What to Do If You Have No Choice But to Cram for a Test

Ideally, you’ll prepare for your tests several weeks in advance to ensure you have time to cover all the material. However, life can get in the way at times, meaning you may end up needing to cram for a test. To make your cram session as successful as possible, here are a few things you can do.

1. Gather Everything You Need

Before you sit down to study, make sure you have everything you need. The last thing you want is to disrupt your cram session to search for a book, handout, or your notes. Also stock up on plenty of paper and a few pens.

2. Set a Timer

Decide how long you can maintain your attention. It may be tempting to keep going for more than one hour, but if your concentration starts to wane, you’ll stop seeing the benefits. It’s far better to stop while you’re still engaged than to push yourself to exhaustion.

Set a timer for however long you can concentrate and do nothing unrelated to studying until it goes off. Then, set a new timer for a break — around 10 minutes is ideal. Use this break to clear your mind. Activities you may like to try include a short workout, making a snack, or even a mindfulness practice. Once your break is over, return to cramming.

3. Turn Off Notifications

If you receive a notification on your phone while you’re studying, you may be tempted to check what it is. To avoid breaking your concentration, turn off all notifications. If you like, you can use your break time to check your phone — but only if you put it away as soon as the timer goes off to signal the end of your break.

4. Determine Where You Need to Focus

Unfortunately, cramming means you won’t have time to study everything. Instead, you’ll need to determine what’s most important for the test. Avoid going into too much fine detail and focus on having the main points clear in your mind.

A great way to do this is to write a summary of the material. Depending on the type of test and the subject, you may like to write questions along with answers, make a list of dates with their events, or draw diagrams of key concepts.

5. Act Out the Information

To help facts stick in your head, involve your whole body as you study. Read the most important sentences aloud, placing emphasis on the key words and act out the material in any way you can — get creative.

6. Give Yourself a Reward for Finishing on Time

Motivate yourself to stay focused by promising yourself a reward. For instance, you could leave your favourite treat in the kitchen — but only eat it if you finish studying by your deadline. This will prevent you from staying up too late and feeling too tired to do well on your test the next day.

The next time you have a test, commit to becoming more disciplined by scheduling study sessions in advance. This is easier said than done if you lack somewhere quiet to study without interruptions. The solution is to move off campus into student rentals. Kingston, Ontario, has fully-furnished apartments at Foundry Mack. You’ll be able to study in your private bedroom or one of our bright study spaces. When you need to take a break, spend some time with other students in the outdoor recreation area, which has a fire pit and BBQs. Book a tour to see where you could be living.


Job Market Trends for 2024 Grads to Know

If you’ll be graduating soon, it’s important to know what the job market looks like to ensure you’re prepared. Here are a few trends in particular to be aware of this year.

1. Fewer Employers Are Hiring

Grads in 2024 may find jobs harder to come by than they would have in previous years. After significant increases in hiring in 2022 and 2023, fewer employers are looking for new workers this year. The good news, though, is the job market is still stronger than it was in 2021.

2. Higher Salaries

Employers who are hiring are likely to be offering higher salaries for university graduates. Only a small number of employers say they are lowering salaries for new hires with degrees, whereas a large number say they intend to increase salaries for workers with bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. This shows a recognition of the value graduates bring to the workforce.

3. The Impact of AI

A major technological development in 2023 was generative artificial intelligence. Since it came onto the scene in the latter half of 2022, it is this year that it will likely have an impact on the job market. For instance, some employers may be looking for candidates who know how to use generative AI, whereas others may be looking to replace certain job duties with AI, which could reduce the need for workers.

4. Demand per Sector

Some sectors are less affected by the above trends than others. In particular, the healthcare and education sectors are seeing a high demand for new workers. The aging population in Canada and heavy involvement from the public sector in these industries means they are likely to remain strong even if there is a recession.

