10 Tips to Help Prepare for Finals (In GIFs)

1. Avoid Stressed Out People

Did you know that stress is contagious? While you’re trying to cram the whole semester’s curriculum into your brain the last thing you need is someone else stressing you out more than you already are “Omg how do you do this? Wait do you think this will be on the test? I am sooo not ready, let’s just dropout”. Don’t let their stress add to yours, if you know you can’t study with that person just tell them no and study by yourself.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

This one’s obvious but we’re all guilty of it, thinking we have more time to study then we actually do so we leave all of our studying to the last minute. Leaving the studying to the last minute causes unnecessary stress and cramming that doesn’t always result in the best grades. Look at your exam schedule and plan out which days you should study for each exam. Leave some additional time for extra challenges you face while studying.

3. Chew gum

Various studies have shown that chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain which can help with concentration, alertness and memory. Try chewing gum while you study and during the exam. Just try not to be that annoying kid that loudly chews their gum like a cow.

4. Study by Yourself, Then Meet With Partners

Take the time to study by yourself first, put all your focus and concentration on the subject your studying and along the way write down a list of things you don’t understand. Once you’ve accomplished all that you can by yourself meet up with some friends who are studying for the same exam. See if they can explain to you what you’re struggling with and vice versa. Teaching someone else the course material is a proven way to solidify what you’ve already studied.

5. The 50-10 Rule

It’s unrealistic to say you’re going to study for 4 straight hours with your focus entirely on studying. Your brain needs a break and you get anxious not knowing what’s going on in the world of Social Media. The technique is to give a 100% of your focus on studying for 50 minutes then take 10 minutes to do whatever you want (most likely check ever single social media platform that exists).  After the 10 minutes, go back to studying and set the alarm on your phone for another 50 minutes.

6. Get Your Sleep

This is a pretty common tip but it’s so essential that it had to be a part of the list. This goes hand in hand with procrastinating, if you leave all your studying to the last minute, chances are you’re going to pull some sort of all nighter where you get close to no sleep and go into the exam feeling like a zombie. A lack of sleep has been linked to impaired cognitive performance and greater sensitivity to stress. Ideally try to get 8 hours of sleep the night before an exam.

7. Listen to Classical Music

Yes, I know you want to listen to the new T-Swift album (that includes you boys) but you can’t actually focus on studying when you’re dancing and singing out every lyric to the song. Classical music has been said to be the best thing to listen to while studying because it’s peaceful and harmonious. Studies have shown that listening to Mozart can actually improve mental performance; it’s called the “Mozart Effect”. Here’s a 6-hour playlist of his music, DON’T QUIT STUDYING TILL YOU’VE LISTENED TO THE ENTIRE THING (including your 10 minute breaks!). Whatever you listen to, try to find something that doesn’t have lyrics (this does not include intense EDM bro, save that for after the finals) and ensure the volume is at a low to moderate level. Music can motivate you and keep you calm but it is not for everyone so try it out and see if it’s right for you.

8. Relieve Your Stress

It’s inevitable that you’re going to stress out but luckily there are numerous ways for you to relieve your stress such as working out, lighting some candles, or getting a massage. One of my favorite techniques is simply by having a good laugh. Laughing helps release stress, so the next time you take a break, go to YouTube or watch a funny sitcom (only one episode though, DO NOT binge watch a season on Netflix).  The list is endless but you know better than anyone how to get rid of your stress, the important thing is you’re getting rid of it so you can calm down, get back to studying and write that test with confidence.

9. Do the Practice Questions

This one is dependent on the type of test you’re studying for. Students often focus all of their time writing notes and going through the textbook but don’t take the time to do the practice questions. Practice questions are often quite different than the theory of the textbook and will be a lot more similar to what will be tested on the actual exam. If your teacher gives you any practice material at all make sure you complete all the questions. Your exam is almost guaranteed to have questions that will be quite similar.

10. Study in the Right Environment

Be honest with yourself, are you really going to get a lot of studying done if you meet up with 4 of your friends? You know yourself better than anyone else, so decide where you can focus the best – is it at home by a big window with a lot of natural light or is it at the library far away from your family and TV? One day maybe study at home and the next at a coffee shop. Research has suggested that switching locations help us retain information. That’s because every time we move, it forces the brain to form new associations with the same material, making it a stronger memory. Wherever you study make sure it’s in a non cluttered environment where you feel comfortable.

When it comes time to write the exam, don’t panic, just know that you’ve done all that you can and write the test with confidence. It’s just another exam and when you’re done, you’ll be that much closer to finishing school for good.


RCKTSHP $1000 Scholarship Winner

After reviewing all the amazing applications from all of you, we’ve selected the winner of the RCKTSHP $1000 Scholarship.

Congratulations to student Julia Mogus of Ontario!

Julia and her sister Emma are the co-founders of Books With No Bounds, an organization that is devoted to bringing books to improve literacy among youth living in remote communities!  They have sent over 68,000 books!

