A Guide to Starting Uni

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Starting uni is definitely an exciting adventure, but it can be confusing at first! Here are some tips to help you get started.


Attend orientation camps and events – and it doesn’t matter if you go alone!

The best time to make friends at uni is right at the start. I went to an orientation camp in my first year, and it was there that I made close friends that I still have now, going into my fourth year. You don’t have to have a group of friends to go with – these camps and events are all about making friends, and everyone is so nice. It is super reassuring to see a familiar face on campus on your first day when you might be really nervous! I have made most of my friends at uni through orientation, clubs and volunteering, rather than in classes.


Find out where your classes are before the first day

You will probably stop by uni to collect your student card anyway, so make the most of your time on campus and do a ‘trial run’ of finding your classes. As an example – my first ever uni class was on the biology floor of the psychology building – and the class was French! The app ‘Lost on Campus’ is a lifesaver when it comes to finding your way around.


Financial Aid

Uni comes with a lot of expenses, so make sure to visit the Financial Aid website, which has many resources and opportunities for financial assistance.


Read ahead

One thing I noticed when I started uni was that there was a heavy workload and so many ideas were new to me. It is best to start the year feeling somewhat familiar with what you will be learning, as there will be other things you have to sort out when you first start such as transport, accommodation, social events and finding where things are, so you don’t want to fall behind. Gradually you will see classes on the LMS become ‘available’ on the LMS, which means that you can browse through and take note of when assessments are, as well as have a read through any readings that are available. On this point too…


Get organised early

If you have to buy textbooks, it is good to do so before O-Week / Week 1, because there are really long lines at these times. You could go when you go to collect your student card and find your way to your tutorial rooms and lectures. It is also good to check out the university subject handbook and plan your timetable before class registration (hint: there are a lot of uni parties on Thursday nights, so you might not want to schedule too many classes for Friday if possible!). You can find out when registration opens for your subjects here. Make sure to be set up early to get the classes you want – the tutorials either side of lectures fill up SUPER quickly, so make sure you have a Plan B. You can schedule lectures back to back, because they start 5 minutes after the time on the timetable, and finish 5 minutes earlier (so, a 9:00am – 10:00am lecture is really 9:05am – 9:55am). Tutorials (tutes) usually go for the full hour.


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Get ready for those sweet STUDENT DISCOUNTS!

Make sure you sign up for UNiDAYS and Student Edge.


Make a Student Connect appointment

I found my Student Connect appointment super helpful when starting uni, as they advised me how to plan my time (I had two jobs) and I felt more confident about starting my university journey afterwards. You can learn more here.


Familiarise yourself with at least one library

In my first year, I was so intimidated by the library that I didn’t go in there for about the first eight weeks of semester… and I feel like my life would have been a LOT easier if I had known my way around the library from Week 1. You can have a look around yourself before uni starts, or go on a library tour. I also recommend familiarising yourself with ‘Discovery search’ which will be very helpful for assessments. Basically, you use this search to find academic journal articles, which you will use to support arguments in essays, and for research. You should also sign into your university account with Google Scholar (instructions here, just click on ‘Google Scholar preferences’) so that you can access articles you find on Google Scholar. This is important because you want to be able to access complete texts, which you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise unless you paid for them.


Join at least one club

This is a great way to meet people. I joined a whole bunch in first year and then I could choose my favourites to continue attending (I wish I could have attended everything, but there are only so many hours in a day unfortunately!). Here is a list of clubs you could join.

If you have Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ the Facebook pages of clubs and societies to be updated on events and ticket sales. Remember with extremely popular events, people start lining up for tickets earlier than the advertised time.


Join a mentoring program

When I was in first year I participated in a mentoring program run by the Faculty of Arts and also one run by the Student Union (UMSU). I found these programs great for making connections and learning tips from older students. I even joined as a volunteer in the UMSU program in my second year.


Buy a planner

Another thing you will need for uni is a planner! Now is a good time to buy them as many are on sale. You will have a lot to plan, from work, to club meetings, to events, and most importantly, assessment due dates (which come up sooner than you expect)! Typo have some super cool ones, and there is a Typo store at Melbourne Central station.


Plan your transport route

It is good to know exactly what train / bus / tram you will need to catch, and how long it will take, to avoid any unnecessary stress or lateness on your first day of uni. Here are some helpful transport tips:

  • Pretty much every tram going along Swanston St takes you to uni. You can get on at both Flinders Street and Melbourne Central if you need to get the train first
  • There is a ‘Melbourne University’ tram stop, but you can also alight one stop earlier, at Lincoln Square – which might be quicker, depending on where your class is
  • If your train passes through North Melbourne, you’re in luck! Read about the 401 bus that goes from North Melbourne to uni (and vice versa)


Wishing you the best of luck for university! :) You’ve got this!





Overheard on Campus in Week 12


Cassie is a third-year Commerce student, majoring in Economics and Finance. She is addicted to podcasts and long distance running.


1. “I stopped paying attention in Week 5 and have no idea what’s going on with any content after the mid-sem.”


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2. “Will you take a photo of me on South Lawn?”

3. “Oh, no, I’m not going away. I have an internship this summer.”


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4. “Should I buy a Unimelb hoodie?”

5. “I don’t know why people say this subject is hard, it’s really not that bad.”
“Yeah, totally…”


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6. “I need 2000 more words.”

7. “What’s another word for ‘argues’?”


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8. “I deserve this cupcake, right?”
“Dude. Yes. It’s Week 12.”


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9. “I am so not looking forward to Swotvac.”

10. “I watched eight lectures yesterday.”


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11. “I figured out if I get 55 on all my exams I can still get an H2B average.”


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12. “Do you think this will be examinable?”

13. “Let’s catch up over summer.”
“Yeah, totally.”


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14. “Hey, did you understand the Week 7 content?”
“Uh, I’m not thinking about it until Swotvac starts.”


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15. “Who’s your tutor?”
“Yeah, so, I don’t know his name.”

16. “Week 12 feels.”


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Study hacks

We work hard all semester, but sometimes, we just want that final boost when it comes to the lead-up to exams. Here are some of my favourite ‘study hacks’ – tried and tested for those elusive H1s.


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If you studied VCE Psychology, you probably know about this. I like to give my brain prompts to associate what I learn while studying with recalling it in the exam hall. I like to handwrite my notes with the same type of pen / pencil I will be using in the exam, wearing the same perfume while studying and in the exam, etc.


