Exam Preparation

“Study hard” by Bartosz Maciejewski (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The end of semester is here and we are well into examination period. We know that this time can be stressful and tricky, you may have multiple exams to study for or exams and assignments to complete at the same time, but with a few tips and tricks under your belt (as well as some planning) you’ll be set to ace your exams in no time.

Firstly, take a look at our exam preparation page. It is filled with useful information about how to tackle different exam types, as well as general study tips about time management.

You can also take a look at our exam preparation blog post from earlier this year to get some hints for what to do in the days leading to your exam. Also, don’t forget – Gardens Point Library has extended opening hours until 10pm Friday 18th November for all your late-night study needs.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed you can always contact QUT Counselling Services or read this tip-sheet about managing exam stress and anxiety.

QUT Library wishes you good luck! And if you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask.

All in this together: tips for using library spaces

students in library spaces KGExam period is right around the corner. By now, you need to be starting to think about your approach to exam preparation. Using library spaces and rooms might be part of your strategy – we think it’s a good one!

The library offers study spaces of different types – for study groups, for conversation and collaboration, for topping up your power supply or time to study on your own. Whatever your needs – on the floor, in a room, at a desk or on a couch, you’ll likely find your ideal study space. Rooms are available for bookings made in advance of your study sessions.

Exam stress is real and you don’t need any extra when you’re trying to concentrate on exam revision. When using spaces in the library, particularly the collaborative zones, it’s a good idea to exercise a little consideration for your peers. Many of you will have exams and so many of you will be in the same boat – all in this together.

We’ve come up with some top tips for being a considerate peer in library spaces during exam preparation and exam period:

  • Try not to listen to loud music. Instead, bring some earphones.
  • You may like to bring a meal or snacks into the library. Totally fine with us! But maybe don’t be the student who brings the smelly or over-powering food.
  • Don’t sit at a desk with a computer when you’re not using it. Another student might need it.
  • Don’t put laptop cords across walkways. This causes a trip hazard. Not cool.
  • Return library books on time. And this includes the course reserve items. Don’t be a scrooge!
  • Planning when and where you’re going to study? Luckily, Gardens Point Library will again be extending opening hours during the study and exam period. From the 28th October until 10pm on 18th November the library will be open from 7am – 2am Monday to Friday and 9am – 2am on the weekends. There are ample study times for you to choose from, yay!

For more top exam & study space tips, these other past blog posts have you covered.

Now go ace that exam prep and those exams!

Mid-Year Fiction and Film Fun!

What do you like to do when there are no exams to study for, no assignments to finish at the last minute (check out Assignment Calculator to help plan your study), or lectures to take notes through?

Some people like to take a holiday, others like to spend time with their friends and family, others like to binge on television shows, and others like to read. Guess what? The library can definitely help you with the last two!

Check out a list of some of our film and TV databases. I recommend Kanopy for streaming access to a great bunch of movies and documentaries like Pride and Prejudice or Gayby Baby.

If you’re more of an “old-school” DVD kind of person you can borrow from the extensive film and TV collection at Kelvin Grove Library – just look for the call-number range: 791.43 on level 4 – R Block.

Maybe reading is more your thing? If so, you should take advantage of our online subscription to Overdrive which is a collection of fiction and non-fiction audio-books and ebooks.

Whatever you decide to choose over mid-year break make sure to stay safe and relax!

Extended Library Opening Hours

It is that time of the semester when you want to spend all your time at the library in your favourite study spot…unfortunately so does everyone else! But have no fear of missing out on space at the library this semester as the Gardens Point Library in V Block has extended opening hours from 3rd June – 24th June. This means it will be open from 7am – 2am Monday to Friday and 9am – 2am on the weekends.

You will be able to access all your usual library study nooks and crannies including study rooms and computers and you can even borrow books and use the printing, copying and scanning services from the self service areas.

cat-718936_1280Make sure to have your QUT ID card on you at all times as you will need it to access the library during these extended hours. You can pop around to the swipe card access at the main library entrance next to the coffee shop Merlo to make your way inside.

Worried about haunting the library in the wee hours of the morning? QUT Security will be in the building at all times. Plus as an extra safety precaution, students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

So grab your study gear, some caffeine and take advantage of late nights at QUT Library and grab your study nook!

*Please note, on the last day of extended hours we close at 10pm, due to a scheduled power outage.

