Improve your memory and ready for the exams!

Hello everyone, final exams are coming and are you ready?

It is very important to adjust your body and brain to the best condition to do well for the exams, let’s look at some tips:

1. Walk Before An Exam

It’s been proven that exercise can boost your memory and brain power. Research conducted by Dr. Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois provides evidence that about 20 minutes exercise before an exam can improve performance.

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2. Speak Out Loud Instead of Simply Reading

You will be surprised how much more you can remember when you’ve said it out loud. Warning: Don’t try this in a crowded library!

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3. Draw Diagrams

Drawing diagrams will help you to visualise information which would be hard to describe. This creates a visual memory in your mind which can be recalled in an exam.

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4. Times New Roman is the Fastest Font to Read

There’s a reason why Times New Roman is the default font on most applications!

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5. Take Regular Study Breaks

When your brain is working, you need to take regular study breaks to help your brain absorb more information but also to keep you motivated and focused when you are working. Anything new after 1 hour 30 minutes does not get assimilated.

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6. Listen to the Correct Type of Music

Classical music is peaceful and harmonious making it one of the best options to listen to when studying.

It seems that there is evidence that Mozart improves mental performance. They call it the “Mozart Effect.”

Listen to sounds of nature such as rain, waves, jungles or animals while studying. While this is not exactly music it is relaxing and you will feel like you’re in another world.

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For more tips to improve memory, please check here

For more tips to choose the right music, please check here

Good luck everyone!

Glassdoor- Another excellent job searching tool

Hello everyone! I believe some of you are still looking for a job for this summer or next academic year. After introducing the perfect job searching tool “TalentEgg”, there is another one I want to share with you today. It is called Glassdoor.

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Do you know what is special about Glassdoor? Glassdoor is your free inside look at jobs and companies. Salary details, company reviews and interview questions – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. You can have an idea of: -What are some of the best jobs if you are looking for work-life balance

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-Some internship and entry level opportunities for students

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-Some top companies rated by culture and value

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-What are the best places to work You can also: -Search for millions of job listings -See real employee salaries -Read reviews from employees Try now to find out more opportunities! Good luck in your job search :)

Staying Motivated!

Hi Everyone!

This week, all my professors have reminded me that we have hit the final 3 weeks of classes. Wait, what? THE FINAL 3 WEEKS OF CLASSES? Already?? How did this happen?!

For those students who are not graduating, it may just be another exam period coming that will lead into another great summer!

For those students who are graduating, it may be your final exam period coming that will lead into the exciting world of employment after graduation!

Either way, we all struggle with motivation the last few weeks of a semester. For me, the later we get into March…and the closer we get into final exams….the less motivation I have.

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Question: Do you struggle with motivation the closer we get to the final exam period?

If you are reading this and shaking your head yes to the above question, keep reading! **and if you are not shaking your head yes, keep reading anyways – because this blog will be awesome :)

When it comes to motivation, you want to ask yourself “do I really want to let myself down”. You have come so far with your school work, and worked so hard that you do not want motivation to get the best of you and make you throw it all away with some bad marks. Keep telling yourself over and over, I can do this…I can do this. Understand that if you push yourself now, it will pay off in the future. My parents always told me growing up, “Katie, hard work pays off”. Now I completely understand where they were coming from!

An important step to keeping your motivation strong is surrounding yourself with other motivated students. When I am losing motivation to study, I always turn to friends who can study with me and encourage me to succeed. You receive energy from those around you! Find a friend/classmate that will feed positive energy your way!

Don’t let failure get the best of you. If you received a mark during midterms that was not your best, brush it off! Focus on your successes, not failures. Tell yourself, no one is perfect and we all struggle at times. Move on from lower marks and focus on higher marks for the next exam.

A final important step to keeping your motivation is knowing it is ok to take breaks! You cannot study 24/7. You need sleep, food etc. etc. Take breaks every now and then to move away from academics and give your brain a rest. Participate in activities that make you happy, whether that is attending a workout class or watching your favourite show on Netflix. We all know what works best for us.

