Free medical, counselling and wellbeing services for students

University can be a lot to manage—you’re expected to attend classes, study, complete assessments, maintain a social life, work and sleep? Heck, life can be a lot to manage sometimes!

So, it’s important you take good care of yourself and your health.

If you’re starting to feel a bit under the weather, see a doctor. Did you know Griffith has Health and Medical Services clinics at both Gold Coast and Nathan campuses? Convenient, right?

Domestic students with Medicare cards and International students with Allianz OSHC are bulk-billed. You can find a list of services, the practice hours and even appointment bookings online.

It’s important to take care of your mental headspace, as well as your body, though. If you are feeling overwhelmed or down, take a look at Griffith’s free Counselling and Wellbeing Services.

Griffith counsellors provide face-to-face counselling (again, you can book online) and online counselling.

They offer understanding, useful tools and new perspectives on personal, relationship, study or work-related problems. These tools and perspectives can have a positive impact on your mental and emotional health and academic success.

If you can’t book in straight away, don’t worry, there is a Mental Health nurse at both Gold Coast and Nathan Health and Medical Services who can assist you with your mental health needs and provide support to students waiting to see a counsellor.

Check out these self-help resources to help you maintain a good headspace during your studies.

You can also stay connected with Student Services on Facebook and Twitter.


5 free podcasts you need to listen to

The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them almost anywhere.

At the gym. On public transport. To liven up your boring, long car ride. In bed. To drown out the sounds of your significant other nagging you. Okay, that last one probably isn’t the best idea…

But, which podcast should you listen to? Our online airwaves are saturated with different podcasts. So we’ve sifted through them all to pick out our top five podcasts that we reckon you’ve absolutely got to listen to:

The podcast history of our world

Available: iTunes and Stitcher
Category: History

Want a crash course in the entire history of the world? Look no further! From the Big Bang to the Modern Age in bite-sized 15 – 30 minute chunks, Rob Monaco will turn you into a knowledgeable history buff in no time!

WTF with Marc Maron

Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Category: Comedy

Listen to comedian Marc Maron interview other comedians and celebrities. With his witty mix of philosophical ‘meaning of life’ topics and humour, you’re bound to end up in stitches.

Stuff you should know

Available: iTunes and online
Category: Society and culture

Want to know everything about every topic? Like LSD, satanism and vaping? Look no further. Hosts Josh and Chuck give you the lowdown on everything you should know, in a podcast full of humour.

TED talks daily

Available: iTunes, Google Play and Radio Public
Category: Education

Everyone’s heard of TED Talks. Want to listen on the go? This podcast brings thought-provoking content on every. subject. imaginable. Artificial Intelligence? Tick. Zoology? Tick. There’s literally something for everyone.

Good life project

Available: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify
Category: Self-help

After some self improvement inspo? If you’re finding navigating life as a uni student perplexing, get a dose of motivation from this podcast. Super inspiring and a great way to start your day.

Do you have a podcast you love? Let us know in the comments!


Free weekend activities for your student budget

No money? No worries!

Being a uni student has its fair share of perks. There’s the lazy sleep-in on days when lectures don’t start until 11 am, the ability to meet friends for coffee and call it a ‘study group’, and getting to do most of your hard work in your pjs, because assignments are written at home, at night, with Red Bull or coffee on hand.

Sadly, there are downsides as well. Those 8 am lectures (or exams, eek!) or living on a student budget.

Being a uni student often means being short on cash. This doesn’t mean you have to be short on adventure and fun, though.

There are a bunch of great (free) activities you can do around Brisbane and the Gold Coast that won’t leave your bank balance feeling as hurt as Flo was by Jake in Bachie in Paradise:

  • After some Friday arvo laughs? Head to Knockoff–free stand up comedy–held every Friday at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • Make use of your local council! Brisbane City Council runs a range of free activities such as Tai Chi, yoga, pilates, kayaking and general workshops.
  • Visit your local markets (here are lists for Brisbane and Gold Coast markets). While you may end up spending money once there, you could grab some fresh fruit and veg for the week–double win! Save money on groceries and have a healthy diet!
  • Check out an art exhibition. There’s GOMA at South Bank or Gallery at HOTA which runs exhibitions throughout the Gold Coast.

Got any other great suggestions? Let us know in the comments!


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

Technology.

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?

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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).