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Study Tips — That Really Work!

August 24, 2019 by Horizon Residence  

Sick of getting study advice that fails? If you're dreading test and exam preparation and are struggling to get the marks you want, the problem could be in your approach to studying. Whereas common study tactics are helpful for some people, they may not do you any good.

What you need are methods that are scientifically proven to work! Let's take a look:

Test Yourself

There’s a reason flashcards are so popular — they work! Flashcards provide you with a quick and easy way to test yourself on facts that you know will be in exams. Find questions at the end of books to use on your flashcards or write down key information as you look over the material you covered in class. This technique is also great for studying as a group.

Spread Out Your Studying

You’ve probably heard that it’s a bad idea to cram, but maybe you continue to do it anyway. What you need to realize is that it’s impossible to retain a large amount of information the night before your exam. Never feel guilty about taking short, regular breaks — these are necessary. If you try to take in too much at once, you will just end up forgetting what you previously learned.

In the event that you do have a lot to learn and only a small amount of time, switch back and forth from one subject to another. Provided that the two subjects are quite different, you will have a better chance of remembering more of the information.

Care About the Information

It’s difficult to remember something if it has no importance to you. Simply needing to know the facts for an exam won’t cut it — you need a reason to care. Think about how the information relates to other things you’ve learned or even why it’s necessary for your long-term career goals. At a minimum, make up a story about the facts. This will help them stick in your head.

Find a Great Place to Study

Living on campus can make it hard to study; you’re always surrounded by distractions. Even if your friends know to leave you alone, your roommate may want to socialize.

You have two options: you can go somewhere else whenever you want to study or you can move off campus. The first choice can get old pretty quickly and there will be limits as to when you can study, because the library or your favourite coffee shop won't always be open. Moving off campus is a far better option. With your own room in an apartment or suite, you will have the peace and quiet you need to focus.

Pretend You’re Taking an Exam

Once you have a place to study, pretend you are taking an exam. This means using your desk, not your bed, and getting dressed rather than staying in pajamas. Emulating the feel of an exam room while you study should help you recall information when you are actually in the exam.

Another option is to combine studying with moderate exercise to increase your heart rate — after all, your heart will likely be beating a little faster in the exam! You can do this by taking your flashcards to the gym and using a stationary bike.

Stop Highlighting and Rereading

Techniques like highlighting, underlining, and rereading materials can be mindless. There’s no way to ensure that you are actually absorbing the information. Stop using those techniques and stick to tactics that actually work.

If you decide that living on campus is interfering with your studies, it may be time to look for quality, student-focused furnished apartments for rent in Edmonton. Students love Horizon Residence! It’s in a great location, it’s affordable, and you will share a suite with other students who have similar interests and lifestyles. Plus, if you prefer to study in a place other than your private bedroom, you can head to the onsite study lounge, which is a great place for studying with others.

A Guide for Student Renters

June 15, 2019 by Horizon Residence  

Making the right decisions when it comes to student rentals can have a big impact on your quality of life. Unlike living in University of Alberta student housing, you’ll need to consider aspects like the condition of the apartment, the terms of the lease, and even who you live with. However, this will definitely be worthwhile, as you’ll have more freedom and space. By drawing up a plan before you start searching, you can ensure that your home life is comfortable and problem free.

  1. Create a Budget

Decide how much you can afford before you plan any apartment visits. That way, you can rule out anything that is too expensive. Calculate your budget for rent by taking into account how much you’ll receive in income each month and subtracting a portion for food, transportation, and entertainment. If utilities are not included in the cost of rent, add this expense to your calculation.

  1. Choose Your Roommates Wisely

Closest friends don’t necessarily make for the best roommates. It is more important that you find people who are looking in the same price range and who have a similar lifestyle to you. Consider if you can trust potential roommates to stick to the terms in your contact, make their rent payments, and only invite over guests you are happy to have in your home.

  1. Consider the Location

Ideally, you want to live walking distance from campus, but this may not be possible if you’re on a tight budget. If you have a car, consider if there is adequate parking. If you want to rely on public transportation, check if the buses run frequently. If you’d prefer to use a bike, think about where you would store it.

  1. Be Aware of Scams

Anything that seems too good to be true probably is. Common scams include asking for payment when you’ve only seen pictures of the apartment, a high upfront security deposit, and excuses from the landlord about why you are unable to see the place. If something feels wrong, stop engaging with the landlord and look elsewhere.

You can avoid all the above issues by choosing off-campus student housing in Edmonton. Students can find a home at The Horizon. You’ll be able to choose the size of suite according to your budget and either share with a few friends or take advantage of the roommate matching service. Best of all, you’ll be just minutes away from Grant MacEwan University and NorQuest College.

Tips for Living with People You Don’t Know

May 11, 2019 by Horizon Residence  

One of the toughest things about being a college student is that you need to live with people you don’t know. This is true whether you live on campus or opt for a room in an apartment rental Edmonton residents are friendly enough people, but you’ll make the transition even easier if you have a plan in place to avoid disagreements.

1. Meet Each Other Before You Move In

If possible, find out who you are going to be sharing with before you move in and take the time to meet your roommate. If you are unable to meet in person, at least communicate online. This will give you the chance to discuss any ground rules you want to set, determine how you’ll share common areas, and even find out what you have in common.

2. Spend Time Together

It is surprisingly easy to live with someone and never spend any time together. Put in the effort to socialize with your new roommate, whether in the apartment or out. If you’re going to meet a group of friends or attend an event, why not invite your roommate to come along?

3. Go Extra Lengths to Be Respectful

You may not mind a little mess, but it could be frustrating for your roommate. Make sure that you always clean up after you cook a meal or take a shower and avoid leaving your personal belongings anywhere outside of your bedroom.

4. Follow the Rules

If you know that your roommate likes something done a certain way, try hard to follow the rules. This can be as simple as making sure you wear headphones when watching TV or listening to music on a study night. Not only will this help you avoid conflict, your roommate will also be more likely to abide by your wishes.

5. At the Very Least, Coexist

You may quickly realize that you and your roommate were never destined to be friends. This is not a problem. As long as you are able to live in the same space without bothering each other, it’s a success.

Some people are much easier to live with than others. Unfortunately, you have little chance to pick the right people when searching for rooms for rent Edmonton students are in luck. You can live at The Horizon. You’ll be paired with other students who have similar personalities to you, which will make settling into your new home a breeze.