Time for exam preparation!

study with laptopWe’re now approaching Week 11 of semester and if you haven’t yet started your exam preparation, here are some tips to get you cracking!

  • Gather information about your exams. Keep this information within reach such as in a calendar on your phone. What are the dates and times? Which campus and rooms? What are you allowed to bring into the exam room?
  • Block out time in your schedule for exam preparation to avoid last minute panics.
  • Gather and organise your study notes. Check your unit outlines, lecture topics and unit objectives for the main topics. Organise your notes into main topics and sub-topics. Summarise.
  • Go to last lectures for any exam hints!
  • Study actively – re-write main points in your own words; mind map key concepts; do revision questions from your textbook or go over tutorial exercises.
  • Turn off social media notifications during exam study time. You can check them in your breaks.

Need somewhere to study? Gardens Point library will have extended opening hours for Semester 1 exam period.

From 3 June 2016 to 24 June 2016 the library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 7am-2am
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9am-2am.

QUT students and staff will have extended access to all Gardens Point library study spaces and collections. Further information is on the library website.

Exam preparation tips

exam80a9aIt’s coming around to that time again – exams! Students from across all faculties take exams so we’ve put together some quick tips for you to do the best you can in your final assessments.

What do you need to know?

You can’t take your exam if you don’t know where the room is or what you need to bring. Make sure you check your unit Blackboard site as well as your exam timetable on QUT Virtual for any last minute changes.

Once you know the date of your exam you can start your plan of attack. Set aside some time each day to study, making sure to take regular breaks. You might like to use this exam study planner to help.

Study actively! This means don’t just read your textbook but make notes, use a highlighter, draw pictures, or make flash cards. Take a look at this exam preparation tip sheet for more ideas.

Remember exam preparation is not just about knowing the content, it is about knowing the type of questions you will be asked and managing your time to get the best result.

Do you need a place to study outside of the library? Remember you can search for after hours computer labs via the IT Helpdesk using the advanced search button.

Kelvin Grove 24 Hour Computer Labs

  • D Block (D201, D204, D205)
  • F Block (F504)

Gardens Point 24 Hour Computer Labs

  • V Block (Level 2)
  • G Block (G216 is available 8am-8pm 7 days per week).
  • F101 is available 24/7 with swipe access

Be prepared: Getting the best out of Study Solutions!

" Day133: Flickr keeps you studying!" By Abdulrahman AlZe3bi. CC BY-NC 2.0

” Day133: Flickr keeps you studying!” By Abdulrahman AlZe3bi. CC BY-NC 2.0

At the Library, there really is no such thing as a stupid question. Did you know that the most common question we get asked is, “Where are the bathrooms?” Helping you to find the bathroom is just one of the many ways we can help in the Library.

Many students get stuck with pesky research, writing and referencing questions over the course of the semester. At every branch Library, you can have your researching and referencing questions answered straight away at the Library Helpdesk. Our staff are trained to help you get started and point you in the right direction to get your assignments started.

If you have a longer or more complicated question, the Library can provide support for your studies through a Study Solutions appointment. By booking a Study Solutions appointment, you can get a 25 minute face to face appointment for help with your study, research and assignments. From understanding your assignment question, providing feedback on a draft, to working in groups, or organising your work/study load, we are here to help.

You can book a 25 minute consultation from Week 3. Bookings open a week in advance and fill up quickly – so be prepared and book early.

If you miss out on an appointment, never fear! Drop-in sessions are available at both Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove libraries from 12pm-2pm, Tuesday to Thursday. The time of your consultation will depend on how many students are waiting – so be prepared and have your burning question ready and waiting to maximise your time.

So! You’ve booked a consultation or you’re planning on coming to a drop-in session…. what can you do to prepare yourself to get the best out of your Study Solutions session?

1. Be on time! Make sure to note the date, time, and location of your consultation. Write it in your phone, diary, or the back of your hand. Remember you can keep track of your bookings online.

2. Come to your consultation with something specific to work on. Whether it be your assignment question, your draft, a particular study issue you’ve been having, or a question about a resource – this helps us to tailor the support specifically to your needs. Please remember that library staff cannot proofread assignments for you, we can give you tips and strategies so you can proofread yourself (hint: read your assignment out loud to the mirror!).