Make arbitrary information memorable

Sometimes, you are just reading over your notes and thinking “there’s no way I’ll remember this!”

So how do you make that information memorable? Think of a link between the new information and something that you already know. Turn the information into a story or relate it to something that has happened to you.

If you are musically inclined and want to turn your study notes into a song, here’s some inspiration.


Change up your notes

Don’t just write down what was on the slides – engage with the content. Ask questions and answer them with information you’ve learnt, turn chunks of texts into diagrams, and colour-code. It is a richer process (and also more enjoyable than just copying things word-for-word!).

This tip was inspired by an article on The Conversation – definitely have a read if you are interested in transforming the way you take prepare your notes.


Flashcard apps

These are especially helpful because they are portable – when you have a quick break, you can go through flashcards instead of Facebook. I recommend the Cram phone / iPad app and also Anki for your laptop. These apps can prioritise what you don’t know so you can master it.


Get in a positive frame of mind – but don’t rely on motivation

If you visit our Twitter page, we have been posting some inspiring study quotes! You can also think about your end goals – e.g. ‘I want to ace this exam to be one step closer to getting into Honours / my dream postgrad degree / my dream job’. However, sometimes that motivation doesn’t come – and that’s when we need to just start anyway. Personally, I find it more mentally exhausting procrastinating than actually doing whatever I need to do. Even if it’s not the best study session you’ve ever had, you’ve still put time and effort in, which is what counts – we can’t be studying machines all the time!


Stayfocusd app

This is an extension for Google Chrome that has helped me immensely in the past week completing final essays and exam study – it’s amazing how much work I can get done when I limit social media to ten minutes per day! I’m working myself up to blocking online shopping too – but I’m not quite there yet…


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Happy studying and good luck – you’ve got this!


My experience studying Arts at Unimelb

Hi readers!

If you haven’t read one of my posts yet, my name is Bella and I have nearly finished the third year of my Arts degree – just one exam to go!

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I remember in high school, there was so much course information out there, it could get quite overwhelming. It is hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life while managing all your VCE subjects! I remember that hearing about other students’ experiences in different courses was helpful to me in making my decision, because it’s informative to know what it is like being a student studying what is written in the course guide. So, I’m hoping that this post will be helpful to those who are beginning university studies for the first time, or considering changing courses. Remember that everyone’s university experience is unique – but this is mine.


Why this course?

In high school I was a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar  – through this program I had visited The University of Melbourne several times. I could feel so much positive energy on campus – it was so welcoming – and stunningly beautiful (as a Harry Potter fan, I loved the Old Quad’s similarity to Hogwarts).


The Old Quad – not a still from a Harry Potter movie!
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Now, this will sound a bit cliché but bear with me: I feel like many prospective students visit multiple universities, and have a moment when they can really see themselves at one. That’s what happened to me at Melbourne – I could really envision myself as a student there. It wasn’t really a single moment for me, but a cumulative effect of me visiting the campus and researching the study options.
Speaking of the study options, that was another part of what made me decide to put the Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne as my first preference. At the end of high school, I had a few career options in mind, but nothing set in stone. I felt like I hadn’t really experienced what the world had to offer yet, and wanted to explore areas I was interested in. I ended up doing well in high school – not only because of the wonderful teachers I had – but also because I followed my interests all the way through. If you’re passionate about something, that motivates you to work hard, and you get results. Even if these results aren’t always exactly what you had been hoping for, you enjoy the process.
I knew that I wanted to major in Psychology because it was my passion. In terms of the practical side, a major in Psychology also has wide applicability in terms of career options: of course there is the career option of being a psychologist, but you can also be an academic, work with businesses as an organisational psychologist, work in public relations, work as a teacher – the list goes on. I also wanted to continue my French studies to become fluent, and knew that I could take subjects in other cool learning areas in the BA, such as Communications. A Bachelor of Arts allowed me to do all of these things.
This was what drew me to the Melbourne Model, where you can explore your interests in broad undergraduate studies and specialise in postgraduate studies. This definitely took a huge weight off my shoulders while completing the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) because I didn’t have to worry about planning my career straight after high school, but I also had a firm goal to work towards and inspire me to study.


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First year

You don’t have to make any firm decisions about your major in first year, but in my opinion, it is beneficial to have an idea in mind. Have a look at what the requirements are for your major in the handbook, and try to make sure that you set yourself up in first year to pursue whatever major you would like to. Some of the majors, like Psychology, have specific subject requirements for Level 1 (first year).

Everyone has to do an ‘Arts Foundation’ subject – a full list is available here. I chose Reason, because I had always been interested in Philosophy. I didn’t really mind what foundation subject I did, because I was just keen to learn as much as possible – Reason was fantastic because not only did you learn how to think critically in an Arts degree, you learn about many great philosophers and their ideas, and a bit about history. There are some foundation subjects that help with majors – for example, I believe that Language would be helpful for those studying Linguistics or English. You can change your classes in the first few weeks of uni, so if the one you pick isn’t the right choice for you after all, you can always do another one instead.



For Psychology, we have to complete two subjects in first year. I also studied French each semester, leaving me with one Arts elective and two breadth subjects to choose. Breadth is another awesome thing about Unimelb – you can enhance your employability by complementing your course with subjects from other faculties (I studied Principles of Business Law in first semester, because I knew that the knowledge would be helpful for whatever career I chose) and also pursue other interests (in first year I also studied a subject called Spontaneous Drama: Improv and Communities, because I had enjoyed drama in high school and as an extra-curricular activity in Year 11 and 12).



Second year

In second year there were four psychology subjects that I had to take, and four other subjects I could choose. I completed my final level of French and a Creative Writing elective in first semester, and in second semester I ended up underloading (I did three subjects instead of four) – to be able to complete an internship in Public Relations. Safe to say that the internship went well, as I am still working for the company today – an amazing culture and team. I recommend doing an internship or getting some kind of work experience if you are interested in taking Media and Communications subjects – from my own experience and conversations with other students, this is really helpful when completing assignments.


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One of my favourite uni memories – when baby animals came to visit campus at the end of my second year!