Julia Mogus of Books With No Bounds

Julia Mogus of Books With No Bounds

Books With No Bounds is currently running the #WeAreCanadian literacy campaign, with Off The Record host Michael Landsberg & Stephanie Zubčić PhD from #ChildrenReadingForChildren.


The Giving Back Scholarship for $500


RCKTSHP’s latest scholarship is now available and entry is easy:  We want to hear how you are giving back this holiday season.

To apply visit: http://rcktshp.com/giving-back-500-scholarship/

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.

Good luck to everyone on your projects and finals,

Happy Holidays!


The $500 Giving Back Scholarship

Despite the high cost of education and often taking on loans to pay for school, students are often the most generous in giving back during the holiday season.  We have 5 great examples of students across Canada who demonstrate what it means to give back.

To help recognize students helping in their communities, RCKTSHP is awarding a $500 scholarship to one student who can tell us what they’re doing to give back.

Entering is easy:  Complete the application form at the bottom of this page.


1. Collect food for the food bank

Students at Laurentian University have taken time out of their busy schedules to run their own food drives “Cans for Christmas”. All together they’ve raised $400 worth of non-perishable food items for the Sudbury Food Bank. They’ve also managed to gather assorted clothing and toys to donate to other charities.

Photo by Heidi Ulrichsen

2. Adopt a Family

A grade 5/6 class in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan initiated their own recycling program earlier this year. The class has collected mounds of bottles that they’ve been keeping in a shed at the school and are now ready to cash in. The class is planning on taking the money earned from the bottles and adopting a family this Christmas through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program.

photo by Mickey Djuric

3. Create a friendly competition

The faculty of business is competing with the faculty of Continuing Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta to see who can raise the most socks for Inn From the Cold, before Christmas! A friendly competition is a great way to raise the stakes and make giving back fun and competitive.


4. Host someone who can’t be with their Family

Around the holiday’s a lot of people can’t travel home to see their family or just simply do not have a family. A program setup by the International Student Advising Program at Memorial University, in St. John, Newfoundland connects international students with family’s who want to host the students for Christmas dinner. McGill also has a similar program where students can spend the night or just stay for a meal with their host family. Sharing some hospitality this holiday is a great way to give back to your community.

5. Donate to a Charity that’s close to your heart

Ashley King went legally blind at the age of 19 when she accidently consumed methanol-laced drinks in Bali, Indonesia. Three years later she decided to pursue a degree in journalism. This past September she setup a crowdfunding campaign on RCKTSHP and ended up exceeding her goal of $8000 almost reaching $9500. She decided it was only right that she gave the extra $1465 to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, an organization that has been there for her through difficult times. Read the full story here.

Ashley CNIB











Now it’s your turn! Entering The Giving Back Scholarship for $500 is simple. Here’s a reminder on what you need to do:

1. Subscribe to the RCKTSHP emails, which feature new scholarships, internships, student opportunities and updates.

2. Tell us in just a few sentences what you’re doing these holidays to give back.

3. Share this article on either Facebook or Twitter and tag to include @RCKTSHP so we know you’ve posted it!

Application form directly below.



Any person who is 16 years of age and older at time of entry, who is a Canadian Resident or International student studying in Canada, on the Contest Closing Date and who is enrolled or will be enrolled in a Canadian High School, or Canadian publicly funded University or College for the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 school year, excluding any schools located in the province of Quebec.

View our Full Scholarship Terms



Top Earning Degrees in Canada

As students approach high school graduation, they are faced with several big decisions that will ultimately impact and inform the rest of their life. The first decision relates to the pursuit of a post-secondary education. The continuing rise in the cost of Canadian university tuition is matched by a rise in the number of students wondering if a sizeable student loan, and the loss of four years of fulltime income, is worth the return of getting further education.

The high school graduates who choose to pursue a post-secondary education are faced with the daunting decision of choosing a degree to pursue. In the past, there was a lack of solid evidence as to the degrees that reap the best return on educational investment. This is no longer the case.

Stats Canada released a study this week that followed 15,166 Canadians over a 20-year period. The study looked at employment earnings from college and university graduates from 1991 to 2010. The not-so-surprising top earning degrees included Engineering, Business, Health, Math and Science. What was surprising was the large discrepancy between the employment earnings of men and women. The report shows that men made a cumulative average of $544,700, or 36%, more than women with the same Bachelor degree over the 20-year period of the study. Whether or not maternity leave was incorporated into these numbers was not indicated in the study, but even after factoring that in, the discrepancy remains.

Top Earning Degrees in Canada

The study re-enforces the stigma that degree holders make significantly more than comparable high school graduates. The report found males who hold Bachelor degrees earned on average 1.7 times more than high school graduates from 1991-2010. The benefit of an education is even greater for females, where Bachelor degree holders earned more than double (2.1 times) those with only a high school degree.

Top Earning Degrees in Canada

Is this true in your experience?  Comment and let us know what you studied and if you were able to find work in your field of study.