3. Check our online study resources and see if your question is answered there. If you familiar yourself with resources such as Cite Write, Studywell, and Studysmart, you’ll be well on your way to being a top student on your own!

4. If you’re looking for specific academic language and learning support you can get in touch with Academic Language and Learning Services (ALLS) to arrange an appointment. Language and Learning Educators are specially trained to help students and staff who need help with speaking and writing.

 

Gardens Point Library 24/7 opening

Have you heard? During exam period Gardens Point Library will be open 24 hours a day!

GP Campus just got a whole lot better with the introduction of 24 hour access to the library. This means staff and students will have 24 hour access to all library study spaces including study rooms, library collections (including the Course Reserve collection), and the 24 hour computer lab located on Level 2.

How will it work?

Well, starting from 1st June at 7am and ending 23rd June at 10pm, staff and students will have 24 hour access to Gardens Point Library. Entry and exit to the library will be restricted to the main entrance door (opposite BarMerlo) and will be swipe card access only so make sure you have your QUT ID Card at all times.

QUT Security will monitor the library during these times however for your safety in the early hours of the morning students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

The Library Helpdesk services are available from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays, all other times will be self-service only.

For more information look at our 24/7 webpage.

Study Spaces: Tips and Tricks!

KG Library silent study zone. Level 6.

KG Library silent study zone. Level 6.

Trying to find a place to study in the Library can be a bit tricky during semester, especially when assignments are due! Luckily we’ve put together some handy tips for you to use while in the Library.

  1. Have you booked a study room? – You can book a study room through the Library homepage. These can fill-up pretty quickly so if you know you are going to need a place to meet with your group, book well in advance!
  2. Use a training room – The Library has some training rooms used for teaching and learning, these are all equipped with computers and internet access. You can check the room bookings near the door and if they are not being used you can go in.
  3. Silent study – If you would like a silent space to do individual work, head up to the top floors of the Kelvin Grove (level 5 and 6) or Gardens Point (level 6 or 7) Library.
  4. Researchers’ Centre – On level 6 of Kelvin Grove and level 7 of Gardens Point there is a study space for postgraduate students called the Researchers’ Centre. If you are eligible to apply for access, come to the Library Helpdesk and ask for further information.
  5. Curriculum Collection collaborative study zone – For those students at Kelvin Grove, the collaborative study zone in the Curriculum Collection on level 4 of the library has large, open spaces perfect for group work.

Where is your favourite area to study at QUT Library? Let us know in the comments!

Bloom of doom

Exams! by  Jan Smith (CC BY 2.0)

Exams! by Jan Smith
(CC BY 2.0)

Poor Jacarandas. In Queensland they’re a signal that end of year exams are upon us and as such, the blooms strike fear, panic and desperation in students’ hearts and their beauty largely goes unappreciated.

So, what can you do once the mass of purple fills the skies – and carpets the paths – to survive exam madness?

  • Firstly, know your enemy. There are many different types of exams: multiple choice; short answer; and open book just to name a few. Each has different performance requirements and therefore, a different preparation strategy. Studywell has lots of exam advice including how to identify what you’re facing and how to prepare for each different exam type.
  • Double check the basics. Well before the day, check the exam timetable and then check it again. Know where you’re going, what time and work out how you’re going to get there. Exam rooms are usually in different places than your lectures so check the campus map and familiarise yourself with where you need to go.
  • Formulate a plan of attack. Put in place strategies to organise your time and organise your notes. Gather all the information you need together – lecture notes, recordings of lectures, textbooks, readings, quizzes, lab reports – before you start studying to make sure you have all the information at hand.
  • Phone a friend. Study with a buddy or form a study group. You’ll help keep each other motivated and can quiz each other and share techniques for revising.
  • Eat and Sleep. Good nutrition and staying hydrated are key to performing at your best  – as easy as it would be to fall into the trap of takeaway and caffeine. Plan to get adequate sleep in your study schedule as your brain’s retention and retrieval performance will be hampered by inadequate zzz’s.
  • Don’t panic. It’s easy to start to feel overwhelmed, even if you have a good study plan in place. Here’s some strategies to combat exam anxiety and don’t be afraid to talk to someone if it all starts getting too much.

Wishing you all the best of luck  this exam period  and be assured, one day you will be able to gaze upon the Jacarandas with fondness rather than loathing.