Making the most of SWOT VAC

Despite the best of intentions, procrastination can take over a SWOT Vac. Suddenly all the time set aside for revision has dwindled away.

So what are the best ways to migrate from the nation of the Procrasti (as the QUT Student Share house blog brilliantly describes it)  and get back to being productive?

Here are a few of our favourite procrastination killers from the web (some tried and tested, others we haven’t quite got around to yet…)

  • Now is not the time to learn to knit (or keep a clear idea of your priorities). There are some assignments to which anything seems preferable (including cleaning the oven/bedroom/pantry/wardrobe). This is where having a plan or a list of achievable goals can make it easier to stop putting things off. To-do apps like teux deux or Remember the Milk are really useful for this too.
  • Break bad habits. Identifying what triggers distractions can limit procrastination. Trial a Facebook and Twitter free zone. Turn off email notifications. Change the environment where you study. For example, try treating revision like a job; take advantage of a quiet spot in the library for a shift, and then go home and relax.

QUT Counselling also provides support if procrastination is becoming increasingly problematic. You can download their procrastination factsheet or find out about their services on the QUT Counselling website.

While procrastination can be a difficult habit to kick, there are a lot of suggestions and tips you can try to limit its effect on your study. Let us know what has worked for you. What would you recommend to others?

Overdues, fees and sanctions

If you have library items which are more than 28 days overdue an academic sanction will be applied to your student record. This will prevent you from receiving examination results, graduating and obtaining academic transcripts.

To have the sanction removed, you must return the items or pay the replacement costs in full. Failure to do so may lead to you receiving a QUT invoice for the items and possible debt recovery action.

Check your My Library Profile on the QUT Library website.

HOW TO PAY: Replacement Costs can be paid online at any time by credit card via QUTPay, or in person. Enquire at any QUT branch library.

QUT Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to resources and we ask you to return or renew your library items by their due date.

Full details are available at www.library.qut.edu.au/services/borrowing/#penalties.

If you have any questions, please speak to library staff at your branch library or online via Ask-a-Librarian.

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.

Caboolture Library Open this Sunday!!

Interior of QUT Library Caboolture

Due to an event being held at Caboolture Campus, the library will be open this Sunday, the 14th of October,  from 10am – 1pm.

You may like to take advantage of this bonus library time to do some extra research, submit assignments or get some of your questions answered by one our helpful staff!

Remember, this is a once-off event, the library will return to its usual opening hours from next week.

The Books Swap Continues…

If you haven’t had a chance to make use of the book swap, there is still time to check it out! There is a good range of books, with more being added all the time.

The book swap is located under the notice board in the foyer of the library at Caboolture. To get involved just bring in your pre-loved books and exchange them for something you have never read before.  Find a new favourite author or topic, save money and enjoy the read.

All recreational reading books in fair condition will be accepted. (No old textbooks please!)

It's Banned Books Week!

In 2012, September 30 – October 6 is the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week!

Typically held during the last week of September and celebrated all over the world, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. It seeks to bring together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Take a look at these examples of classic books frequently challenged – which ones have you read?

The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding – a challenge by an American high school in 1981 states the book is “demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal.”
Animal Farm, by George Orwell – challenged in Florida in 1981 because Orwell’s novel is “pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter.”
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkienburned in New Mexico as recently as 2001 outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels, for being “satanic”.
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger – removed from reading lists by a school board member in South Carolina in 2001 for being “a filthy, filthy book.”

But guess again if you think book challenges and bannings are a thing of the past. Current literature that frequently tops the ‘most challenged’ lists include the Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series.

See http://bannedbooksweek.org/ for more information.