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I just finished a 3 year Arts degree at UC in Psychology, and Media & Communications. Now I'm back for another year while I study Honours in Media. I love all aspects of uni life! This year I'm really excited to be a part of the SVA Exec so keep an eye out for posts about that! I'll also provide advice about which events you can't miss, recipes and money saving tips.

What’s the haps?! WINTERLUDE 13-19th July

BRRRRR its cold in here, there must be some Winterlude events in the atmosphere… That’s right its that time again, check out what’s in store for the beginning of semester 2!

Monday 13th:

  • Monday Movie Night (Ucom and ENSOC): ‘Step Brothers’- C2 lecture theatre 8.00-10.00pm. Gold Coin Donation $

Tuesday 14th:

  • UC Psyc Quiz Night: 7.00pm-Late!
  • Education Careers Fair: 10am-2.00pm on Dovedale Campus- Drama Workshop 1, Jack Mann Auditorium.

Wednesday 15th:

  • Police UV Marking: Bring your property along (eg. laptops/cameras/phones etc) to be marked with a solution only visible under UV light. So if it gets stolen and the code is identified by police you’re more likely to get your stuff back! Pretty nifty aye. 11.30am-1.30m in the Undercroft.
  • Pecha Kucha: ‘Pecha Kucha’ is a presentation style in which public speakers receive 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds. In doing this, these speakers are pushed to their limits by utilising pace, concise/accurate flow and delivering an informative and intelligent presentation. Starts at 8.30pm (doors open at 7.30), in the UCSA events centre. UC student tickets online for $5.
  • Show and Tell Feminist Bookclub (Femsoc): 5.10pm Kirkwood KC05.

Thursday 16th:

  • Once upon a time party:    Live music across three themed stages- this is an event not to miss! There’s even a silent disco…. oohhh ahhh. 8pm-1am in the UCSA events centre  Tickets $30

Friday 17th:

Saturday 18th:

  • UCSA Charity Fight Night: A select group of students have chosen to undergo rigorous training to compete in this boxing event! The proceeds collected will go to each boxer’s charity of choice. 6.00pm at the UCSA events centre. Tickets $39

What’s the haps?! 6th-12th July

Here’s what’s on for the second week of the mid year break!

Thursday 9th:

Saturday 11th:

  • Midwinter Revelation: A concert featuring some of Chch’s hottest up-and-coming DJ’s playing the newest tracks. At Winnie Bagoes from 10pm-3am. Door sales $15, or tickets $10 from a local rep. Check out the Facebook page for more deets!

Exam Period: Study and Memory Tips

Exams are coming, so you have to get ready- whether you want to or not! The struggle is real. Here are the best tips I have for you to ace your exams.

  1. Figure out how you learn best: 
    -If you’re a visual learner then diagrams and mindmaps, visual organisers, colour coded notes, and flashcards will be good learning tools for you.
    -But if you’re a verbal learner then it might be effective for you to read your notes aloud, talk to others about what you’ve learned, listen to voice recordings of your notes and use tools such as mnemonics (like acronyms or rhymes).
  2. Look at your information in different ways: 
    Put it into diagrams, read it aloud, make flashcards, make songs and rhymes. The more ways you use the information, the more places it will be stuck in your brain- and it will be so much easier to recall when you need it!
  3. Know how to effectively read your notes:
    -If you need to read a large amount of content in a short amount of time make sure that you make the most of the chapter summaries ,book indexes and contents pages.
    -You can also get the main points just by reading the introduction and conclusion. Then if you need more information skim through the rest of the reading for the main points.
    -Lastly pay attention to the questions at the end of textbook chapters and test yourself to see if you can answer them.
  4. Make the most of your resources:
    Check the library website to see if your course has made past exam papers available online, These can be extremely helpful for deciding how to focus your study, as often the questions are very similar from year to year.
  5. Test your own recall:
    Using flashcards always works well for me. I find that its good to go through the cards and test myself by putting the ones I know in a pile, and the ones I don’t in another. Then as I go through them the ‘don’t know’ pile becomes smaller and smaller- which really boosts my confidence! You can also use a mindmap to write down everything you remember which will help you to see your gaps in your memory.Let us know your best exam tip! 🙂