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Success, failure and Demosthenes

Let’s be honest: exam time can be pretty stressful, not least because it raises the spectre of potentially not getting the results we wanted. While natural talents and abilities can certainly help make things easier, the importance of hard work on the path to success really can’t be overstated.

Sir Edmund Hillary demonstrated this point very well. As he put it, “In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed.”

For Hillary, success in reaching the top of Mt Everest was literally a matter of taking it in steps. Metaphorically, though, the same was true for the Greek orator and politician Demosthenes insofar as he undertook a regime of action intended to help himself improve and progress.

According to reports, Demosthenes attempted to overcome the effects of a speech impediment by rehearsing speeches with pebbles in his mouth. He built an underground room so he could avoid disturbing others in his home, and practiced orations against the sound of crashing waves in order to strengthen his voice. He is even said to have fixed a sword to the ceiling and stood underneath it so that he could train himself out of a tendency to lift one of his shoulders while speaking.

Perhaps no less important than hard work on the road to success, though, is the way in which we perceive failing—and there are definitely better and worse ways of perceiving them!

If you would like to learn more about success and failure and helpful ways to think about them, we’ve collected a set resources and videos together. You can check them out here.

Tōku toa he toa rangatira.

My courage is the courage of chiefs.

Academic Skills Centre – enrol now for Term 2 workshops

Want to get on top of your assignments and organised for upcoming exams? Check out the workshops and seminars on offer at Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre (ASC) during Term 2. They’re free and you can enrol online. View the current programme here.

Got a quick query?                  
If you’ve got a writing or study question that can be answered in 10 minutes, advisors are available to help with your quick queries between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday. Visit ASC in the Central Library, Level 3 Puaka-James Hight.

Consultations
If you’ve got a query that’s likely to take longer than 10 minutes to answer, you can book a consultation (up to 40 minutes) with a learning advisor. Learning advisors can help with your questions about writing, critical thinking or study. Take a look at some common questions students bring to consultations here.

Consultations are held at ASC in the Central Library, Level 3 Puaka-James Hight. To book an appointment phone 03 369 3900.

Support for ākonga Māori 
Te Tari o te Amokapua Māori | the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori offers supplementary academic workshops for a range of 100 level compulsory courses alongside one-to-one/group tutoring for other 100/200 level courses on a course by course basis.

If you would like to find out more please call 03 369 3868 or email maoridevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

 

 

Come along to Autumn Arrival

To help get back to uni after the mid-term break, UC and the UCSA have organised a special ‘Autumn Arrival’ event in the Undercroft on 9 May between 10am and 2pm.

Come along and join in for some free food and fun to make your stomach and heart happy. Aside from the kai, there will be small animals to pet and grab a selfie with, activities, games, puzzles, and information about various support services that exist at UC to help you succeed and be your best.