To view the full report click here.


Posted on November 2, 2014 By RCKTSHP With 2 comments

This weekend: Startup Weekend EDU, Oct 17-19th in Calgary

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Ever wondered what it takes to bring an idea from concept to reality?

Startup Weekend EDU is happening this weekend!

Oct 17-19, 2014 – SAIT Campus

We all have great ideas that could, would, and should change the world. So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to try your hand in a low-risk environment collaborating with like-minded individuals over an adrenaline-filled weekend of ideation and action, then this is the challenge for you!

StartupWeekend.org has hosted over 1500 events in 726 locations around the world and now we’re bringing the excitement of an EDU event to Calgary! Tickets are on sale now, and are limited to 100 spaces.

This event is your chance to experience a weekend of entrepreneurial innovation as you develop and pitch ideas (you don’t have to have one to attend), form teams, design and build prototypes, and present to a panel of judges in a single weekend. You’ll receive coaching from experienced designers, business mentors, and industry professionals, and you can win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level. No experience is necessary–just bring your enthusiasm and energy!

Purchase your tickets and learn more at: http://www.up.co/communities/canada/calgary/startup-weekend/4292

Email hello@rcktshp.com for 2 free tickets! 

What’s in it for you?

  • Kick-off speaker Rami Ghanem, a grade 11 entrepreneur and winner of the 2013 Dragon’s Den Future Dragon Fund, which included a visit to his school by Kevin O’Leary. Rami is the founder of Curato Technologies.
  • Lauren Voisin is a 9-year old youth with a big idea. She has been working for two years on a prototype for low-cost robotics kits targeted at kids in grades 1-5. She is seeking partners who can help her bring her idea to market.
  • Hands-on mentorship from some of the top innovation experts across the startup space, including a 90-min concept validation workshop facilitated by Dylan Roth, Director of Innovation at ATB Financial’s Emerge Group, and Justin Wilcox, Founder of CustomerDevLabs.com based in San Francisco.

Prizes include:

  • Calgary NEXT pre-accelerator program developed by UP Global, TechStars, and Google for Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • Preflight 1: Customer Validation workshop sponsored by AcceleratorYYC.
  • Tickets to Startup Calgary’s 5th Annual Launch Party in November, sponsored by Startup Calgary
  • Tickets to a National Teens Learning Code Day workshop, sponsored by Chic Geek.
  • Swag for all participants sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs, MindFuel, and more.

Select your focus:

  • Youth Track – bringing youth entrepreneurs in grades 9-12 together to develop ideas for tech, products, and services with the support of experienced entrepreneurs. Email us to inquire about a limited number of free Youth tickets donated by our generous sponsors.
  • Edu Track – bringing entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and educators together to pitch and develop education-related ideas.

Questions? Please contact calgary@startupweekend.org. Hope to see you there!


Posted on October 14, 2014 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

‘My parents still have no idea': What you really spent your money on in university

Fifty-five percent of students admit in a recent RBC poll that they hide information from mom and dad about all that money they are spending. We asked a few of them to come clean on how they really spent money in university whether it was funds from loans, savings, earnings or mom and dad. I got…

'My parents still have no idea': What you really spent your money on in university


John Oliver On Student Debt


In the US, student debt now exceeds $1 trillion of non-dischargeable debt that will follow students for the rest of their lives. Non-dischargeable debt is the kind that cannot be addressed thru declaring bankruptcy.  Student debt has tripled in the past decade. As Oliver points out, it is incredibly troubling as people want to continue their education, but the cost of taking on a student loan has become too high.


Student from South-Korea crowd-funds his education

September 2nd, 2014

James Suh is a 4th year Biological Sciences student at the University of Calgary. James immigrated to Canada when he was 6 years old from South Korea. James entered his post-secondary education, sure of the value of education, but unsure of what he wanted to personally achieve. He struggled to find fulfilment in his studies, however in his third year of university, that all changed.

In third year of university, James began opening himself up to new people and experiences, including acting as President for the U of C Student Club, The Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists & Engineers. James had previously volunteered with his church and through his church and his new-found appreciation for connecting with his peers, he realized he need to pursue a career that helped others. Accordingly, James decided to become a physiotherapist and has found that this vocation suits his giving and caring personality perfectly. He is looking forward to committing his career to bettering others’ overall wellbeing.

James feels fortunate he’s found his calling, however is greatly burdened by the significant student-loan debt he has accumulated, and will continue to accumulate (particularly due to the additional schooling he will have to take to pursue his dream).

James is currently $50,000 in student-loan debt due to tuition, books, and other fees associated with having to live independently. He’s currently working part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer to help pay off his student-loans. Nevertheless, these jobs only make a small dent in his debt-load and would be incredibly appreciative of any help he can obtain through crowdfunding. James has turned to RCKTSHP.com to help “crowd-fund” a small portion of his tuition. He has set a campaign goal of $2000. Donations can be made here.


Posted on August 31, 2014 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments