Welcome to O Week!

Welcome to O Week!

Griffith University library has a lot of resources available to help you settle into Uni life and succeed in your academic journey. We suggest you check out our website, take a look at our Study Smart tutorials, come along to a library tour and scope out a comfy study spot.

We’ll also be hosting tables at each Market Day, so make sure you seek us out and ask all your burning questions (or just, you know, shoot the breeze. Or a hoop. Rumour has it there will be mini basketball). Though unlike Steve Buscemi we won’t be pretending that we’re hip and cool–because once you meet us you’ll see there’s absolutely no need to pretend 😉

And if you haven’t already, follow the library social media to stay updated throughout the year–we’ve got Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Finally: don’t forget to download our official Griffith App to help you get orientated on campus. FYI–the maps function will be a lifesaver during your first few weeks.

For more information, visit the library orientation webpage.


Take a library tour this O Week!

To all our new students starting at Griffith this Trimester, G’day! Trimester 1 kicks off next week and we are here to show you around–and let you in on a little secret: the library is awesome. We acknowledge, we may be a tad biased. Nevertheless, check it out and decide for yourself!

Drop by your closest campus library from 19-23 February 2018 and take a 15-minute library tour. Bring your binoculars (no, not really) and get ready to experience the sights and sounds of your campus library.

Keep your eyes peeled for the quiet study spaces and the ever inviting beanbags. Here are the tour deets:

Library Campus Time Frequency
Gold Coast 10.30 am – 1.30 pm Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour
Logan 12 noon – 2 pm As required
Mt Gravatt 12 noon – 2 pm As required
Nathan 10 am – 2 pm Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour
South Bank 12 noon – 2 pm  As required

Are you keen? You don’t need to book, just rock up to the library and meet us in the foyer. Easy peasy!

 


Your reading lists have gotten a facelift!

An essential part of uni is caffeine study, and an important aspect of staying on top of course content is ensuring you are completing any assigned readings. Luckily, Griffith have made keeping on top of this super easy by ensuring all of your course readings are in one easily accessible place.

Under your course in Learning@Griffith, you’ll see a Readings link in the left hand menu. This will direct you to your course reading list. Here, you’ll find all your course readings clearly laid out. If you’re a returning student we’re sure you’re pretty familiar with this.

However, when you check your trimester 1 reading lists from today (14 February) onwards, you’re gonna see a brand new, modern interface.

For newbies, you will be able to get started right away planning your study and accessing your readings. And returning students–you’ll be able to take advantage of all the great functionality you are used to in a more dynamic layout.

Highlights include:

  • More visual with icons, and book jackets (so you can see what the book actually looks like!).
  • A View Online button has replaced the red Online Resource button. Just one click and it’ll take you directly to the online resource.
  • The new dynamic view means you’ll have less clicks to get to all the information you need. For example, if you want to know if the print book is in the library and at which campus, just click on the title to expand the view.
  • You can change the view to the citation style of your choice (super handy when referencing!).
  • Better sizing and functionality on mobile devices.
  • And don’t worry, all the other cool stuff like setting reading intentions, personal notes and exporting to a citation manager are all still there.

Any questions?

Try Ask Us 24/7 or contact our friendly library staff.


Stay connected after you’ve graduated as an Alumni borrower

Exam week is almost over!

If this is your final exam block at Griffith before you graduate: 1) Congratulations!, and 2) We’ll miss you!

You might be wondering what happens to your Griffith access after you graduate. If so, take a squiz at our article where we give you the low-down.

Fantastic news is, just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you have to leave the Griffith library behind.

You are eligible for an alumni membership which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loans. And, did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow as a community member.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.


Where is your mind? And where are your valuables?

So you’ve locked the door to your house, removed everything of value from your car, and your mobile phone is permanently attached to your hand. All your stuff seems to be as secure as it can be.

But what about when you visit the library? Our libraries provide an array of study spaces for you to settle in to and delve into study. So. Much. Study. In the words of the Pixies: ‘where is my mind?

Be careful not to get so dazed in your study haze that your mind (along with your body) wanders away from your valuable items, though!

Many students leave their valuables unattended in the library to go grab a book off the shelf, chat to friendly library staff, or have a quick coffee break.

Most of the time, nothing nefarious goes down. But sometimes your stuff will be swiped by sneaky thieves. Whether it’s your purse (or wallet), laptop, tablet or backpack, if you leave it, you could lose it.

Take a sensible approach to your property and don’t leave your valuables unattended. You certainly don’t need any more stress at this time of trimester!

Griffith University Security has some wise advice about the safety of your personal belongings. Head to the Security web page for tips. If you see any suspicious persons or activity in your area, call security:

  • Nathan & Mt Gravatt: (07) 3735 7777
  • South Bank: (07) 3735 6226
  • Logan: (07) 3382 1717
  • Gold Coast: (07) 5552 7777

Get a head start with our Earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 1, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university

Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.

Researching and Referencing for your assignments

Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester one prepared for success!


7 tips to beat exam anxiety

The trimester’s almost over! Just a few exams and you’re done!

And while this summer weather’s beautiful and all, you’re totally devoting this week to studying and improving your course content knowledge, not improving your sun tan, right?

Though, no matter how prepared you are for an exam, you can’t help but feel some anxiety.

The butterflies in your stomach have multiplied, and the gentle fluttering has turned into frantic flapping.

It’s time to cite maybe the most hated meme ever: keep calm and carry on.

Here are 7 tips from ASAPThought to help you beat exam anxiety:

  1. 1. Get at least 6 hours of sleep before an exam.
  2. 2. Ensure you maintain a balanced diet in the lead up to your exams.
  3. 3. On exam day, have a breakfast high in fibre and carbs so that energy is released slowly and your brain doesn’t crash mid-exam!
  4. 4. Set realistic goals.
  5. 5. To help de-stress, imagine yourself in a happy moment–whatever that may be (your bed? #BedIsLife)–then quickly switch to imagining yourself in the exam room. This helps your brain to associate those happy feelings with the exam, and primes you to be ready.
  6. 6. Familiarise yourself with the exam location–if it’s somewhere you haven’t been before, take a short field trip to the location in advance. This will also help ensure you’re not late!
  7. 7. Write down any pre-exam insecurities on a piece of paper, and then right below write down a rebuttal that will help you feel confident. Then crumple up that piece of paper and throw it out!