5 apps to help you study better

There’s an app for almost everything, nowadays, isn’t there? So, have you ever thought about using an app to help you study? I mean, it is study week.

Below, we’ve listed some handy apps to help you with your study this exam period.

1. SelfControl
Developer: Charlie Stigler & Steve Lambert
Available: Online for Mac OSX
Cost: Free

Super skilled at procrastinating? Can’t resist the urge to check your social media news feed, or trying to avoid calculus by watching YouTube videos of kittens? SelfControl lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the internet.  Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click start. Until that timer expires, you’ll be unable to access those sites – even if you restart your computer or delete the app! A necessary evil, possibly?

2. Dragon Dictation
Developer: Nuance Communications
Available: App store 
Cost: Free

Fingers hurt from typing too much (It’s a real problem!)? No worries. Get Dragon Dictation and use your voice to dictate your study notes – simply speak and see your content appear on screen.

3. Flashcards+
Developer: Chegg
Available: App  store and Google Play
Cost: Free

Memorise info like a pro using this flashcards app, designed to help you learn.

4. The Oxford Dictionary of English
Developer: MobiSystems
Available: App store and Google Play
Cost: Free

Because everybody needs a good dictionary in their life.

5. Write or Die
Developer: Dr Wicked
Available: Online or App store
Cost: $9.99 – $20

Struggling to find the motivation to write your assignment, unless there’s a looming deadline no more than 24 hours away? Meet: Write or Die. Write or Die is an online app (which you can also download to your iPhone) that gives consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep writing, everything is fine, but if you become distracted there are customisable consequences.

6. The Hemingway App
Developer: Adam Long & Ben Long
Available: Online
Cost: $19.99

Ready to be judged? This app allows you to paste in content you have written and have it critiqued, to make your writing bold and clear. The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors. It’s especially handy if you have a problem with verbosity (don’t know what that means? Refer to app #4).


Library hours for study and exam period

You’re almost there! Just a few more weeks and the trimester will be over. You can sleep in under your doona without the pressing urgency of attending lectures, working on assignments, or studying for exams.

But we’re not quite there yet.

Next week is study week, a week long break between teaching and end of trimester exam period to allow you to study for exams.

However, we get students will often want to use the library more than usual during Weeks 12, 13 & 14 to assist with study (into the early morning even – how do you do it! Young blood?).

Books, study spots, printers, vending machines in close proximity – we’ve got you.

So, for the next three weeks, Nathan and Gold Coast libraries will open 7am Monday, and remain open 24 hours until midnight on Fridays with extended weekend hours to accommodate this. 

  • Monday: 7am-12am (services open 8am – 7pm)
  • Tuesday – Friday: 24 hours (services open 8am – 7pm)
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 10pm (services open 9am – 5pm)

Check out the opening hours for Logan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank campuses here.

And don’t forget to take a look at our handy information on exam prep during study week and on exam day, as well as tips to beat exam anxiety.


It’s Library Week!

Library week banner

Do you know what this week is? Well, besides being the last week of classes for this trimester (which we’re sure you’re also awfully excited about), it’s Library and Information Week!

Library and Information Week is all about raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia, and showcasing the resources, facilities, events, and services we have to offer.

While we know our students appreciate our libraries (last year we even got given a cake – thank you Layla!), we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are.

Events

We’re often hosting fun events, like Music in the Library, Star Weaving, or even a weekend-long hack-a-thon. In fact, our Human Library event is on this week, where you can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.

Resources

We have books, a lot of books. And computers so you can check your MyGriffith, access online databases, use software, and – let’s be honest – probably check your social media. You can even borrow a laptop.

But that’s just the physical. Our library website is full of helpful resources such as the library catalogue (a must) and study tips.

Facilities

We’ve got a myriad of facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity), bookable group study rooms and videoconferencing rooms, and even an Xbox at Gold Coast library.

Did you know we even got Google to come and film our libraries? You can actually take a virtual tour of our libraries. If you haven’t checked it out, you should (it’s pretty cool).

And good news for you, our libraries will soon be open extended hours for study and exam weeks! Check out our opening hours here.

Services

You’ll find friendly staff behind all our library desks. They are there to help you with any library questions you may have. 

Not in the library? No worries. You can also call (07 3735 5555 for Brisbane or 07 5552 5555 for Gold Coast), email, chat us, or ask a question online.


Meet your library staff: Rhiannon Reid

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our five campus libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Rhiannon Reid.

