Weekend activities on a 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 11am, 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. Yep, it’s time to do a Block and talk budget.

Or rather, the things you can do when your budget would cause old mate Scotty Cam to tell you he’s ‘concerned’. Being a uni student often means being short on cash. This doesn’t mean you have to be short on adventure and fun, though.

Check out the weekend adventures you can have on a uni student budget.

There’s the free stuff:

  • Hiking. Put on some sturdy shoes, grab a friend that can’t afford a Crossfit class and get some fresh air. Bonus points for making it a Wild kind of adventure and camping out.
  • Free music. Brisbane has its fair share of free live music events you can experience for, you guessed it, zero dollarydoos. Check out these.
  • Netflix and chill. It’s free if you have a mate with an account. Bring that mate a few snacks, chuck a good show on (see our past blog post for ideas) and give your brain a break from all that study.

And there’s the almost-free stuff:

  • Pool tournament at the Uni Bar.
  • Have you heard about Griffith’s Uni Games? Join a team, or just go watch a game.

Whatever adventures you choose to do, have fun!

Get into the groove of Trimester with our Bounce Back Markets

Bounce Back Market Days


Get ready to have some fun, bouncing back and celebrating the beginning of Trimester 2.

Be sure to attend the Griffith University Bounce Back Markets next week – it’s your chance to have some fun, grab some freebies, and find out all there is to know about being a Griffith Student.

There will be an abundance of stalls, along with live music, free snacks (popcorn and fairy floss? yes please), giant games, spray tattoos, clubs, and much more.

And, most importantly, the Griffith Library Stall.

Come and chat to us (we don’t bite, we promise) to find out how the library can help you with your studies. We’ll give you the low down on the musts: connecting to WiFi, downloading MS Office for free; and the extras: finding a study space, following our awesome social media.

Plus, we’ll tell you how you could win $300! Yep, the Library Shelfie competition is back, and all you need is Instagram, a photo inside one of our libraries, and the ability to hashtag, to go into the draw to win $300.

Oh, there will also be live music, activities, and roving entertainment. But we know the real reason you’ll be coming along is to visit us at the Library Stall, right?

Check out the times and dates below:

Event Date Campus Time
Monday 10 July 2017 South Bank (QCA) 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday 11 July 2017 Nathan 10:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday 12 July 2017 Logan 10:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday 13 July 2017 Mt Gravatt 10:00am – 2:00pm

Find more information at the Bounce Back Markets webpage.


How classical music can help with study

How much do you know about study techniques?

Hopefully, you’ve taken a look at our Study Smart tutorial on exam prep, listened to your lecturer’s advice, and maybe even organised a study group.

But what else can you do to ensure that you are studying as effectively and efficiently as you can?

Well, research shows that listening to classical music helps.

Dosseville, Laborde and Scelles’ paper Music during lectures: Will students learn better?, published in the Learning and Individual Differences journal, found that students who listened to a one-hour videotaped lecture in which classical music was played in the background performed much higher on a multiple choice test given after the lecture, in comparison to a control group of academically equal students who had listened to the lecture without classical music. 

The researchers speculated that classical music puts students in a heightened emotional state, therefore making them more receptive to information, and influenced their motivation to remain focused.

Research has also shown that listening to classical music can reduce anxiety and help with relaxation. In addition, listening to classical music (and rock music!) can increase cognitive ability.

So turn on some Tchaikovsky, blast some Beethoven, listen to some Liszt, and study away!

Check out the Logan Eco Action Festival this Sunday

It’s the last day of teaching for this trimester! Surely you must be excited, right?

So, are you doing anything fun to celebrate, before you dive into study week and exams?

Why not go to a free festival at Griffith’s own Logan campus! The Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) is being held this Sunday. LEAF is a free community festival for all ages.

The event includes loads of free activities such as eco-workshops, kids rides and face painting, plant sale, yoga, upcycling, musical line-ups, eco exhibitors and delicious food trucks.

It’s even got Australia’s very own famous Blues and Roots musician Ash Grunwald hitting the main stage at 2pm. Chill out on the lawn with some sweet food and enjoy the laid back tunes.

Or if gardening (or beards, any hipsters here?) is more your thing, see Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia on the main stage at 12pm.  

Relax, have a good time, and prepare yourself for the study and exams to come!

  • Where: Griffith University, Logan Campus
  • When: Sunday 28 May 2017
  • Time: 10am – 3pm

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Music to your ears


Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and even Justin Bieber’s Christmas albums are on repeat, which can only mean one thing – Christmas is well on its way. But before we heard “All I want for Christmas is you”, twenty five times a day the students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) were spreading joy with their music in our campus libraries.

Over Semester 1 and 2 we’ve had a range of remarkable music students from QCGU visit our campus libraries to showcase their musical prowess. With them they’ve brought pianos, oboes, harps and killer vocal ranges covering all music genres from pop to classical and even including original music.

The exciting innovation was introduced in Semester 2 2015 to help enliven campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. The joint initiative between QCGU and our Music Librarian has been a collaborative effort that has given library users a truly unique experience – after all it’s not every day you are treated to a live library Opera! A big thanks to all the students who came along to perform and support these performances.

So take a break from Mariah, Michael and the Biebs with the highlights of Semester two’s library performances. Enjoy!


Music eResources and all that jazz


Without music, life would B flat. That’s why you should visit Alexander Street and treat yourself to streaming music, videos and scores.

Whether you are into jazz, hip-hop, pop or opera, Alexander Street will surely have a tune or two for you.

So where is this musical street? West End? The Valley? Or some exotic destination, like Havana, Seattle or Ibiza? Actually, it’s an online music platform and available via the Library Catalogue.

Alexander Street is a massive collection of music databases that you can easily search and browse. Want to search across all the collections for a particular composer, performer, genre or subject? You totally can.

Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

Classical Scores Library

Scores for all major classical musical genres and time periods, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, composition and theory for a variety of scholars. Scores are great to use when listening to a recording!

Classical Music in Video

Classical music performances, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances. There’s also masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music 

A comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. You can browse and search hundreds of articles about the music of every continent. Articles are enriched with audio tracks, musical illustrations, photographs, drawings, song texts, score examples, charts and maps.

Jazz Music Library

The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Opera in Video 

Five hundred hours of the most important opera performances captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Popular Music Library

A wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

Gold Coast Library welcomes The Voice


Do you love watching The Voice Australia? Well think back a few years… you may recall this special contestant, blonde hair, killer voice, named Candice Skjonnemand.

Need a reminder? Hit play above and hear her amazing performance of Katy Perry’s hit song, Unconditionally.

Candice is now one of our very own and is studying at the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU).

At 1pm today Candice will perform in our Gold Coast Library alongside fellow student, Angus Oastler who has also had musical success with his Seed Album 5. Take a listen.

But the best news is – you’re invited! Join us on level 2 of the Gold Coast library for an hour of free live music!

The Gold Coast Library performance is the second stop on our Music in the Library Semester 2 live tour.

Music in the Library is an exciting innovation to enliven the campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture or on another campus? Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music as students from QCGU visit each campus to showcase their talents.