By using the above tips, you can fight your battle with motivation as this semester comes to a close. I want to wish everyone the best luck on final midterms/projects and then final exams!

We can succeed!!

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Happy studying,

Kaitlin

What to do with a nutrition degree other than RD – part 8

Hello everyone!

If you are in Food and Nutrition and are not sure what career is waiting for you after graduation, and the dietetic internship isn’t for you, continue reading! (If you want to do the internship still continue reading because this may interest you too!) As promised, I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

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This weeks job posting is in regards to regulatory affairs. It is very important for new products to be released and abide to regulations that are established in Canada. In the nutrition program, we learn how important it is for products to follow standards not only for them to be nutritional but also for the safety and fairness of the buyers.

Here is an example of a job in the GTA in regulatory affairs that requires a Nutrition degree! This would be a great experience to increase your research and development skills as well as critical thinking.

Remember to be bold and apply to jobs even if you don’t meet every criteria, you may be the most qualified applicant. And you know what you can bring to a work force, make sure the employer gets to hear what you have to say! :)

Summer job hunting season has arrived! check out this previous post for more tips!

Have a good week!

-One Brescia girl to another*

Student Life at Main

As another day pass, I quickly realized that I’m done school in a month and a bit. Some days I feel like a first year who just walked through the doors at Brescia. So time is ticking and I must finish off my bucket list!

I have created a bucket list for my university undergrad and there’s some student events I haven’t been to yet.

Did you know that the Spoke has events every night to entertain at the pub?

First years, if you haven’t met Rick McGhie, I hope you do! He’s a Western classic who plays acoustic covers like Hotel California or some popular pop music.

Since the sun is out and the beautiful is coming to play soon check out the beautiful patios and students events coming up on Main!

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Monday – Monday Night Sports Night to watch the game of any sport

Tuesday: Live Band Rockaoke at 9 pm. Get out and sing along!

Wednesday: Rick McGhie

Thursday: Thursday Trivia Night at 9 pm. Compete and have fun

Friday/Sat/Sun Coffee House Night programming from student groups!

If you have been to the spokes, what is favourite bagel? Comment Below!

If you haven’t been, please go walk down the hill and try a spinach mushroom bagel!

Cheers,

Carmen

Build Up Your Network!

Hello everyone! Hope you all enjoyed this nice weather today.

Networking is an important component during your career development process, but many people didn’t notice the real value of it. Networking doesn’t equal to job offer, however, networking= ongoing relationship + valuable advices + self-confidence accumulation.

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More than 70% of the job opportunities won’t be posted online; networking will help you find the rest!

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Building network really takes time and effort but is extremely valuable. You should participate in as many networking events as possible. Meeting people with different experiences and stories can help you explore your own career pathways and options. Finding commonalities can help get your conversation started.

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At a networking event, don’t be afraid to close a conversation and meet new people. Get his/her contact information or business card and follow-up with them within a day or two. Include something in your message that you spoke about to refresh their memory and include a question that encourages further conversation. The most valuable thing about building your network is building relationships; be willing to help others and be open to what your new contact has to offer.

Now that you know all about the importance of networking, do you know where to start?

YES! There is a Student 2 Business Networking Conference, on Wednesday  March 11, 2015 from 3:00pm – 8:00 pm. It is $10 for student.

If you want more information, click: http://www.ledc.com/s2b

Job searching? Here’s an Eggxcellent tip ;)

Hello!

Are you having troubles job searching or are not sure where else to look?? Well here’s another place to check out !

TalentEgg is a blog geared for students and new graduates who are job searching early in their career. You can look at different provinces, industries and sectors as well as even specific cities!

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Add this to your job searching toolkit!

Remember you can’t only job search on your computer, physically visiting places and booking informational interviews are also great ways to grow your network and possibilities. Social networking is important but don’t forget to put yourself out there and attend physical networking events as well! :)

TalentEgg is also hosting a Campus Recruitment and Excellence Awards and Conference in Toronto on May 14th. Click to learn more.

Good luck in your job search! :D

-One Brescia girl to another*

What to do with a nutrition degree other than RD – part 7

Brrrrr!!

