It’s study week!

Welcome to study week! You know what that means…

Well, firstly, that you survived yet another trimester of teaching. Probably drinking a bit too much coffee, craving a bit more sleep, and relating a bit too closely to Student Problems memes.

Also: exams are looming! (please, foil your screams.)

Now, we’ve opened our libraries extended hours to ensure you have a study space you can settle in to. You could even book a group study space if you’ve arranged a study group.

You might even want to check out our Study Smart tutorial on time management to make sure you’re making the most of this week.

We know it’s a stressful time of trimester, so while you’re working hard, don’t forget to take a break where needed.

Take your eyes off the computer screen, walk outside, enjoy the fresh air, keep walking, don’t come back… Only kiddinggg! Please come back. Our librarians would miss seeing your friendly faces too much otherwise. Also: your degree; you’re dedicated to finishing that degree and you will totally nail your exams.

But seriously, get some fresh air, take a breather, remember to drink water and eat well!

All the best!

Using stats and need some last minute help… STAT?

Do you need to analyse stats in your classes this semester? SAGE can help get you over the line with that final assignment or upcoming exam.
With exams just around the corner, you may need all the help you can get (because of course you pre-planned your whole semester and don’t need any extra help… right?).

Even if you’re not currently studying stats, but statistical analysis really floats your boat (no judgement from us), this is a great tool to help you further develop your skills.

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of datasets to support independent learning of data analysis skills. They are particularly useful for practicing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

The datasets are obtained from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes and usability.

Each dataset is accompanied by a short and clear description of the data, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

SAGE also has a range of accompanying tools to support the use of these datasets. Some particularly helpful tools are:

  • Methods Map: you can explore the research methods terrain, read definitions of key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods journey.
  • Project Planner: this tool helps you plan out and progress through the stages of your research project. When you click on the link to the stage you are at it will give you a breakdown of the components of the stage, with links to further readings.
  • Which Stats Test: this tool helps you to narrow down the range of options for statistical testing though answering a series of questions, and help you decide on the most pertinent test for to use for your project.

Take a look at the SAGE Research Methods website for further tools and information

Catch up with Lecture Capture

You’re a student. You work hard, study hard, and enjoy a diet of mi goreng (and hopefully some more substantial food, too).

But sometimes life gets in the way. We get that occasionally you may get sick, get stuck in traffic (or stranded in a bus strike!), or just accidentally miss your 8am lecture.

With end of trimester fast approaching, we’re sure you want to catch up on any content you may have missed. Or simply revise before final exams.

Did you know you can watch Griffith University lectures online? Using Lecture Capture technology, lecturers make digital recordings of course material and deliver it to you via Learning@Griffith.

To access the recordings, simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, and head on over to your course site.

For most recordings, you can choose whether to stream the lecture or download to your device. The streaming option allows you to view the recordings as a podcast (audio file) or vodcast (video file) online.

When you stream a recording you can search for text and bookmark important parts of each lecture; a super handy feature to have when it comes to exam revision time! You can even increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

The download option allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an Internet connection.

You can also listen to lecture recordings in a Learning Centre, Computer Lab or the Library. But be sure to use headphones so you don’t disturb those around you.

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support contact the IT Service Centre.

Did you know you can book a video conferencing room?

Sorry to state the obvious, but there’s been an immense increase in technology usage over the last few decades.

Remember back to a time before Google Maps could give you directions on your phone, and you’d actually have to plan out public transport journeys or directions beforehand. When if you had to wait in a long queue, you’d just have to wait, rather than checking social media on your phone to occupy yourself.

Those days are gone. Technology has advanced. The amount of computers in our libraries have increased, and the amount of books have decreased.

Now, we still have shelves filled with books, you know, in case you want to do some research, take a #bookface, or simply sniff a book (it’s not just us librarians that do that, right?).

Then we’ve got a whole array of study spaces. We’ve got silent study spaces so you can buckle down and study, quiet study spaces ‘cause sometimes you’ve gotta make a little bit of noise, social study spaces for collaboration, and bookable group study areas if you need a bit more privacy.

But, did you know that we also have private student video conferencing spaces at Gold Coast and Nathan campuses?

You can book these rooms online, just like the group study rooms. However while the booking method may be the same, the uses are actually very different.

You can use the student video conferencing spaces to:

  • Present and share information to a large screen via your laptop (or a borrowed library laptop).
  • Make a call to another Griffith Student Video Conference pod or staff member.
  • Skype, using your personal Skype details.