On the flip side, new jobs in many tech fields (including in software development, information design, and IT operations) are decreasing. This may be due, at least to some extent, to the growth of generative AI. Recent years have already seen a decline in tech, as well as in marketing, human resources, and banking, but the decrease in new jobs may be more pronounced this year due to the further development of AI tools.

Other sectors that are seeing a decline in jobs include driving, stocking, and food service. However, this is less likely to be a concern for recent grads, as many of the jobs in these sectors don’t require a university degree.

To improve your chances of finding a job after you graduate, it’s important to work hard while you’re still at university. This means making it to your classes on time and ensuring you dedicate enough hours to studying to gain good grades. Both of these things are easier when you have your own room in an apartment near campus. You’ll find Kingston student housing rentals located less than a 10-minute walk from campus at Foundry Mack. In addition to using the desk in your fully-furnished bedroom, you can take advantage of our bright study rooms — there’s lightning-fast fibre internet throughout the building, meaning you can study from anywhere. Contact us now to secure your spot.


Tips for Building a New Friend Group

One of the most daunting things about going to university is starting from scratch with making friends. The likelihood is you won’t know anyone on campus — but the good news is everyone else is in the same boat. Plus, there’s a huge number of people for you to meet, any of whom is a potential new friend. All the same, it’s worth having a strategy in place, as this will mean you establish a new friend group faster.

1. Spend Time with Your Roommates

When you arrive at university, the first people you meet will be your roommates. Even if you and your roommates never become more than acquaintances, it’s worth spending time with them during the first few days to have some company. Plus, they may introduce you to people who do become your close friends.

2. Attend Campus Events

Your campus will likely hold frequent events, particularly at the start of the fall semester. These are a great way to meet other students, especially when you attend events that match your interests.

3. Talk to Your Classmates

Strike up a conversation with people from your classes. You could use something that came up in the lecture as an icebreaker or just ask students how they’re finding the class. You’re particularly likely to have possible talking points with students in classes that are a requirement for your major, as the students will often have similar career goals to you.

4. Join a Study Group

Find out if the students in your classes are forming any study groups you could join. As well as meeting people who may end up being your friends, this will help you gain better grades for the class.

5. Go to Club Meetings

The more involved you are with extracurriculars, the more likely you are to make friends. Choose a couple of clubs or organizations to join according to your current hobbies and based on activities you think you may enjoy but have never had the chance to try before.

6. Find Places Where Students Hang Out

When you have a break during the day, head to a place where students hang out. This could be the cafeteria, the quads, or a student center. This will give you the opportunity to meet people you may otherwise never have encountered. You may even find a whole group of friends at once.

7. Apply for a Job on Campus

If you want to earn an income while studying, working on campus is ideal for several reasons. In addition to lacking a commute and having an employer who is understanding about your schedule, you’ll be able to interact with other students while you work. Chatting with coworkers and customers could easily lead to friendships.

Often, students decide to live in a dorm to start making friends as soon as they arrive on campus. However, you’ll meet just as many people if you live in student rentals. Kingston, Ontario, has a student housing community at Foundry Mack. We can match you with roommates who study like you or you can choose to have a one-bedroom apartment to yourself. Either way, the chances are you’ll meet plenty of other people, including in places like the outdoor lounge and recreation area. Book a tour to see why you’ll love living here.


When to Start Packing for University

Knowing you’ll soon be heading off to university is exciting, but there’s so much to do in the weeks leading up to your departure. As well as completing administrative tasks, you’ll need to say goodbye to your hometown friends. This means packing often gets left to the last minute. Nonetheless, to avoid problems, it’s best to start packing for university reasonably early.

Ideally, Start Packing a Couple Weeks Before You Move

There’s much more to packing than just throwing what you currently have in your bedroom into boxes. For one thing, you may need things you currently don’t own. For this reason, it’s best to give yourself at least two weeks to pack. This will save you a great deal of stress, as you’ll be able to check you have everything you need and purchase whatever you currently lack.

One more advantage of starting early is you’ll be able to take advantage of back-to-school sales. Although some stores may run their sales right up until the first day of the new semester, you need to remember that the most sought-after items will be snapped up early.

