6 #LifeHacks to Ace Midterms

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You begin with a semester and as soon as you are about to get hold of the subjects an alarm starts to buzz in the background intimating about the upcoming midterms!! But didn’t we just start? Is the first question that pops! The exam tremors start creeping up and the hysteria starts to knock the leftover sense. And the brain finally tries to sink in the reality and announces, ‘My dear! There is absolutely no escape. Therefore you better start studying before your student residence becomes a scene from a horror movie!

Midterm fever may try to take you down with all its energy but hey there, we have got you covered! Here is a compilation of some extraordinary guide points to help you get through your midterm examination!

PLAN IT AHEAD

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Don’t get carried away at the thought of Syllabus Sea. It’s alright! Make a schedule and divide the subjects or included topics and plot them against the number of days left. Making a plan will actually regain your confidence that you can still do something about it. The plan needs to be followed religiously. Do NOT just make it and let it sit inside the journal. FOLLOW! Also, your schedule should be three things. Achievable, Realistic and Crisp!

STUDY SMART NOT HARD

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Be smart in a way; that before you stick down to cram up the whole syllabus, it is recommended to gather all the hand-outs and notes taken in the class. Pile these up, and start going through these first. It is very smart to go through all the past tests and assignments to give yourself a fair idea of what your teacher thinks is important from exam point of view. However, this should not be just it; you must go through the other parts as well.

GROUPING

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Must have heard, ‘Two heads are better than one’! Well, you may ask a couple of your classmates to gather in your student residence for giving your study game a raise. This will make you feel felt and you’ll have the confidence of others being in the same boat as you. Make sure the partners that you choose must have the same targets as yours; otherwise, the whole plan can be a fiasco! Grouping can also help you with the missing notes and concepts. So do not hesitate to ask for it!

SAVE THE TIME

image 4 This one is for the people residing in a student residence. Once you start to study, you will realize how tiny things bite off your time. Do NOT skip on your meals for the sake of not wasting your time on cooking. Well, be a little organized and store your groceries ahead of time. Also, cook a few meals and refrigerate. If not this, order readymade meals.


STOMPING ON SLEEP

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This one is strictly prohibited. A fresh brain can perform thrice as better than an insomniac or worn out brain. Try not to drag yourself through the all-nighters. Take at least three to four hours of sleep before appearing for the exam.

CHANGE PLACES

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Change of scenery can help you feel afresh and can affect your retention. Try changing places while prepping. If the grouping worked for you, you may take turns in others’ rooms as well. And if not that, use the library or a nearby coffee shop for the purpose!

 

Keep yourself all collected through the midterm mania. A stitch in time saves nine. Don’t rely on the last minute preparation. Start preparing well ahead to save yourself from distress. Also, this guide works before the eleventh hour as well. We have warned you!

What are your favorite hacks to get through the midterms? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative methods.

6 Ways to Motivate the #StudyGrind

It’s that time of year again! The new school year is begining, and somehow you already feel mentally drained, your motivation has completely disappeared, and you the semester will finish you before you finish it. You’re struggling with the idea of staying driven to the very end of exams. It’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel but with these 6 tricks, your motivation will be back and here to stay until the end of the semester.

1) Give yourself a break

If you’re completely burnt out, it will show in your work. You want to give the best you can possibly give and to do so, you need to be at 100%. Give yourself a break! Take a nap, watch an episode of a television show you enjoy. Remember that it is just a break, so don’t spend the entire day taking a break.

2) Airplane Mode Is Your Best Friend

It is easy to get carried away with social media apps that are available right on your phone. As exciting as it is to view photos of golden retrievers on Instagram, your schoolwork will not get done with your phone sitting on your desk. Put your phone on airplane mode and putit in a drawer. As a way to encourage yourself to get work done, place an hourly timer to use your phone for 15 minutes after every hour as a motivation mechanism!

3) Set All The Goals!

As humans, we love the feeling of accomplishment and encouragement. Think about that feeling of closing all those tabs on your laptop after finishing an assignment. Now, think about the feeling of crossing that assignment off your to-do list. There are very few things that feel as good as this! Set goals, big or small, for yourself to keep yourself motivated and encouraged to keep working.

