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:



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.


  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!



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

Effectively use your studying time and good luck!


By Hayley Anderson



The La Trobe Studio

Few feelings compare to walking into the TV studio at La Trobe. At first, there is the awe at the dozens of expensive gadgets everywhere, the lights, the cameras, the news desk and background. And then, if you’re one of the brave individuals to take up a role within the control room, there is an element of intimidation. Televisions, computer monitors, and screens line the walls and desks. There are buttons everywhere, and pressing the wrong one causes some serious headaches for everyone involved.

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One of the tech staff, Dean, told me off handedly that “the vision switcher costed about $33,000. It’s probably on its last legs, most of the stuff in here is actually. It’ll be a pain to rewire it all.” Upon saying this, he lifted a little trap door to reveal hundreds of wires beneath. He then told me how he had looked at a slightly better vision switcher with “32 inputs instead of 16, it was only about $50,000.” I shuddered to think of the combined cost of that room.


The price of the equipment is well worth it however, as there is nothing quite like sitting in front of a vision switching board, pressing buttons and watching different people appear on the screen. Months ago, my class did a pre-prepared news show, to get a feel for the roles involved and what we would be doing as our final project. Safe to say that went far smoother than the rehearsal we had for our own show at the beginning of this week.

It is a case of learning a lot, and learning it quickly, but having a blast while doing it. Aaron Tribuzio, our anchor, told me how it was in front of the camera. “It’s intimidating, but it’s fun. You know that everyone’s watching you, and everyone will see if you screw up. But that’s just how it is on camera, it’s as exciting as it is daunting.”

As I am in the control room, I feel a different kind of stress. For an anchor, they have to think about them. In the control room, it’s all about the team, and worrying about what everyone else is doing. Each person has a role, and it is up to the people in the dark room with the screens to make sure it all comes together in the end.

This year, there are 9 making media classes, all of which have to do their own news show. Each of them have slightly different formats, different content and personalities, but I’m sure that they all feel the same rush and experience the same giddiness from being in the La Trobe University TV studio.


By James Wallace

LTU Focus on Swimming

Swimming at LTU

LTU Focus on Sports

Our LTU Focus this week is on John, a 19 year old swimmer for the La Trobe team. John balances his swimming with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. Now that the Australian Uni Games are over, it’s great to hear about John’s experience participating in various games throughout his degree so far!

John at one of the previous Uni Games

When did you first start swimming/competitively swimming?

I started learning-to-swim when I was 8 years old. Started swimming competitively at the age of 10.

Why did you decide to join the La Trobe team?
I decided to join the La Trobe swim team because I believed that it was a great opportunity for me to get more involved in the community and meet new people. Additionally, I was very keen on representing La Trobe at the university games.

What was your favourite part about the Australian Uni Games?

The most exciting part about the university games is being able to represent the university and race against swimmers from all other universities across Australia. I [love] the experience of travelling together as a team and the social events in the program.

What is the best part about swimming with La Trobe?
From my own experience thus far, the best part about the swimming club is that it models a healthy safe environment, which caters for all swimming level abilities (i.e. beginner > competitive athlete)

What would you say to other first year students who are thinking of joining a sports team at La Trobe?

I would definitely urge other first year students to join up to any sports team at La Trobe. It’s not only a great opportunity to stay fit and healthy, but more importantly there is the potential to build more social connections and possibly develop life-long friendships.

LTU Focus on Touch Footy

LTU Focus on Sports

This week we spoke to Bronte, a 20 year old animal and veterinary bioscience student. Bronte plays on the touch footy team at La Trobe, as well as the mixed basketball social league on Monday nights.

Touch Footy at LTU

When did you first start playing touch football?

I started this year after they were looking for people to play in their Southern University game haha.

Why did you decide to join the La Trobe team?

My friends had informed me that S.U.G’s (Southern Uni Games) was a really great experience. So I looked for a sport that needed people.
I also did it to make more friends because I kinda really knew no one at la tribe.

