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!


World Press Photo Competition

After 56 years, the World Press Photo Exhibition is finally in Christchurch for the very first time and is proudly hosted by our university.

The exhibition is a product of  worldwide  contests in press photography that aims to recognise outstanding visual storytelling. There are 130 photographs on display this year that were selected from 90,000 submitted photographs by 5754 photographers across nine categories.

In case it has missed your eye (it’s hard to miss though) the exhibition is on Level 2 of the Central Library in between the two elevator wings.

The images capture various aspects of life, each with its own perspective that is open to varied interpretation.  It is a grey maze that mounts the photos and includes visuals of war, wildlife, iconic sports moments and then there are some that will have a lasting effect on you and make you walk away with a deep and profound thought.

The exhibition has been on display since the beginning of this month and is scheduled to close on 22 August 2014. So, there’s still a chance for you to see it if you haven’t already. Also, it’s free; there are no viewing fees. Now, who in their right mind misses out on free stuff?