Third year

This year I continued my Psychology and French studies, as well as studying Media and Communications subjects. I haven’t completed any breadth subjects this year because as a Psychology student in the BA, some of our breadth subjects are subjects in the Psychology major. I also decided to cross-credit my French subjects and apply for the Diploma in Languages. So, I will be completing this Diploma and my BA in four years (instead of the standard three years for a Bachelor’s degree) – meaning that next year will be my final year. Doing French in the Diploma means that I can take more French subjects as well as pursuing all my interests in the BA. The last four subjects of the Diploma are also HECS-free (yay!). There are also concurrent diplomas in other areas, such as Music! I’ve seen on the Diploma in Languages web page that you can also undertake it as a Graduate Student – it’s never too late!


The super cool staircase in my favourite building on campus – Arts West! I was so excited to take classes in this building when it was completed in my second year, replacing a former Arts West which was a building at the uni before I started.


Overall, my time at Unimelb so far has been nothing short of incredible. There are such inspiring lecturers and tutors, so many subjects available, a wonderful campus environment, excellent facilities and so many volunteering opportunities!

If you have any questions about my experience studying the BA, leave them in the comments below!

– Bella 😊

A guide to getting organised for exams

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when exams and final assessments are looming! So, here are some organisation tips to keep in mind, to make sure you’re ready to perform at your best.

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Something that has helped me all 5 semesters that I have taken exams has been making sure my stationery is ready to go. I make sure that I have the correct calculator and then make a trip to Officeworks to stock up on any stationery that I have run out of. I put all my exam materials into a clear zip-lock bag and keep it in a safe place so that it’s all ready to go for exam day (or days) and I don’t have to think about it anymore. I also make sure I have a clear drink bottle without a label and a watch with a working battery to take with me.

For take-home exams, another strategy that has made me feel more organised is setting up my Word document with the correct formatting, spacing settings, required font, etc. This means that when the take-home exam question/s are released, you’ll be ready to just start brainstorming and then typing your amazing essay!



Remember to use the Book It system if you need to use a computer at uni during SWOTVAC or the exam period. It can be very frustrating to arrive at uni only to find that there aren’t any computers available. You can make more than one booking, although there is a limit at three, so if you are planning to head into uni a few times in the week you can book your place at a computer in advance. The same goes for group study rooms!


Make your bed every day

This always helps me feel organised and feel like my day is off to a good start. I make my bed first thing every morning!


Let your friends know that your exams are coming up

This is important because towards the end of the year many social events start popping up. Make sure you let your friends know in advance that you will be taking exams and might not be able to go to everything, or reply to any messages immediately. Write down all your social events in your diary so you can leave enough time to complete study and assessments. If any of the social commitments are flexible, perhaps schedule them for after exams, or when you have a week-long break in between exams.


Organise your desktop

There usually are a lot of files that aren’t saved in the correct place by the end of semester. Sometimes, it happens! You have to leave a lecture quickly, and all of the sudden the file with your notes is saved as something you probably won’t remember in a folder for another subject. It can be very useful to go through all your files during SWOTVAC and sort them out. You don’t want to be looking for notes when you have limited time and getting stressed because you can’t find them. Some people also find colour-coding notes very helpful. This is also a nice extra revision technique!


Clean your living space

I’m sure there is a saying that is something along the lines of “tidy space, tidy mind”. It is so true! Make sure your living space, and particularly the area you will be working in, if you will be studying at home, are spick and span!


Wishing you all the best for exams and final assessments.


If you have any other tips for staying organised, share them in the comments below!



MKTG10001 Subject Review

Marilyn is a second-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Psychology, and hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future. In her free time, she enjoys rowing and singing with the University choir.


Principles of Marketing is a first-year subject offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics. As its name implies, it teaches you the basic concepts in marketing, and gives you the background knowledge required to pursue more advanced marketing subjects in the future.

When Did I Take This Subject?

Semester 1, 2016

What Were the Contact Hours?

1 x 2-hour lecture

1 x 1-hour tutorial

What Textbooks Were Required?

Marketing Principles by Pride et al (2015) was a prescribed text when I took the subject. Our weekly readings came from this textbook, and it complemented the content covered in the lectures pretty well. It cannot be found as an e-book, but hard copies are available in the University Library.

What Topics Were Covered?

Many topics were covered throughout the semester, including value creation, consumer behaviour, product positioning, service failure and marketing communications, just to name a few.  These were covered by the lecturers during the 2-hour lecture every week. For my year, the lecturers were Dr Simon Bell and Mr Samuelson Appau, and they took one lecture stream each. The lecture slides had less content than I would have liked, but the lecturing was pretty detailed, which I found rather beneficial.

During the tutorials, however, we worked on case studies which utilised the marketing concepts that we learnt about in the previous week’s lecture. This was done in groups, and we had to present our ideas to the rest of the class at the end of each tutorial.  We had a separate set of readings for each tutorial, and these were articles that provided background information about the case study we were looking at that week.



What Type of Assessments Were There?

The style of assessment changed just this year, with research participation being 5% of the grade. This requires you to complete 4 credits worth of research studies (a list of available studies can be found on the research experience portal you will be given access to). On top of that, there is an individual essay worth 10% of your final grade. This involves finding an article about a particular brand’s marketing strategy and doing a write-up about it. The assignment itself wasn’t too difficult, but it would have been nice if we were given more guidance with it.

There is also a group assignment worth 25% of your grade. For this assignment, you will be grouped up with people from your tutorial to complete a 3000-word report about the launch of Coke Life, a new product by the Coca Cola company which uses stevia instead of sugar. Personally speaking, I found the assignment pretty manageable, as my group divided the tasks equally among us, leaving each person with approximately 750 words to write.

The last part of this subject is the exam, which is worth 60% of the final grade. You will be given 2 hours to complete three essay questions based on the course content. This means that you’ll have approximately 40 minutes per essay, which may be a little challenging if you’re not accustomed to writing essays in a relatively short amount of time. There is no upper and lower word limit for these essays, so just write as much as you see fit, but avoid taking longer than 40 minutes per essay.


Personally, I’d rate the subject a 3.5/5, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing more advanced marketing subjects, or anybody interested in doing a commerce breadth subject that isn’t mathematical. However, if group projects aren’t your thing, this might not be your cup of tea. All the best to anyone who decides to do this subject!

Exam and take-home tips

Figuring out the best way to prepare for end of semester exams or take-homes can be tricky. Which is why the Unimelb Adventures team has come up with this list of effective ways to approach your final assessments!


