QCS tips from our bloggers!

We’ve compiled the advice of our bloggers to help you on QCS day. Good luck Year 12s!

“Fuel your brain before QCS with a nice big breakfast – you’ll stay focused longer and your tummy won’t be roaring all morning. #foodforthought”

“If you’ve read about it, write about it! Impress the markers with references to books you’v read. But, as always, keep it relevant!”

“Don’t stress, you won’t get questions like this at QCS.”
QCS Question Meme

“Don’t be afraid to apply for special provision before taking the test to suit you. Get a bigger paper if your eyes aren’t perfect… even if the paper is bigger than you! #stressless”

Imogen had to apply early for this, due to extenuating circumstances. There are specific cut-off dates, but you may still be able to apply. You won’t know unless you ask.

“Being dehydrated by as little as 2% can negatively affect your brain’s performance. Be smarter by remembering to drink water during the QCS test. Just remember, no labels!”

“Stressing that QCS is going to be a nightmare? Dreaming of a day when writing stimulus is a thing of the past? Treat yourself to a night in with your favourite pyjamas with your comfiest pillows. Even my teddy knows that getting enough sleep is crucial to a fresh and focused mind, especially the night before a big exam or test.  It is far better mental preparation in those remaining 24 hours to get enough rest than it is to stay up late hour cramming. And he doesn’t have a brain nearly as big as yours Good luck.”

“We believe that you can be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods … but ALWAYS have a plan! Show the QCS what you’re made of.”

“You can’t concentrate if you’re not relaxed and well-fed!!!”

Student blogger Maddie recommends taking the time to have a good feed in prep for QCS. A full stomach makes all the difference – and it’s a good excuse to take a break and eat some glorious pizza, too!
madie pizza

MelMelissa Cameron
“It’s a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation and now, I’m passing it on to all of you. After QCS it is important—no, in fact, it is necessary—that you reward yourself with a Mars Bar. After all those months of stressing, it’s the ultimate sugar boost that everyone deserves for finally making it through QCS. But in all honesty, it really is important to set yourself rewards for completing QCS. It gives you something else to work hard for and look forward to, beyond a simple pat on the back for overcoming the inevitable QCS stress. Good luck, and may the Mars Bar get you through these times.”
Mel - QCS Instagram

Keep calm and stress less before the QCS test (rhyme intended).”Jason - keep calm

Read more QCS tips from our past bloggers.

Want to blog here? Become a QUT Digital Ambassador.

If you’re a current QUT undergraduate domestic student looking for a unique opportunity to share your university journey and the story of how you ended up at QUT, now is the time to apply to become part of the team!

DA Dream TeamWe’re looking for a team of students from all study areas who love using social media and enjoy photography, writing, drawing, interviewing, graphic design, filmmaking or blogging. You’ll be paid to create content that will be published on QUT’s Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, as well as right here on the QUT Student Sharehouse Blog.

We encourage creativity and are looking for photos, videos, drawings, infographics, writing, Vine clips, interviews, (or a combination of these) to show high school students what it’s like to be a student at QUT.

Check out other posts on the QUT Student Sharehouse Blog for inspiration and ideas, or take a look below at some of our most popular posts from last year.

Saying_yes_to_the_dressstudy_tips-gradHow to apply

To apply for this position, you will need to submit a written application, outlining why you would like to become a digital ambassador and express why you’d be suitable for the role.

You’ll also need to submit an example of creative work that describes how you settled into uni life. Your creative work should be in one of these forms, either:

  • a blog post (200-300 words in length). Please include an image in your post.
  • a series of four Instagram posts (image and/or video)

If you already have or contribute to public social media accounts, such as a blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc, please provide links to your presences. The content does not need to be relevant to your role as a digital ambassador, but should be appropriate to share with a prospective employer.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in being a part of, submit your application to qut.socialmedia@qut.edu.au by March 20.

Your favourite blog

At the end of each month we check to see which Student Sharehouse post received the most views, comments, tweets, click throughs and likes on Facebook.  We then take the numbers to the panel and the favourite blog is chosen.

The favourite blog for the month of May is 10 weeks in. Neslea will be receiving a $200 Coles/Myer gift voucher as thanks for her outstanding work.

Remember that you can help to vote for your favourite blog each month by getting involved. Read the blogs, share your favourites with your mates, add a comment or like it on Facebook. You have the power to help choose the winner each month.

Happy reading!

The QUT team

Only a week to go!

If you are thinking of entering the blogging competition, then get cracking. You only have a week to go until entries close.

To enter you need to write your profile (under 300 words) and blog (under 2,500 words), and send it to explore@qut.edu.au by Friday 23 March 2012.

There are great benefits if you are chosen to blog. You can write about whatever you choose, to a PG rating, and you aren’t limited to words. You can use photos, drawings, video – whatever you choose. You’ll receive tips on blogging and monthly inspiration on topics. Plus, we’ll be offering great monthly prizes if you write the best blog.

Don’t hesitate to email us if you have any feedback or questions. Good luck with your entry!

The QUT team

Are you QUT’s next student blogger?

We are on the lookout for new bloggers to contribute to the student sharehouse. The blog is designed to give prospective students an idea of what university is really like, with many current students following and sharing their own experiences.

You need to be a current QUT undergraduate student to apply. We are really keen to hear from you if this is your first year, as you are likely to find the uni experience challenging at times and you know first-hand what prospective students are going through. You’ll need to blog at least once a month and to keep it to a PG rating.

We don’t edit your blog or tell you what to write, but we won’t publish anything that breaches the QUT Student Code of Conduct. You can blog about any topic of interest to you and it doesn’t have to be all good news, as we are looking for a genuine account of life at uni. You aren’t limited to words for your blog – you can use photos, music, drawings or video – anything you choose.

We have a selection panel lined up to choose the best bloggers to join the existing contributors. If you are selected as a new recruit you will receive training in how to use the blogging platform, regular inspiration for blog topics and tips on being a successful blogger. You will also go into the running to win the blog of the month, with some great prizes on offer.

To enter you need to write your profile and first blog for the student sharehouse. Please keep your profile to about 300 words and your blog no more than 2,500 words. Then just send your entry to explore@qut.edu.au by Friday 23 March 2012.

While you are here, remember to subscribe to the blog so you receive updates straight to your inbox. If you have your own blog and would like to link from the sharehouse website, send us your link.

Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any feedback or questions.

Good luck, and we hope to hear from you soon.

The QUT team

And the winner is…

The judging panel has made a decision, so we can finally announce QUT’s Favourite Blogger for 2011.

Congratulations go to Emma-Leigh!  She’s given us a wonderful insight into life as a regional student – from moving to Brisbane, finding share accommodation and coping with living away from friends and family. She’s also tackled the challenges that all students face – having no money, procrastination and the pressure of working out what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Thanks to our dedicated student bloggers for their words of wisdom throughout the year. We hope you’ve enjoyed their take on student life.

And thanks to all of you for reading and commenting. If you are keen to blog or know someone who would be interested, the competition details for the new recruits will be posted on Wednesday.

If you have any feedback on the blog, please leave a comment or email us.

New flatmates wanted

The QUT student sharehouse blog was set up last year so that anyone considering studying at university could find out what it’s like to be a student. It ended up that many of our readers were current QUT students, keen to share their own experiences about life at university.

So we are thinking that there might be a few of you who are keen to start blogging for the sharehouse community. Now is the time to make an application.

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