Get a head start with our Earlybird workshops

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 1, 2018, 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!

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.

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 one prepared for success!


7 tips to beat exam anxiety

The trimester’s almost over! Just a few exams and you’re done!

And while this summer weather’s beautiful and all, you’re totally devoting this week to studying and improving your course content knowledge, not improving your sun tan, right?

Though, no matter how prepared you are for an exam, you can’t help but feel some anxiety.

The butterflies in your stomach have multiplied, and the gentle fluttering has turned into frantic flapping.

It’s time to cite maybe the most hated meme ever: keep calm and carry on.

Here are 7 tips from ASAPThought to help you beat exam anxiety:

  1. 1. Get at least 6 hours of sleep before an exam.
  2. 2. Ensure you maintain a balanced diet in the lead up to your exams.
  3. 3. On exam day, have a breakfast high in fibre and carbs so that energy is released slowly and your brain doesn’t crash mid-exam!
  4. 4. Set realistic goals.
  5. 5. To help de-stress, imagine yourself in a happy moment–whatever that may be (your bed? #BedIsLife)–then quickly switch to imagining yourself in the exam room. This helps your brain to associate those happy feelings with the exam, and primes you to be ready.
  6. 6. Familiarise yourself with the exam location–if it’s somewhere you haven’t been before, take a short field trip to the location in advance. This will also help ensure you’re not late!
  7. 7. Write down any pre-exam insecurities on a piece of paper, and then right below write down a rebuttal that will help you feel confident. Then crumple up that piece of paper and throw it out!

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: https://www.griffith.edu.au/library/study
  • 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