If You Can’t Start Packing, Make a Checklist

It may be impossible for you to start packing until just a few days before you set off for university. This could be the case if you have travel plans or you’re just exceptionally busy. Packing right before you leave for university can be risky because it increases the chance you’ll forget something. Avoid this from happening by making a checklist. It’s best to keep the list on your phone, as you can easily add items if something pops into your mind, no matter where you are.

What You’ll Need

Make sure you bring everything you need with you to avoid needing to go shopping as soon as you arrive at your student housing. Either pack or add to your checklist all of the following:



-Laundry supplies


-School supplies

-Electronics (including cables)


-Decorations for your apartment

Acquire Packing Materials

Rather than using cardboard boxes to transport your belongings, pack items in storage containers or trash bags. The advantage of this is you’ll be able to continue using the storage containers when you arrive at your accommodation, such as by putting them under your bed or in your closet. Trash bags are also convenient because they take up no space. If you use cardboard boxes, on the other hand, you’ll need to either throw them out or find somewhere to keep them until you move again.

Before you decide what to take with you to university, you need to know where you’ll be living. There are Kingston student housing rentals at Foundry Mack. We have a range of floor plans, with between one and five bedrooms. All are fully furnished, meaning you only need to bring your personal items. You’ll also have access to many other amenities to make your time at university that much more enjoyable, including an outdoor lounge area with BBQs and a fire pit, study rooms, and lightning-fast fiber internet. Apply today, while we still have spots available.


Gen Z’s Guide to Effective LinkedIn Networking

LinkedIn is a key place to make contacts who can help you with your job search and support you throughout your career. Although it’s easy to find tips about how to network on LinkedIn, some of these may not be relevant to you. This is because Gen Zers are using the platform a little differently than the generations that came before them. One reason for this is that Gen Zers are trailblazers in general and — as the first generation born during the digital age — especially in the internet sphere. Another reason is they have different ideas about work and are putting a greater emphasis on company culture and values. With this in mind, here are a few ways Gen Z should network on LinkedIn.

1. Connect with People You Know

Start building your network by adding people you know. It doesn’t matter if they’re not working in the right field — they may have connections you’re unaware of. In addition to adding classmates, professors, and faculty staff, connect with family members, former employers, and coworkers.

2. Search for Valuable Contacts

If you only have a few contacts who are likely to be useful in helping you meet your career goals, you should definitely network beyond the people you know. Think about what kinds of connections you need. This could include people who have your dream job, who work at a company where you’d like to work, or who could act as a mentor for you. Do a search on the platform to find these kinds of contacts.

If you’re unsure exactly what career you want to pursue, spend some time on the platform exploring job possibilities. Joining groups can also be beneficial for learning more about a particular industry.

3. Send Personalized Messages

Once you’ve found some users you’d like to connect with on LinkedIn, send them personalized messages explaining what attracted you to their profiles. You’ll find that many more people accept your invitation to connect if you include a message. Plus, you’ll be able to build a relationship. That way, if there’s a job opening or another opportunity, the person will be much more likely to think of you.

There’s no need for your messages requesting to connect to be long. Mention what attracted you to the person’s profile. Perhaps the person posted an interesting article or specializes in a niche area that you also want to work in. Plus, make it clear what you want from the contact. This should be more than a job referral — for instance, you may like to arrange a time to chat to gain advice.

4. Update Your Profile Regularly

Other users of LinkedIn are more likely to find you on the platform and see a reason to connect with you if your profile has current information. Update your profile often with new experience you’ve gained (such as work, internships, and volunteering), the skills you’ve learned, and the projects you’ve completed. You may also like to return to your summary to better reflect your career goals as you come closer to figuring out what you want to do after you graduate.

Another place where you can network is at your student housing. Foundry Mack is a student community with one- to five-bedroom apartments near Queen’s University. You can meet new people in the outdoor recreation area and collaborate on group projects in our bright study rooms. Book a tour before you secure a lease.


