desktop application that controls all of your passwords, automatically inputting them for each platform you choose to use. This way, logging in is as simple as the click of a button, while simultaneously only requiring you to remember one password.

Cram
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Cram is hands down the best study tool available today! This web/mobile application allows you to create countless flashcards for different subjects, that are shared between your web account and mobile application. This way, you can study on-the-go, while enjoying easy creation through their web-based platform.

Did we miss your favorite productivity app? If you have any awesome life hacks or tools to help with productivity, that we’ve failed to mention, educate us in the comment section below!

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
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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.

2. Blueberries
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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.

3. Blackberries
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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.

4. Oily Fish
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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.

5. Dark Chocolate
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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.

6. Broccoli
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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.

7. Green Tea
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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 long periods of time. Green tea also reduces stress, allowing students 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.

8. Dark Leafy Greens
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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.

9. Eggs
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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.

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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