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Building your best online self; a professional presence

This article covers some of the steps and suggestions you can take to dress up your online persona and make sure you put your best digital foot forward.  Picture this.   You’ve made it through a three-to-five-year degree.   You’ve received your degree in your sweaty little mitts.   You feel a momentary burst of relief as the pressure that hung over your head disintegrates!  And then…   You … Continue reading Building your best online self; a professional presence

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Library

With the end of semester exams fast approaching, now is a great time to look into some of the things the library has to offer. Whether you’re looking to hit the books or de-stress and enjoy some chill time, the library has you covered!  You’ve probably walked past the library many times, maybe even popped in for a study session or some late-night exam cramming, … Continue reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Library

5 interesting electives you didn’t know you could study in Winter Term

Whether you’re nearing the end of your degree and have a few elective spaces to fill or you’re just starting out at university and want to kick off your year with an interesting course – the University of Newcastle offers a range of unique electives beyond HUBS, LEGL or NURS courses already in your program plan. There are so many hidden gems just waiting to … Continue reading 5 interesting electives you didn’t know you could study in Winter Term

Time management at the end of the semester

Just like that, we can see the end of the semester on the horizon. As we race full steam ahead into the final weeks of classes, you may be feeling slightly (or very) overwhelmed 🙋‍♀️.

The end of each term comes flush with a bunch of assessments and exams, and to make matters worse, they’re all due at once. But don’t throw in the towel just yet, there is still time to smash out those final assessments and if the stress is getting to you remember that you have come this far. You’ve done weeks of study and work already, and that truly is half the battle.

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How to focus on study when it feels impossible

Life throws major obstacles in your way, often at highly inconvenient and challenging times. During these times study can be the last thing on your mind. Personal and internal battles such as mental health, relationship breakdowns, natural disasters, or grief might interfere with your study at different stages of your degree. In what is undoubtedly a troubling time, it can seem impossible to stay focused on study. Thankfully, there are ways to keep yourself on track, stay resilient, and come out the other end proud of what you have accomplished and overcome.

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Meet the 2022 Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients

Have you ever thought that while working hard and achieving the academic goals you set out for yourself is great, but sometimes you wish that there was a result more tangible than a D (Distinction) on your transcript? Since 2019, the University of Newcastle has awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarships. Sponsored by our Vice-Chancellor and reflecting our commitment to excellence, the main focus of these … Continue reading Meet the 2022 Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients

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)

5 tips for sprucing up your study space

Although studying at uni is the preferred style for a lot of students, sometimes you just want to be in the comfort of your own home when you spend hours hitting the books. You may stay home due to the flu, maybe your car breaks down, or maybe you just don’t want to change out of your classic uggs, regardless you find yourself swapping the University funded desks for the op-shop dining table that Mum picked up last Christmas and it is looking a little bare.

Do you know what that means? It’s time to spend an afternoon of your study period getting your makeshift home office looking like it stepped straight out of Queer Eye!

But because we don’t all have Netflix money, we’ll be doing this on a student budget. Here are a few (affordable) tips for you to get your home study spaces looking absolutely fly.

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Goal setting during times of uncertainty

As much as we’d hoped for otherwise, it looks like 2022 might also have some uncertainties around COVID. Those New Year’s resolutions which you set might have well and truly gone out the window. But that doesn’t mean the rest of 2022 is a throwaway. While no doubt different to what you planned, the goals which you set for the remainder of the year can still keep you on track and guide you through 2022 as it continues to unfold. Maybe if you have never set goals before, this extended time at home is your cue to start building your goal-setting capabilities.

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7 of the best courses for students on LinkedIn Learning

University of Newcastle students now have access to over 5000 free short courses on LinkedIn Learning. The site covers a huge range of topics that fit within three main categories of business, creativity, and technology. You don’t need a LinkedIn account to access the site (although you may consider making one after taking a course on the site) and you can personalise which courses are recommended to you.

For more info about how to use the site visit the University’s library guide here. If you aren’t sure what to tackle first, we’ve pulled together seven of the best courses for students.

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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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