Archives for the month of: April, 2015


One of the most exciting times in a student’s life can also be the most hectic. There are many ways that incoming college students, whether new to the dorm life or returning after a rough first run with things. Here at Bryerson Family Education Blog, we hope that with these tips, you’ll have a save and fun move into your new dorm.

One of the first people you will meet on campus and possibly one of the first friend you make will be your roommate, but moving day doesn’t have to be the first time you communicate with them. It will make for a good first impression is you go ahead and email or call them to introduce yourself and figure out which commonly used items like a microwave or coffeemaker you will need to bring or that they can bring. You can also discuss things like which bed you want or start getting to know each other.

Next on your to-do list will be the packing. While some colleges provide lists of items that are definitely nice to have immediately after moving, having a lot of items to bring with you can be tedious when unloading and unpacking. The absolute bare essentials are sheets, clothing, hygiene items, and prescription medication. If your dorm has an on site laundry area, you might also bring a laundry bag and essential laundry chemicals. Other items that will be crucial in college include writing supplies, calculator, binders, notebooks, and (most importantly) an alarm clock.

Now you’re all set for moving day! Well, almost anyway. There are two keys to moving day: being early and prepared. If you are a long distance student who will be flying, make sure to ship a few items to the school if possible and take as much as you can as a carry on just in case a luggage mishap happens in the cargo hold and your items are shipped to the wrong location. With plenty of teamwork and preparation, you’ll be on your way to settling into your new dorm room in no time.

Following these tips, using a little common sense, and courtesy with your fellow students, you will have a safe and friendly moving trip into your new dorm.

If you found this article helpful and are looking for more tips on how to have a fun and easy time at college, peruse our articles at Bryerson Family Education Blog.


College life is exciting for several reasons. You get to meet new people, study the subjects of your choice and take an important step toward the next phase of your life. But for most students, college life is also about new struggles, great expectations and stress. To combat negative feelings, you need to stay prepared.

Stay Relaxed

The first step to keeping college stress under control is to just take a break and relax. Do not let the new surrounding overwhelm you. You are not the only person who doesn’t know anybody else on the campus. Just relax yourself and listen to music or meditate to feel better.

Eat on Time

Stress often takes a toll on our body, which can lead to serious problems. You should, therefore, eat on time and include fresh food in your diet to stay rejuvenated. Good food also helps lift our mood, which should inspire you more to eat right.

Take Out Time to Pursue Your Interests

Do you love reading? Grab a good book and spend time reading. It will do you good and help you relax a bit. Spending time doing what you enjoy the most can bring out the best in you and help you manage your stress levels.

Understand and Love Yourself

Peer pressure is usually immense in college. Students struggle to fit in different cliques and that adds to their stress levels. If you want to be happy, you should stop trying to become another person. Instead, spend some time to understand who you are what you like. The more you understand yourself, the easier it will be to survive college.

Surround Yourself with Positive Energy

College can start to feel like hell if you surround yourself with negative people. You may come across a lot of bullies and insecure people who will try to transfer their negativity onto you. By avoiding such people, you would be able to enjoy your college life.

With these tips, you will be able to enjoy yourself more at college. For more useful tips, follow us at the Bryerson Family Education Blog.


When it comes to acing college exams without working overtime, class notes make a world of difference. All good students, therefore, attend classes regularly and maintain notes for future reference. To make the most of your class notes, you need to adopt the right approach.

Here are some tips on note taking:

Be Organized

When you have several classes to attend and too little time on your hands, you need to be organized. Begin by maintaining separate notes for different classes. If possible, use separate binders to arrange your notes properly. You should also write your course name and date on each page to organize your notes.

Review Your Own Notes

Once the classes are over, you should go through your own notes to ensure everything makes sense. A quick review will tell you if you have missed out a word or number. Accordingly, you can check with your classmates to keep your notes updated.

Highlight Key Points

During classes, professors always emphasize key points that you are supposed to take special note of. A simple time-saving technique is to highlight key points that you should focus on when you are preparing for your exams. You can even leave your comments against the key points to remember they are important.

