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Tip sheets

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20 strategies to overcome procrastination

The harder and more unpleasant a task is, the better it is to do it immediately and get it out of the way. This is particularly true of big pieces of assessment which can seem overwhelming and require more time.

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Avoiding burnout

Attempting to balance study, work and extracurricular activities is a challenge and students are now more at risk of burnout than ever before due to ever increasing and competing demands.

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Balancing life and university

Maintaining a balance between life and study/work can enable you to remain productive and happy. It can also help you sustain wellbeing during stressful periods of the semester.

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Cannabis

Cannabis, or Marijuana, is known to be the second most frequently used drug by university students, with alcohol taking first place. In more technical terms, it is a Class C controlled drug, composed of dried plant material from the Indian hemp plant Cannabis Sativa.

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Crystal meth (ice)

Otherwise known by its street names, ‘Ice’, ‘Meth’, ‘Crystal’, ‘Tina’ or ‘Glass’, Crystal Meth is illegal. It is the most potent of the amphetamine drugs, with approximately 80% purity, more pure than Speed, which has approximately 10% purity.

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Depression

Feelings of depression can affect anyone at anytime. Feeling blue, sad, hopeless and pessimistic is something we all experience at times. We can all feel pressured to a point where nothing seems to give us pleasure and it becomes hard to get interested in things or to get started. These feelings are a normal part of being human.

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Drink-spiking

‘Roofy’ is a common term used to describe any drug that will produce the effect of a ‘black-out’. Also known as Ruffies, Ropes, Easy-lays, Party Drugs or Date Rape Drugs, these are terms that now commonly refer to the pharmaceutical drug Rohypnol.

Exam techniques tip sheet

Exam techniques

  • Explains what you should do on the day of the exam;
  • explains what you should do during the exam; and
  • looks at what to do when things go wrong.

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Getting help with appealing results and academic concessions

If your personal situation stops you from completing an assignment, sitting your final exams or continuing with the same workload after the census date, we may be able to support you with an application for academic concessions on personal grounds.

Groupwork tip sheet

Groupwork

  • Explains what groupwork is;
  • outlines what is meant by ‘people skills’;
  • examines how to create an effective working group; and
  • reviews the general processes to follow in a group project.

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Hooked on the internet

You might ask how can the use of a positive, dynamic force such as the Internet become a negative, debilitating factor in someone’s life? The fact is that, just like the use of food, alcohol or buying material things can be misused and abused, so too can an interest and preoccupation with using the Internet.

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Journaling - the power of the pen

Journal writing is an effective and simple tool for getting to know yourself better and one of the most powerful ways of gaining a greater understanding of who you are, how you came to be that way and where you are heading at any one point in your life.

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Living in shared accommodation (dealing with flatmates)

Anyone who has lived in shared accommodation will agree that rules are necessary to ensure things run smoothly and just how structured the arrangements need to be will depend on the group of people living in the house.

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Managing stress

Stress is the term we use to describe our emotional, physical and psychological response to (external) demands. Stress can be helpful or unhelpful: Helpful stress is part of everyday living.

Oral presentations tip sheet

Oral presentations

  • Explains why you may be asked to give an oral presentation;
  • looks at the basic components of an oral presentation;
  • outlines the process you could follow when developing an oral presentation; and
  • describes what to do when making the presentation.

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Relaxation and stress reduction techniques (controlled breathing)

There are many physical, biological and psychological benefits to be gained from using relaxation techniques. These benefits have been widely documented, with immediate effects including (to name just a mere few) lowered heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels.

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Relaxation and stress reduction techniques (progressive muscle relaxation)

There are many physical, biological and psychological benefits to be gained from using relaxation techniques. These benefits have been widely documented, with immediate effects including (to name just a mere few) lowered heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels.

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Returning to study (tips for mature age students)

Commencing university studies after some time away from school and tertiary education can be a daunting task for many students. Given the many demands of life, it is likely a lot of thought has been put into your decision to return to study. For some of you this time will be exciting.

Self management tip sheet

Self management

  • Looks at how study fits in with the rest of your life;
  • outlines the importance of self-management; and
  • examines how you can manage your time better.

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Staying calm during exams

Here are some tips to help you stay calm during exams, so that you can reach your potential.

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Study tips

Here are some basic tips to help you study effectively, manage your time and avoid unnecessary stress.

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Surviving a relationship break up

It’s inevitable you are going to feel bad after a relationship ends. Just about everyone, at some time in their lives, experiences this type of pain and loss and it is normal. Healing from a break-up means going through the dumps in most cases.

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The benefits of relaxation

There are many physical, biological and psychological benefits to be gained from using relaxation techniques. These benefits have been widely documented, with immediate effects including (to name just a mere few) lowered heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels.

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The winter blues

Have you ever felt you have less energy and are more tired or down in the dumps when the cold Winter months arrive? You may be surprised to know that this is actually a normal and natural response in the colder months, as the days get shorter and there is less sunlight. As such we tend to respond with a “hibernating” reaction.

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Time management - weekly planner

A weekly planner allows you to keep track of your different responsibilities, and schedule your time appropriately to meet those responsibilities, including your study. It is important to remember that most of the time that you will require for your university studies will occur outside of lectures and tutorials.

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Time management: semester planner

A semester plan is a record of important dates for the semester related to your study. It allows you to keep track of what pieces of assessment are due and how much they are worth at one glance.

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Tips for successful time management

A weekly planner allows you to keep track of your different responsibilities, and schedule your time appropriately to meet those responsibilities, including your study. It is important to remember that most of the time that you will require for your university studies will occur outside of lectures and tutorials.

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