Hacks for the school year

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The shrill screeching of your alarm jolts you awake, and you unwillingly throw on your uniform as you mentally prepare yourself for another semester of endless stress. You wish for the first day of school to be one of catching up with friends and meeting new teachers. Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want, and instead you are presented with five new projects, eight new academic chapters you understand nothing of, and eyebags so sunken they could have been imprinted into your face.

School has often gotten the better of us, making our physical and mental well-beings twin disasters. Here are some life hacks that you may find useful to pull through this hectic semester (and year).

  1. It is proven to be easier to remember things you have written in blue ink rather than black ink.
  2. Trying to memorise something? Writing it out is 7 times more effective than reading it again and again, but saying it out is the most effective.
  3. Studying the notes the same day you take your examination gives you a 60% higher chance of remembering the content.
  4. Setting your timetable as your phone’s home screen background helps you remember it more clearly. Never forget to wear your PE attire again!
  5. If you don’t want to be called on, writing something or drinking water greatly reduces your chances.
  6. Put your essays into Google Translate to pick out spelling or grammatical errors.
  7. The command ‘ctrl-shift-t’ will reopen a closed tab on Google Chrome.
  8. If you’re giving a presentation and forget what you say, drink some water and gather your thoughts.
  9. Don’t be afraid to speak up: in class, to make new friends, or to talk to teachers.
  10.  Use two notebooks: one for class, and one to consolidate and organise your class notes.

 

These hacks are not foolproof, but there is a possibility that they can help you make your school life more productive. However, do take note not to overwork yourself, and let yourself take breaks and allow yourself some space to fail. Grades are important, but they are not the be all and end all.

All the best for the school year of 2018!

Chua Wei Ting (4P)

Sources:

https://instagram.com/happypositives

https://twitter.com/cravingshay/status/894983734155513857?lang=en

https://twitter.com/Franchescadlc/status/871039958735368192

 

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Self Love Hacks

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(photo by myself)

“one breath ends, and another begins. just as this moment ends, and another begins, following an endless cycle of beginnings and endings, endings and beginnings.”

~lavendaire

To what end do we live our lives? If we only pause for a moment and listen to the quieter sounds of our inner world, what would we hear? The fast-paced momentum of this modern day society has undeniably silenced our inner voices, which are gradually diminishing as time passes. It is time for us to live out the ideals of our lives and create memories as we immortalise each and every single one of them into our deepest archives along this perpetual journey of discovery. It is time for us to dedicate ourselves with more self-love and appreciation.

Instead of the typical daily lifestyle habits that we have become perpetually immune to, why not elevate life to more adventures and experiences and start basking in the beauty that novelty brings about.

Here are some life hacks towards a more fruitful and healthier lifestyle.

Start a fresh new day with a healthy breakfast to rejuvenate yourself. Rise and shine earlier than you have ever before, and prepare an avocado toast with cashew nuts, raisins and chia seeds to fill your tummy!

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(photo by myself)

Sashimi salad with baked baby potatoes

Indulge in healthy workouts at exotic places such as Xiao Guilin @ Bukit Batok for a great deal of novelty. Let the serenity and tranquility of nature bring peace to your soul in this ever-beating modern civilisation.

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Keeping a gratitude journal to reflect on the little blessings at the end of each day

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(photo by lavendaire)

I genuinely hope that you will have a familiar conviction that life begins all over again upon every single dawn

Written By: Sarah Tok, 4 Truth

Owning and Hacking Your Life

I’m sure everyone is busy with their own lives, having to struggle through the morning traffic, queuing for canteen food and trying not to splurge so that they can save up on their money to buy tickets for various events. Here are some life hacks to make your life a little easier.

  1. Have Fun Without Spending

People often say, “You get what you paid for.” How about you get something for free? What if it was a fun experience? That’s right, you can have fun without paying for anything! Go to the various museums situated around Singapore, hang out and chill in the parks, or even sign up with DBS for its Sailing at the Bay program- all for FREE! Maybe then, you’ll be able to attend that anime festival or K-pop concert that you saved for without compromising your own “Me Time”.1

2.Personal Homework Helpers

Students have tough lives. They have so much homework to do and so little time to do things that they want. However, there are some programs to make the work less tedious and more comprehensive for students to understand. For example, there is an app called Photomath which will help you with your needs in solving algebraic equations and quadratic functions. This will certainly reduce the time being stuck with one question, where the app will offer explanations for the various steps taken to solve the question. Another app is Snapask, where dedicated tutors will help to answer any queries that you might have about a certain subject. Although some may say that phones are a distraction to homework, these apps help prove that when used in the right manner, phones can become an asset to finishing work on time.

3.Public Transport Guides

Do you remember being late for appointments with your friend and family? Have you been late to school before? For those taking public transport, you’re in luck! Apps such as SG BusLeh, Citymapper and MyTransport help you to plan your travelling routes so that you wouldn’t have to suffer that groan of annoyance when you arrive. Planning your time well is important, so do remember to check out these apps to ensure you will not be late! After all, saving some time on travel will be an optimal way to spend more time on what you love doing the most

4.What about food?

