Say Goodbye to Cram Fests

School is back in session and it’s time to return to the all too familiar grind! While going to lectures may expose us to main learning concepts, we need to crap open our textbooks to soak in the nitty-gritty details. This, of ouches, can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially when carrying a full course load of detailed-oreintated notes. Here are 5 strategies to help you excel in absorbing and retaining information!

1) Use A Highlighter 

It’s easy to lose track of main ideas when faced with the prospect of long and seemingly never-ending readings. Highlight main ideas to distinguish and process the reading material.


2) Talk It Out

They say you haven’t fully learning a concept until you are able to explain it to someone else! Put the books away (temporarily), and try explaining the concept to a friend. Doing so will challenge you to break down the complexity of what you’ve learned and present in it layman’s terms.


3) Making Mind Maps

It’s no surprise that courses typically present over-arching ideas and layered concepts. Throughout the term, create a mind map that visually links and connects various ideas/concepts you are learning. By the end of the term, you’ll have an easier time noticing take-home messages and unifying themes!


4) Post a Poster

Difficult nitty-gritty details that you can’t just seem to grasp?! Create a poster that lists out these pesky nuggets of knowledge, and put it in a spot that you’ll encounter many times a day (i.e. desk). Daily glances can do wonders when struggling to nail down details!


5) Test Yourself

It’s not enough to read and re-read lecture slides and textbooks! Challenge yourself through the use of flashcards and mock exams. This will bring “red/yellow light” areas to your notice, helping you target these areas of concern.


by Cynthia Naslund


What to do…

Oh man. It’s January. It’s term two. You don’t remember doing anything in first term. You don’t know much about campus life, and maybe you only have four more months here. What to do, what to do…


Storm the Wall

          On March 22nd, join UBC Rec for a crazy tradition: Storm the Wall. Join the many teams that form to bike, sprint, swim, run, and climb the wall. Your team can be competitive, or do it just for fun. If you have a new year’s resolution to be a fitness guru, you can even challenge yourself to do the course on your own and become an IRONPERSON. Register by March 13th!


UBC BikeRave 

          Do you like bikes? And lights? Good music? Being rambunctious? Come check out UBC’s third annual bike rave. Date and time to be released soon – go like UBC Bike Rave on facebook!


UBC Slam

          Ever heard of slam poetry? Come check out this incredibly popular art sharing, bagel eating, friend loving event. Slam aims to be an accepting and inclusive community that makes you laugh, cry, and just want more. Events are held biweekly at Benny’s Bagels on Broadway. Check out UBC Slam on Facebook!

Slam Poetry

UBC Improv

          Get some laughs with UBC Improv. Improv is impromptu theatre on stage using your suggestions to create hilarious skits. Events are held in Neville Scarfe room 100 every two weeks. Shows are only 3$ a pop, or free if you buy a membership.


Block Party  

          Yeah, it’s a darn good party. Organized by the AMS, bloc party is a end of the year musical extravaganza. Finish your UBC year with a bang. Musicians, bands, date, time and price will all be released later on during the term. Make sure to try and grab those early bird tickets.



by Gabi Diner


University Munchies

          Staying healthy in university can be tough! Whether it is because your fridge is too small, your roommate lives off junk food, or it may be easier to shop at fast food restaurants or eat in the cafeteria. Eating that way isn’t necessarily cheaper, or healthier. But never fear! With these dorm-friendly snacks you’ll be ready to tackle your day with a bunch of energy and a full stomach. All you’ll need is a microwave and a toaster.

Who wants S’more?

          S’mores for breakfast? Heck yes! A little oatmeal with a kick will be perfect for those early morning workouts or study sessions before class. Adding chocolate or marshmallows to your breakfast won’t hurt you, especially if it’s in moderation. This delicious recipe should help you kick-start your day full of energy, until lunchtime.

          Microwave oats and water together, for 2 minutes on high. Stir until thick. Add in cinnamon. Top with chocolate chips, marshmallows and a graham cracker. And you’re in heaven!


  • 1/2 Tbsp Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 Cup Whole Grain Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Jumbo Marshmallow (cut up)
  • 1/4 Large Whole Grain Graham Cracker


Banana Breakfast Bread!?

          My personal favorite, Banana Breakfast Bread, is perfect for pretty much any time! Late night studying, pre-workout snack, you name it. This simple treat will keep you going and it is so easy to make! Toast your bread, cut up a banana, drizzle a little honey on top and a dash of cinnamon. If you’re feeling extra daring, add some chunky peanut butter.


  • 1 Slice Whole Grain Toast
  • 1/2 Banana Sliced and Mashed
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon Toast Seasoning
  • Drizzle of yummy honey!


by Emese Leta