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A PDF app that speaks back

Reading and taking notes is an essential part of student life and PDF is a popular format for core readings in QUT units. There are a number of programs that allow students to highlight, add sticky notes, add images or comments to improve comprehension and critical analysis of…

Reading for exams

The end of the semester is approaching and you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by your looming exams. Remember this mantra: “It is never too late for a good decision”. Most students get to this stage in the semester and they are behind in some (if not…

Writing Great Assignments

The secret to writing great assignments is all about how you begin and end the process. Take the time to plan and edit to make your writing clear, logical, relevant and … great! Before Plan your time carefully so that you will have time to edit before the…

Starting your assignments

It’s week 4. Lectures and tutorials are happening.  You’re taking notes and doing your readings.  Things are rolling along.  Great! By now you will have started thinking about your assignments. For many units, assignment due dates will start around week 6 of the semester.  That’s only two weeks away.…

Quick tips – revising for exams

Create mind maps of the whole subject and each topic.  Memory works better if the information is in a context Draw diagrams.  Use colour and symbols.  Visual memory is the strongest for most people. Reduce whole topics down to key facts, definitions, forumulas on one A4 sheet.    It…