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

Goodmorning Sunshine!

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, increasing student success. 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.

What are you favorite tricks to achieve student success by waking up early? Let us know in the comment section below.

This Week is the Best Time for a New Business Idea

Time to make your money!

Whether you’re a psychology or engineering student, in today’s society, conducting business is an inextricable factor when aiming for success within any industry. Like so many before us, prosperity has been found time and time again among budding young entrepreneurs and inventors alike. In fact, countless world business leaders realize how important it is to inspire young entrepreneurs and have implemented programs to motivate young people to chase their dreams and become the next generation of business leaders.


And yet, there’s never been a better time to be a young entrepreneur. Not only because so much support and resources are available, but some colossal news has just been announced. According to Product Hunt this week only, serial (and Canadian!) entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced the Bored Elon Seed FundFor one week only, all entrepreneurs and inventors have a chance to pitch their ideas to Elon Musk via Twitter, with the top 3 ideas receiving seed funding from the technology mogul himself


So why does this program have us declaring the best week ever to have a business idea? Well, it turns out that the seed funding is quite significantly, 5 million for the top 3 ideas. Better yet, Elon himself is taking 0% equity of the winners’ companies. 0%. This is truly a blessing for anyone hoping to start a company!

What are you waiting for? Brainstorm your best business ideas and pitch it to @elonmusk on Twitter today. This just may be the start of a new career! Let us know what you think about this effort in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

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Read Elon’s full statement here.

5 Things to do in Montreal This Weekend

It’s Friday!

Who doesn’t love a sunny weekend in Montreal? With such a rainy summer, the nice weather absolutely must be leveraged. Whether you’re looking to head out on the town or hang at a beach, we’ve compiled a list of perfect activities to check out this July weekend in the city.


Check out Montreal’s latest ‘gram-able food spot


Les Gourmandises de Peyto just launched the most aesthetic and delicious looking treat in the city! This newly launched Montreal cafe is not only quite charming but houses the city’s first official Doughnut-Smoothie. This is the perfect weekend treat, as it is a slightly healthier version of the popular doughnut-milkshake trend that has taken Instagram by storm.


Brunch on a boat


Do I really need to explain myself on this one – I mean what’s better than brunch? Brunch on a boat! Cruise around Old Port while enjoying afternoon snacks and a little bit of bubbly on Croisiere AML’s brunch cruise!


Hang out at Clocktower Beach


As mentioned, Montreal has definitely not had the warmest or sunniest summer. With nice weather this weekend, take the time to work on your tan or simply enjoy the sunshine at Clocktower Beach. This is one place that has to be visited at least once a summer, so why not this weekend?


Buy a Cactus


There’s a huge cactus and succulent sale this weekend in Montreal! Take this opportunity to add some greenery to your life. Whether you’re a seasoned cactus lover (and there are many in this city) or simply want to expand your horizons,  Electrik Kopper Tattoo’s cactus sale is sure to be a nice outing for a sunny Saturday.


Get your cinema fix at Fantasia International Film Festival


Enjoy Montreal’s native film festival – Fantasia International Film Festival. This festival has gained some serious momentum since its inception in 1996, now being one of the country’s most popular cinematic festivals. Get you cinema critic on and check out one of the movies open to public viewing this weekend.


What will you get up to this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or share your experience by tagging @stcathys on Instagram.





What to Wear Canada Day 2017

What to wear, where.

Canada Day is always a hard event to dress for – whether man or woman, putting together a solid red and white look can prove to be quite challenging. Luckily, we’re here to provide you with some serious outfit inspo for both men and women’s fashion, to have you wearing Canada proud this weekend!


Let’s Start with the Ladies: 5 Great Canada Day Looks for Women


The Minimalist


Pair a red striped shirt with red or white high waisted shorts for a minimalistic yet incredibly stylish look.


The Chic



Catch eyes with your flawless style this Canada Day by using a white or red base with the opposite colour for accessories or tailored pieces. Take it a step further by carefully adding another accent colour to your look such as light blue or black (but beware of tacky-ness).


The Chill

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Heading out for a Canada day BBQ or day at the lake? Try a more casual red and white look, perfect for hanging around outside.


The Classic



Not convinced? Go for the classic all white with red lipstick look! Simple & classy.


Now for the Men: 5 Great Canada Day Looks for Men


The Tailored

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Try a red and white tailored look to really turn heads this weekend. Although slightly more expensive, these staple pieces can easily be mixed into your usual wardrobe as well.


The Chill



Feeling like something more relaxed? Try a casual look with boat shoes and jeans or shorts – pairing red, white, and a little bit of denim to complete your Canada Day look.