Quick overview

  • Find me at: Library front desk QCGU, or “behind the scenes” throwing together folders for Music Issue.
  • What I do: Mostly printing/lending queries but I have on occasion played therapist, disciplinarian, and, awkwardly, alarm clock, waking up kids who fall asleep on beanbags.
  • My Griffith story: I started at Griffith in 2014 and have been lucky enough to stick around ever since. During that time I’ve worked across several campuses, and on several challenging projects. As my first out of uni job, it has taught me a lot and been very eye-opening.

Steal Rhiannon’s wisdom

  • Best study tip for students: Find someone you trust to proofread. Typos hapen to godd people way too often…
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Typos. See above. .
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Put down the eyeliner, you are NOT as cool as you think you are. Also, be nicer to your mother. And don’t get so stressed about having no idea what you want to do with your life. Hot tip, in 10 years you’ll still be unsure. But at least you won’t have so much eyeliner on and you’re being nicer to your mother.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: It is possible to enjoy the work environment you spend hours in. Several of my colleagues have been some of the kindest and most generous to me during some of the hardest times of my life.

Get to know Rhiannon

  • Describe yourself in three words: Creative, avid reader
  • Growing up I wanted to be: An actor (those Year 3 drama lessons pay off on the front desk A LOT) and/or a writer. But mostly Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Greatest accomplishment: TBA
  • Fun fact: I wrote this whole thing with an Ed Sheeran song stuck in my head. I wonder if it shows…

Human Library: Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don't judge a book by its cover

We are hosting a Human Library at the Nathan campus library at 12 pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.

About the Human Library

Human Libraries are all around the world! They are much more than an ‘event’ – they are about providing a space to enable social and cultural connection between people while recognising our differences.

We want people to share their stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

The Human Books will be available in a safe conversational space in the library. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the book on loan.

Our collection of Human Books

The Griffith University Human Library collection is quite diverse. Check out our selection of Human Books:

  •   Homeless
  •   Refugee
  •   Adopted
  •   Widow
  •   Muslim Woman
  •   Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
  •   Lesbian/Muso
  •   Gay male
  •   Maori
  •   Indigenous
  •   Women in IT (WIT)
  •   Veteran and Assistance Dog
  •   Author
  •   Tattoos
  •   Dreadlocks

Reserve a Human Book

Bookings are now open. Get in quick so you don’t miss out! Reserve your Human Books today.

Borrowing rules

You are responsible for all the Human Books you borrow. Be sure to follow the Human Library borrowing rules:

  •   All of our books are in mint condition. We expect them to be returned in the same condition.
  •   Do not tear out pages or write notes in our books.
  •   Loans are personal and may not be handed over to other readers.
  •   Your book is a reference for information on a given topic. So you need to ask about the things that you want to know.
  •   Be respectful.

Event details

Time: 12pm – 1.15pm
Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Location: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University


Check out our Library Twitter

Library Twitter

Us library staff like to think we’re a little hip (we’re not all cats and cups of tea, you know). And, even though we may not always be, our Twitter certainly is.

Yep, our Twitter. In case you didn’t already know, Griffith library is on Twitter. And most other major social media, too: FacebookInstagram, our wonderful blogs like this one.

Just like you use different social media for different things, so do we. While our library blog here is full of useful (and fun!) information which may go into a little more depth, our Twitter page is great for getting a quick snapshot of info. And it’s awash with funny gifs too!

So, if you’re a fellow Twitter user – come on over and follow us. Like us, retweet us, do all the twitter stuff! Or just follow our page quietly. Really, it’s your choice.  

And if you’re not a Twitter user, why not consider joining? It’s a great way to stay on top of information!


Music in the Library is going POP!

Gold Coast campus is playing host to the next installment of Music in the Library and boy are you guys in for a performance!

Head to the Library at 1pm, Monday 15 May, and you will be treated to a line-up of talented singers and guitarists: Sophia Koop and Monique Matthews accompanied by Ryan Stegman.

Sophia Koop

Sophia Koop is an upcoming 19-year-old pop/electronic artist. Growing up, Sophia always had a love for music and as a result began piano and dancing lessons.

With her rich and soulful vocals, comes forth an explosion of new age pop/electronic music – one that will mesmerise you from the moment you hear it.

You can find Sophia on Facebook and Soundcloud

Monique Matthews

Monique is a newcomer to the alternative-pop scene. Influenced by a wide array of sounds, her creative undertone is a refreshing and fearless take on pop music.

Radiating a bold warmth that introduces you to a world of sincere storytelling, Monique is sure to take you on a journey. Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

You can find Monique on Facebook and Instagram