  • Set up your Word doc so it is all ready to go while waiting for essay questions to be released. Format it correctly with your name, student number, a spot to write your word count, and any other information you need to include on your assessment piece. This helps ease nerves, and also means that you are less likely to forget to include these details while powering through your essay.
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  • Don’t change questions at the last minute – all the questions are hard if you’re doing them properly, and you don’t want to waste the research you’ve already done.
  • Work on essays in your local library during swotvac. It’s good to get out of the house, and you can escape the stress of being at uni during this time!
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  • Go for a walk – as a study break it can really refresh your mind.
  • Avoid social media – try and limit it if you can’t give it up completely while you’re writing your exam. Not only does it reel you in and you end up spending way longer on there than you intended (we know, memes are amazing), but there will probably be a lot of status updates about uni stress at this time of year – which is the last thing you want to see if you’re taking a break!
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  • Create a Google Doc with all your notes so that you don’t lose them and can access them anywhere.
  • Do any practice exams or questions you can get your hands on.
  • Know your best studying time. Some people like to get up early and work really hard before lunch, then do more relaxed work in the afternoon (or even take some time off). Then they might do a little more work after dinner. But that’s just some people – find out what works best for you!
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  • Make a friend and use them to bounce questions off!
  • Eat sugar before an exam. We’re not sure if this actually helps, but one of the team’s Introductory Microeconomics teacher told them to do this and now they always do!
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  • Buy some new pens to make yourself feel good.
  • Keep your life outside of study organised too – make your bed every day, keep track of appointments and so on. An organised life = an organised mind!
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  • Write your notes in a few different formats – e.g. flashcards, Cornell notes, mind maps, typed documents and diagrams with annotations. You might find you can read through more notes in one sitting if you change things up a bit.
  • Check out if there are any study sessions or revision lectures being run for your subjects.
  • Grab an essential oil you like and chuck it on a burner (or smell it) when you study for a subject, then smell it before the exam and – if what they taught one of the team is correct – you will remember more!

Hopefully you’ve found something useful here, we also have a swotvac tips article that could be handy. Good luck with your assessments and remember – you can do it!

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Meal Prep: Swotvac 2017 Edition

It can be hard to find time to eat well during swotvac, but it is so important.

Luckily, the Unimelb Adventures team is here to make sure that you get H1s in health and organisation this swotvac and exam period!

All our suggestions are student budget friendly and super simple.


Find something that works for you to kickstart your day!

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  • On-the-go: Two slices of bread with your two favourite spreads (e.g. PB + J), cup of milk, and a piece of fruit. At home, you can take two slices of multigrain bread with your two chosen spreads of the day, cut the sandwich in half, pack it in a sandwich bag, drink your cup of soy milk, quickly grab some fruit, and eat it on the way to uni.
  • When you’ll be studying for a long time: Muesli – there are many healthy options available in the supermarket. Just put some granola muesli on top of some greek yoghurt for a breakfast that will keep you full for hours while you study.
  • Winter warmer: Porridge. Microwaves are a lifesaver, aren’t they? So grab yourself instant porridge that you can heat up in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and get yourself some fruit! If you are in a hurry, put your cooked porridge in a disposable cup. Don’t forget to bring a spoon!


Options to get you through that deadly 3:30-itis…

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  • When you only want to cook once: Falafel burgers with half a bag of pre-packaged lettuce and tzatziki dip. The recipe says it makes 6, but it makes more like 10. You can freeze them and they last forever. Make a batch every two weeks and legit eat them every day during exams – tried and tested. If you’re not vegan you can replace the flax eggs with real eggs. Add some chilli too. If you can’t find dried chickpeas, just drain some canned ones really well. You can also swap the zaatar with any kind of dried herb mix, but if you can find zaatar it is very good!
  • Your new go-to lunch: Rice, veggies and can of tuna/selected protein! Make the rice on the weekend, or the night before a big study day. Scoop 1 cup of rice into a tupperware container, fill it up with frozen veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli), and bring a can of tuna or add your desired protein. If you are feeling extra fancy, you can cook yourself scrambled eggs or a hard boiled egg with this quick meal.
  • To eat at home: If you’re at home, eggs on toast is always good. You can add avocado, spinach, mushrooms or tomato for some vegetables, and some feta for extra flavour.
  • Eat anywhere: Wraps! You can make a big salad at the start of the week and fill your wrap with it every day. You can also buy some cans of tuna/salmon, chicken or whatever you fancy to put in with the salad as well.
  • A classic: Potato salad. Boil some potatoes until they are soft, cut into blocks, add some butter, and mix with cheese, store-bought leafy salad mix, bacon and anything else you like.
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To keep your energy levels up while you’re working hard!

  • Fruit salads are great healthy snacks to fuel your brain. You can prepare your own at home or if you’re really strapped for time, purchase one from uni, the station, or the supermarket (there’s usually a section near the front with small fruit salads!).
  • Sliced apples with peanut/almond butter – very nutritious, and yummy too!
  • Cut up carrot and celery with hummus, or just bring carrot/celery.
  • Crackers with peanut butter/vegemite, kinda making yourself a cracker sandwich. There are plenty of things you can make with just a piece of cracker as your base. For instance, salad leaves with smoked salmon. Be creative!
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Suggestions that will keep you studying however deep into the night you need to go…

  • Comfort food: Soup is great to have when it’s cold – cook a big pot and then have it a few nights of the week. Dahl is also a one pot meal and something you can store easily, but it is way more filling!
  • Prep like a pro: Make up a big batch of pasta sauce that you can eat all week. Start off with an onion and garlic and you can’t go wrong. You can use a can of tomatoes, whatever other veggies you have in the fridge (carrot and zucchini are good), some bacon or feta cheese for protein, and throw some spinach in at the end. You can use wholemeal pasta if you want to feel extra healthy.
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  • Feeling fancy: If you’re in the market for a huge restaurant-style dinner and can afford the luxury of a slow cooker (20 bucks from K-Mart), grab yourself some meat (off-cuts usually work the best, and are super cheap) and veggies, put it in with a can of diced tomatoes and complete! Restaurant-worthy meals for the whole week. Enjoy them on their own or with the rice/pasta of your choosing.
  • An old favourite: Pasta bake! Boil some macaroni until soft, place in a large baking tray, add milk and cheese, bake in the oven.


