Kick start your study success by attending an earlybird workshop

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 2, 2017, we are offering the following earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university
Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Writing university assignments
Does your assignment writing process involve opening a new word document, and staring at an empty page for 30 minutes trying to come up with an opening sentence? Don’t let assignments get the better of you! This workshop will cover the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments, and will help prepare you to smash the next assignment you get!

Researching and Referencing for your assignments
Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll 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.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester two prepared for success!


Assignment submission goes online in 2017

The future is here! Online assignment submission goes online 2017.

The future is here! Assignment submission goes online in 2017.

Assignments. Not so long ago they were the bane of your existence. Many a late night was spent trying to put together a gazillion word essay with minimal research, maximum caffeine, and zero motivation.

But since you submitted your final paper in week 16, you haven’t given them a moments thought. In fact, you’ve mentally blocked out anything to do with essays, reports, case studies or critical reviews.

And you are probably wondering why we’ve brought up such a stressful topic, especially when you are smack-bang in the middle of exams.

While it’s old news to some of you, we still have some awesome news. Assignment submissions are going online in 2017! From Trimester 1, you can submit university assignments online through such channels as Turnitin, SafeAssign, or the Blackboard submission tool.

No longer will you have to wrestle your report from the printer, or remember to put on pants to hand them in at the library.

In the new year, you’ll just need to complete your assignment, select your online submission tool, click a few buttons, and puff, it’s submitted.

Keep in mind that some assignments may still need to be physically submitted to your school. See your course profile for more details.

Need help? Contact your friendly IT Service Centre, check out these helpful student guides, or simply ASK US.


Free Earlybird workshops 18-20 July

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A little preparation before you start university makes your study experience easier. Prior to Semester 2, 2016, Griffith University is offering the following Earlybird workshops.

 

These are all free and you only need to register* for one of them!

18 July (Mon) 19 July (Tues) 20 July (Wed)
Gold Coast 10 am
Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
Learning Commons (G11_4.29)1pm
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (G10_2.04
10 am
Researching and Referencing for your assignment (2hrs)
Learning Commons (G1_4.29)1 pm
Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
Learning Commons (G11_4.29)
10 am
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (G10_2.04
Logan 10 am
Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
Library (LO3_3.30)
10 am
Researching and Referencing for your assignment (2hrs)
Lecture Theatre 1 (LO8_LT1)
Nathan 10 am
Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
Central Theatre (N18_LT2)10 am
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (N53_1.50
10 am
Reading and note-taking (2hrs)
Central Theatre (N18_LT2)
10 am
Researching and Referencing for your assignment (2hrs)
Health Sciences (N48_0.14)1 pm
Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
Health Sciences (N48_0.14)1.30 pm
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (N53_1.50
*Registration required, please use book-it to ensure your place or join the waiting list.

Curious learners have better recall

Research discussed in an article in The Conversation indicates that the more curious you are about a topic and motivated you are to learn about it, the more likely you are to remember the information. It discusses the increased ability of research participants to remember more information about a topic when they are curious about the subject matter, and to recall information unrelated to the topic when presented at the same time. This suggests that memory is more receptive to retaining information when the brain is actively engaged and curiosity is sparked. Changes in the hippocampus of the brain, which is associated with memory, were observed during learning and recall.

It follows that when you, as a Griffith student, have a choice in topics for an assessment task, you can apply this principle by selecting the one that interests you. Engaging with a particular topic in your essay, report or presentation could assist in your recall of other related and even unrelated facts or images for exams or other assessment tasks. When presented with a choice in topics, choose one that you find interesting, since it could help you remember more than you expected.

The article continues to talk about motivation. It explains that intrinsic motivation is performing the task out of your own interest or benefit. Therefore, when you are curious about a topic you are more likely to be engaged, intrinsically motivated and more likely to be able to retain and recall the information.

For information on Academic Skills resources that might be useful for planning and structuring your assignment, exam strategies or postgraduate study, click on the links below:

For help with academic writing, book a consultation with one of our Learning Advisers in the library.


Write to the Point

The Learning Advisers working in our Griffith Sciences team often hear comments that Science writing is very different from areas such as Business or the Social Sciences. Certainly, there are many issues that need to be considered when constructing your writing in a science area but it must be remembered that the ultimate goal does not change – the written message must be clearly understood by the reader. Developing good writing skills is essential for any university student, and particularly for science students who aspire to become published researchers with a view to progress scientific thinking in their specific area. All research, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, should be presented to its best advantage; clearly and concisely in well-structured sentences.

Write_reducedTherefore, any chance to write should be considered as an opportunity to practise and apply writing skills to produce work that is coherent.The most common mistake for many writers (including those in the sciences) is the overuse of words when constructing a sentence. When a writer begins to gather their thoughts on a page, it is usual to end up with an excess of words. A good writer will always review their work critically and assess the intent of their message and how it has been conveyed. This takes a lot of practice and generally several rewrites.

Consider the following example:

‘Coagulation of the egg white protein occurred due to the fact that the water in the test tube was heated to boiling point before it was dropped in.’

This sentence certainly delivers the factual information but the message is weighed down by too many words. Sending a message that is concise and succinct is always the best course of action. It also keeps the reader interested. Following some basic principles of sentence construction will simplify the text, reduce the word count and send a clearer message. The previous sentence has now been reworked and the result is clear:

‘Egg white protein coagulated because the water in the test tube was heated to boiling point.’

Working with words takes time, effort, trial and error but the end result is worth it – and your readers will appreciate it!

Some basic tips for eliminating wordy phrases from text can be found here.

If you need further assistance with your writing and expression for your assignments on any topic in any discipline, you are welcome to book an appointment with a Learning Adviser.


Most wanted – Assignment coversheets!

According to our statistics one of our most frequently asked questions is “Where can I get an Assignment coversheet?”.  So, we thought we would let you all in on the secret…

Assignment coversheets are available from the Submitting assignments website. Printed copies are also available in each campus library.

Good luck with all those assignments 🙂 And don’t forget to come and see the lovely library staff if you need any help.