How Could Tutoring Sessions Help You?

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Tutoring sessions are one of the best ways to improve your grades. Many students use tutoring for classes required for their majors (since dropping the class is not an option), but you can also use tutoring for electives. If the sessions will lead you to better academic success, they’re worthwhile.

Tutoring Can Help You Even If You’re Not Struggling

A common perception is that tutoring is just for students who are failing a class — this could not be further from the truth. If it’s important for you to do well in a class, tutoring sessions could be a good option. It can be beneficial to talk about the course material with someone who knows more than you, can correct any misunderstandings you have, and can engage you in a discussion that will increase your enjoyment of the subject.

Decrease the Risk You’ll Drop Out

If you are struggling, university can feel like a lonely existence. Having additional support can boost your confidence as well as your grades. When you’re more likely to pass your classes, the chances you’ll decide to drop out will fall.

Identify Where You Need Help

The simple act of a tutor asking you what you need support with may help you identify problem areas. Alternatively, you may find that you don’t understand a certain topic as well as you thought you did when you cover it with your tutor.

Retain More

Many students understand the course material in the moment but find it hard to remember the details later. Tutoring sessions will improve your retention, as you’ll be actively engaging with the material. If you’re able to explain what you know to your tutor, you should be able to recall the information later, such as during your midterms.

Stick to Your Study Schedule

When due dates for assignments are far in the future, it can be difficult to find the motivation to study — even though you know you’ll regret leaving things to the last minute later. Having a tutor should help keep you accountable. At the very least, you’ll attend your tutoring sessions (and hopefully prepare for these sessions). Most students, though, will find that tutoring helps them become more disciplined about studying in general.

Gain Confidence

It’s common to feel self-conscious about asking questions in class — especially if you’re convinced that everyone else knows the answer. Working with a tutor should show you that the doubts you have are completely normal and may even give you the confidence to speak up in class.

Become More Organized

For some students, the difficult part of university is not the academics so much as the need to be organized. It’s up to you to ensure you attend your classes and are aware of due dates. A slip-up may result in a bad grade — even if you understood the material and were capable of an excellent grade. A tutor can teach you to become better organized and ensure that you’re prepared for upcoming assignments.

Tutoring is just one way to improve your grades. Another is to improve your study technique. The problem is it can be difficult to study if you’re faced with unavoidable distractions, such as a noisy roommate. The solution is to move into an off-campus Durham College residence. At Foundry Simcoe, we have suites and townhouses equipped with everything you need to succeed, including a comfortable desk in your private bedroom. Apply now to move in immediately before all the spots are gone.

What You Can Do to Avoid Roommate Drama

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Conflict with a roommate can be a stain on your college experience. It’s always unpleasant coming home when you don’t get along with the person in your shared space. However, instead of simply accepting your fate, there are things you can do to prevent drama.

1. Discuss Your Problems

Never expect issues to resolve themselves if you stay silent. A passive aggressive approach — such as making it obvious that you’re annoyed about something or complaining to someone else and hoping it gets back to your roommate — will only make things worse.

First, recognize that your roommate may be unaware that something is upsetting you. After all, what’s normal for one person could be offensive to another. Invite your roommate to a discussion about living together and talk calmly and kindly about anything that’s bothering you. Make sure to ask your roommate if there is anything you need to change, too.

2. Give Each Other Time to Overcome Issues

Long-standing bad habits can be difficult to change overnight. Plus, your roommate may need time to find solutions to whatever is leading to the conflict between the two of you. Give your roommate a chance to make adjustments, and only have another conversation about the problems if you don’t see any progress or if your roommate is taking too long to uphold his or her end of the bargain.

3. Find a Mediator

Some causes for conflict may be too big for the two of you alone to resolve. In these cases, it’s best to find a mediator. If you live on campus, an RA is a good choice. Otherwise, find someone else who can be neutral and who can help you work toward a solution. It may be beneficial for each of you to initially talk to the mediator one-on-one without the other being there. The mediator can then come up with an action plan or arrive at a compromise that means neither of you will be too unhappy.