The Streestyle



More of a street style type of guy? A red bomber jacket will keep you stylish and in the Canada Day spirit!


Laidback – Classy



Pair your favorite red or white summer pants with the opposite colour top/jacket for a classy yet laid back look this weekend. Perfect for anything from a BBQ to fireworks!


The Classic



Similarily to your female counterparts, if all else fails go for a classic all white look. Guaranteed to kill every single time!


How will you express your personal style in collaboration with your Canadian pride this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your pictures on Instagram using the handle @stcathys.



5 Montreal Shops to Checkout

Shopping time!

As you probably already know, shopping in Montreal is unlike any other. Montreal has countless areas of the city solely dedicated to shopping (St Cat. anyone?). Although many big commercial stores, the city also has an abundance of stand-alone unique boutiques. Whether a street-style guru or all about the preppy style life, there’s a Montreal-only boutique calling your name. Wondering where to find these ~magical~ stores? Check out our list of the city’s top 5 exclusive shops.





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Exclucity unisex boutiques are the city’s best stop for sneaker lovers. Not only do these Montreal store chains carry exclusive shoe models such as Adidas NMD’s and retro Air Jordans, but also home many unique street style-inspired pieces for both genders.


Influence U

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One of the coolest Montreal-exclusive boutiques, Influence U is your one-stop-shop for the coolest duds. From  Y-3 and Moschino to Yeezy and Alexander McQueen, this boutique is home to all of your favorite designer brands.


Boutique 1861


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Boutique 1861 is built for the princess in you! With an abundance of gorgeous pieces and custom-made unique dresses, all of your lace and frilly pieces are awaiting at Boutique 1861. Feeling like something less girly? Try their spin-off store Le Petite Garcon – located two doors down from their Saint Laurent location.




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Find the most exclusive brands at Montreal’s editorial boutique. Conveniently located right beside Peel metro, Editorial houses Fenty x Puma, Fils, Jeffery Campbell and every other brand you’re looking for to be Instagram-ready.


Tea You

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Get your bikini shopping on at Montreal’s Tea You! Known for bathing suits and body-con dresses, this unique brand is sure to help modernize your wardrobe.


We can’t wait to shop, can you? If we missed your favorite Montreal-exclusive boutique, let us know which ones and why you love them in the comment section below!

7 Places You Can Travel From Montreal For Cheap!

No money, no problems. 

Most people want would love to travel around the world if they could. Unfortunately, traveling is an especially expensive activity, which limits many young people. Luckily, there’s tons of cool places around the country and globally that Montrealers can travel to without breaking the bank. From Quebec to Caribean, we’ve compiled a list of 7 flights you can get the last week of August for under $550.


Quebec – Quebec City ($289)

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Experience your host province by traveling to Quebec City – Quebec’s capital city. With tons of heritage and culture in the city, you are sure to feel like you’ve traveled to another country.


New York – New York City ($284)


Take on the city that never sleeps, and travel to NYC this summer. With an inexpensive and short flight, you will have ample time to explore everything New York City has to offer.


Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown ($349)


Take a domestic flight to Charlottetown and learn about an entirely different aspect of Canadian culture. With a heavy Irish-English-Scottish influence, the coastal area is unlike any other.


Puerto Rico – San Juan ($481)

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For just under $500 you can get both a great tan and amazing cultural experience. I mean just look at those beaches!


Mexico – Cancun ($458)


Again with the dreamy beachy vacation, Cancun Mexico is the perfect destination whether you’re into relaxing, partying, or both. As a popular tourist destination, you are sure to find everything you may want while on vacation, and so much more.


Illinois – Chicago ($378)


Bold architecture, a flourishing art scene, and delicious pizza, what’s not to love about Chicago? With a considerably cheap flight, you’re only a few hundred dollars and miles away from a comprehensive American cultural experience.


Bahamas – Nassau ($514)


If you’re looking to really get away for a good vacation, Nassau Bahamas is the place to go! Although just slightly over-budget, this trip is destined to be a unique experience full of beach days (and parties).



We will be taking a trip this summer – which one will you go on? Do you know of any other cheap travel destinations that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comment section below.

Places You Can Study Abroad for FREE!

Pack your bags.

