Eva Hesping for World Malaria Day

Eva Hesping, PhD candidate at Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD), Compounds Australia.

25 April is World Malaria Day. The World Health Organization reports 219 million new cases of malaria as recently as 2017. You can find papers on malaria research being conducted by Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) on Griffith Research Online and get to know our Griffith researchers. Today we are featuring Eva Hesping, a PhD candidate, at GRIDD.

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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.


Library Lovers’ Day

February 14th marks Library Lovers’ Day 2019, and in celebration of this wonderful day we thought we would spread the love by sharing some of the things that we love about our libraries here at Griffith University!

Study Spaces

From 24/7 study lounges to quiet study zones and bookable study spaces, our libraries provide students with comfortable and adaptable areas for group collaboration, individual work, and access to the library’s resources.

Events

Needing a break from the stress of university life? Our libraries are here to help with our destress stations! With jigsaw puzzles, colouring and a quiet environment to unwind, reward yourself with a break from studying! Initially introduced as part of University Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, our destress stations have now become a permanent and beloved fixture of our libraries.

Resources

Greatly expanding our borrowing reach, Griffith University is a proud member of the BONUS+ initiative. This resource sharing collaboration between participating Australian and New Zealand Libraries allows our students access to items held outside of the Griffith collection. Simply request the item online and receive it a few days later at your preferred location!

Services

Our Reading List service provides students with easy access to all their required and recommended course readings. Available 24/7, this service provides students with one convenient list of direct links to articles, eBooks, databases, websites, the library catalogue and digitised readings. Anywhere, anytime access? Who doesn’t love that?!

What do you love most about your Griffith University library? Let us know in the comments below!


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

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.


Study smarter not harder with Study Smart

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

Our brand spankin’ new Study Tips webpage will help you start the year on the right foot and prepare for study in 2019 by getting on top of:

Once you delve into your study, our online Study Smart tutorial covers everything you’ll need to know to ace the trimester! There’s info on:

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.

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.