4. Remember It Won’t Last Forever

The good thing about college is that you tend to live with the same roommate for only a short time before moving on to different accommodations. If your situation is uncomfortable but bearable, just remember that it will be over relatively soon. You can always spend more time in other places — such as the library when you want to study or your friends’ homes during evenings and weekends — to limit contact with your roommate.

Of course, if the situation is unbearable and unresolvable, the only solution is to find alternative housing. It’s best if you can switch rooms or apartments with someone you know. However, if that’s not possible, the only option may be to break your lease. In this case, learn from the experience to make better choices for your living arrangements next semester.

You’re much less likely to face roommate drama if you don’t share a room. This means moving off campus and into a student rental. Oshawa students can receive their own room in a three-bedroom suite or five-bedroom townhouse at Foundry Simcoe. Apply now before all the units are gone.

6 Ways to Stay Healthy at College

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Since the habits you develop at college will likely stick with you for a long time, now is the perfect time to become healthier. There are many things you can do that require minimal time, effort, and expense but will make a big difference to your life.

1. Keep Your Apartment Clean

Make it part of your routine to do a little cleaning often. Wipe down surfaces and door handles, make your bed every morning, and do your laundry before you run out of clothing. Having a clean home will protect you from illness and improve your mental health. Bear in mind that it’s extra important to clean in the winter, as your windows will be shut more, which allows dust to build up.

2. Exercise Regularly

Much of your life as a college student may be spent sitting — either in class or at your desk when you’re studying at home. This means there’s a good chance you’re not moving enough. However, one of the great things about college is the chance to try out sports and activities you were never able to practice before. Experiment with as many as you can until you find one or a couple you love to incorporate into your weekly routine. You’ll find that you sleep better, improve your immunity, and just feel better overall.

3. Sleep Enough

Many college students try to survive on far too few hours of sleep, often believing that they can make up for what they missed on weeknights through naps on the weekend. However, your body is unable to function well like this. You’ll struggle to focus in class, you’ll be more irritable and stressed, and your immunity will be lower.

Setting a bedtime can help (it’s worth setting a notification on your phone to remind you), but this may not be enough if you find it difficult to fall asleep. The most important thing to do is stop looking at screens at least one hour before bedtime. Blue light wakes up your mind and makes it harder to fall asleep. Use this time to read, do some stretches, work on an art project — whatever helps you relax. In addition, avoid coffee from the late afternoon onward, as caffeine can stay in your body for hours and continue to have an effect.

4. Eat a Balanced Diet

Having the freedom to eat whatever you want can mean you’re tempted to make less-than-ideal choices. Just paying more attention to what you choose can go a long way. Often, mindlessly eating the first thing that appeals to you ultimately won’t be what makes your body feel good. On the other hand, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, will keep you energized and satisfied.
The best way to eat a healthy diet is to go grocery shopping rather than to rely on what’s available on campus. As well as buying ingredients for meals, think about what you can have for snacks. You’ll end up spending less as a result, since unhealthy snacks sold in stores on campus tend to be pricey.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Whenever you can, hydrate with water. Carry a reusable bottle with you everywhere: to classes, to your extracurriculars, and when you’re out and about. This is another money-saver, as it will prevent you from needing to purchase beverages, and you’ll end up consuming far less sugar.

6. Know Yourself

Stay alert for signs that you’re becoming unwell or need rest. It can be tempting to ignore indications of exhaustion because you never want to miss out on fun opportunities. However, it’s important to be alert for signs of burnout, as it can impact your academic performance and mean you no longer feel like socializing.

It’s easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you have a comfortable place to live. For Durham College student housing, there’s Foundry Simcoe. You’ll have your own room where you can sleep undisturbed, a kitchen where you can prepare healthy meals, and great restaurants nearby for when you don’t feel like cooking. Apply for a lease now while units are still available.