Hello everyone, I hope you are staying warm in this not so warm February!

If you are in Food and Nutrition and are not sure what career is waiting for you after graduation, and the dietetic internship isn’t for you, continue reading! (If you want to do the internship still continue reading because this may interest you too!) As promised, I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

So since its been so frigid I’ve decided to take this weeks post on an international adventure! If you love traveling and learning about new cultures then this may a perfect career opportunity for you!

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So how do you feel about England? Well here is a very interesting job that may be just right for you! Check it out. :) This may lead you to your next adventure!

Remember the big picture, and imagine what sort of experience this could bring you! Challenge your adventurous side and continue to learn in every opportunity! :)

If you need to tweak your resume before sending it out for permanent jobs or summer jobs, visit us at the SLC during Resume & Cover Letter Drop in hours. Visit our website for more details.

See you soon!

-One Brescia girl to another*

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Team Winnipeg

Welcome everyone after a week without school! And welcome back to those who went away for a little while.

For my reading week, I spent it with a team of girls from main campus who were ready to be the change. I had the great pleasure to be able to be a participant of Western Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

What is ASB?

ASB is an opportunity for students to spend their reading week on a service trip to learn more about their community and about their world. Its an opportunity for students to challenge their way of thinking, perspectives about different issues and to learn more about themselves. This year, ASB opened up this opportunity to the affiliated and I’m glad to be able to represent Brescia!

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Team Winnipeg and our Siloam Leaders For more read: http://www.asb.uwo.ca/programgoals.cfm

When I told people I was going to Winnipeg in one of the coldest months, I had few people laugh at me or ask why would I go to the coldest city out of all provinces? I didn’t choose my destination based on the beautiful sun and hot weather. Instead I chose it depending on the programs and what we will be doing. Team Winnipeg had the opportunity to understand what  homelessness and food security is.

I stayed at Siloam Mission, one of the biggest shelters across Canada, that clothes, feeds and loves those who are less fortunate. Siloam Mission is committed to serve in the inner city of Winnipeg every single day. My team had the opportunity to serve in the soup kitchen, art room, clothing store and donations department. One of the coolest things about Siloam Mission is how much they depend on donations and volunteerism.

Every single day at the soup kitchen we delivered 800 plates to the patrons (homeless) a day. AND the best part is that all food is donated!

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Winnipeg has one of the largest Indgineous Community in Canada. I had the opportunity to celebrate the culture during my stay!

That very moment, I had the opportunity to witness what a community is. A community comes together in unity to serve and help those who are in need. I hope as many of us are well -educated we can live in community and unity. Then we will truly experience what it means to have a family in the place we live.

Every single day that I was there, I was challenged about the way I thought about homelessness and poverty. I was pushed to see things in different perspectives that eventually resulted in compassion. Each person that walks through the doors of Siloam is just like you and me. A person who deserves that respect and compassion from all.

No one deserves to be seen as trash nor deserves to be deprived of their basic needs. Yesterday night, I read about 2013 stats about homelessness in winter and 37 people like me and you froze to death in Toronto. No one deserves to live life alone.

My biggest tip to any of the years below me or my fellow peers is to use all the opportunities Western and Brescia can offer you. You’ll be amazed how much support you can get. You just have to look for it.

I really appreciated the opportunity for this trip because it gave me a broader view of what I can do with my Community Development Degree at Brescia. And one thing I got out of the trip is that I want to be a humanitarian. I want to use the blessings and power I have to advocate for those who don’t have their basic needs.  Then we start to be change in the world.

It starts from you.

Cheers,

Carmen

 

Alternative Spring Break: Team Winnipeg

Hi All!

This week I’m going to share about my service trip in Winnipeg where I had the opportunity to learn about homelessness and food security.

Here is an introductory video of where I served! Siloam Mission

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This video will change your perception of those experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg. It’s a brutal experience – mentally and physically – and the treatment they receive in the community isn’t always favourable. But homelessness isn’t permanent. For many of our clients, there is life after the streets. In fact, some even work here.