4) Treat Your Body Like A Temple

As students, we sometimes forget that broccoli is important. Some might have not seen a piece of broccoli since they’ve started university. It is difficult to meal prep and make meals that are healthy, however, it is not hard to at least try and eat a little better. Cut back on the endless instant noodles and feed yourself some brain food so that you’re awake while you’re studying. The more energy you have, the more you will get done and feel accomplished!

5) Change Up Your Study Style

Studying can be quite boring especially if you have been studying the exact same way for as long as you can remember. Get out of your comfort zone and try group studying. It will encourage you to meet some of your classmates and will potentially benefit you as it will be numerous brains studying together as opposed to just one.

6) Don’t Over Do It

The brain can stay focused for about five to six hours. The minute you stop retaining information is the minute you should take a break. You will be wasting your own time trying to stay focused and will only result in frustration from the lack of retaining. Keep your motivation and encouragement by not overdoing it! Try to change it up with some physical activity before getting back to your studies.

What are your favorite ways to motivate yourself? Let us know in the comment section below.

7 Signs your Roommate is your Best Friend

Roommates that are absolutely wonderful are hard to come by. I am grateful enough to have found a roommate that is quite literally my other half. My roommate is not someone I had known before we moved in. In fact, we barely knew each other before we moved in. I met him once and decided that he was going to be my roommate. It was the best decision I have ever made because my roommate has become one of my best friends and one of the better stories to my university experience. Here are seven signs that you also have a roommate that is amazing.

1) Free Therapy Service

Sometimes life gets tough. Exam season is coming, the boy you’re into won’t text you back and you have three dollars in your bank account. Thankfully, your roommate is stuck with you and has no choice but to listen to you complain.

2) They Feed You

Whether it is the leftover poutine from a night out or warm nachos, they will always offer you food. If you are as lucky as me, sometimes they will even go out of their way and make you food. Just like your grandma, they will make sure you are fully fed and happy knowing you would do the same for them in a heartbeat.

3) They Don’t Judge You For Your Quarter Life Crisis

A roommate will look past the fact that you haven’t washed your hair in about a week and won’t judge you for never wearing pants around the house. They won’t even judge the fact that you definitely do not have your life together. Instead, they’ll provide love, unconditional support and maybe kindly gift you some shampoo and conditioner.

4) My Closet + Their Closet = Our Closet

I may not have had the luxury of sharing cute dresses because my roommate was a male, but I still managed to get a pair of Minion pajama pants and a pretty sick Levi’s shirt. Your roommate will become a savior when it comes to clothes especially when we’re all too broke to buy anything new.

5) Separation Anxiety

With such busy class and work schedules, it is sometimes impossible to see your roommate. It is perfectly fine to miss them because you hate being apart even if it is only for about half an hour. When you both are not together, you end up texting, Snapchatting and tagging each other in memes to remind them that you’re thinking about them.

6) They’re Mr. Clean

Cleaning is usually the most common argument between roommates, however, your roommate likes the home just as clean as you do. They leave rooms semi presentable, they take out the trash, and they clean up after themselves. Bonus points if you don’t even need to ask them! This is all clear signs that you are truly blessed with a good roommate.

7) You Wouldn’t Want To Change Roommates

Your roommate may irritate you sometimes, but realistically, there is no one else who would deal with your nonsense. They’re the person you will share everything with while transitioning in and out of university and there is no one else you would rather share the experience with.

What do you love about your roommate? Have you become best friends with your roommate at St Cathy’s Montreal Student Residence? Let us know in the comment section below!

5 Things to Do This Holiday Season in Montreal

‘Tis the Season

The holiday spirit is officially in the air in Montreal! With the end of finals nearing, free time will soon become abundant. With that in mind, there are a few signature activities that absolutely must be packed into your time off this year, ensuring you get to experience the best of Montreal holiday affairs. Below, we recount our favorite winter-based activities that are this season’s Montreal must-sees.

Atwater Market

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Atwater Market, a Montreal staple, is being transformed into the official Montreal Christmas village complete with holiday goods for purchase, free activities for adults and kids alike, a fire for roasting marshmallows, and charming chalet-style kiosks. This is one market you won’t want to miss!

