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Oops, I did it again (how to get back on top of your study)

Here you are again. You’ve procrastinated yourself into a massive hole, haven’t you? After all those promises you made yourself, you’re staring down the tracks at a fast approaching week 12 and you can’t seem to make your legs move. You have a few options here, but they all basically boil down into two: Stay under that torn, self-disgust stained blanket and google ice-cream delivery or, Get up and get … Continue reading Oops, I did it again (how to get back on top of your study)

How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

It may be tempting to dismiss your hardship as another problem that isn’t important, but it’s vital that you speak up because people can only help you if they actually know what’s going on. Luckily, the University has a bunch of services targeted at helping you overcome your challenges and find success. Speak with a Program Advisor Program Advisors provide support and enrolment advice throughout … Continue reading How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

The 5 best ways to stay informed at Uni Newcastle

1.   Navigator (aka this trusty blog) Navigator is maintained by a team of students just like you! Every article written on our blog is created by students for students. It’s a safe place for students to share the realities faced when studying at university. We aim to connect with students who have encountered similar experiences and help them in some way. Navigator is a great … Continue reading The 5 best ways to stay informed at Uni Newcastle

Combatting Procrastination

It can be incredibly hard to find focus when you have so many distractions around you.

Assignments can be hard enough to complete without any added distractions. How are you supposed to manage your time and complete that quiz when you’ve just remembered that the guitar you’ve been meaning to restring for three years is sitting in the cupboard, calling your name? And how could you open a textbook when this is the perfect opportunity to finally get around to reading War and Peace? Procrastination can be a killer of productivity. Luckily for you, Navigator has compiled a volume of handy tips sourced from university staff and your fellow students.

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How to access essential uni and non-uni services: COVID-19

The past few weeks have been a tumultuous time for Australians, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread around the globe, eventually being announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

University of Newcastle Students are now studying from home – some have lost work; others are balancing their course loads with caring for sick relatives or home-schooling children. It is important to note that amid all the chaos, support services are available.

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10 things you swear you’ll do better every year – and how to actually do them

Ah, the start of a new semester. A magical time full of positive intentions, where we students resolve to overhaul our schedules and eliminate bad habits. For one reason or another, those goals don’t always manifest – but I’ve got a feeling 2020 is our time to shine! Here are 10 things I swear to be better at this year, with some practical solutions I hope you’ll try along with me.

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“I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support

Not long ago, I had a very close friend of mine experience a major loss. Given the circumstances, they seemed to be coping well. They were going to work, keeping up with their social and sporting commitments and had an extraordinarily well-rehearsed speech they would perform when asked how they were doing. A speech that was so reassuring, it managed to fool even me for months, and now I look back on it, probably over a year. Continue reading ““I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support”

It’s the end of the world as we know it (Except it probably isn’t)

His palms are sweaty, eyes weak, books are heavyThere’s coffee on his sweater already, last-minute studyHe’s nervous, but on the surface he (doesn’t) look calm and readyTo ace exams, but he keeps on forgettin’What he wrote down, the writing time has started nowHe opens the paper, but the words won’t come outHe’s chokin’, how, everybody’s jokin’ nowThe clocks run out, times up, over, blaow! At … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it (Except it probably isn’t)

That time I went to counselling: Demystifing Adverse Circumstances

At the end of the second semester of my second year of uni, I was struggling. I had some fairly unpleasant family drama come up in the middle of the semester and, as a result, I was feeling isolated and unmotivated which seriously impacted my work. I had dropped out of one course, had barely managed a credit in two others and was dangerously close … Continue reading That time I went to counselling: Demystifing Adverse Circumstances

How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

It may be tempting to dismiss your hardship as another problem that isn’t important, but it’s vital that you speak up because people can only help you if they actually know what’s going on. Luckily, UON has a bunch of services targeted at helping you overcome your challenges and find success. Speak with a Student Advisor Student Advisors are here to help you get through your … Continue reading How to get help when you feel like you’re in too deep

How to travel around campus safely after dark

If you don’t have a driver’s license, live far away from campus or just want a cheaper (and cleaner) alternative to driving, public transport is a great service to take advantage of to get you to and from university safely. But late class times mean sometimes you need to catch public transport in the dark. Whilst public transport options generally have safety measures in place, … Continue reading How to travel around campus safely after dark