5 Ways to get A’s this Semester

Back to the grind…

Guys, we have some bad news … as you’ve probably noticed, school is about to start back up once again. Instead of crying over the end of everyone’s favorite season and the omnipresent workload, we’ve decided to go into it with a positive frame of mind this year. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 tactics to ensure you get the best grades yet in all of your classes this semester.


Stay Organized

Whether your organizational weapon of choice is a giant calendar, iPhone, or agenda, staying organized is crucial for a successful semester. Not only will you be able to track important dates and schedule studying time, but with a standardized scheduling system, you will have peace of mind due to a direct overview of all of your tasks, commitments, and due dates.


Find your Workflow

One of the hardest parts of getting your semester in order is finding your workflow. From in-lecture reviews, reading, writing assignments, and studying for tests/quizzes/exams, it’s no secret that students are bombarded with work. However, figuring out which ways you work best make tackling this workload a breeze. Map out your workflow, and stick with it! Need some extra guidance? Try using Trello.


Schedule Studying Time

This goes without saying, the more you study, the better you will do on exams and tests. Even if it’s once a week to review the notes you’ve taken and concepts you’ve covered in your lecture, scheduling study time is an inherently critical activity when aiming for high grades. You’ll be thanking yourself when you no longer feel the need to stay up all night, cramming for the next morning’s midterm. No matter how many classes you’re taking on this semester, scheduling study time will help you get that A! Do you prefer studying on-the-go? Check out Cram (thank us later).


Live Healthily

This probably isn’t the first you’re hearing of a healthy lifestyle being relative to good grades. This is because proper sleep and healthy food ensure your brain is in an optimal state to learn and retain information, and your energy levels are where they should be. Nothing’s worse than feeling drained and still having a 3-hour lecture to attend before going home…


Attend your Classes

Ok, this one goes without saying, yet may be the hardest of them all. Attendance and good grades are inextricable from one another. Despite cold wintery mornings, getting out of bed and to class is guaranteed to improve your grades. Feeling like skipping out on some readings? All the more reasons to get your butt to classes! You won’t regret it.


What are your favorite tricks to ensure good grades in your classes? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.


5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day This Weekend!

O’ Canada.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Canada is turning 150 years old this weekend! Celebrations and homages to the Great White North have been in preparation for weeks now; this Saturday marking the nation’s actual birthday. Whether you’re a visiting student, a Canadian national, or busy a tourist, everyone is invited to celebrate Canada day, alike. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great ways to celebrate our amazing country’s birthday this weekend.


Watch the Annual Canada Day Fireworks


Enjoy a classic Canada Day watching fireworks from countless spots in the city. From La Ronde to Lachine Canal and even Clocktower beach, all of your favorite Montreal hangouts will be hosting an amazing fireworks show.


Canada Day Parade


Take part in the festivities by enjoying Montreal’s annual Canada Day parade. Conveniently situated in the downtown core, grab your favorite red and white pieces and show some Canadian pride!


Take a Trip to the Nation’s Capital


Get in on Canada’s premier birthday party in the nation’s capital. Canada day in Ottawa is unlike any other! Grab some friends and head to Parliament Hill to enjoy countless festivities, a free concert featuring Canadian artists, and some awesome parties.


Celebrate in Old Port


The Old Port of Montreal will have tons of activities and festivities set up for Canada day. From a petting zoo and face painting to inflatable games and delicious food, grab your friends and family and celebrate your nation in Old Port!


Check out Montreal Open Air Gallery


Spend the day outside in Montreal’s Gay Village, as it hosts an amazing open air gallery. With countless amazing art pieces and tents to see while walking the streets, this is the perfect excuse to spend your Canada day outside.


What will you do this weekend to celebrate Canada Day in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below.

6 Best Montreal Ice Cream Spots

Get your fix.

Montreal is a city known for its world-class culinary experiences. From seafood to vegan options, food tours of any type are available around the city. For those of us with a slightly sweeter palette, an ice cream tour sounds like something straight out of heaven. When you’re ready to attempt such an ~ambitious~ project, make your way to these Montreal ice cream spots. Oh, and one last thing; beware of brain freeze!


La Diperie

la dip

Start your ice cream tour at Montreal’s most infamous ice cream parlor – La Diperie. With delicious toppings and an Instagram-worthy blue wall, this MTL staple is the perfect stop on any hot sunny day




Transport yourself to Italy with this amazing Montreal gelato spot. From homemade baked goods to various delicious gelato flavours, your tastebuds will be thanking us.


Mlle Catherine


What could taste more like your childhood than ice cream AND Lucky Charms? The answer is nothing. Mlle Catherine offers a cute (and delicious) Lucky Charm ice cream cone, served with their amazing ice cream. Needless to say, this is a great spot to stop for ice cream in Old Montreal.


Kem CoBa

kem coba

With daily changing flavors and delectable soft serve ice cream, Kem Coba is a Montreal ice cream spot you can’t miss.


Ca Lem


If there’s an ice cream spot equally as ‘gram-able as La Diperie,  it would have to be Ca Lem. This ice cream parlour is Montreal’s premier spot to get black ice cream – a trendy treat that’s blown up over the past few summers.


Le Blueboy


Home to the famous Churro sundae, Montreal’s Le Blueboy is no stranger to the trendy ice cream game. Best of all, these delicious treats come with a variety of toppings and melted chocolate.


 From Vivrant to Kem Coba, you have the perfect Montreal ice cream parlor bucket list to get through this summer. Did we miss your favorite Montreal ice cream spot? Let us know in the comment section below.