Exams Are Coming

Exam Dates: Friday 3 June to Thursday 23 June 2016

The official La Trobe exam timetable was released last week and people are stocking up on pens for the many essays and questions ready to be answered!

Don’t worry if you weren’t aware of the timetable!

Check out the timetable link below, which takes you to each of the La Trobe campuses timetables suited to your needs:

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/exams/timetables

 

It’s acceptable at this time of the year to be worried about your upcoming exams. However, make sure it doesn’t distract from the task at hand. The exam period can be very stressful, but make sure you have support around you.

For anyone who struggles with juggling subjects during exam time, here are a couple of helpful tips:

  1. Your environment

Make sure you are in an environment where you can be productive and proactive.  Although it’s tempting to multi-task, studying while watching the new episode of Game of Thrones isn’t exactly the best way to retain information. Take it from someone who has tried!

Your environment should be away from any distractions, particularly your phone.

  1. Make a timetable

While this seems obvious, timetables are very useful! You can structure your next couple of weeks and delegate hours for each of your subjects equally. Also pen in regular breaks!

3. Have regular breaks

Regular breaks of about 10 – 15 minutes helps you relax your mind from exhaustive studying. To effectively maximize your time; study, have a break, then go back to studying. Repeat cycle.

Reward yourself at the end of the day and watch that Game of Thrones episode before social media spoils it!

  1. Briefly revisit your notes before bedtime – Don’t pull all-nighters!

Regardless of exams, everyone should be getting at least 8 hours sleep each night. Before some shut eye, briefly reread your notes. My teacher suggested this to me during Year 12. It helps you retain the information as your brain falls into sleep mode and you should be able to remember it still by the morning.

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  1. Colours and sticky notes!

Odd as it may seem, but it can help you associate terms, definitions or information with a colour. Don’t write whole sentences, only key words. This was so effective for me that my wall was covered with fluro and pink sticky notes by the end of Year 12 exams.

  1. Memorisation

Rather than reading stuff and hoping for information to sink in, adapt to suit your way of thinking. Use crazy fonts or sing the words on the page.  Anything can work! If you want to become a ‘memory master’, please read this article, it’s amazing what our brains can retain through unusual means!

http://destinationmonash.tumblr.com/post/130025988556/become-a-memory-master

 

Although exams seem distant, they will arrive in a blink!

Effectively use your studying time and good luck!

 

By Hayley Anderson

 

 

Super handy productivity tips!

Hey, How are you? Good? Oh… You’re feeling swamped under all this work you have to do? Trust me. I know how that feels, I’ve always got homework or an assignment and I always procrastinate and never feel productive, but, if you’d like, I can give you a few tips that really helped me get things done? Awesome.
 
 
For starts, have you thought about cleaning your desk?
 
Your place of work is really important, so you have to make sure it’s tidy, organised and ready to go. Take some time to organise your desk, so that you know exactly where everything is when you need it, no time is wasted on digging through piles of paper and junk, which can really help when you’re under pressure or in the zone, plus, there will be less to distract you.
 
 
Have you tried writing a To-Do list?
 
As part of each morning routine I make a To-Do list, putting the most crucial or loathsome items at the top, and work my way down in order of importance, with the least important task at the bottom. As you complete a task, just cross it off the list.
 
If you don’t like the idea of wasting paper each day on a physical list, Evernote is a really handy app that lets you make notes or lists and share them between any number of devices; and the best thing it, it’s paper free! It will even send you notifications if you’re forgetful like me.
 
 
How much exercise do you do?
 
Exercise is one of the most underrated productivity hacks. Not only is exercise crucial for your health and wellbeing, it helps your productivity too!
 
One thing I’ve found from making exercise a part of my daily routine is that I’m so much more focused when I sit down to work, I’m consistently more productive. By exercising, it increases blood-flow to your brain, helping awareness and processing, as well as gives you more energy. Exercise it an all-round life essential, for your physical and mental health, alertness and sleeping habits. 30 minutes a day of physical activity is recommended.
 
If you don’t have time for a chunk of 30 minutes, do three 10 minute routines instead, or incorporate using the stairs instead of the elevator? Park your car a few blocks from the office and walk the rest of the way, whatever you do, make physical activity a part of your daily routine and you’ll see improvement in every facet of your life.
 
 
Are you getting enough sleep?
 
Sleep is key, absolute key, to being productive and healthy.
 
Ditch the technology for at least an hour before you go to bed to make sure you get a decent amount of sleep. Sign off, you can text your pals tomorrow, because the light emitted from your phone or laptop inhibits the release of melatonin, a key chemical involved in preparing our bodies for sleep, so if you’re having trouble getting to sleep, maybe try logging off and reading a book for a while, you might learn yourself a thing or two.
 
 
Follow the Pareto Principle, man.
 
The Pareto Principle is simple: 80% of your desired results will come from 20% of your activity.
 
Find the things that are your priority, the tasks that will offer you the most progress and results and do them first. Pretty simple, huh?
 
 
 
This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a neat little start. Super simple to incorporate into a busy schedule with little effort, and you’ll start seeing yourself complete tasks in no time.

Assignment Season

The dreaded assignment season is upon us. The first six weeks have felt like a breeze. You’ve gone to class, you’re feeling full of knowledge and you’re asking yourself “who even said university was hard?”

You get given your first assignment, but it doesn’t worry you. You’ve got plenty of time! All your other classes are seemingly just as easy. You’re having the time of your life.

Your second class has its first assignment, more than likely a 1000+ word essay. You take a few deep breathes but you’re still okay. You’ve still got plenty of time, but a couple weeks later, you’re starting to feel the beginnings of panic reach your core.

Third assignment comes in plus you’ve got a speech you have to research and revise before your next class. Without you even realising your workload has multiplied sevenfold. You’ve got major assessments for each class and minor homework tasks you must accomplish before class.

At this point, horror is all you know.

The main problem of assignment season isn’t just the assignments themselves, it’s the fact that you’ve reached a midway in the semester and your motivation levels are low and your procrastination levels high. Even B grade movies are a better idea than actually looking at your assignment but you can’t afford the luxuries you’ve so come to love and appreciate in life. All you can do is stare at your blank computer screen and hope, nay; pray that you can get each assignment done.

Goodbye social life, TV addictions and movie appreciation nights. Hello word counts and endless nights of typing.

I wish I could say there’s a silver lining to assignment season, but unfortunately there is not. So this is where my advice lies, don’t procrastinate and tell yourself “you’ll start tomorrow” because it’s a lie. There’s a reason lecturers give us assignments months before they’re due. Use that time to at least make a start to avoid, in my opinion, the most stressful time of the year. And hey, before you know it, it’ll be the yearly break! So start typing my fellow students and the misery will be over soon.

Peace,

Morgan

It’s like the end of an era…

end of eraFor me, this is more than just the end of a semester, this is a time in limbo. It is the end of my time here in Australia. I apologies if this last blog is going to be a bit emotional and patriotic. I’ll try to focus on all the sunny days that have rocked my socks off!
It’s been a fantastic journey! Thank you Australia, you will always have a great place in my ♥

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GO AWAY Assignments..

Go AwayI don’t know about you but I’m starting to feel the exams-pressure already. How can it still sneak up on me like this? I’m at the end of my studies, so you should think that I would be better at planning my time by now. Apparently not! It is even harder being here in Australia, where everything is so much more interesting than back home. Procrastination is a bi*@h.!!

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