Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

Methods of study and the pros and cons

I’m in my third year of study at the moment, so these exams will be my fifth set of university exams. Over my time at UC I’ve had a crack at a couple of methods to study for tests and exams. Some good and others not so good.

Method 1: the ideal situation

This method involves doing exactly what your lecturers think you should do. It’s quite simple really, pre-read all the lecture content, attend every class and ask questions, revise after each class, study in the weekend, study in the holidays and replace Netflix with echo 360.

If you can pull something like this off congrats to you, you’ve done the mahi now hang in there for the treats. However if you’re anything like me and only revise for assignments this method might be a little bit out of reach. Don’t worry though, if you start now you’ll boost that GPA and with a couple of other tricks you’ll be able to do well.

Method 2: past paper fiend

All past papers for your course are online. Work through them, get your mates to work through them and compare. This is even better if you can get solutions to the exams.

The pros of this method are that you get familiar with the examinable content, get prepped for test situation and learn key concepts of your course. But the cons are, your lecturer can throw you a curve ball in the exam and if you don’t have solutions you and your friend could be heading in the wrong direction.

Method 3: no sleep til broken

If you’re the kind of person who gets really stressed by tests, you might find yourself putting in a couple of big shifts in the Core, revising lectures and going over tutorials and assignments.

Pulling an all-nighter definitely has its pros increased focus, study spaces are a lot quieter and none of your friends are distracting you.

However, an all-nighter brings with it some serious risk. Sleep deprivation can greatly exaggerate stress and make you generally feel worse about yourself. Being tired in a test is one of the worst feelings, and when you get hungry late at night barely anything is open.

Pro tip, if you do want to make the most of quiet late night study space, check your exam timetable and if they’re all in the afternoon you can “safely” shift your sleeping pattern back by 5-6 hours.

Keeping healthy during exams

It’s important that you keep up a healthy diet and drink lots of fluid. As much as you think you need to study late it’s important that you rest your mind so that you don’t forget what you are learning. For me I often try to alleviate stress through faith, I feel that praying not only calms me but also helps me to focus on the task at hand.


Did you take a gap year?

A growing number of students are taking a gap year before starting university. Were you one of them?

  • What challenges did you face after taking a year out?
  • How did you get back into study mode?
  • How did taking a gap year help you succeed at uni?
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started your gap year?

One tip we’ve heard is “don’t throw away your Year 13 study notes as they can be a useful refresher before starting uni.”

Do you have other tips, advice or experiences to share?

UC’s Liaison team is compiling a list of tips so we can share these with students starting uni in 2019 after a gap year or with those taking a gap year in 2019.

Please share your tips and advice by clicking ‘leave a comment’ under the heading of this blog or by emailing

If you submit your tip before 26 June 2018, you will go in the draw to win a $50 Westfield voucher.

Exchange opportunities including at Sciences Po Paris

Did you know you can spend a semester on exchange at one of over 60 exchange partners (including Sciences Po Paris) as part of your degree?

With courses available in both English and French, the Sciences Po Paris exchange is a great option for students with limited or no background in French. For students who have a level of French language, this is a fantastic opportunity to become immersed in the culture and lifestyle, while further developing your language skills!

Through the UC Student Exchange Programme, you can have the unique opportunity to study at partner universities throughout the world in amazing locations like China, Singapore, Spain, France, UK, USA and many more. The great thing about UC Student Exchange is that you pay UC tuition fees and do not pay tuition fees at the partner university. We are also offering economy return airfares to eligible students.*

*Please note that terms and conditions apply.

The application deadline for most exchanges in Semester One 2019 is coming up on 31 May 2018, so don’t delay! For all information, including entry requirements, how to apply and a full list of exchange partners, visit the outgoing exchange website.

During a recent visit to France, Jacinda Ardern spoke at Sciences Po Paris about the challenges of climate change from a Pacific perspective. This was followed by a dialogue with students, moderated by Laurence Tubiana, professor at Sciences Po and ambassador for climate change negotiations in 2015. Check out the full interview here.