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Month: January 2016

8 Study Hacks for Exam Season

As exam time is almost upon us, I figure it’s a good time to share some studying tricks that have helped me a lot when trying to focus and study. Hope it helps and good luck on your exams!

1)  Get a tomato

The Pomodoro (tomato in Italian) timer method is one of my favorite ways of managing my time and making sure that I stay on task. It works like this.

pomodoro for studying

First decide what you’re going to be studying. Then set a timer for 25 minutes. During those 25 minutes, the only thing you’re going to be doing is studying. After the timer is done you set a time for 5 minutes and give yourself a break. Repeat for 4 rounds.

At the end of the 4 rounds give yourself a longer break of 10 or 20 minutes and then repeat the whole cycle until you’re done studying.

You can mess around with the times, but at the end of the day using the pomodoro technique is a really good way of managing time and putting breaks into your schedule.

Here’s a site to get you started:, but you can just set the timers on your phone.

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High School is going to fly by: Don’t let it

“What universities does this high school feed into?”

That was the first and only thing that an 8th grader and his parents cared about during my school’s Grade 8 night. For the next five minutes, they peppered me with questions about universities, marks, and whether the teaching style of teachers at this school was any good.

Another 8th grader that I met that night marched right up to me and my friends and asked:

“If I want to go into Big Data analysis, what courses should I be taking in high school?”

That really, really  pissed me off.

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4 Reasons why 40 hours just isn’t enough

I live in Ontario, where high school students have to log at least 40 hours in order to graduate. When I first heard that I was incredibly annoyed. 40 hours? I couldn’t believe that in order to graduate, I would need to waste more than a day of my life at a food bank or something. My goal was to finish my volunteer hours as soon as possible so I could get a job and start making money.

I thought I could live happily ever after. I mean I finished my hours, got a job, and I would never have to waste any of my time again. But one day, I applied for an exec position here at Project 5K, with the full intention of just doing the bare minimum for a nice position on my university applications.

But as it turns out, I would start volunteering more of my time than ever. I’m just a Web Developer, but I soon found myself volunteering more of my time to blog, helping to organize events, and creating volunteer workshops. Along the way, I’ve been having more fun than ever.

But that’s enough about me. I’m here to share 3 reasons why you should volunteer for more than 40 hours. I’m not going to be talking about “helping out the community” today. I promise. I’m sure you’ve heard that one too many times….

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2016: It’s going to be our biggest year yet


Our exec team at #OperationRudolph

Happy new year! It’s officially 2016 and it’s time to start making those New Year’s resolutions. Are you going to be cutting back on the chips? Hitting the gym? Well, I have a great idea, maybe you should try to volunteer more (shameless advertising, I know). Well, let me share what Project 5K’s new year resolution is. Here at Project 5K, we’re aiming to have our biggest year yet. That means more events, more volunteers, and most importantly, more awesomeness.

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