Food is pretty much a pastime of Singaporeans. We love food, but it is always such a hassle to stand in long queues to get into a restaurant. What we really need is Chope, an app that allows you to make reservations at restaurants. They also include an overview of the restaurant, menus and reviews, making sure that the quality of food you pick is good and up to standard. However, what if we have no time to even go out for dinner? No worries, as food delivery services such as foodpanda and Deliveroo can come to your rescue. These services are great for people who are unable to leave their office to get their meals but still want to savour delicious food to perk up.

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All in all, Singaporeans live hectic lives and these little hacks of convenience can really help to save time and money for those who need it, eventually helping them to improve their quality of life. So head on out with these nifty tools and you’ll find yourself having an easier time than before.

Yeo Hui Min Mandy

3 Wisdom

Sources: http://www.thefinder.com.sg/singapore-expat-life/living-singapore/5-time-saving-life-hacks-everyone-living-singapore-should-know

http://thehoneycombers.com/singapore/best-public-transport-apps-singapore-bus-train-route-planner/

http://thehoneycombers.com/singapore/life-hacks-in-singapore-10-time-money-and-sanity-saving-tips-no-one-knows-but-everyone-needs/

Nifty Things You Could Use for Home

Make life your easier with these 8 things you didn’t think you needed – but surprise, you do!

1) You can roll up your clothes into bundles when packing for travel.

Rolling up your outfits, as compared to folding them up into neat (or not) rectangles saves space and leaves more room for the truly important things to pack. That is to say, highly unhealthy, highly delicious snacks.

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2) Improve your Wi-Fi signal with a soda can.

Hack an old, rinsed soda can and slide it over the little rod that sticks over everyone’s modems – and that no one ever knows the name of. Do it like so:

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3) Crack open a… soda bottle with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook’s power brick.

This is not applicable to me, an avid Samsung user, but hey, so iPhones are useful for something after all! This handy hack will probably come in more useful when you’re older and actually legal. In the meantime, share this with your parents. They’ll never struggle with opening beer bottles again.

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4) Catch those stray USB cords before they slither away and get lost behind your desks using binder clips.

Gone are the days of struggle, losing stray wires below the murky depths of your desk, finding wires after what seems like eons – dust laden and sneeze-inducing. Now, fret not! Find that lost (Samsung) phone charger with ease.

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5) Perfectly separate an egg yolk from the white without splattering egg everywhere.

You only need a plastic bottle to make this work, and its simple too. Just point to the egg and squeeze, and your naked yellow yolk will get swooped up into the bottle.

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6) Dirty sponge? Clean it in 30 seconds.

Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, especially if they’re left in the sink. And they have such small pores, any dirt which lodges inside and stays for seemingly forever. But wait — surprise! Cleaning sponges are easy. Popping it in the microwave for 30 seconds removes any bacteria.

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7) Burnt your pan while cooking eggs? Get those stains off with vinegar, water and baking soda.

Fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, take it off the stove and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds so it can cool and then wipe the mixture out of the pan!

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8) Do you have sadly stinky feet? Un-stinking sneakers is now easier than ever before.

Being blessedly adolescent, body odour is a thing now. The dreaded stinky-foot has never been worse. Sprinkle some baking soda in the shoes to keep them smelling fresh, and then when you’re ready to wear them again, just tap it out outside. Wow, how amazing.

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Sources:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/genius-household-hacks-youll-wish-youd-thoug?utm_term=.grBZGzey2#.lpGnBGDW0

https://homesthetics.net/58-new-smart-and-creative-hacks-for-household-items/

Done by:

Chloe Wong 4P

5 Hacks for the day before an exam

It is the day before your exams and too much is at risk. The possibility of being held back or having to return during the holidays to retake your failed subjects have you on edge and you find yourself desperately trying to cram whatever you can. Here are 5 revision hacks that will hopefully help you in your last minute revision.

1. Times New Roman is the easiest font to read

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That’s right! If you are in a rush to go through all the notes you have on your computer, it is a good time to change fonts to Times New Roman before you start!

Multiple studies have proven that Times New Roman is the best font for speed reading due to its simple letters. The font is also both easy on the eyes and familiar to the mind. This is also the reason why nearly all prints use Times New Roman. It’s popularly accepted that, in print, fonts like Times New Romans are easier to read, the idea being that the font actually make the letters flow together and consequently easier on the eyes. If you’re aiming for efficiency during your last minute cramming session, this simple but useful hack might be the key to acing your exams!

2. Study for 50 minutes, rest for 10.
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It might sound like a complete waste of time but trust me, occasional breaks are incredibly important. It may be the day before an exam but taking care of your body and mind is much more important than that extra 10 minutes.