And lastly, the drinks…

  • You can add some cut-up fruit to your water bottle to give it some pizzazz.
  • If you’re at home, endless cups of tea are a proven way (in our experience, anyway!) of getting those essays written and those notes memorised. Alternatively, bring your tea with you to uni in a thermos.
  • A hot chocolate or chai latte can be a relaxing way to take a quick break from studying. Remember to bring your keep cup with you!
  • But we all know coffee might become the beverage of choice for a lot of you… Luckily, we’ve got a guide for that too.
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Swotvac Tips

Cassie is a third-year Commerce student, majoring in Economics and Finance. She is addicted to podcasts and long distance running.

It’s almost swotvac. It’s the time of year when you realise you didn’t understand 75% of the content this semester, you stopped doing your tutorial work in week 3, and you never actually went back and watched those 12 lectures you skipped. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on how to survive swotvac.

  1. If you can, avoid the library

When people are studying and stressed, and they’ve been in the library for 12 hours every day for the last week, things get gross. If you can, avoid the library because you will get sick, you will feel disgusting all day, and you will not be able to get up and go to the toilet because either the librarians will come and take your stuff away or some ninja student will steal your seat.

  1. If you must go to the library, do not arrive between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm because you will waste half your day trying to find a seat

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Anyone who has lined up to get into the Law Library or Giblin Eunson during swotvac knows that it is pure carnage. I’m not kidding – it is the Hunger Games and the scenes are concerning. It is also the only way you will get a seat during swotvac. You either have to arrive really early or really late or you won’t find a seat. You can also book spaces online at https://bookit.unimelb.edu.au/ but get in early because reservations fill up fast!

  1. Find a good café, and get a loyalty card

You will be drinking a minimum of two coffees a day. Loyalty cards where the 10th coffee is free seriously deliver the goods in swotvac.

  1. Stock up on healthy snack foods

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That’s right, healthy. I’m talking about good fats. Nuts, avocado, sandwiches and fruit. Do not eat sugar all day or try to survive on coffee; you will crash and burn and you will feel absolutely shit. A healthy, well-fed brain will struggle to understand some of the ridiculously difficult things you are studying, and a starving brain will give up.

  1. Make a list and set yourself deadlines

Schedule yourself. Plan what you have to do from the exam date backwards, and put it in a calendar. Then, stick to it. If you finish what you had planned to do that day, take the night off. Seriously this is a golden rule and it is very easy. Just take 15 minutes on the first day of swotvac and make a list.

  1. Get at least one person to study with

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You don’t need to sit down and study with them, but find one person per subject, add them on Facebook and annoy them with questions. The likelihood is that they are also desperate to ask someone else questions and you’ll help each other out. It also helps to have someone to vent to about how f*cked up the practice exams are.

  1. Have scheduled breaks

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At the start of each study day, plan out little reward breaks. Like, when you finish a practice exam, watch EllenTube for half an hour. These are really important and they’ll make you less likely to procrastinate later. Little goals are good, and you deserve it.

  1. Don’t let the first few days get you down

When you suddenly realise that you don’t understand half of the content, don’t panic. That is what swotvac is for. All non-first year students will tell you that it is totally normal to teach yourself a lot of the course in swotvac.

  1. You will have a breakdown, it is okay

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Every swotvac you will have one breakdown around the time when you do your first practice exam and you fail. You will call your mum or your best friend and you will cry. This is normal. It is okay. Cry it out, go eat a big bowl of pasta, take the night off and get back to it tomorrow. Everyone has this and it is totally normal.

  1. ‘Do Not Disturb’ is your friend

If you’re on a roll, use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ function on your phone. It won’t notify you when people contact you unless you go over and pick it up. Procrastinating is so easy in swotvac and minimising your distractions can help a lot. Another useful procrastination reductions method, particularly for essay writing, is the Pomodoro Technique, which involves working in 25 minute intervals with 5 minute breaks in between. You can read more about how it works and its benefits here.

  1. Sleep

Some students brag that they sleep four hours a night and still smash all their exams. You are not that person. It doesn’t matter how well you function on four hours of sleep, it’s scientifically proven that everyone functions better on 7-8.

  1. Exercise

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You don’t need to go to the gym everyday day but get outside and get some fresh air. You need to take care of your body in this time. It will make you more productive and reduce the frequency of swotvac breakdowns.

  1. If you don’t get something, your friends don’t know and your online tutor is confusing you (it can do more harm than good), go to a consultation

Just go. Get in line with your planned question. Have work to do while you wait, because you will be waiting. 2 minutes with a tutor can save you hours of torture while you try to figure it out yourself. It’s also a great place to meet other students so you can help one another, and often they’ll ask about something you don’t get either and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

  1. If you need a break, take a break

I thoroughly believe that when you hit a wall, just come back to it later and go do something else. You will have days in swotvac where you get nowhere. Don’t waste your time and end up in a pool of lecture slides and tears. Take the afternoon off. Take the night off. If you feel good enough, take the day off. When your brain cracks the shits, just let it have a little rest.

  1. Plan a gift to yourself when your exams are over

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Studying sucks. Treat yo’ self.

– Cassie

The Pros and Cons of Taking an Intensive

Nicole is one of the staff writers for Unimelb Adventures. She is in third year, doing a Bachelor of Music, specialising in Performance and majoring in Piano. She loves keeping herself fit by swimming and going out on adventure walks!

Throughout my undergraduate studies so far, I have loved taking the opportunity to do either summer or winter intensive courses for subjects that I need or would like to do. Most of the subjects I have taken have been core subjects, but I also took a breadth subject that ran during the July intensive period (Auslan and Visual Communication). So here are some of my thoughts on taking an intensive subject!


You get used to being back on campus
I love the feeling of being back on campus after a short break. I like getting the chance to get comfortable with my surroundings before uni begins. It gives you some mental preparation for the next semester. If you are taking a core subject during either the summer or winter intensive periods, use it as a transitioning period into whatever year you may be going into. When I did Music Language 3, I was able to ease into third year studies. Then, when I got into the semester, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed. It was pretty chilled, in a way. I could get used to being a third year by doing a core subject at the start of the year.

You can get back into the swing of studying and/or practising
One of the advantages of doing an intensive is that you can slowly build up your studying and/or practising routine again. I think that it’s important to develop that before the semester starts, and I found that it worked for me during my intensive courses.