One of the best parts about committing to tertiary education is the fact that ambitious students are exposed to endless opportunities. Whether it be Greek societies, internships abroad, or start-up competitions, countless opportunities are available for seeking students. One especially great program available to students is the exchange program. Students get to study abroad for a semester to a year at amazing educational institutions while having the opportunity to learn about a new culture and language, make great friends, and experience all the perks of living in another country. Most students would undoubtedly be interested in such opportunities – if it wasn’t for the cost burden. Studying abroad can be especially pricey – especially when considering international tuition fees. Luckily, there are schools all over the world right now that offer free tuition (yep, literally FREE TUITION). If you’re not already packing your bags, you will be after reading which amazing countries offer free/very cheap tuition to international students.





Germany has made headlines for being one of the latest countries to adapt a free tuition policy. Not only are German nationals welcome to attend universities all over the country, but fees are also waived for any interested international students.


Nordic Countries: Norway & Iceland, Denmark & Switzerland



The Nordic countries are famous for their spas unique economic development models that focus on increasing social welfare to grow their educated labour force, ultimately resulting in overall economic growth for their economies. With such models and high levels of government expenditure on social programs such as education, it’s no surprise that many Nordic countries offer free tuition. Unfortunately, Denmark and Sweden only extend their education perks to constituents from within the EU, but Norway and Iceland do offer full free tuition for all interested international students.





Another European country that offers ~almost free~ tuition is Austria! International and Austrian-born/EU students share the same education rights – with two free semesters of higher education, paying but approximately $385 USD per semester after that point.



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Although not as universally known as some of the other countries on this list, France also offers university/college educational programs at a very low cost, with some courses being completely free.  In fact, most French and international students can get away with paying from $195 to $1000 USD for an entire year of tertiary education in France.



Which of these great countries would you pack your bags for? From completely free to $1000 tuition, looking into one of these exchange programs can be well worth it for personal, educational, and financial reasons. Did we miss any countries with free or very cheap tuition? Let us know in the comment section below.


Living in that 21st century.

With the need for efficiency in life today, it’s important to know of great tools to facilitate just that. In this list, we’ve incorporated our favorite management and daily efficiency tools for the everyday student:



With Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, Gmail, Hangouts, and so much more, Google platform management has never been so needed! Boomerang is exactly that, it allows for easy management of all your Google platforms.



Social media stars, this one’s for you. With this comprehensive management platform, you can manage multiple profiles, post on multiple platforms, view analytics, schedule posts, and more. This is easily one of the most beneficial social media management platforms used by individuals and business alike.



This application will allow the best possible control of your to-do list.



Quora is the 2016 version of Yahoo Answers- only better. Get reliable answers to all of your questions with the help of this question forum. Although you can’t use it as a source in papers, it is much more accurate and reliable than other question forums such as Mr. Excel, Yahoo, and others.


Kahn Academy

Don’t struggle with integrals (or any other concept) anymore with the awesome teachers at Kahn Academy. From their app to their youtube channel, Kahn Academy teachers will become your charismatic private tutors.



Don’t slack on your storage needs and ensure your documents are accessible from everywhere with Onedrive.



Don’t limit your video projects to IMovie editing when Powtoon is at your fingertips– creating captivating videos has never been so easy. With Powtoon you can create masterpiece videos without being an editing pro.



Your slideshows and photo projects have never been so hype. Thinglink allows users to add content to photos, which can be helpful in presentations. An example of this can include adding a video, text, a website link or snippet to a photo of a map, statistics photo, and more.


Poll Everywhere

In a stats or research class that expects the collection of empirical data? This tool allows the creation of questions that can be accessed through any device with response available through text messages.


Study Rails

Procrastination nation- this ones for you. Study Rails is an app that allows you to schedule study time and is embedded with text and push notification when it’s time to study, but more  notably allows you to block out certain sites and apps during scheduled study time.


D’s get degrees, but A’s are much better.



Not caring about your GPA is all fun and games until we realize it actually determines a lot. With a low GPA sports teams, activities, societies, case competitions, associations, exchange programs, and even some jobs may deem you as ineligible. To help ensure your GPA stays sky-high and that you can enjoy your post-secondary experience to the fullest, we have created a list of 10 easy habits to becoming an effective student:



Don’t cram

Because forcing your eyelids open isn’t exactly considered studying.


Plan out your study time

Like budgeting, planning out your study time tends to lead to higher performance among students, this is because designating specific time for each course will not only allow you to build a routine, but also allow for excess course-review time when you’re actually caught up with your studies.


Set Goals

If you set goals in each course or during each study session,  you are sure to pinpoint the important areas of focus and study effectively by setting clear direction instead of spending time on a topic that may or may not be of serious relevance to your course.


Start with the Most Difficult Subject

Since motivation is at it’s all-time highest when you actually begin a task, start with your hardest subject first, that way it only gets easier as the session progresses.


