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Take a tour of Haere-roa with UCSA Vice-President, Tori

In this week’s Haere-roa update, UCSA’s Vice-President Tori, takes a look through our new student building to show you some of the first spaces you’ll see when the building opens this July. Check out the video below to see the amazing progress being made!

For more information about Haere-roa, visit the UCSA website.

Study tips to help you prepare for exams

Exams are nearly here! Take a look at the tips below to help you make the most of your study time.

1. Make yourself comfortable
Organise your study space. Make sure you have a comfortable chair, good lighting and a desk clear of distraction. It’s all about the feng shui!

2. Use a study timetable
Work out how much time you will spend on studying for each exam. Keep a to-do list of the different tasks you need to do each day – such as different textbook chapters to read and take notes on.

3. Figure out how you learn best
If you’re a visual learner then things like diagrams, mindmaps, colour coded notes and flashcards may be good learning tools for you.

If you’re a verbal learner 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 like acronyms or rhymes.

4. Go through your notes
Gather your lecture notes and determine what the most important areas of focus are. Review your notes by reading actively – concentrate on what you are reading. Condense your notes and underline/highlight key terms.

5. Make the most of your resources
Use past exam papers for practice. You can get these from the library, or through your lecturer. These allow you to see what questions are typically asked and what is expected of you.

6. Get a study group together
Form a study group so you can revise with others. Try question and answer sessions.

7. Give yourself a break
Study getting a bit intense? Forgotten what fresh air smells like? Take regular breaks, get some exercise, eat well and make sure you get some sleep. Research suggests if you keep moving and eating well you will find it easier to concentrate and retain information.

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For help with revision and exam preparation and stress management check out the Academic Skills Centre.

More information
Read more about coping with exams.
Watch this video for tips on finding your personal learning style.

Your study tips 
We asked for your study tips – here’s what you told us…

“Focus on one thing at a time, this could be one topic, one subject or one paper.” – Anahita, first year engineering student  

“I listen to instrumental music from movies that make me happy while I study.” – Elizabeth, fifth year law and arts student

“50 minutes of study, 10 minutes of doing nothing.” – Ra, first year law and science student

“Make your to do list on your calendar – use Google calendar to block out study time, that way you get a more realistic idea of how long everything is going to take you.” – Verity, second year engineering and arts students

Got a study tip? Share it in the comments section.

From one Postgrad to another: GradFest 2019

Winter GradFest is happening from 10 June to 14 June, with a variety of sessions to help you on your thesis journey. From statistics to literature reviews to research tools, this week will provide useful guidance and tips on the research process. Plus, there are social events where you can share your ups and downs with your fellow postgrads!

Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your postgraduate studies, you will find something helpful. If you’re just getting started, you may need to apply for ethics approval, which can be an intimidating process. Having someone explain the application and some of the common mistakes people make will save you time later on. You will also get a sense of the timeframe so you can better plan your schedule.

For those in the thick of the data collection or writing phases, you may be feeling really stressed and want to know how others in the academic world manage their stress. The panel of experts who will be speaking know what it’s like and will share some strategies that work for them. We all handle stress differently, but it’s comforting to know we are not alone and there are things that can help. There’s also a mindfulness session on the last day. If you haven’t tried this technique, now’s your chance to give it a go.

If you’re nearing the end of your postgraduate study, keep going! You’re almost there. You can listen to your fellow postgrads discuss their practical tips for getting to the end during the ‘Are we there yet?’ session. There’s also a session on the oral exam so you’ll feel more prepared for what this means for you.

Kara Kennedy – PHD student

Visit the Winter Gradfest webpage to check out all of the sessions and events happening.

Brought to you by the Academic Skills Centre, Postgraduate Office and UC Library.