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Kate Devitt

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Academic Skills Adviser @ QUT Library

How to read a book in 2hrs or less

How to read a book in 2hrs or less (Thanks Gradhacker) Start by finding and reading book reviews using Quick Find. Book reviews give you a summary of the book’s main points and help you determine what parts will be helpful for your research. Read the title, table…

To Do Week 1

Find a comfy spot in the Library Are you a quiet person or do you like the hustle and bustle of busy brains in the background? QUT Library has a mix of quiet and conversational spaces to pick from. There are private nooks to escape the madding crowd and…

How to read a journal article in 25 minutes

Blast through your core readings this semester by skimming them in 25 minutes. Focus your notes on content relevant to assessment items and use a stopwatch to fix your attention: 5 minutes to read the abstract. 5 minutes to read the introduction. 10 minutes to read the discussion/conclusion…

5 tips on becoming a student… again

Returning to study or starting a university degree for the first time is exciting, but can be daunting. Here are our 5 tips for gently preparing for study: Technology Engage Access Calibrate Help yourself Technology Success at Uni today means being literate with the QUT website, particularly the…

8 ways to make goals stick

Happy New Year! Setting New Year’s goals is a tradition supported by academic research on independent learning (see Harvey & Chickie-Wolfe, 2007, Ch.1). Setting goals and maintaining goal-directed behaviour can improve study effectiveness (Harvey & Chickie-Wolfe, 2007). If you are thinking of setting goals for 2014, Here are 8…

How to formulate a good research question

One of the biggest leaps in a student’s journey is moving from learning how to answer fixed assignment topics set by their lecturer as an undergraduate to creating her or his own original research project at Honours, Masters or PhD level. The most crucial skill in transitioning to…

How to help exam insomnia

  Students studying intensely can struggle to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night with their minds racing. Here are three techniques to help exam insomnia. Take an observer’s stance. Notice where your mind is going and jot down your observations and problem-solving thoughts…

Free access to new Palgrave Pivot titles

    Palgrave Pivot is a new type of peer-reviewed publication that is shorter than a book, but longer than a journal article.  Pivot allows for faster dissemination of research suitable for a medium length format. Access over 100 Palgrave Pivot titles across Business, Social Sciences and the Humanities…