5 Books to Read to Boost Your Mental Health

Everyone can benefit from taking steps to improve mental wellness, but it can be hard to know what exactly to do. Instead of picking up a few tips here and there, it’s helpful to read some in-depth advice. A few books stand out as being among the best for boosting your mental health.

1. The Body Keeps the Score

If your mental health issues are due to past trauma, a book you must read is The Body Keeps Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. You’ll learn how trauma results in the rewiring of certain areas of your brain, including those related to enjoyment, trust, control, and engagement. The good news is it’s possible to rewire these areas by practicing mindfulness, by playing, and with therapy. Not only will this book help you better understand why you’re struggling, you’ll be able to take action today to see results in the future.

2. Atomic Habits

Trying to make major life changes sets you up for failure because your goals may be too big to sustain. In Atomic Habits, James Clear presents ideas for small ways you can change your daily routine that will ultimately make a big difference.

3. Your Twenties

Entering your twenties is a big milestone. This is one of the more challenging decades of your life — it’s a time for figuring out who you are, what you want to do, and how to survive in the world on your own. These pressures can take a toll on your mental health. Your Twenties: No One Ever Teaches You How to Grow Up, You Know? by Jessica Smith can help guide your decisions and give you advice in the areas of your career, relationships, body acceptance, self-love, and a healthy mind.

4. Switch on Your Brain

By neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, Switch on Your Brain combines concepts from neurobiology with Christian scripture. For this reason, it will likely resonate with religious readers, although there are interesting facts and lessons for anyone. The book begins with an explanation of how genetics have a role to play in mental health. It then talks about how we can understand our fears and trauma in the context of our negative memories. Finally, it discusses how to make new neural networks to see long-lasting, positive effects.

5. Get Out of Your Head

Another book with a spiritual outlook is Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen. The author is the wife of a pastor and uses the bible to find her inspiration, but anyone can use the advice in the book. The point is to apply positive affirmations to your life to break destructive routines and start healthier habits.

Another way to boost your mental health during university is to have a home you love, where you’re surrounded by other students but also have your own space. You can find Kingston student housing rentals at Foundry Mack. We have one- to five-bedroom suites, all of which are fully furnished. Plus, you can unwind and meet other people in our outdoor recreation area. Book a tour to see our student community for yourself.


7 Beach Destinations to Consider for Your Summer Vacation

The long summers you have when you’re a student are ideal for traveling. Even when you have other commitments, you should be able to make time for a short vacation — and if you have nothing else to do, you could even pick a far-off destination. To make sure you have a memorable vacation, choose one of the following best beach destinations.

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you’re taking language classes at university, it makes sense to go to a country where you can put your skills into practice. Spanish learners should consider San Juan in Puerto Rico. The capital is right on the coast, where there are many bars, nightclubs, and casinos. When you want a change from the beach, head into the city to see the colonial buildings, check out the fortresses, and walk the cobblestone streets.

2. Ecuador

A particularly safe country to visit in South America is Ecuador — another great option if you want to practice your Spanish. It also has some of the best beaches you’ll find on the continent. The beaches are particularly great for surfing and yoga as well as just relaxing. If you go to the Galapagos, the most popular island for beaches is Santa Cruz, which has Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero.

3. Panama City, Florida

A classic student destination is Panama City, Florida. Since the beaches are often packed in the summer, it’s ideal if you like the party scene. Make sure to check for events before you decide to go — you may be able to make it to a music festival.

4. Albania

If you want to go to Europe for a beach vacation, one of the top choices is Albania, which is less expensive than many other European countries. It has fantastic Mediterranean beaches with white sands, set against a backdrop of mountains. When you want to do something other than bask in the sun, you can venture out to the castles and archeological sites.

5. Cambodia

To visit Asia on a budget, consider Cambodia. The hotels are particularly cheap, meaning you can stay right next to the beach without breaking the bank. Try to make it over to Koh Rong (also called Monkey Island) — it has a coast of sandy bays, coral reefs, and coconut palms and a center of dense jungle where you can take zip lines, rope walks, and suspension bridges.

