Get free tutoring and feedback on drafts

Did you know that you can get free personalised tutoring and feedback on drafts, 24/7, with expert online tutors?

We know, sounds too good to be true, right? But it’s not! It’s Smarthinking.

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service, available to all Griffith students via Learning@Griffith. You can submit your writing for detailed review, request an appointment or submit questions offline, at any time of the day or night, and a tutor will respond within 24 hours.

The tutors can review your assessment pieces, and provide you with comments and suggestions for your writing including:

  • paragraph, standard essay or long essay review
  • grammar and documentation review.

Please note that they’re not gonna edit, proofread and fix your work though. That’s up to you! And an essential uni skill.

You can also request tutoring on demand, or schedule a time with a tutor, for subject specific help.

To access Smarthinking:

  1. Login to Learning@Griffith using your student username and password.
  2. Click on the Organisations tab at the top right of the screen.
  3. In the Organisation Search box on the left, type ‘Smarthinking’ and click Go.
  4. Hover your mouse cursor over this Organisation ID ‘SMARTHINKING’, until you see a small arrow appear.
  5. Click the small arrow and click on the word Enrol in the drop down box.
  6. Check that the details onscreen reflect those of the Organisation you want to enrol in.
  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. Click on the Smarthinking Login link.

*note: Pop ups will need to be enabled in your browser and you will need the latest version of Flash Player installed.

In addition to the Smarthinking service, the library also has a range of online self-help resources available, such as:


Get student discounts on IT equipment and software


We can’t live without it, can we? Well, not unless you’re super committed to a Live Free or Die lifestyle. But we certainly couldn’t survive uni without it, that’s for sure.

We’ve told you about the importance of anti-virus, but before that, you need a computer and software too. Luckily, there are student discounts available to help you with this.

If you’re after a new computer or IT equipment, Apple, Dell and HP all provide student discounts. You can find these at the HP Griffith store, Dell student deals and the Apple education store (you’ll need your Griffith logon to access the Apple store).

Once you’ve got your workstation, don’t forget the importance of protection! You can get 50% off selected Norton anti-virus products including Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, and Norton Internet Security for Mac. Just register your student email address and follow the prompts here.

You can also download a range of software from our Software Download Service, including EndNote, SAS, SPSS (annual subscription fee applies), Symantec Endpoint Protection and more. And don’t forget you can get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

Find more information at our IT Discounts webpage.

Roll up, roll up, and get Microsoft 365 for free!

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Don’t go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device. As a Griffith University student you get access to Microsoft 365 for Education for free.

Enrolled Griffith students can download Office 365 for Education directly from Microsoft and install it on up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices, including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

Basically, all the Microsoft products you need to succeed in your studies.

So, how do you actually download and install this software? Simple!

Go to the Microsoft Office website, type in your Griffith email address, and click get started. Then follow the prompts to download onto your personal device.

However, the freebies don’t stop here! Once it’s installed, you can access free training to learn how to use the products or improve your existing skills.

There’s also a super handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier, blogs with handy tips and interesting information, and training.

Where can you find free stock images?


I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect photo. You know what I mean; the image with the right subject matter, colour composition, and orientation which basically just screams ‘I’m the one’.

And I don’t want to pay for it.  Nor do I want to infringe copyright law by pinching a photo from a random website.

But unless you are a talented photographer, graphic designer or illustrator, creating an image from scratch is simply not an option. And even then, you surely wouldn’t have time to create an original image. Every. Single. Time.

So what is one to do? Well, there are websites out there who provide images for re-use under Creative Commons (CC) licences.

A CC licence allows you to use the image for free without infringing copyright. Some have a bunch of conditions attached. For example, you can’t adapt or change the work or use it for commercial purposes.

Some have no conditions at all, like Pixabay. I’ve been using Pixabay for years and years. If you haven’t used Pixabay, and have a website, blog, any social media at all, or are generally existing in this century, you need to get onto it. Now.

Pixabay images have a Creative Commons CC0 license. Basically, this means you can adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source.

But in the hunt for the perfect image, I need more options. Surely ol’ Pixabay isn’t the only one of its kind. What other sites provide quality images for free, don’t require attribution, and have images that don’t look too ‘stocky’? I mean, I want to keep it ‘real’ people.

So I asked the Internet a simple question: Are there other free image sites that could give Pixabay a run for its money? And the Internet answered (well, Google did). And yes, yes there are.  Here’s what I found (trust me, you’ll want to bookmark these):

Can’t find the image you need? If you don’t mind attributing the source of the work, there’s a bucket load of Creative Commons images out there.

Head to CC Search to find almost all the images on the Internet with a CC licence (be sure to read the little disclaimer on the CC Search page).

Want some free stuff?

The Griffith University Welfare website has a pretty cool new addition – free stuff!


As we begin a new year, many of us are starting to move out and move in to new places, and the best way to deck out your new pad is to reuse and recycle what others have loved.  Log into the new page and start swapping some stuff around with other students – you might just score the weird 1970s era sauce bottle that will go eclectically well with the retro 2010 place mats.

As a Griffith student you can log in and use this site to list your own pre-loved items and to source some new pieces for the newly vacated spaces!

From the Welfare page, choose the first tab from the list on the right: FreeStuff@Griffith!  If you can’t find what you want or need on FreeStuff@Griffith – check out or

Don’t forget we also have a separate page for the Textbook Exchange Service.

Resume Rescue to the Library

Does your resume need a bit of resuscitating, refreshing or reviving?

Resume Rescue booths are coming to the Gold Coast Library!job-search-276893_1920

During March Griffith’s Careers and Employment Service will be offering free drop-in sessions with a trained Career Leader (second year and beyond students) at our Gold Coast campus. And they start today!

On Tuesday 1st, 15th and 22nd of March between 10am – 1pm you can visit the Library for some resume

All you need to do is bring your resume (preferably on paper) along so the Career Leader can use their checklist to check your resume. They will also provide feedback and suggestions so your resume looks its very best to any potential employer.

You can also find out where to find Resume resources on the Griffith University Careers Service website.

These leaders will be wearing their badges or bright red Career Leader t-shirts. The booth will have 2 x bright red Resume Rescue banners – so you can’t miss them.


For more information about Griffith’s Employment and Careers Office, visit

Microsoft Office 365 is free for Griffith students and staff

Image_GetOfficeFree_Student_430x159Office 365 Education is available for free to Griffith University students and staff. Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets.

Check your eligibility and download today direct from Microsoft.

For more discounts visit the Student Computing website.