You get the place to yourself
As a music student, I know how packed rehearsal and practice spaces can be during the semester. On the other hand, during the intensive period, practising can be very peaceful indeed. It gives me the chance to think about my technique and musical expression a bit more, as well as more room to move around without a lot of external stimuli to distract me. Likewise when it comes to studying in study spaces or libraries. There are lots of seats to find, and it is quite nice indeed! It’s so quiet and peaceful without so many people around.

Look at all the free seats in the MSD study area! (Source: Nicole Ng)

There are no long lines at lunch!
During the summer and winter terms, there is no lunch hour rush. For instance, the lines can be very long at Egg during the semesters! But not during the summer or winter intensives. Just imagine how fast you can get your lunch without a long line at the cash register!

You get the chance (and enough time) to explore the campus more freely
I love exploring! During my intensive last summer, I explored Arts West. I know, I’m a bit late to the party, but it’s better than not going in there at all. I loved every little bit of Arts West, and found a nice studying spot for myself that I will be going to!

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You can focus on just one subject
The ability and opportunity to concentrate on one subject is a great advantage if you want to do well! I managed to do very well in Music Language 3 because it was the only subject I was doing during the summer intensive period and I could put a lot of effort into it. It’s a really nice feeling to get your final grades back and see that you did really well!

You have fewer subjects to do during the semester
This is personally one of my favourite things about intensives, especially as I am a music student. It gives you more time during semester to do other things such as studying, practising or hanging out with friends. You can be flexible with your schedule too! That’s one of my main reasons for doing an intensive – having more time to prepare for my recital studies, and being able to move around practice and study times if I need to.

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You can get it out of the way
If you are doing a core subject during either the summer or winter terms, it’s great because you can get it out of the way! I remember when I finally finished Music Language 3. My goodness, was it a good feeling. I don’t even have to touch the Music Language stream again for the rest of my tertiary studies! Woohoo!

If you fail the subject during the intensives, you can always give it another shot during the semester
And vice versa for those who may have failed during the semester. It gives you another chance to improve or pass the subject, especially when it’s a core subject. Besides, by re-doing a subject that you may have failed during the semester as an intensive, you’ll stay on track with your study plan, and still be able to graduate on time too!


Can get pretty intense, especially with the workload and expectations that are involved
The courses are intensive – after all, that’s what they’re called. Haha! Learning new content each day can become overwhelming and tiring. That’s why coffee comes in handy: keep yourself awake, and ready to go!

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Wishing for a holiday when going straight into the semester
Particularly when you take a core subject as an intensive, you may not get a long break for yourself. Basically, you are sacrificing your summer or winter break for your studies. That’s my least favourite thing about intensive subjects. It sucks when it finishes just before O Week, or during the week that O Week starts. A week is never enough, even if it is better than nothing. So, I suggest making the most of the week-long break, and getting a really good rest before the semester starts! Do whatever you want!


If you are feeling this way, remember that all the advantages of taking an intensive always outweigh the disadvantages! Remember to look after yourself when undertaking an intensive subject. Do something that makes you happy, and give yourself a break every now and then! Or have a chat about your worries, stress and concerns with a friend or family member. I found talking about it was helpful, and got the support I needed to get through it.

If you are behind in terms of attendance or studying, you risk of failing the subject
When taking an intensive subject, you have to be on top of everything. Otherwise, you run the risk of being behind, and it can be hard to catch up! Do lots of preparation and stay organised if you want to do well. This also applies to attending classes and lectures! Always double check if there are any hurdle requirements! Make every week, day, hour and minute count!

So there you have it – the pros and cons of taking an intensive! This is mostly reflecting on taking a core subject, or one of your electives during the summer or winter break, but it applies to any intensive subject available. For more information, check out the handbook: see if one of your core, elective, or breadth subjects runs during the summer or winter break. You can also check out an older post about summer subjects by Daph!

– Nicole

What you should know if you want to study Psychology

Marilyn is a second-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Psychology, and hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future. In her free time, she enjoys rowing and singing with the University choir.

Majoring in Psychology

Since Psychology is an extremely popular major in this university, here’s a lowdown on the major sequence in Psychology.

An APAC-accredited major in Psychology (APAC stands for Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) requires students to take 10 Psychology subjects over the course of their degree. At Unimelb, 8 of these subjects are compulsory, and the remaining two are electives. (Students in the Bachelor of Arts are limited to two elective subjects, but those pursuing a Bachelor of Science are allowed to pick more elective subjects.) Also, for students in the Bachelor of Arts, two of your Psychology subjects (one from Level Two and one from Level Three), will have to be taken as breadth subjects, leaving you with a maximum of four breadth subjects instead of six.

The screengrab from the Unimelb handbook (below) shows all the possible subjects that can count towards a major in Psychology. Most of these subjects, especially those at Levels Two and Three, build on what is learnt in previous years, and so it is recommended (but not mandated) that students pursue Psychology subjects at the previous level before enrolling in these subjects.

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If you are doing a different undergraduate course and think that Psychology sounds pretty cool, once you’ve finished your Bachelor degree you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. In the Grad Dip, you undertake all the subjects from the APAC-accredited undergraduate major. This is often completed in one year, but can be extended if that suits you! Some students choose to do the subjects over three years, at the same time as students completing the undergraduate major. There is a mid-year intake for this course.

Careers in Psychology

After an undergraduate degree in Psychology, you could work in Marketing, Advertising or Human Resource Management.

If you pursue a postgraduate degree in Psychology, you can work in a role more closely related to Psychology, such as becoming a Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist or a researcher. To enter any of these fields requires you to have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours and a Master’s degree, a PhD or even both. This means that any student who intends to enter one of these specialised fields will have to be willing to spend at least six years at university.


You should also know that Honours in Psychology is very competitive! So it’s important to start working hard early to give yourself the best chance. The absolute minimum weighted average required is at least 70%. However, according to the psychology rumour mill, the cut-off for 2017 entry was just over 80%!

The information here is not exhaustive, and only lists a few career paths you can pursue at each level. For more information, check out the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences website, or speak to an advisor at the Careers and Employability Service in Stop 1.

– Marilyn

5 Storage Techniques for Long Term Memory

Ruby is a first year Master of Biotechnology student with a passion for science, books, and all things musical. If you see her around campus, she’ll most likely be scouting for free food, pressing replay on some fresh tunes, or with her nose stuck in a book.