6. Indonesia

A second option in Asia is Indonesia. Its top beach island is probably Bali, which is particularly inexpensive. You’ll often find fun activities are available at the beaches, including yoga and snorkeling.

7. Portugal

A European country that sees less tourism than it deserves is Portugal. Prices are lower than in most of Western Europe and the food is excellent — especially if you like seafood. Although a large amount of the country is coastline, most people agree that the best place for a Portuguese beach vacation is the Algarve.

University itself can be almost as fun as your summer vacation. The key is to have great housing, where you live around other students but still have your own space. For apartments near Queens University, move into Foundry Mack. We have one- to five-bedroom suites in a student community, complete with incredible amenities including an outdoor recreation area and study spaces. Apply now before all the leases are taken.


How to Get Past a Bad Internship

When researching internships, you try hard to find one you’ll enjoy at a company that treats its interns with respect and makes work interesting for them. However, it’s impossible to know how exactly it will pan out until you’re there. If you end up with a bad internship, you may feel like the summer will never end and wonder how you made such a mistake. Instead of dwelling in your misery and comparing your situation to the fun your friends are having, take these steps to make the most of the experience.

1. Make Everything a Learning Experience

Even when you’re in the midst of a task you’re not enjoying at all, you should be able to find something positive in the experience. For instance, you may learn a useful skill or put into practice knowledge you gained from the classroom.

In addition, you’ll learn things about yourself — you may discover you dislike something you thought you’d enjoy, or vice versa. This is especially important if the aspects you dislike are central to the role, as you may even discover you want to pursue a different career to what you originally thought. Whereas this is initially disappointing, it’s far better to figure this out while you’re still at university than when you’ve entered the workforce.

Finally, you’ll learn about leadership styles. If it’s a superior’s leadership style that’s making your internship unpleasant, you should ensure you lead your team differently whenever you’re in a similar position. For example, you may offer team members more support and feedback or listen to what they have to say.

2. Avoid the Same Mistakes in the Future

To avoid similar situations in the future, reflect on what is specifically making your internship bad. It could be the hours are longer than you expected (such as if you need to take work home), the large number of people you interact with make it difficult to build contacts, or you work mostly in isolation whereas you prefer to collaborate. Whatever the case, you should search for jobs in the future that have characteristics you do like. You can assess potential positions by reading job descriptions carefully, researching companies, and asking the right questions at interviews.

3. Don’t Blame Yourself

A bad internship can shatter your confidence, but it’s important to remember it isn’t a reflection on you. Struggling to fit in at one company doesn’t mean you’d have the same experience at another. This is especially true if what you dislike at your internship is the workplace dynamics, the company culture, or your supervisor’s communication style.

Have fun over the summer in spite of a bad internship by moving into a better apartment. You can find Kingston student housing rentals at Foundry Mack. When you return home at the end of the day, you’ll be able to relax in your fully-furnished suite or head to the outdoor recreation area, fire pit, or lounge to meet other students. Apply now to move in over the summer and stay living here when the fall semester starts up.


A Guide to Goal Setting for a New Semester

A great way to start each new semester is to set goals for how you want to do better. However, when you sit down to write out your goals, you may find your mind goes blank. If you’re stuck for ideas, choose from some goals that are relevant for almost all university students.

1. Exercise on a Regular Basis

Create a workout schedule — and make sure you stick to it. University is a great time to discover more physical activities you enjoy. There’s likely a gym on campus, intramural sports teams you can join, and casual fitness classes you can attend. If you find it too tiring to do one long workout, build up your fitness level by adding more activity to your day, such as short walks, stretches, and quick exercises.

2. Use Your Phone Less

Wasting time on social media will mean you have less time available for the activities that matter. Put your phone out of reach while you’re studying and set time limits for social media, games, and other addictive apps to encourage you to cut back.

