Some things you should check out…

Tuesday 9th– Sunday 21:

  • Image from Talk Back, courtesy of Ella Duncan, Jon Jeet, Elizabeth Ashby.
    Image from Talk Back, courtesy of Ella Duncan, Jon Jeet, Elizabeth Ashby

    UC Platform Arts Festival starts this week and goes til the end of next week. Scope out New Zealand’s next big talent and see lots of awesome performances! You don’t even have to pay!

Thursday 11th:

  • Want food? Want new friends? You’ll be able to find both of these (for FREE!) at the International Café in the student lounge of the history building from 12-2. This event is put on by Student Life.

Friday 12th:

  • Student night at the Rugby! Canterbury vs Wellington! Get to the game and support our boys! You can also go with the Student Supporters Army (CANTABS) for a roaring time. 

Exams are coming!


It’s nearly crunch time! The final countdown! Time to study for exams and tests…. Wooo.

Alright, so ain’t nobody looking forward to that! But because we both know that you do eventually have to knuckle down and get your head in the books, I have some study tips to ease the pain.

  1. Try not to leave it til the last minute. Although it’s tempting to sleep all day and put study to the back of your mind, the sooner you get onto it, the less stressed you’ll be later.
  2. Use a study timetable to decide how much time to put on each exam and when you need to begin studying for it. Also 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. 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’!
  4. Start to gather together your lecture notes and determine what the most important areas of focus are. Condense your notes and underline/highlight key terms.
  5. If you’re a visual learner use diagrams, or write things you need to remember on large sheets of paper to put in your bedroom, your kitchen… anywhere you’ll see them all the time!
  6. Use old 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.

Christchurch roadwork update website

Screenshot of the Transport for Christchurch website
Screenshot of the Transport for Christchurch website

I don’t know about you but driving through Christchurch can be incredibly frustrating! It really boils my blood when I’m trying to get somewhere and then I realise that the road up ahead is closed and I’ve been diverted. And then I’m on a one way. And then I’m stuck in traffic. And then I’m going in circles, still unable to reach my destination.  AHHHHH.

However I just discovered this really handy website which I find a lifesaver…so I wanted to share it with all of you! Once you head to you’ll see that there are a few helpful tools to stop your road rage in its tracks! You can look at a map of the city and see where there are: roadworks, road closures, incidents and get an idea of your approximate journey time. I find this really great for planning the fastest and least stressful driving route. The website also includes information about parking spaces and rates within the city, which makes it even easier for you to head out and about in Christchurch.

So check it out and make your sure you’re having lazy Sundays instead of stressful ones!