You and me both, Neville, you and me both.

Uni swamps us with information, and I think most of us could agree that a lot of the time, especially if you haven’t been paying a lot of attention, it seems like an unorganised mess. I mean, you zone out of a lecture for one minute and suddenly the class seems to have a handle on Deacetoxycephalosporin-C synthase. Meanwhile, you’re still trying to figure out what the heck the lecture is even about. So you walk out, your brain foggy with all those new words you don’t yet understand. What do you do with that information?

Memory works through the process of encoding, storage and retrieval. Learning how to store information so that it makes its way into your Long Term Memory (LTM) is how you’re going to get that H1…or at least a pass – let’s be real.

Storage techniques for Long Term Memory

1. Mind maps

An oldie but a goodie.

In order to store information for the long term, a technique that is common but largely underestimated is the mind map. The brain is excellent at remembering by association. But when one lecture is about plant cells and the next is about your liver, it’s difficult to connect the information you’re being given. Having topical mind maps is a fantastic way to solve this problem, because you can sort out your lecture material by topic. This will help your brain connect the dots and allow you to revise more efficiently.

2. Connect the new with the old

This uses the same principle of association as the mind map idea, but does it by connecting new information with previous knowledge. This will help you build on information already stored in your brain and learn by association, making new information more meaningful to you. The brain will be able to make more branches on established pathways rather than build entirely new ones.

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3. Repetition

Yeah, yeah. You probably know this one cause you’ve heard it a thousand times before…get it?

I agree, it’s boring. But it really does seem to work, and I can attest to it. Every night before bed my dad used to count to ten aloud in different languages, and to this day I can still do it. Get those flashcards out!

4. Chunking

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What about this one?


Chunking is usually a way to store things in your Short Term Memory (STM). Your STM can hold around 7 pieces of information at one time, so storing them in ‘chunks’ is the best way to achieve this. However, chunking can also be helpful for your Long Term Memory. If you break something into chunks that can be stored in your STM, and somehow make that information meaningful to you (e.g. drawing a picture of ‘The Quick Brown Fox’), you can then potentially also store those little nuggets of information in your LTM.


5. Funny stories

This is a memory technique close to my heart. This one makes study fun, and not just in the way those cheesy kids shows tell you. You can go nuts here. Think big.

For example, you could create your own characters to help you remember topics, like Gentleman Gene for Genetics and Cellular Celine for Cell Biology. While studying Japanese, I would come across unfamiliar sounding words like 医者(いしゃ), pronounced ‘i-shya’, meaning ‘doctor’. So instead of just memorising a bunch of sounds, you make it fun. Like “‘ishya’ foot sore? Better call the doctor!” Makes you look pretty weird, but it sure is efficient.

I hope these help you study for your exams or survive those nightmarish MSTs. Happy studying!

– Ruby

What We Wish We’d Known About Uni Before Starting First Year

You may have done everything within your powers to prepare for uni, but there are so many things you only find out later. To save you valuable time, the Unimelb Adventures team have come up with this cheatsheet of things we wish we’d known before we started uni!

  1. You don’t need to know what you’re doing right at the start of first year! You only need to decide on a major towards the end of second year, so experiment and take a wide range of subjects until you find something you really enjoy doing.
  1. Your first tutes might seem really daunting, but everyone’s actually just as uncertain as you. So instead of feeling anxious, get involved in classes and speak up. You’ll quickly become less nervous and tutes will become more enjoyable, plus you might even make a friend into the bargain!


  1. If you want to be social, get out there and get involved! Again, it can be really daunting when you get to the end of Orientation and think ‘hang on, have I actually made friends?’ That all comes with time – people you meet in tutes and lectures, as well as getting involved in clubs and societies, will make it easier for you.
  1. Take a break in the secret garden. It’s always easy to find people around uni, but it’s harder to get away from them all! The System Garden is tucked away behind the Botany Building and can be reached via a path from Babel. The garden is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet. Bring your lunch or a book and enjoy the greenery and sunshine!


  1. Lectures usually start 5 minutes after the advertised time, and end 5 minutes before the advertised time (so don’t worry about having back-to-back classes!)
  1. If you have just moved out of home or need help with money, make sure that you check out Financial Aid.
  1. You don’t have to be in a certain faculty to get involved with clubs and societies (e.g. you don’t have to be an Arts student to join the Arts Students Society). There are also language and cultural clubs you can join even if you don’t study the language at university and just want to learn about the culture!
  1. If you head over to the noticeboards in the Redmond Barry building, there are usually several researchers recruiting participants for their studies. The experiments are always interesting to take part in, and you’re often reimbursed for your time! $$


  1. Make sure you keep an eye on the ‘Notices’ section of the student portal – there are links to free workshops, volunteering applications and more!
  1. Apply for jobs and build your skills on the Unimelb careers website (just log in with your Unimelb student details).
  1. Transitioning to writing university-style essays and reports is tricky at first for all students. A great place to start building your confidence is the Academic Skills AIRport, which has resources designed for undergraduate, graduate and international students.


  1. Academic Skills also has advisers you can book appointments with if you would like additional one-on-one guidance when tackling your essays and assignments. The advisers don’t write your essays for you or edit the content of your essays, but they can provide some valuable advice.

Perform at Your Best: How to Manage Exam-Day Nerves

Ah, exams: The final hurdle to jump over before the summer break. The huge, sad hurdle, that really gets in the way of watching Netflix…

Because exams often make up a large part of your grade, it’s totally natural to feel nervous. Here are some things to do before, during and after the exam to beat those nerves and be able show your markers what you know!