3. Improve Your Class Attendance

You should only skip class if you have a good reason, such as if you’re sick. The rest of the time, aim to attend all your classes — including when you’re not in the mood. You’ll benefit from being able to take your own notes and having the chance to ask your professors about any doubts.

4. Stick to a Sleep Schedule

You’ll find it easier to meet many of your other goals if you sleep enough. By going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, you’ll consistently sleep enough and improve the quality of your sleep.

5. Choose Your Extracurriculars Carefully

You have a huge number of opportunities to become involved in clubs, organizations, and other activities while at university. Whereas these can be fulfilling, teach you new skills, and give you the chance to expand your social circle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Be selective when committing to extracurriculars to ensure you still have enough time for schoolwork and other responsibilities.

6. Work Toward Your Career Goals

As well as setting goals to improve your life now, you need to think ahead to the future. Consider what actions you can take now to move closer to meeting your career goals. Just reminding yourself of what you want to do in the future can be useful for keeping you motivated when studying and push you to do the best on your papers and exams.

7. Find Time to Relax

All your academic, social, and work commitments can mean you rarely have the chance to just relax. However, finding time for your hobbies is important for avoiding stress and staying happy. If you’re particularly busy, it may be worth marking time on your calendar for relaxing activities like reading, art projects, and journaling.

If you’re currently living on campus, one more goal to include on your list is to find student rentals. Kingston, Ontario, has the ideal housing for busy students at Foundry Mack. To ensure you’ll be comfortable, our suites are all fully furnished and come with top-of-the-line appliances, including a washer and dryer. Plus, you’ll be less than 10 minutes from campus and only a short walk from downtown. Apply now to secure the lowest rates of the year.


When to Start Looking For a Summer Internship

You should consider taking an internship even if it’s not a graduation requirement for your major. Through an internship, you’ll learn many skills you would never have the chance to pick up in the class, gain work experience to put on your resume, and build a network of contacts — perhaps even your future employer. However, since many other students will also be looking for summer internships, you should start searching several months in advance to land a top opportunity.

Three to Five Months in Advance Is Ideal

Unlike with a job, you don’t start working at an internship soon after you accept the position. Companies advertise summer internships several months in advance. By beginning your search at least three and as many as five months ahead of time, you’ll have more options and will be more likely to find something relevant to your career goals.

Why the Summer Is an Ideal Time for an Internship

There are opportunities for internships year round, but the summer is one of the best times to take an internship, for several reasons. For one thing, you won’t have as many other academic commitments and you may even have time off from your part-time job, such as if you work on campus.

Plus, if you want to use your summer productively anyway, there are few better options than an internship. Since the position will be in a field you are interested in, you’ll gain more relevant experience than if you were to search for a summer job and you may find it helps you decide if you’re on the right career path.

How to Find Internships

At the start of the spring semester, head to the careers services on campus to see what resources your university has for students searching for internships. The staff may be able to provide you with a list of internships or give you tips about how to ace an interview. Also stay alert for job fairs on campus, where you can meet potential employers.

Alternatively, you could search for internships on job sites or see if any companies you would like to work for have internships mentioned on their websites. If an employer doesn’t have any internships listed, reach out through email to request an informational interview — there’s always the chance an employer could create an internship just for you.

It’s Never Too Early for an Internship

Although it’s most common to take an internship in the summer of your third or fourth year, some students take an internship in their second or even first year. You may like to consider this if you know exactly what you want to do after you graduate and are passionate about the field you want to enter. In fact, taking an internship early could pave the way for an elite internship later. This, in turn, can improve your chances of landing a great job right after you graduate.

You’ll need somewhere to stay while you’re doing your summer internship, but the dorms on campus will likely be closed. You can find Kingston student housing rentals at Foundry Mack. Our apartments are located within walking distance of downtown, where you’ll find many top businesses. Plus, you can continue living here when the fall semester starts — you’ll be just a couple blocks from campus. Apply now while we still have leases available.