Verdun Holiday Lights

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Check out the way in which the town of Verdun has lit up the popular Wellington Street for on any gorgeous winter evening outing. This site is truly magical, but remember to dress warmly as this is an outdoor

Skating in Old Port

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Old Montreal is just as charming in the winter as it is in the summer! Embody your winter holiday spirit by skating with your bestie and/or loved ones of any ages on the beautiful Old Port skating rink. Once again, be sure to bundle up for warmth throughout this activity (and take a #instapic of the gorgeous ferris wheel).

Montreal’s Christmas Tree

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Check out the city’s official Christmas tree to get yourself and friends in the holiday spirit. This tree, although on the tall and skinny side of things, is a balsam fir – a tree that originated in Quebec. How special!

See the Nutcracker

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Feeling like something more original? Check out the Nutcracker at Place des Arts. This is sure to be an enjoyable evening full of culture and class!

What are you waiting for! Finals are over and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Share your experience with us via Instagram.

 

You’ll Never Guess What Drake is Pouring Money Into Now

Straight out the 6.

World renowned Candian rapper Drake is about as familiar with investing in projects and partnering with companies as he is with promoting his home base, Toronto (#sixvibes). From the Sher club and Virgina Brand Whiskey to investing in tech start ups and acting as a brand ambassador for the Raptors, Drake has embarked on countless business ventures while building his brand. But you’ll never guess what his latest LA-based project is…

Drake’s latest thing is literally paying for giant billboards all over LA. What do these billboards say you may wonder? Well, they’re promoting Canada’s ability to get along wih one another – how relevant. Although these billboards are actually an ad campaign to promote his latest OVO merch, kudos to Drake for showing his Canadian pride (and maybe inspiring some envy among our southern neighbours).

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These billboards have caused a slight bit of controversy for LA residents and Americans in general – from capitalizing on tragedy as a promotion tool to the word Canada not being capitalized, these signs seem to be making people mad. That being said, we love them! What do you think about Drake’s latest ad campaign? Let us know what you think in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

You Need to Check out These Websites Right Now!

Ah, the internet.

Who doesn’t love wasting countless hours surfing the web? Okay, so maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. Either way, cool new websites are always launching yet often missed by internet-lovers due to the abundance of content on the internet. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our top 3 cool sites that you may be missing, but are seriously worth checking out!

 

Girlboss.com

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Created by the amazing Sophia Amoruso – CEO/founder of everyone’s favorite clothing site Nastygal, GirlBoss.com is the perfect spot to read thought-provoking articles on just about anything! From health to beauty and business, this site is the ideal answer for anyone looking to get productive and interesting insights while simultaneously wasting time on the internet (it’s called multitasking, duh!). 

 

Producthunt.com

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Another great site for those interested in business, Product Hunt is keeping you updated on the latest products and news in an inherently entertaining fashion. A personal favourite, this website is worth checking out whether

 

Iwastesomuchtime.com

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This website says it all directly in the name – it is your hub to waste so much time. From hilarious videos to thought-provoking infographics, you will be hooked from the first page on.

 

Which websites do you visit to get caught in the spiral of the internet? Let us know in the comment section below or tag @stcathys on social media.

 

 

Will you Spot This Celeb in Montreal This Weekend?

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Who doesn’t love a good celeb sighting? Luckily, as Montreal is home to countless world-renowned festivals and events, as well many popular filming locations, celebrities frequent the city more often than not. From Cara Delevingne to Margot Robbie, Osheaga weekend brings in the A-list celebs like none other.

 

Although we’re sure there will be countless A and B listers making their way to the city for the next few days, there is one A lister who has officially landed in Montreal – her first stop? Roller Derby of course. Read below to find out which celeb you can spot over the weekend in Montreal. Any guesses?

 

Jennifer Lawrence!

Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Rumor has it that everyone’s favorite actress, Jennifer Lawrence is hanging out around Montreal this weekend. J-Law is gracing the city with her presence to film an X Men once again. Keep your eyes peeled for this blonde bombshell! She is joining the rest of the cast, including Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Tye Sheridan and Nicholas Hoult. So if you’re a cinema (or X-Men) lover, make sure to be on high alert – you just may be able to meet some of the stars.

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Will you try to spot the X-men crew this weekend? Share your experience in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

5 Montreal Restaurants You Need to Try This Summer!

We hope you’re hungry.

