Reading at University

Week 1 is over and university work is starting to kick in, this includes readings for each of your units.

Image of QUT Readings home page with the log in button on the right hand side of the top level menu highlighted in a yellow box with a yellow arrow pointing to it, saying click here.

The best place to access your readings is through your Blackboard Unit site. Under the Learning Resources tab you should be able to see QUT Readings. This will take you to the readings assigned for your unit and can include books, book chapters, journal articles, videos and lots more. You can access QUT Readings directly as well and search for a unit code as well as for past exam papers. Make sure when you are in QUT Readings that you click the log in button so that you can access all of the resources available. Visit QUT Library to find out more about how to find your readings and textbooks.

The first few weeks of university life can be overwhelming at times, especially with all of the readings you have to do before, after and during class. To assist you with doing your readings and to stop them from taking up all of your study time, QUT Library has put together a quick video to tell you about different strategies to use when reading such as skimming and scanning.

QUT Library has also put together a short workshop, Read it, Note it, Recall it, that you can access online anytime you like. This workshop gives you some more reading tips as well as some notetaking tips too! QUT has other online workshops available to assist with writing for university, researching for your assignments and referencing. You can access these online anytime you like.

If you have any questions about how to access your readings or need further assistance with reading strategies you can contact the library!

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!

Don’t leave personal items unattended

Picture of Gardens Point level 5

Gardens Point Library , Level 5.

When you’re in the study zone, in a comfortable spot and smashing the ‘to do’ list, we understand it is tempting to make a quick trip to the bathroom, or go out to grab a coffee. But this can be when items are taken and we are always sad to hear when theft occurs in the library.

This is your friendly reminder to not leave your bag, laptop, or books on tables unattended. If you need to go for lunch, coffee or the bathroom, make sure you take your belongings with you or ask a trusted study-buddy to stay and mind your things.

If you think something has been stolen you will need to report it to campus Security. They can file a report and any information you give creates a record to help them return your property to you and maybe prevent future thefts.

If you’ve lost something (or found something) visit the library Helpdesk and see the librarians. You can also log an online form to report your missing item.

Don’t risk adding stress to your load. Losing a laptop or a library book can be a real pain and inconvenience to your study. Keep an eye on your stuff.

If you see something that isn’t quite right then let a staff member know. Also remember we are obliged to report unattended bags to security so take your things with you when you leave – it also frees up study spaces for other students!

QUT Library Student Survey now open

Want to win an iPad mini?We’re excited to announce the start of the QUT Library Student Survey, which will run from 5-26 September 2016.

What’s so exciting about it? Well, if you take part then you can enter a competition to win an iPad mini 4.

To us though, that’s not the most exciting bit – we’re actually more excited about finding out what students think about our services (really!).

We run the survey every three years and ask students about what services are important to them, and how we are performing in these services. A lot can change in three years – it’s really useful for us to find out where our students’ priorities lie in 2016 so that we can focus on these areas.

But it’s not just about that or about finding out how well we’re doing. The survey results are used to guide real improvements to library services. Student feedback from the 2013 survey led to:

  • Displaying computer availability on digital screens to make it easier to see what is available
  • Doubling the number of laptops available for loan at the Caboolture Campus Library
  • Installing extra power facilities for mobile devices
  • Installing signs in quiet study areas to help reduce noise levels

What are you waiting for, complete the survey and help us to make things even better.

Welcome to semester 2!

Blink and it is semester 2 already! Welcome to all the newcomers and welcome back to all the old hands. Are you ready to get back into study? O-Week is over and done with, so it’s time to get back into the game.

A couple of things to get you up to speed for second semester:

  1. QUT Readings has replaced the CMD (course materials database)
  2. Assignments are to be submitted online now – Goodbye Assignment Minder!
  3. QUT is now smoke free

If you’re a new student make sure to come to the Library Helpdesk and grab a hard-copy of Cite Write and have a chat to the friendly librarians who are waiting to help with all your study needs and questions. Don’t forget you can also contact us online, we’re always here to help!

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!

Lost or stolen items in the library

Kelvin Grove Library, Level 2.

Kelvin Grove Library, Level 2.

We are always sad to hear when theft occurs in the library and do you know the best thing to do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you? Keep an eye on your stuff! Don’t leave your bag, laptop, or books on tables unattended. If you need to go somewhere for lunch or even to the bathroom make sure you take your belongings with you or ask a trusted study-buddy to stay and mind your things.

If you think something has been stolen you will need to report it to campus Security. They can file a report and any information you give them creates a record to help track repeat offenders and prevent future thefts.

If you’ve lost something (or found something) visit the library Helpdesk and see the librarians. We hold lost property for the day before we send it over to the Student Centre for safe-keeping. You can also log an online form to report your missing item. It is always recommended to go to the Student Centre to make sure the item hasn’t been handed in there.

So please keep an eye on your stuff, be vigilant – if you see something that isn’t quite right then let a staff member know. Also remember we are obliged to report unattended bags to security so take your things with you when you leave – it also frees up study spaces for other students!

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.

Play games for free in the library Games Lab!

Kelvin Grove Library has been very popular with students spending their downtime in the Games Lab on level 4. The Xbox One or PS4 consoles, which are located in the Games Lab, come pre-loaded with games so all you need to do is collect the controllers from the library Helpdesk before you head upstairs to play.

On the Xbox One, games include:

Games Lab, Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library

  • Assassins Creed Unity
  • GTA 5
  • Far Cry 4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Dying Light: The Following
  • Dragon Age Inquisition.

Or if you prefer the PS4, try:

  • Far Cry Primal
  • FIFA 16
  • Fall Out 4
  • Assassins Creed Syndicate
  • Assassins Creed Chronicles
  • Battlefield 4
  • Coming soon to the PS4 in May – Uncharted 4.

If you are interested in using an older console the Xbox 360 and PS3 can be borrowed from the Library Helpdesk, all you need to do is set them up in the Games Lab. The games on disc for all these consoles are on Level 3 of the Kelvin Grove Library at the call number range: 794.8. Happy Gaming!

If we don’t have the game you want to play, please let us know. We always want to hear from students to improve our services.