What are you most looking forward to about the Australian Uni Games?

The social experience and the people that I went with made it a really great experience. I actually really enjoy the sport touch too which I never expected myself to play.
I’m actually really looking forward to playing a bit more seriously. And I feel like I am getting more experience in a different sport.

What is the best part about playing touch football with La Trobe?

Making friends and having a fun time playing and socialising!

What would you say to other first year students who are thinking of joining a sports team at La Trobe?

Just do it! ✔️
Joining a team got me a whole group of friends and keeps me involved in the uni. Joining a sports team was probably the best decision I made all year!

LTU Focus on Golf

Golf at LTU

LTU Focus on Sports

Hi all, and welcome to the very first LTU Focus on Sports post!

Every Wednesday, a different La Trobe Uni sports team will be focused on as we lead into the Australian University Games. By the time the Games roll around, you’ll already be familiar with some of the people who are representing La Trobe!

We’ll be continuing these posts after the Australian Uni Games to hopefully encourage more La Trobe students to get involved and join Team LTU!

This week we’re beginning with Golf! We’ve interviewed 20 year old Bachelor of Business student Blair, who’s playing for the La Trobe Golf team while completing his studies in Sports Development and Management.

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Blair at the 2015 Southern Uni Games

When did you first start playing golf?

I probably first started playing golf when I was 8 – 9. I was introduced to it through my dad who played a fair bit. I stopped playing for a few years during High School when junior golf and footy clashed and I made the choice to play footy with my mates. When I finished Year 12 and had plenty of spare time on our hands, my mates and I started playing again and really got into it.

Why did you decide to join the La Trobe team?

I decided to join the La Trobe Golf team as I saw it as a great opportunity to meet new people, play new and different courses and have a great time. I’d heard from friends and classmates about what a great time Uni Games is, so I thought I’d see for myself.

What was your favourite part of the Southern Uni Games and what are you most looking forward to about the Australian Uni Games?

Probably for both, it would be meeting new people and playing new golf courses. Oh and of course, the destination [of the Australian Uni Games], can’t wait for Gold Coast.

What is the best part about playing golf with La Trobe?

It’s probably a great part of playing golf in general but, due to handicapping, you don’t have to be an amazing golfer to compete with the good golfers. And of course, you get to wear the team colours and represent the best university in the country!

What would you say to other first year students who are thinking of joining a sports team at La Trobe? 

Just do it! Seriously, don’t be daunted by the fact you’re only a first year, everyone involved in sport at La Trobe are great people and will take you in as one of them straight away.

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.



Learning from my mistake

Well boys and girls, we have officially reached week 4. We’ve passed the scary and intimidating first week, the slightly less (but ultimately still quite daunting) second week, but by the third hopefully many of us were feeling slightly more comfortable…so comfortable in fact, we thought we could get away with maybe skipping a lecture or two?

This is what this post is about; how easily we can fall into the habit of missing a lecture here and there until one day we walk into out tutorial and having no clue what is going on. I did this exact thing. On Tuesday, I only have two lectures so last week decided to give them both a miss but promised myself I would watch them online later… only I didn’t.

The following days when I had my tuts, I found myself consumed with regret because not only was I behind, but I also embarrassed myself in front of the group for not being able to answer an (apparently obvious) question.

I know how tempting it is to miss a lecture, especially because they’re not compulsory and don’t go towards our attendance (which let’s face it, is the reason why most of us rarely missed a class in year 12…or it was for me anyway), but we must not give in to temptation, because it will become an unlikely addiction and soon exams will roll around and we will be in a state of frenzy trying to catch up (god I’m sounding a tad dramatic, better lighten up).

Anyway, I’m learning from my mistakes, and hopefully this post means you can learn from my mistakes too! I’m aiming for 100% attendance in lectures from now on! 😛

Cheerio chaps,