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App of the Month: Forest (Stay Focused)

NANDIPHA DILLA
Every month, Perdeby tests and reviews an app that we think makes life easier. This month, we tried out productivity app Forest: Stay Focused.
Rating: 3/5
Forest: Stay Focused is an app that keeps you productive by making you plant virtual trees. This app is amust have for many students who are unable to resist checking their cell phones when they should be studying for tests and exams. It works by making you plant a tree for the amount of time that you need to stay focused and off your phone. While planting the tree (or shrub), you are not allowed to exit from the app to use any part of your phone unless you kill the poor plant, having a sad and lonely leafless stump that can be a sore sight in your forest.

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What you should have learned at school: ‘Tis the season to be stressed out (but, it doesn’t have to be)

ASHLEIGH NEFDT

Every week, Perdeby takes a look at something you should have learned at school to assist you in day to day life. This week, we take a look at how handle exam stress.

It’s almost that time of the year again. A time when students unite in procrastination, share the gift of missed lecture notes and celebrate the fact that we’re all terrified: exam season. It’s usually the season to be stressed out, but what if it didn’t have to be? Perdeby spoke toStudent Faculty Advisor, Ms. Thembi Barnabas to find out how to give yourself the gift of astress free exam season, before, during and after your exams.

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Special Perdeby experience: going to OppiKoppi for the first time

DITEBOGO TSHAKA AND LORINDA MARRIAN

Every week, Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something out of their comfort zones. In this week special experience piece, Ditebogo Tshaka and Lorinda Marrian attended the OppiKoppi music festival for the first time.

 

Ditebogo Tshaka

Having made the world’s most consolidated and comprehensive lists and having cross-checked them with other festival-goers’ lists, I’d thought myself to be the quintessential planner.

I’d packed all that was necessary and potentially necessary for the dust, but that was quickly thrown out the window when the dust was replaced by the sometimes oozy sometimes lumpy mud. Instead of the scorching Northam heat, we were greeted by overcast skies and chilling temperatures. Although most of the day was dreary and wet, we managed to take a tour of the main area to familiarise ourselves with the festival’s layout. By evening, our surroundings were drier and we had a fire and apotjie going. Thepotjie, concocted by our slightly inebriated chef, was edible. (The editor reserves the right to say that thispotjie was outstandingly scrumptious).

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Perdeby experience: vegan for a day

LORINDA MARRIAN AND DITEBOGO TSHAKA

Every week, Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something out of their comfort zones. Many students at the University of Pretoria follow a vegan lifestyle,  which can often be extremely difficult. In order to understand the reality of this, Lorinda Marrian and Ditebogo Tshaka tried to being vegan for the day.  

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Five podcasts for productive procrastination

CLAIRE LENAHAN
From true crime to sex questions, Perdeby’s got you covered with a guide to five of the most entertaining (but still arguably educational) podcasts around. Never has procrastinating during your study sessions been easier to rationalise.

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Perdeby Poll

Will you be attending OppiKoppi this year?

I don't trust the dust, even if there are Mangoes - 59.3%
Oppi is an institution, I wouldn't miss it for the world - 25.9%
But daisies though... - 14.8%

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