Initiate Group Work

Group work forms a highly effective study session for a few reasons; first off it’s nice to have someone else there in case you don’t understand a concept, you complete assignments more quickly, and as you reiterate or teach lessons to one another, you’re also internalizing the subject matter which ultimately makes for a better understanding and an easier time remembering certain concepts and information.


Organize Yourself

The key to efficiency is organization, and although this may seem like an initially time-consuming, tedious job, after the initial organization having your notes, computer files, assignments, and books organized will aid in maximizing efficiency, having ready access to information, and handing in assignments promptly.


Take Great Notes

Instead of shuffling for course notes right before an exam, take great notes in the first place! This will surely make studying and organization easier due to the accessibility of your course notes, but will also aid in accumulating actual course knowledge as you’ll be rewriting concepts now and at the time of studying.


Don’t Procrastinate

It’s insanely easy to ignore that above mentioned study schedule, but if you do a little bit of studying daily, you’re sure to remember the course better, have an easier time building and connecting subject matters.


Live Healthily

Ok, not to go all elementary school on you, but getting approximately 8 hours of sleep, maintaining a generally healthy diet, and getting some regular exercise, are all immediate factors of  how much brain power, motivation, and stress- relief your body is ready to output, all seriously important components to maximizing efficiency as a student.


Read your Course Outline

I can’t stress this enough!! Not reading your course outline can be detrimental to your grade. Not only are all your important due dates and corresponding grade percentages included, but profs tend to include very important information on these sheets that they may not bother telling you in class, even if you make it to the intro lecture. An example of this may be the amount of classes you can miss without failing or whether or not neglecting to hand just 1 assignment can lead to automatic fail (this is actually a thing!).



We’re all chasing the good life. 

September is quickly approaching, so what better time for a little inspo? The sky’s the limit when you work hard and lead your life with healthy habits- which is why we have created this list of the most common habits among successful people:




Successful businessmen such as Mark Cuban, and Bill Gates, among many other businessmen and women suggest reading for at least an hour daily.  Not only are they focusing constantly learning and improving (instead of who died on Game of Thrones this week), but also allow their reading to be increasingly effective by highlighting relevant information for future application.


Wake Up Early

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Many successful people such as Robert Iger (CEO of Disney), Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), and businessman Kevin O’Leary swear by waking up early. This is because the first half of your day is typically more productive, and your days result in having more time to spend working on your project, passion, or craft.


Get/Stay Active

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Getting active at least once a day is not only good for your body, but as Anna Wintour (Editor in Chief of Vogue) points out, it can also double as a way to clear your mind, and a time for one to indulge in meditation. This can help you develop clearer ideas and goals, one of the foundations of success- in any field. Arnold Schwarzenegger also swears by this.

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Write Down your Goals


Writing has been scientifically proven as the most clear form of communicating a thought- and this is no exceptions when it comes to your personal thoughts. The most effective way to set goals, as noticed by Napolean Hill of Think and Grow Rich and Oprah, is by writing them down- they are not only mentally apparent, but also physically.




The most efficient way to not spend all of your money is to budget. This will allow you to get a solid overview of your monthly spending habits, thus allowing you to create an increasingly better plan on how to save, spend, and invest your money. These are the wise paraphrased words of  financial planner, and founder of the company Financially Wise Women Brittney Castro.


Eat Healthy

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Successful people tend to realize that the food you decide to intake is then fuel, well, fueling your body- the healthier, the better. There are many reasons for this, but a main one being that what you eat truly affects productivity and energy levels, greatly. Healthy food also relates directly to better decision making, less stress, and improved memory capabilities. Just ask Victoria Beckham, the former spice girl and current fashion designer worth over 300 million (and that’s w/o David).


Live Minimally- Say No

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Many successful people are able to say no. Whether it be to negativity, an extra drink/ night out, or on a project that eventually will astray them from their goals- they can say no. This permits them to stay laser focused on their own projects, and permits learning to view essentials over luxuries- and exercise living within their current means. Warren Buffet is especially famous for endorsing both saying no and living within his means as tips for success;

  • “If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.” – Warren Buffett
  • “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”Warren Buffett

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Outsource Your Busy Work

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No we’re not talking about that paper, but what is being said is this: don’t waste your time trying to do something you’re not good at. This may sound harsh, but in reality it just means focus on the areas you excel in, and in your areas of weakness and busy work; outsource. Many successful business people have adapted this method, Peter Drucker being a veteran in outsourcing back in 1989, and today left a legacy as an author, management consultant, and educator- best known today as the Peter F. Drucker School of Management in the U.K..