How to stay on top of your course readings

We’re coming up to week 9 already, and if you already don’t know about course readings, here is your chance to learn all you need to know!

It’s crucial to stay on top of your readings when they’re assigned, and we are here to help make sure they’re all in one easily accessible location. It’s super easy, so no excuses!

Just head over to Learning@Griffith and click on your desired course; you will find a Readings link on the left-hand menu. From here you’ll go to the readings you’ve been assigned and the links which will take you directly to them.

If your assigned reading is an online resource, you will see the View Online button. All you need to do is click on the button and it’ll take you directly to the resource you need. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch.

If it’s not an online resource, don’t stress, you should be able to find it in our library! Just click on the resource title to expand and see the availability and location of the book in our libraries.

You can even personalise your Reading Lists by assigning a read status to resources such as will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read (although we know you won’t be using that one!). You can also add handy little study notes.

If you want to know more, check out our FAQs for Reading Lists.


Human Library a success!

Did you ‘borrow’ a human book?

As we celebrated Harmony Week across the University, we held our annual Human Library on March 20. This event provided an opportunity to converse with someone about their lives, what makes them who they are, and most importantly, creates a safe place for open communication and ideas. The Human Library hopes to break down barriers, challenge beliefs and create a more tolerant society.

This year we had 14 wonderful human ‘books’, brave enough to share their stories with our readers. The books on offer included Sexually Abused Child, Lesbian Priest, Alcoholic, Prisoner of War, Jewish, along with representatives of our First People and many more. The Readers and Books asked questions and listened, in turn recognising the Human Book is not just a label, but they also had a story to tell.

Head over to our YouTube channel and take a look at the final product that raps up the day perfectly.

 

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Why we’re lovin’ the library on Market Days

 

Market days are creeping up on us and we can’t wait to show you what the library stall has in store.

We are ready to talk library catalogue, referencing, consultations and much, much more! This is your chance to learn about all things library and meet the awesome (if we say so ourselves) team.

There will be a library questionnaire ready to be filled out, and your knowledge could score you the ultimate prize – our survival pack. Full of items such as headphones, charger, notebooks, stationary and more! You won’t want to miss your chance.

So, make sure you come along to your campus’ O-week market day, the best day of the year, and see all that’s going on:

  • Monday 18thFebruary – Gold Coast
  • Tuesday 19thFebruary – Gold Coast and Nathan
  • Wednesday 20thFebruary – Logan
  • Monday 25thFebruary – South Bank
  • Tuesday 26thFebruary – Mt Gravatt
  • Thursday 28thFebruary – Nathan

Get a head start on study by attending our free 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!

Prior to Trimester 1, 2019, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university (2 hrs)

This workshop introduces you to university culture and expectations, and covers strategies for managing your time and studying effectively.

Gold Coast: Mon 11 February, 10.00 am – G17 Lecture Theatre 4
Nathan: Tues 12 February, 10.00 am – N18 Central Theatre 1

Writing university assignments (2 hrs)

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

Nathan: Wed 13 February, 9.30 am – N18 Central Theatre 1
Gold Coast: 
Wed 13 February, 10.00 am – G17 Lecture Theatre 4
Mt Gravatt: Mon 18 February, 9.30 am – M23 Auditorium
South Bank: Tues 19 February, 9.30 am – S05 Lecture Theatre and Gallery
Logan: Thurs 21 February, 9.30 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad (45 mins)

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

Nathan: Wed 13 February, 11.45 am – N18 Central Theatre 1
Gold Coast: 
Wed 13 February, 1.00 pm – G03 Lecture Theatre 1
Mt Gravatt: Mon 18 February, 11.45 am – M23 Auditorium
South Bank: Tues 19 February, 11.45 am – S05 Lecture Theatre and Gallery
Logan: Thurs 21 February, 11.45 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2

Researching and referencing for your assignments (2 hrs)

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.

Nathan: Wed 13 February, 1.30 pm – N18 Central Theatre 1
Gold Coast: 
Wed 13 February, 2.00 pm – G03 Lecture Theatre 1
Mt Gravatt: Mon 18 February, 1.30 pm – M23 Auditorium
South Bank: Tues 19 February, 1.30 pm – S05 Lecture Theatre and Gallery
Logan: Thurs 21 February, 1.30 pm – L08 Lecture Theatre 2


How to become an exam prep pro

 

We are in the midst of studying for the upcoming exams, so it’s time to fit in some last-minute prep!

It’s a stressful time of the year and we want to make sure you have everything covered and know exactly what helps you get those top marks.

  • 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. Check your campus map to locate any buildings you’re not sure of.

  • Schedule your life

Set out a study schedule and stick to it. There are lots of daily and weekly planners available you can use to help with this, such as Griffith’s online planner.

  • Set exam goals

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

Yes, those countless notes you take in class actually do come in handy. 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.

Teach the topic to someone

Teach the topic to your mum, friend or even the bush turkeys on campus. 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.

 

Don’t forget, Griffith also has an entire webpage on exam preparation for your benefit. So lets get studying and ace these exams.


How to boost your postgrad research skills

 

A little extra help goes a long way in the world of researching, more specifically higher degree research, and we want your work to have impact!

The Research and Publishing webpage covers all your researching needs and assists with getting started, managing your research and of course, getting published.

The webpage covers topics such as:

Free workshops on topics like publishing during your PhD, EndNote, developing your academic argument, editing your writing, managing your research data and many more.

  • Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules designed to guide you through every stage of your research journey.
  • Strategic publishing guidelines that show you where to get published, how to get published and how to reach the widest audience.
  • How to measure your academic impact using citation performance indicators and altmetrics.
  • Best practice data guidelines.
  • Plus much more.

Are you a Higher Degree Research student and need assisting with a specific research need? You can book a free consultation with a specialist Librarian for support. Just scroll on down to ‘Consultations with a Specialist’ on the Research and Publishing webpage.


Fastrack your research using our Library Guides

 

Imagine a place that had all your study guides ready to go; key information, databases, resources at your fingertips.

Well, lucky the trusty Griffith librarians are on it. Two words.

Library. Guides.

Our Library Guides compile all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area. Just go to the Borrowing and Resources library page and select your discipline under Library guides.

You can select a broad discipline, such as science and technology, or further narrow your selection to a specific subject, such as information technology.

This will help to ensure you’re not wasting time on research that isn’t the exact piece of information you need. Yep, we can hear you asking, ‘where has this been my whole life?!’

We have library guides for the below disciplines; click within the discipline for further subject-specific guides.