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Before the Exam

• I like changing up my studying methods for memory-based exams – I use concept maps, flashcards (Cram is an excellent flashcard app, because all your cards are on your phone!), posters, and notes.
• When preparing for an essay-based exam, it can help you feel more relaxed if you brainstorm some answers to possible topics. You can take a look at previous exam questions (if available) and practise with those. Your tutor or lecturer may supply them, or you can visit the library website.
• If you know you have some exam questions which allow you to focus on certain areas of the course, pick your course area to write on ahead of time if appropriate. That way, you can prepare thoroughly for certain areas you feel confident in and feel on top of things – rather than trying to cover content in detail for the entire course.
• Blast some happy music and have a one-person dance party (you know you want to). A great stress-reliever!
• The psychology student in me is coming out here – but here’s a #lifehack for studying. Basically, your brain uses heaps of things in the environment to ‘cue’ memories. What you want to do is build up an association between studying content and remembering content (in the exam). It can be as simple as spending sunny days studying on the lawn next to the REB, or wearing the same perfume when you study and take the exam.
• Work out what you don’t know. I know, I know, this can be a totally scary idea. However, it has helped me immensely when I sort out all my notes into three piles: ‘Got this: H1 central’, ‘Somewhat confident’ and ‘What was that again!?’. Then, as exam day draws closer, I can really focus on the latter two piles.
• Ask questions! Even if your tutor isn’t allowed to answer certain questions regarding exam content, make use of the discussion board for your subject and ask your classmates.
• Set out ‘incidental revision time’ – bring your notes along on your public transport commute, to read in your break at work, while waiting to meet someone, etc. It all adds up!
• Exercise! Get out there in the sunshine and go for a walk to relax. If you find it hard to set aside time for fitness because you feel ‘guilty’ for not studying (first of all, you totally don’t need to – but I get it!) record your notes and listen to them while you walk or run! If you’ve seen The Imitation Game – running every day totally worked for Alan to solve Enigma. So if we all go running, we’ll be that smart too…. Right!?
• Plan. Schedule your whole week for SWOTVAC to feel organised and calm about what needs to be done. Don’t forget to pencil in some leisure time!
• Test yourself on your content as you make notes – this has been shown to increase retention. You could even write notes in a question-answer format.
• Study sessions with friends: It can make you feel much more confident going through topics with others. They do say that if you can teach someone else, you’ve got it! If this doesn’t work out, check out noticeboards and club communications to see if any are offering revision sessions!
• NON-study sessions with friends: enjoy a few coffee or lunch breaks, where there is a rule to talk about anything except exams. Your brain will thank you for the quick break!


The Day Before

• It’s really up to you if you study or not the day before. A day won’t make a huge amount of difference in terms of the content you remember – so go ahead if it boosts your confidence, but you can also take a day to relax if you think that will be more beneficial. If I have work or take a day to relax, I do set aside an hour or so at night to read over my notes, mostly for a confidence boost.
• Materials: get everything organised the night before – make sure you’ve got your student card! Try and fit your items into a clear bag/pouch to avoid the mad scramble to the shipping containers.



The Day Of

• Breakfast… This is something I found super interesting when I initially came across it: We’ve all heard the ‘eat a big breakfast’, right? However, if there is a lot of food (or greasy food) to be digested, your body’s energy and resources go into digestion, rather than to your brain. So have a medium-sized, healthy meal – as early before the exam as you can, to allow time for digestion and to enable your brain to operate at its peak.
• Like studying the day before – the idea of studying on the day of an exam can relax some people, but not work for others. It’s really up to you; like studying the day before, it’s important to put things in perspective. If you’ve been working hard for three months, a couple of hours before the exam won’t make much difference either way. I have a really long commute to the city, so I feel relaxed if I bring some notes along and read them on the train. It’s super quiet on the train, and reading notes on the train has boosted my confidence with my exams in first year and this year. I throw my notes out at the station though – and then walk to the REB ready to go and do my best, taking some time before the exam to just get mentally ready to go in.
• If someone tries to talk to me about exam content before an exam, it makes me nervous because I start thinking of concept I might not understand/remember perfectly. If this is the same for you, a good strategy I use is to talk about what I’m doing after the exam. You can think of what you have to look forward to rather than what you have to make it through.


After the horror exam

  • Easier said than done, I know – but like talking about the material immediately before the exam, talking about my answers afterwards gets me super worried! At the end of the day, the exam is done and you did the best you were capable of under the circumstances throughout the semester and the exam itself. Celebrate by treating yourself to a coffee as suggested above, or a doughnut (because Doughnut Time is at Melbourne Central now. That is only one station away from Parliament…)


Wishing you all the best for the exam period! Study hard, and walk tall – you can do it!

-Bella :)
Note: These are some tips that have helped me at uni – however, I am not a professional. If you are feeling as if your exam worry is becoming too much, you can contact Counselling and Psychological Services here. They have also published some great tip sheets, such as this one for exam anxiety .



Free Digital Tools to Help Any Group Project

Sonia is currently a second year Arts student with a double major of Media and Communications and Psychology. She loves the outdoors and has a passion for photography.

We all know the struggle that group projects can be. Following all those back and forth emails, trying to split up tasks evenly – and the list goes on. There are even a series of memes dedicated to the topic.

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But what if I told you there are ways to improve the working experience via FREE digital tools? The three below can help with collaborating, managing tasks and maintaining communication.


Google Docs

This is Google’s version of the Office suite, including Docs (equivalent to Word), Sheets (equivalent to Excel) and Slides (equivalent to PowerPoint). The best feature for your group project is the ability to collaborate online and work on the same document simultaneously. It means you don’t have to keep sending drafts back and forth, and saves multiple versions of the document online, so you can roll back changes if need be.

If you don’t have a Gmail account, don’t fret, your student account is set up to use this service.

Here’s how to access it:

1. Log in to your student email

2. Select the Apps button

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4. Click the New button

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5. Click which program you’d like to use

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Here’s how to add other users to collaborate:

1. Once the document is open, click the Share button

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2. Add your group member’s email address, click Send

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For those longer group projects, it can be difficult to keep track of tasks. Trello is organised via online boards with lists of tasks. Each task is called a ‘card’ where further information is stored for that particular task. Best of all, teams can all work together on a particular board from anywhere, and can organise projects by assigning tasks to each person. You can also set due dates for when a particular task needs to be done.

Below is an example of what a potential group project board could look like:

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Each task above has its own card with additional functionality, for example to set a due date or checklist for that particular task.

To find out more about how to use Trello, this great video has been created by the team at Trello.


Facebook Groups

Clear communication between members is essential for success, and Facebook groups are a great way to achieve this. Facebook allows you to create a ‘group’ where users can discuss a particular topic. A group has the common features of Facebook profiles, with the ‘wall’ where users can write a post. You can also upload files and create documents, polls and events! The poll (survey tool) is especially useful if you need to find a time to meet up that suits everyone.

Facebook has a great tutorial on the basics of creating a group and using its functionality.


– Sonia