The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

QUIET STUDY. It might sound appealing to study with music, podcasts, and videos in the background, but it’s not good for focus. Instead, it’s better to work in a quiet, calm environment. “Humans are inherently horrible multitaskers, so trying to do more than one thing at once will drag down productivity,” Ostrem writes.

Keep your focus on staying focused

Peter Ostrem, The Rubicon November 28, 2023
Eliminate distractions and focus on one thing at a time during the semester's final weeks.
Feeling down? Try music.

Feeling down? Try music.

Taryn Karasti, Staff Writer March 13, 2023
Based on numerous science experiments, music could be one simple solution to lowering stress and increasing concentration.
DISCONNECT. Google Classroom notifications fill up Gmail inboxes in the blink of an eye, and create a lot of unwanted stress. No one wants to hear their devices constantly buzzing with the sounds of new assignments and grade updates. So why not just turn them off?

How can we set boundaries between school and personal life? Here are eight tips.

Eliana Mann, RubicOnline September 25, 2021
As school is ramping back up again, it's hard not to let it take over our personal lives.
Edvard Munch, the Norwegian painter, contracted the Spanish Flu in 1919, used this experience as creative inspiration for a painting titled Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu.

Pandemics and creativity: a blessing or curse?

Sam Hanson, RubicOnline April 21, 2020
The history of pandemics offers examples of artists that channeled enhanced creativity in the midst of crisis.
Self care is more about hard work paying off than luxurious relaxation.

Responsible self care includes productivity

Lizzie Kristal, The Rubicon January 23, 2020
Sometimes the best form of self-care is to sit down and get stuff done.
9th grader Alex Moore looks reading notes for French class.

Science proves that typing notes is killing your grade

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline Editor May 10, 2019

Classes often begin with students opening their laptop, but typing notes aren’t as beneficial as the students think they are. In fact, typing notes makes preparing for tests much tougher than it should...

The upper library, where study halls used to be held, is left deserted as ninth graders find other places to study.

Ninth graders successfully petition for study hall release

Mason Brooks, Staff Writer May 9, 2019
Ninth graders Sophie Cullen and Olivia Szaj petititioned for free study halls, and the class is grateful.
Moment, Lumosity, Bedtime, and Evernote are all perfect apps for staying organized and prepared for the rest of the school year.

4 apps that will help you thrive this school year

Liv Larsen, Interactive Storytelling Team September 17, 2018
Boost your productivity with apps to regulate phone use and improve mental health and sleep schedule.
Caffeine helps students feel more productive and energized which allows them to achieve more, not only in school but also in life.

Two Sides, One Issue: Caffeine helps students achieve success

Melissa Nie, Staff Writer March 8, 2017
Caffeine is beneficial to its users when taken in moderate amounts.
Music has been found to improve productivity and state of mind.

Not magic, just music

Jared Grossman, Staff Writer November 1, 2014
Whether it’s rocking to Radiohead or jamming to Jay-Z, music undoubtedly has its effect on everyone. But what is that effect?
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