Montreal is a city known for its culinary experiences. With many renowned chefs, diverse environments and sly city ambiances, there’s a new restaurant worth visiting for every day of the summer. In an effort to avoid compiling a list with over 100 restaurants, we’ve decided to pick our top 6 – one for each remaining weekend of the summer. Join us, on this culinary tour of Montreal-based restaurants.

 

Bevo

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A personal favorite, Bevo in Old Montreal is the perfect evening stop. With amazing pizza and Italian-inspired food, gluten free options, and a large (and delicious) drink menu, you won’t regret hitting this spot up.

 

Terasse Nelligan

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This Montreal hot spot knows how to serve a great dish. If you’re into seafood or finger foods, definitely check out Terasse Nelligan in Old Port. To top it off, they have an amazing brunch, make your own mimosa kits (for only $40!), and one of the best views in the city.

 

Augusto Al Gusto
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This Verdun-based latin restaurant is seriously a hidden gem. Augusto Al Gusto not only knows how to serve an unbeatable meal with huge portions, but the ambiance is quiet and charming, making it the perfect place to grab a bite with your special someone. A word to the wise – you’re best to try this place on an empty stomach.

 

Jardin Nelson

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Feeling like a livelier setting? Downtown’s Jardin Nelson has you covered. Dine on this garden-inspire terasse, with live music and one of Montreal’s best Sangrias!

 

Warehouse

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Nothing beats a five dollar meal on Montreal’s lively Crescent Street. Warehouse Montreal is one of the most delicious stops for hungry individuals on a budget. With each meal costing but $5 and a vibrant atmosphere, this spot is sure to house the best deal (and meal) in the city.

 

Accords

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What’s better than a gorgeous environment, and a selection of wines paired with Quebec-sourced dishes? Well, nothing – and Bistro Accords knows that. This scenic bistro is the perfect restaurant to hit any time of the day!

 

 

We’ve worked up an appetite just making this list! Did we miss your favorite Montreal restaurant? Let us know in the comment section below.

6 Reasons to Check Out Montreal’s La Ronde

You won’t regret this one.

With so many events to check out in the city throughout the summer, it can be hard to narrow down which ones are really worth doing on your days off. From brunch spots to concerts, the city is home to a plethora of daily and weekly activities. Today, we want to talk about one stop that simply can’t be missed. Montreal’s La Ronde is the city’s premier amusement park. Located at Parc Jean Drapeau, the Six Flags amusement park houses countless roller coasters and rides, sure to offer a thrilling experience. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons you need to spend a day at Montreal’s La Ronde.

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  1. There are over 40 rides and attractions specifically designed for your enjoyment!
  2. The park is offering an amazing sale! Tickets are only $40 for a limited time – a deal you surely won’t get again this summer.
  3. They just launched a new ride called “The Titan” that looks absolutely amazing (check it out for yourself below).
  4. The International Fireworks competition is going on at the parc. This is clearly the perfect way to finish off a day of thrilling adventures at the amusement park.
  5.  There is some seriously good food (and drinks).
  6. It’s a great excuse to try something new!

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Will you head out to La Ronde this summer? We sure will! Share your experience in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

Buy tickets here.

 

It’s Official, This is The Best Way to Get Around Montreal!

Never walking again!

Guys, there’s big news in the world of transportation in Montreal this week. As any true Montreal student knows, Bixis are the best. Whether you grab a bike to head to school, get to a friend’s house, or to explore your city, the convenience of Bixi stations all around the city is invaluable. The only unpleasant part of Bixi’s price system is the $100 deposit fee and the fact that a credit card is required to go through with the bike rental. Unfortunately, these requirements have stopped countless tentative Bixi renters, time and time again.

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Luckily, that’s all about to change. This week a joint effort between Bixi and STM was announced. In simpler words, Montreal transportation and Bixi have teamed up to offer a deal for all Montrealers. Now, with the ownership of an OPUS card, any individual is free to rent a Bixi directly from their card! Not only will this increase accessibility for all users, but it means a fundamental switch in their price model. For instance, when renting a Bixi with your Opus card;

  • No more Credit Cards!
  • No $100 Deposit!
  • No Wait times!

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not (thank god). In fact, getting access to the 540 participating Bixi stations is as simple as registering your Opus card on the Bixi site. Register and ride!

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Will you be renting a Bixi bike with your Opus card? We definitely will be. Share your experience with us in the comment section below.