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 Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 3, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students. Find out more at our Library Orientation webpage.

Writing university assignments (2hrs) 

Covers the basics of getting started, structuring and writing assignments.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
9.30 am
9.30 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (45 mins)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
11.45 am
11.45 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

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.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
1.30 pm
1.30 pm
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week. Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.

5 tips to survive exam day

Eek – it’s almost time!

Exam block hits this Thursday. Though these words may do nothing: try not to stress too much!

When the big day arrives, remember the hard part is over. The content is in your head—it’s ready and waiting to be unleashed onto your exam paper, you just need to set it free. Follow our exam day tips below to help you perform your best.

1. Pack your bag

Pack everything you need for the exam. You don’t want to rock up to the exam without your student ID, or a pen. Whether you will need a calculator, ruler or protractor, organise all your stuff the night before the exam. Exams are thirsty work, so be sure to include a water bottle as well.

2. Get there early

Make sure you arrive early so that you have time to get settled. Arriving late can cause anxiety and get you started on the wrong foot. Use the time to double check the equipment you can bring into the exam.

3. Answer what you want, when you want

You don’t have to answer the questions in the order they are presented. Be a rebel and do the last ones first, or first ones last. You may be less anxious if you answer all the easy questions first and then allocate the remaining time to the more difficult ones.

4. Read exam questions carefully

Under stressful exam conditions, you may be tempted to skim over the question quickly so you can get on with drafting an answer. The danger with this is that you may misunderstand, misread or simply miss a vital part of the question. Take your time and make sure you know exactly what you are being asked for.

5. Review your answers

Finished your exam with minutes to spare? Don’t leave early. Instead, use that time to review your answers. You will kick yourself if you accidentally missed a multiple choice question, or the short essay question on the back page that you didn’t see because you rushed out of the exam room.

—Extract from Study Smart—

Welcome to study period! Here’s what you need to do to ace exams…

Study period starts tomorrow. A few days to go over what you’ve learnt throughout the trimester and prepare for exams.

It can be a stressful time for students, so we’ve put together a few tips to keep you on track.

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—

Ace your referencing with our Referencing Tool

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and

demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith University has developed a Referencing Tool.

And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to use!

  1. 1. Select the reference style.
  2. 2. Select the media type.
  3. 3. Select the format.

Then BAM – the tool provides you an example. For both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!

Have you checked out our Study Smart tutorial yet?

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When it comes to study skills, the library is here to help!

Our online Study Smart tutorial covers everything from preparing for university, writing assignments, acing exams and even selling yourself on social media.

Take a look from start to finish, or pick and choose the information that will help you.

Study Smart includes the following topics:

You can even quiz yourself at the end, to test your understanding of academic writing.

Need more help? You’ll also find helpful links to other online training and support, such as:

  • Microsoft Virtual Academy – free online training in the various versions of Microsoft Office. Step-by-step instructions and videos are available in Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office products that allow you to improve your digital skills.
  • Smarthinking – a free 24/7 online tutoring service available to all Griffith students seeking advice on improving their writing skills. Students can also submit their assignment draft for review and receive a response in 24 hours.

Streamline your research process with our Library Guides

Our Library Guides will help guide you in the right direction for your research!

Here, in the library, we’re a big fan of anything that makes researching more efficient.

That’s why our Discipline Librarians have created Library Guides for you.

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 business and government, or further narrow your selection to a specific subject, such as marketing.

All the key databases you’ll need for your research will be, literally, just a click away!

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

4 tips to survive group assignments

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Working in a group is a large part of your academic ‘career’. The good news is these sometimes frustrating team situations assist in learning negotiation and communication skills, which all employers are super keen on.

But just because something is good for us doesn’t mean it’s easy to do, or that we will automatically enjoy doing it.

Lucky for you, we have a few tips and tricks to make your group work as drama free as having a sea-monkey as a pet.

1. Start with introductions and set some ground rules

It takes time for a group of individuals to become a team. Meet your team members as soon as possible and get to know each other.

Decide how the group will communicate. Are you going have face-to-face meetings or communicate online through email or group discussion forums?

Whether you meet in person or virtually, create a schedule of meetings with agendas. Decide on team roles so that everyone keeps on track.

And remember, play nicely with others. Be inclusive and treat each other with respect and courtesy.

2. Understand the assignment requirements

Do you understand what the assignment is asking you to do? Take the time to analyse your assignment topic. Identify specific tasks and estimate the time required to complete them.

Once you have done this, you will need to prioritise the tasks set deadlines, and allocate the tasks to team members.

This will ensure work is divided fairly and effectively. Use your meetings to regularly review progress and revise deadlines.

3. Use technology to collaborate

Get to know your technology. There are so many technologies available to help you collaborate online with your teammates.

From discussion boards, wikis and instant messaging to email, social media and Google Docs.

Make sure you are an active online participant: read, respond and contribute to the group’s postings.

4. Use effective strategies to overcome problems

Problems may arise within a group for a variety of reasons. They may result from unequal efforts from team members, disagreements about group objectives, clash of personalities, simple misunderstandings and straight-out differences of opinion.

Any issues need to be dealt with promptly and decisively. Learn to effectively manage conflict so you can facilitate discussion and come to a resolution. Contact the lecturer or tutor if a problem is not able to be resolved.