If all this sounds super fancy, but a little confusing – never fear!  We have how-to guides on the basics of using the video conferencing spaces, how to use Skype in the spaces, and how to present information on the screen.

Remember though, if you’re having a meeting that doesn’t require video conference technology, use a group study room instead.

The lowdown on booking group study spaces

The season for group assignments is now. Like winter, it was sadly inevitable. But the good news is, there are ways to make this group study season your best yet.

There are the classic obvious ways, such as bringing snacks and/or coffee to help kickstart the brainstorming. Picking a good group of people you know you work well with is another great one. And if all else fails you can try trust falls* to get that group cohesion happening.

And for the best space to do your best work, Griffith libraries all have private group study rooms.

These rooms are specifically geared to aid group study, coming complete with whiteboards to scribble all your genius ideas down at a size everyone can read, and comfy chairs for all. Selected rooms even have video-conferencing capabilities. Go on and try it, it’ll be like an episode of Community…well maybe not quite.

To book a room for up to two hours at time:

  • Go to the library’s Study page:
  • Scroll down to the red Bookable group study spaces block
  • Click the Book your space link
  • Select the campus you want, click on the time desired, and follow the prompts to submit your booking

The next step is all you (and your group). Get studying, get writing and get that awesome grade. Happy group working!

*Please don’t try trust falls

How to evaluate research sources

A resource written for young children won’t be relevant for an assignment that asks you to rely on scholarly evidence.

You’ve done the hard yards and found resources for your assignment. But just because you’ve found them, doesn’t mean you should actually use them. They may be out of date, biased or just plain wrong.

You will need to use your critical thinking skills to evaluate whether a source is suitable to use. Here are five factors to consider before you include a source of information in your assignment.

1. Currency

Check when your source was published and if it has been updated recently. It is important to know how up-to-date information is when you evaluate it for your assignments. Out of date information may not be appropriate.

2. Relevance

Relevance refers to how well the source meets your information needs. You should only use information that addresses your topic. If it barely touches on your topic, then it’s probably not something that you should use.

Also, consider the intended audience. A resource written for young children won’t be relevant for an assignment that asks you to rely on scholarly evidence.

Compare the source to others you have found to check that it is the most appropriate.

3. Authority

Who wrote it? Many journal articles and scholarly sources will provide vital details about the author. Where are they employed? What credentials do they have? What organisations are they affiliated with? This is all important stuff!

Also, consider the publisher or sponsoring organisation. Which journal was the article published in? Which organisation published the book or website? Sometimes the authority comes not from a single author, but from a reputable organisation or publisher.

The web address can also help you determine the authoritativeness of information found online. It can tell you if a source is from government (.gov), educational institution (.edu) or from other less regulated groups (.com, .net and .org).

4. Accuracy

Is your source using evidence to support their argument? Quality sources will usually provide references to other sources. Original research will tell you how they did their research and present data using graphs, and tables of results.

Sources are more likely to be accurate if other sources have verified the information. Look for language that is unbiased and objective.

5. Purpose

Why was the source created? Generally, you should be using sources that are created to inform or teach. Resources designed to sell products, entertain or persuade are less likely to be appropriate for university assignments.

Sources should include evidence and not present opinions. Always check if sources are biased or presenting political, ideological, cultural, religious or personal views.

— Extract from Study Smart —

Tips to help avoid failing a subject this trimester

Welcome to Trimester 2. The uni year is truly in full swing now. And while you all have specific reasons for being at university, one thing is true for everyone: you don’t want to fail a subject.

Below, we’ve provided some tips to help you avoid failing a subject this trimester:

Go to your lectures

If you can’t make it physically, at least catch up via Lecture Capture. But make sure you listen to your lecture content somehow. And check out our tips on effective note making to ensure you’re capturing all the information you need. 

Get motivated

Is there a subject you’re really excited to learn about this trimester? Or a greater overall aim of why you’re doing your doing your degree? Find that reason, that spark, and remember that! This is what you’re working towards, and you’re gonna smash it!

Visit us in the library

Besides being friendly faces, we have a lot of handy resources. From an array of study spaces, online resources, and face to face help, we’re here to help you succeed.

Create a study group

Studying’s more enjoyable if you’re doing it with someone you like. Organise a time each week to meet and go over content. Why not book a study space in our library while you’re at it? Plus, assignment writing is much easier when you’ve got friends you can discuss the topic, and any concerns, with.

Be prepared

Organise your books and textbooks – that’s obvious, right? Then note down key information and dates in your calendar (online or physical), such as lecture and tutorial times and locations, assessment due dates, exam and vacation weeks.