AddictionMental & Emotional Health
December 8, 2017

The dangers of Ritalin if you don’t have ADHD

Campus life can be crazy and rewarding all at once. Hopping between classes, social events, new relationships and extracurricular activities can take its toll by the time exams roll around. You’re stretched thin, and the pressure to perform can be unbearable. This can be dangerous territory if you start scouting around for illicit substances to give your performance a boost. The dark side of study drugs So-called “study drugs” are common at universities, with students misguidedly assuming they’re the best options for mental focus during crunch time.  Ritalin is one such culprit. This medication is normally prescribed for Attention Deficit…
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Healthy LifestyleStudy
July 22, 2017

How holidays can make you smarter

There isn’t much debate about whether leaving lectures behind for a few weeks and heading out on holiday feels good. But did you know that this kind of disruption to your regular schedule can change your brain for the better? It’s true! By constantly living under pressure to problem-solve and plan, your ability to think creatively and strategically starts to dwindle. What’s more, continuous “term time” set off reactions in your body, such as stress, fatigue and negative mood, and they drain focus, strength, and emotional resources. Naturally, these need to be refueled, otherwise it becomes harder to stay on-task,…
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July 21, 2017

Skipping lectures? This is what you’re missing out on!

You know you shouldn’t skip your lectures, but you do anyway. You’re your own boss now, so what’s the problem? Life’s too short to spend in boring lectures, and besides, you’ll catch up. Even though you may think it’s not affecting you, in the long run, it is. When you miss class, it takes more time to learn what you missed than it would have taken if you went to class in the first place. You’re actually creating more work and unnecessary stress for yourself. On top of that, you probably won’t learn the work as well. What the research…
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September 28, 2016

Last-minute cramming? Here’s how to do it well!

All students have one problem in common: they never have enough study time. Learn how to use the time you do have more efficiently. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
August 18, 2016

Sleep your way to higher marks

Exams, exams! Time for writing them is getting closer and you need to prepare. Reading, studying and tutorials all play a major part in getting test-ready, but there’s one secret weapon you may be missing: sleep. (more…)
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Healthy LifestyleStudy
March 14, 2016

Here’s why these study tips WORK!

“Re-write all of your tips.” “Highlight important sections in your text book.” “Make acronyms so you’ll remember them.” Parents, teachers and your friends will give you lots of studying advice. They all sound like they should work, but do they really? Here are some tips that are scientifically proven to help you remember what you’ve studied. (more…)
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February 11, 2016

How to become a morning person

“I will make my early lectures this week”, repeat x 3. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Early mornings can be tough. Here are a few tips to make sure you never miss an early morning lecture again: (more…)
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Brain and Nervous System
July 23, 2015

Brain fitness: Stay sharp, stay young!

Your brain is quite literally the powerhouse that controls your body, and your genes, lifestyle and habits all affect how healthy and effective it is. Hello Doctor spoke to psychologist Mitzi Hollander, who’s involved in brain training theories and practises, about ways you can help prevent mental deterioration, and how you can improve and boost mental fitness. (more…)
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Healthy LifestyleStudy
January 27, 2015

Your guide to your varsity career

Have you been accepted to university? Congratulations! You’ve probably heard this often, but these are will truly be some of the best years of your life. However, it’s a massive step up from high school (in all aspects!) and we’re here to help you as you embark on your new journey. (more…)
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Child DevelopmentParenting
January 6, 2015

Starting big school!

Is your little one starting school this year? Meeting the teachers, making new friends and learning all sorts of new things makes going to school such a great time for children. We bet they're already excited to go! In a few years they will be dreading it, but that's another topic. Although starting school is a happy time, it's important for you and your child to go over a few simple rules to help them cope and adjust to school-life. Here's a handy infographic that will help: (more…)
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