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PASS exam sessions…what the?

It’s that time again, when uni feels like feeding time at the zoo. You finally handed in that final assignment, a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, you feel like you can breathe again.

But then you remember something… exams start in a matter of weeks.

How can you possibly prepare for a final exam in two weeks? You’ve been so busy you haven’t even given this any thought. Isn’t there something that can make all of this easier? Surely other students are feeling the same.

I’ve got good news for you. They do. And there is something that can help.

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How to prep for exam time

With the final exam period just around the corner, we’ve put together a handy guide with some quick tips to help you prepare for your exams! Are you the kind of person who always revises things ahead of time?  Or are you the type of person who feels anxious when the exam is drawing near? Or do you feel confident about your test already?   Whatever category you … Continue reading How to prep for exam time

7 secrets to exam success

It’s officially exam season, which means students are currently burying themselves in their course resources, desperately trying to remember how to hold a pen… or watching Netflix on the lounge at home. If you are, however, not one with the miraculous luck of studying a non-exam degree – or even if you’re preparing for an in-class test – the time for exam tips is now. Here are the 7 secrets to Exam Success, so that when the high score hunt comes you won’t be a sitting duck.

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Four ways to get back into study after the break

After a long weekend and a terrific two weeks off, I’m sorry to report that the mid-semester break is over. As over as MySpace, Tamagotchis and Crocs. So as we pine for the holidays – a distant vision in the rear-view-mirror – how can we get back in the swing of uni? Read on for this fourth-year student’s top tips for getting back on track after the break.

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The magic of positive reinforcement: why you should reward yourself for studying

Exams and final assessments are looming, and every student feels a different way about the pointy end of the semester. Perhaps you’ve reached the point in your university career where you’re used to the exam butterflies, or maybe these are your first ever uni exams and you’re brimming with nerves at the thought. How does one deal with this kind of stress at exam and assessment time? Whether you have a study system in place, or you’re flying by the seat of your pants, there’s a neat little idea called positive motivation that can benefit you.

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Our favourite study spots on campus

Upsides of studying at home: Pyjamas, privacy, peace and quiet, Netflix, bed…

Downside of studying at home: How much study did you actually do?

Trekking to campus can sometimes be an effort, but the atmosphere of studying around other students has a tendency to switch you from procrastination into productive mode. Or maybe you don’t want to study near other students and read your textbooks in a Fortress of Solitude. Either way, you can find both of these on campus! Continue reading “Our favourite study spots on campus”

Exercise to Excel: 5 Tips to Improve Your Exam Performance

Our bodies were built for mobility! Not desk-bound modality! And the University of Newcastle’s very own Professor David Lubans would agree wholeheartedly. Composed and strong of posture, David very much walks the talk. Starting off as a passionate physical education teacher with a knack for Rugby League, he has now established himself as a researcher dedicated to promoting physical fitness. His recent project, Burn 2 … Continue reading Exercise to Excel: 5 Tips to Improve Your Exam Performance

How to get your diet sorted for exams

Exam time is easily one of the most stressful times of the semester. Between trying to balance study with everything else happening at this time of year, sometimes our diets can suffer. Whether we’re snacking on whatever we can find at Pinkies during a cram session or eating takeout because we don’t have time to cook, the exam season can mean that we might not always make the healthiest choices.

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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)

Why you should take a break during exam season

To chill or not to chill… that is the question. The question riding on the fringes of everyone’s mind as exam pressure sinks in. We all share that student struggle. Taking a break feels more of a sin than a blessing. Winding down sparks more anxiety than it does abate it. Calming the mind adds worry rather than letting it dissipate. Should we allow ourselves … Continue reading Why you should take a break during exam season