University Tips and Tricks: Don’t be one of those high heel wearing, blister getting girls.

May is here already. Sorry, what? I know, right. So that means that year-twelvers are starting to look at/apply for university or TAFE courses and some adults may be looking at mid-year university entry. This was me three years ago- oh lord, I am getting old- and all that hard work, late nights and binge-stress eating paid off because I was accepted into my (at the time) dream degree!

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As my first blog post on the Student Sharehouse I thought I would entertain you guys with tips and typically awkward scenarios I experienced in my first year of uni. My first year of uni was a struggle for me, unlike high-school. University is a completely different experience. Let’s get the ball rolling!

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May The 4th Be With You!

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Semester 1
 
SURVIVAL OF THE STUDENT
 
The year has begun. The student has travelled 
to the new world of University. With the teachings 
of the wise tutors and lecturers, the student will learn 
the ways of study and become an Assessment Master.

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Assessment Planning 101: How to Maximise Procrastination

When the time comes to write countless essays on the theory you’ve learned in lectures and tutorials, it’s essential to quote resources to strengthen your work. But right now it’s Netflix’s world, and we’re just living in it. So how can we create a really strong piece of assessment whilst still indulging in the practice of ‘Procrastinating By Watching All Ten Seasons of Friends in One Week’?

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Mid-Uni Crisis

We all reach that point – that point where what you’re studying starts to really seem pointless and your future is looking like… Well… you don’t know – what is my future? Where will I be? How will I be employed? What exactly will I be able to do after this year or next year? All I know how to do is write assignments and maybe speak a little better in public. Oh lord. What will I do?! Should I just drop out now and settle for my current retail wage? Read more

Be Kind to Lawyers Day: Be Kind to Yourself

It’s no secret that lawyers often get a bad wrap. Everyone knows at least one ‘dad’ joke about lawyers being soulless, money hungry, boring, dishonest and with a taste for… blood? One fine example – Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a vampire? A: A vampire only sucks blood at night. (It should also be noted that the source I procured this joke from issued a warning stating that ‘some of these jokes are in bad taste. Some are indecent. A few are obscene. But we’re talking about lawyers…’) Read more

Laying down the Law: 4 Law Student Tips I wish I knew

My view for the past 3 months

It’s the summer holidays! Three months of total relaxation! It’s time to put down my legal textbooks and psychology articles and instead “slip on a shirt, smack on sunscreen and slap on a hat” (that’s all that you’re meant to do in summer right?) Around this time many moons ago (three years’ worth of moons in fact) I was a recent high school graduate, super eager to start my life at university, but also really having no clue what to expect. I’m now about halfway through the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and as such have learnt a few tricks of the trade. Here are some helpful hints to help new law students survive and thrive during their first year of law. Read more

Get the best out of your time at university

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While my time at QUT has all but ended, I know that there are many people out there who are so close to beginning their lives at university. And I’m sure that there are many others who, like me, would love to study Creative and Professional Writing or other Creative Industries courses. But let’s be honest though. The thought of studying at university is daunting. It’s a big change from high school, and it’s likely that you don’t know what to expect. Although every course is different, I’ve compiled a list that will help you get the best out of your time studying Creative Industries at QUT.

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Getting the right fit.

When it comes to enrolling in a Uni course there are a lot of different voices to listen to, opinions to read and thoughts to sort out. It can get really confusing and people can be really convincing or negative about different courses and what they think suits you. Read more

QCS tips from our bloggers!

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


AmeliaAmelia
“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”
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SaraSara2
“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!”
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XavierXavier
“Don’t stress, you won’t get questions like this at QCS.”
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Imogen
“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.
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KelvinKelvin
“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!”
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LauraLaura
“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.”
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SeanSean
“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.”
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MaddieMaddie
“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!
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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.”
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JasonJason
Keep calm and stress less before the QCS test (rhyme intended).”Jason - keep calm


Read more QCS tips from our past bloggers.