Want to visit our libraries from home?

Now, that sounds like a paradox, right? How can you visit our wonderful libraries from home? Google, that’s how! Well, Google 360…

We’ve had the lovely folk from Google come and film our campuses – including inside our libraries! Think Google street view, just inside.

Did you miss our O Week library tours, or do you want to suss out the best study spots? You can explore the library and scope out the locations of the printers, service desks and return chutes, all from the comfort of your bed.

Just head over to the About the Library webpage, select the campus you want to explore under the Getting There heading and use the arrows on screen to start your online adventure!

Once you’ve finished exploring inside our libraries, we’re sure you’ll want to come visit in person!

Simply scroll down the webpage a little further and to see our library opening hours. See you here!


Make yourself futureproof with our Academic Skills Workbook

You’re probably at uni with an ultimate aim to build your future career.

However, with an overload of lectures, readings, assessments and the like, you may find it easy to get caught up in the study haze and forget about the bigger picture.

We’re here to help keep you on track and ensure you develop the skills you’ll require for the future workforce.

We’ve created an Academic Skills Workbook to smooth the road for your success as you move toward your exciting future careers. It is designed to help you develop and apply academic, information and digital literacy skills.

As you work through the Academic Skills Workbook, you’ll also have the opportunity to incorporate the skills you’ve developed into an ePortfolio. This means you can document your credentials and skills online. You can even create folios targeted to particular audiences, such as employers, to showcase your skills. 

The Academic Skills Workbook has been broken into five sub Workbooks:

  1. 1. Academic Literacies
  2. 2. Information Literacies
  3. 3. Digital Literacies
  4. 4. ePortfolios
  5. 5. Professional Networks.

If you’re a commencing student, you’ll probably want to start at the beginning and work through the contents. Continuing students, you may like to jump to specific areas to revise and further develop your skills.

The Academic Skills Workbook is accessible via PebblePad. You can view our online guides if you need any help in getting started using PebblePad.


Get a head start on study by attending 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 free Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

During O Week for Trimester 2, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Writing university assignments

This workshop covers the basics of getting started, structuring and writing assignments.

Gold Coast: Wed 4 July, 9.30 am – G16 Lecture Theatre 1
Logan: Thurs 5 July, 9.30 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2
Nathan: Thurs 5 July, 9.30 am – N18 Central Theatre 1

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad. Don’t forget your login details and a device!

Gold Coast: Wed 4 July, 11.45 am – G16 Lecture Theatre 1
Logan: Thurs 5 July, 11.45 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2
Nathan: Thurs 5 July, 11.45 am – N18 Central Theatre 1

Researching and referencing for your assignments

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.

Gold Coast: Wed 4 July, 1.30 pm – G16 Lecture Theatre 1
Logan: Thurs 5 July, 1.30 pm – L08 Lecture Theatre 2
Nathan: Thurs 5 July, 1.30 pm – N18 Central Theatre 1


How to master your exam prep this study week

Don’t freak out about exams just yet—you have a week to prepare!

It’s time to put your head down, your brain into gear and hit those books hard.

Study week can be a stressful time for students, so we’ve put together a few tips to keep you on track. Remember: staying organised and healthy is key, so get some sleep, avoid caffeine and limit your social media procrastination.

Confirm exam details

Check your myGriffith exam timetable to discover the date, time and location of your exam.

The exam timetable is usually released a good few weeks before the commencement of Study Week. But just a heads up, venues are subject to change, so be sure to double check the details 24 hours prior to the exam.

Also, your exam may be in a place you are unfamiliar with. Check your campus map to locate the building.

Schedule your life

Set out a study schedule and stick to it. There are loads of daily and weekly planners available you can use to help with this. You can also find free planners online.

Handy hint: sleeping and eating are important activities to schedule into your busy days. Your brain works best after rest and nourishment.

Set exam goals

Setting unrealistic goals is just as bad as not setting them at all.

Check how you are travelling so far. The results of all your completed assessment items should be available in Learning@Griffith. Calculate how many marks you need to achieve your desired overall course grade—that’s what you should work towards. Start thinking of all the ways you can reward yourself when you reach this goal.

Prepare your study notes

This is the moment when you’ll be super pleased with yourself for going to class and taking awesome notes. Go grab those notes: it’s time to make them work for you.

Basically, you want to condense your notes and present them in a visual format. Have you heard of a mind map, concept map or flowchart? According to Patrick Sharrat in Passing Exams for Dummies (2013), your brain thinks in pictures, so creating keyword pictures and patterns can help with memory retention.

For more tips, check out this Buzzfeed video for eight essential study hacks or Wengies video on seven study tips to help you ace your exams.

Teach the topic to someone

Teach the topic to your mum, friend or flatmate’s dog. The best way to test your understanding of a topic is to try to teach it to someone else—even a class of stuffed animals will do.

—Extract from Study Smart—


Did you know you can book a group study space?

We’ve got an array of different spaces for you to use in our libraries.

We’ve got silent study spaces where you can get in the zone and study, quiet study spaces ‘cause sometimes you’ve gotta make a little bit of noise and social study spaces for collaboration.

We’ve also got bookable group study spaces at every campus.

If you’re working on a group assignment, have scheduled a group study session for your upcoming exams, or want some privacy for your group study, you can book a group study space for up to two hours a day three times per week.

  • Go to the library’s Study page: https://www.griffith.edu.au/library/study.
  • Scroll down to the red Bookable group study spaces block.
  • Click the Book your space link.
  • Select the campus you want, click on the time desired, and follow the prompts to submit your booking.

Now, you’ve just gotta turn up at your booked study space during your booked period and study away!


It’s Library Week: Time to appreciate your Griffith Library!

Do you know what this week is? Well, aside from being the week season 8 of Archer is released on Netflix and second-last teaching week of the trimester, 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, we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are. We’ve got:

Events

We’re often hosting fun events, like the HackathonMusic in the Library and our recent Human Library. In fact, we’re even running a Library Week competition. This year’s Library and Information Week theme is find yourself in a library. Well, we want you to find the Millennium Falcon in our library! Follow the online clues and win a $50 Event Cinemas gift card.

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 myriad facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity) and bookable group study rooms

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 (why not check out their online profiles?). 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.


How to think critically

With the prevalence of ‘fake news‘ and the rise of ‘citizen journalism‘, the ability to think critically about the information you take in or believe has become incredibly important.

Critical thinking refers to thoughtfully reasoned consideration. E.g. ‘Do I believe this article from the Beetota Advocate to be true? Maybe it’s fake news?’

Besides applying it to everyday life (particularly when scrolling your social feeds), you will need to think critically when reading, note taking, doing assignments, preparing for exams, organising your time, and attending lectures and tutorials.

Critical thinking involves seven steps. Let’s say, for example, you had to make a decision about which university to attend. You would ultimately do the following:

1. Analyse and interpret the question
E.g. Ask: ‘Which university should I attend?’

2. Immerse yourself in the topic
E.g. Seek information about different universities.

3. Ask questions
E.g. Ask questions about University services, programs of study, and potential career paths.

4. Make links
E.g. Make a link between Griffith University and its impact on a future career in education.

5. Understand the different perspectives
E.g. Synthesise information from a range of sources, such as University open days; guidance counsellors; current students; and professionals in the field.

6. Understand the theoretical frameworks
E.g. Familiarise yourself with terminology and concepts relevant to universities, such as undergrad, postgrad, entry requirementsand pre-requisites.

7. Develop a position and arguments to support it
E.g. Make an informed decision about which university to attend. It was Griffith University, right?

– Extract from Study Smart –