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Its finals time again….*sigh*

hunger-games-exams-meme-250x250Montreal is getting colder, McLennan is getting fuller, and the energy drink supply on campus is getting lower and lower as we speak, this can only mean one thing: its that time of the year again people…yep, finals are around the corner. This being your first or your last year here at McGill, hopefully I can prevent at least one of you from having a full-on exam stress meltdown (it happens to best of us, trust me).

Believe it or not, sleeping is actually not only for the weak, caffeine is not always the answer to everything, and the right amount of stress can actually help your performance rather than hinder it during exams.


Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.


Do you really want to be successful? There’s only one thing keeping you behind. Procrastination. We’ve all heard it before, hundreds of times but it really is one of the most important things. One thing I learnt from British students at school in Dubai was that many of them started studying from 2 – 3 months before for their GCSE’s. And this was in grade 9 here! Seeing (more…)


It is easy to let assignments, work and life’s general minutia build up behind a dam of procrastination and stress. It seems that for many people like myself, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Try as we may, there are always one or two incomplete items left on the infamous to-do list by the end of the evening. (more…)

Surviving… No. Conquering the Mid-Term Season!

It’s that time of year again.  Second Cup and Timmy’s are making a huge profit from the increase in coffee consumption.  You have to hunt for a spot in the library.  If you’re lucky, your friends wonder if you’re still alive, but most likely, they too have disappeared off the social face of the earth.  It’s beginning to look a lot like mid-term season.

So how do you get through this debacle?  Yes, it’s possible.  Read on to discover some tips that will help you conquer your mid-terms. (more…)

Don’t put off what you put on to go to bed

Stacy Dikareva

It always gets worse before it gets better. This old adage, though I find to be true, has always perplexed me. Why do we frequently wait for things to become overwhelmingly difficult before we start to take action? Of course, certain situations may be completely out of our control; in which case, I simply brace myself, have a little faith (maybe even a little cry) and let the rock bottom hit. But what about the times when we remain stagnant on projects, neglect to address a bad relationship (romantic, professional, or otherwise), let that ankle swell and throb for days before you see a doc, or put off any number of other things that only become increasingly more unpleasant, irritating and potentially more harmful with time. The other phenomenon to accompany this paradox of the human condition is the fact that most frequently, we’re not even
objective enough to see ourselves idling in this state. (more…)

Making Yourself Study

Can't Study (more…)

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Wait, what’s that ahead? Exams.

Stacy Dikareva

Exams are drawing near and you can already smell the contraband bagels and coffee in the Redpath library; smuggled in for that extra kick to push through the next couple hours of studying.  Don’t even pretend like you’ve never done it. Just make sure it’s not carrots you’re sneaking in because no one likes a carrot eater for a study carrel neighbour and you might be chastised for your studying indecency so much so you will become ambivalent to carrots all together. Crunchy foods are off limits in study areas.  I’ve learned my lesson.

It is a universal truth that there is nothing pleasant about exam season. OK, except for the holiday that awaits you, but looming exams have an innate talent for making those holidays look like the lone star in the midnight sky. Thus, it is of utmost importance to prepare yourself both emotionally and physically for the coming weeks of academic turmoil, or as some profs call it ‘your moment to showcase just how much you’ve learned’. I never understood why they so blatantly try to coat their attempt at your academic demise with all those fuzzy words.  But I digress…

Having sat through many exam sessions myself, I have developed a few techniques to help power through those long days of studying and help prevent onset of psychosis (note: my level of sanity is subject to interpretation). In your undergrad career you are bound to experience at least one exam session with exams scheduled so closely together, they could send the Dalai Lama into a tizzy. Fear not, you will get through them.

Here is what has worked for me: (more…)

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