Taking breaks not only refreshes your mind for the next 50 minutes but also helps you to fully digest what you have revised in the previous 50 minutes, allowing a more productive study session. Organising your schedule this way will also force you to study harder for the 50 minutes, instead of half-heartedly studying all the time, in order to truly enjoy your 10 minutes break without guilt.

3. Be confident and study out loud.
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When reading notes or studying materials out loud, we form auditory links in our memory pathways which helps us to memorise or remember the facts and information better. It will also help us to remember the contents we had revised during the actual exam as we can remember ourselves reading those content out loud.

Reading out loud is definitely no easy task, not just because it would take you a longer time to read a text, but also because it is an extremely awkward thing to do if you are studying in a public area or have your family members looking at you. Nevertheless, desperate times calls for desperate measures. This is a very effective strategy for last minute cramming and the results it promises is worth the risk of ruining your image?

4. Be in control of your devices
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Face it, you probably have less than 24 hours until you have to sit for the dreaded exam and the last thing you should do is spend the remaining time you have on social media. Scrolling through the pages of your favourite idols and close friends may be a good way to relieve stress but the risk of getting distracted and wasting too much time on your phone is too high.

That is precisely the reason why applications like Self Control (for MacBook) Cold Turkey (for PC) and Freedom on the App Store exists. These applications helps you to block certain sites from your browsers or phones for a certain period of time, helping you get rid of the distractions. Most of the software available are difficult to unlock once the timer has started and thus would help reduce the temptation of wasting your time on social media.

5. Sleeping
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Your teachers have reminded you, so have your parents and now I shall remind you once again.

Sufficient sleep is important!
Different studies have repeatedly come to the conclusion that having sufficient sleep the night before will benefit one’s exam results more than spending the extra hours with a cup of coffee, staring at notes that will never sink in.

Along the way sleep had became something students could do without for the sake of the extra hours but sleeping is a crucial process for the brain works to heal the body by producing hormones beneficial for repair and growth. Sleeping also provides the brain with an opportunity to consolidate memories of what was studied and learnt that day.

Hopefully, the revision hacks above have been of help, and all the best for your examinations!

Ang Yen Chi

3 Unity

https://mind-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/speed-read-your-way-through-anything-with-right-font-0158480/
http://www.awaionline.com/2011/10/the-best-fonts-to-use-in-print-online-and-email/
http://www.gearfire.net/10-ways-cram-successfully/
https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2011/10/reading-out-loud-remember/
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1501263

Nifty Things You Could Use for Home

Make life your easier with these 8 things you didn’t think you needed – but surprise, you do!

1) You can roll up your clothes into bundles when packing for travel.

Rolling up your outfits, as compared to folding them up into neat (or not) rectangles saves space and leaves more room for the truly important things to pack. That is to say, highly unhealthy, highly delicious snacks.

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2) Improve your Wi-Fi signal with a soda can.

Hack an old, rinsed soda can and slide it over the little rod that sticks over everyone’s modems – and that no one ever knows the name of. Do it like so:

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3) Crack open a… soda bottle with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook’s power brick.

This is not applicable to me, an avid Samsung user, but hey, so iPhones are useful for something after all! This handy hack will probably come in more useful when you’re older and actually legal. In the meantime, share this with your parents. They’ll never struggle with opening beer bottles again.

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4) Catch those stray USB cords before they slither away and get lost behind your desks using binder clips.

Gone are the days of struggle, losing stray wires below the murky depths of your desk, finding wires after what seems like eons – dust laden and sneeze-inducing. Now, fret not! Find that lost (Samsung) phone charger with ease.

dfg4

5) Perfectly separate an egg yolk from the white without splattering egg everywhere.

You only need a plastic bottle to make this work, and its simple too. Just point to the egg and squeeze, and your naked yellow yolk will get swooped up into the bottle.

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6) Dirty sponge? Clean it in 30 seconds.

Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, especially if they’re left in the sink. And they have such small pores, any dirt which lodges inside and stays for seemingly forever. But wait — surprise! Cleaning sponges are easy. Popping it in the microwave for 30 seconds removes any bacteria.

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7) Burnt your pan while cooking eggs? Get those stains off with vinegar, water and baking soda.

Fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, take it off the stove and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds so it can cool and then wipe the mixture out of the pan!

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8) Do you have sadly stinky feet? Un-stinking sneakers is now easier than ever before.

Being blessedly adolescent, body odour is a thing now. The dreaded stinky-foot has never been worse. Sprinkle some baking soda in the shoes to keep them smelling fresh, and then when you’re ready to wear them again, just tap it out outside. Wow, how amazing.

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Sources:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/genius-household-hacks-youll-wish-youd-thoug?utm_term=.grBZGzey2#.lpGnBGDW0

https://homesthetics.net/58-new-smart-and-creative-hacks-for-household-items/

Done by:

Chloe Wong 4P