Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Work Ready - a new guide

Are your student days nearly over? It's time to get your work ready skills refined. We've put together a guide which highlights tonnes of useful ways you can get 'Work Ready'.

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  • Get the low-down on which companies are the best to work for by finding out about their operations and reputations.
  • Read what's in the media about various companies.
  • Watch videos which will help you with vital skills like communications, positive self-esteem, team work and common sense. All skills which enhance your employability.
  • Learn about being safe at work with our range of OH&S resources and much more.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Simple strategies to beat exam stress

At this time of year, as exams get closer it’s natural to feel a bit stressed. There are many ways we can assist as you prepare for exams. Library hours will be extended to give you more time to study before and during exams, our Ask a Librarian service is ready and waiting to help plus we provide you with access to past exam papers.

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Our Library sites provide productive study spaces, which include silent study areas, where you can access WiFi, computers and printers.

Highlights of our extended opening hours include:

* Bundoora Library open till midnight Monday-Thursday
* Carlton Library open from 10am on weekends
* Swanston Library open until 8pm on weekends
* Brunswick Library open from 10am on Saturdays

You can find past exam papers through the Library. Most papers are online but a small number are in print.

As you prepare for exams our librarians are here to help. We provide friendly and professional assistance either in person or online via Ask a Librarian chat or email.

If you want to mix it up a bit and study somewhere different you can find great places to study on campus whether you want independent study space, group study space or a lounge. Wherever you're studying on campus be kind to your fellow students. Please don't reserve desks with your stuff when you go for a break.

So take a deep breath and try to stay calm as we go over some simple strategies for managing exam stress:

Take a break
Your brain can’t handle study all the time so be sure to give it some rest. To increase productivity, try working for just 20 minutes at a time, then take a short five-minute break and start again. Your brain still processes information even when you are not actively thinking about it. Just be careful that a short break doesn’t turn into a long one.

Get enough sleep
Healthy sleep can help you manage stress, better your mood, improve your concentration and other health issues. Most people need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function at their best. 

Switch off your devices
Sometimes our electronic devices can contribute to stressful feelings, when they dominate much of our time. Consider giving yourself a break from your screen each day. Take time out and have a walk outside, sit quietly for a moment, stretch, or read a book.

Exercise helps manage stress and makes you feel better. Even moderate levels of exercise as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day can vastly improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Through meditation and simple breathing exercises, mindfulness is an effective way of combating stress and anxiety. It can help you to remain calm, sustain your attention, and focus more effectively on study and everyday tasks.

Plan ahead
Before your exams, write a to-do-list, organise your diary, draw up an action plan and clean up the clutter on your desk. Organising is a powerful antidote to feeling overwhelmed and provides a calming effect.

The most important thing to remember is that you can get help if you need it from:
  • Counselling Service - professional counselling to all students on each campus
  • Student Support Advisors - practical help, advice and support
  • Study and Learning Centre - build all your academic skills in a friendly environment with experienced teachers and students to guide you
  • Chaplaincy - compassionate help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths in a quiet space and with a warm welcome

And finally, good luck with your exams!