Listen Attentively

Merely jotting down notes is never going to help you when you are preparing for your exam. Instead, you should focus on listening attentively to what your professors are telling you. Once you start listening to what they are teaching you, it will be easier for you to make connections between the subject and its analysis. You will start thinking along the right lines and ask questions that really matter.

Compare Notes

Comparing notes can help you remember important points that were discussed in the class. Your classmates may have highlighted points that you missed. By comparing each other’s notes, you can get more insights to prepare for your exams.

Taking notes can help you save a lot of time and effort at the last minute. For more tips on how you can prepare for your college life, follow us at the Bryerson Family Education Blog.


We all know how much high school and college aged students love to clean.  If you have a student in college, you are likely hoping they are spending a good portion of their time studying.  However, you probably also hope they spend at least a small amount of time tidying and clean their dorm room.  In order to help them spend more time on the important things, and less time on the mundane things, such as cleaning, follow this checklist for dorm cleaning essentials.

1. Disinfectant Wipes
Instead of stocking a spray bottle, rags, paper towels, and other cleaning supplies, try disinfecting wipes.  These wipes are a universal cleaning supply.  Not only do they disinfect, they can be used on many different surfaces and clean many different things.

2. A Sweeper-Mop
Dorm space can be tight.  Storing a mop and a sweeper can take up prime real estate in a small dorm room.  Using a sweeper that can double as a mop will save space and make dorm room cleaning a breeze.  These types of mops are easy to store.  In addition, the dry sweeping pads can be used to dust or clean other surfaces.

3. Paper Towels
Paper towels can double as a napkin and a tackler of spills.  Keeping at least one roll in your dorm room will come in handy.

4. Miniature Vacuum
Even the biggest of dorm rooms cannot afford space for a regular or smaller sized vacuum.   Many colleges provide dorm dwellers communal vacuums to use, however, having your own mini vacuum will make the odds greater that the vacuuming actually gets done.

5. Dish Soap
Many students will tire quickly of cafeteria food and be eating food in their own dorms.  Even a small bottle of dish soap can go a long way in cleaning, utensils, bowls, cups and plates.  It may even last an entire year.  Dish soap can also be a multi-purpose cleaner and be used to wash around the sink, other surfaces or even help spot clean laundry in a pinch.

Make dorm room cleaning a no-brainer with these five simple and affordable supplies.  For more articles, checklists, and advice to help your students, Follow the Bryerson Family Education Blog.


Ever since your child was born you’ve been thinking of this day. You’ve scrimped, saved, and sacrificed so that you could give them a great opportunity, an advantage, and an education. Going to college is a proud moment for both child and parent, but now that the house is empty, you can’t help but wish they were still within arms reach.

Before you start to feel sorry for yourself, you need to remember that:

Lack of Communication Doesn’t Equal Loss of Love

Just because you child doesn’t call you as much as you’d like, there is no reason to be offended. Do you remember what you were like when you were their age? When you are finally on your own, things are exciting, schedules are busy, and a social life is ever present. Once they’ve adjusted to their new life, they’ll likely call and give you the lowdown on what’s what. And besides, not calling you all of the time is a good thing, because it means they are adjusting well to college life.

Don’t Be Nosy About College

When you do get the opportunity to speak with your son or daughter, don’t always steer the conversation about their studies. Remember, they are experiencing so many new things now, including freedom, responsibility, and maturity, let them bring up their classes when they want to. They may be calling because they miss you and want to hear your voice. Relax, and enjoy the moment.

You Have the Rest of Your Life Ahead of You

Not only does your child get to experience a new life, but you do too. Get out and enjoy yourself. You no longer have to be home at a certain time, drive them places, or need to do their laundry. You have so many new experiences waiting for you. Why not take this opportunity to explore all of the things that you had planned before you had kids? Your new life is waiting for you. You’re still parents, but now you have much more freedom.

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