Have I told you how much I hate exams? I absolutely cannot wait to walk out of my last exam next tuesday.
These couple of weeks since the semester ended have been incredibly long, pain-staking, exhausting, and somewhat lonely.
“Today’s the day. I can feel it in my bones. I WILL get some study done today!”
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I know, I know…exams have only just started. But we need something to look forward to after the storm, right?
Here are some end of exam parties ahead. And of course, everyone’s invited regardless of what course you’re studying.
The time has arrived. Exams, we meet again.
If you’re a bit like me and need a reminder about all things exams, here’s a quick guide I’ve put together with some general tips and info about exams.
Here we go.
And just like that, another semester has come to an end. Time has just slipped out of our hands!
I’ve finished this semester, heavy with mixed feelings.
Eeep, how is it Week 12?
Uni has been full of assignments lately. I took last week off blogging to concentrate on my studies and to enjoy life in general (but it’s nice to be back!).
I finished a big group assignment last week (worth 40%), and it feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders (phew). Now, I just have to smash out the final few assignments before I can focus on exams.
But hey, the end of semester is near. We’re on the home stretch!
In light of that, here are 12 quick tips to get you through Week 12:
This blog post is to all of you finding it tough at the moment.
Stress is probably at an all-time high during this time of semester. And understandably so.
It’s a crazy time of semester. The stress of assignments, deadlines, exams and everything life has to throw at you can be very overwhelming.
And if you’re feeling like that at the moment…trust me, you are definitely not alone. I can think of a few other thousand students at uni who may be feeling the same way.
Sometimes, uni isn’t fun and games
I’ve had some of the best times of my life at uni, and also some of the darkest times here.
One of the biggest things that gets to me is the academic pressure at uni. I find it really hard to keep up with all the work and stay somewhat sane!
And you know, sometimes shit just happens.
Whether that be relationship break-ups, a death of a family member, or in my case – being bullied by a Masters student last semester…sometimes things beyond our control happens. And yes, it really really sucks.
Whatever your situation may be, remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. There are people who can help you.
Getting professional help
The University offers a range of free services on campus. I won’t go through all of them here, but you can check them out here: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/
I think 2 of the most relevant services that can help us at the moment are Academic Skill and Counselling and Psychological Services.
If you are facing academic-related problems such as how to write an essay, referencing, study tips etc., check out Academic Skills. They are a godsend, who have helped me on many occasions.
I highly recommend their iTutes, which are one-on-one appointments with an advisor who can help with almost everything. I always book an iTute to go over an assignment to see how I can improve on it etc.
If everything’s getting too much for you, and you want to talk to someone about it, there is a free counselling service on campus.
Do be aware that counselling sessions book out quickly, especially during this time of semester. Don’t be discourage if you can’t get an immediate appointment with them. There are emergency walk-in appointments available too.
My one tip with both of these services is that if an advisor or a staff member doesn’t suit you, keep changing advisors till you find one you like!
There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help.
Don’t feel like you’re burdening or worrying people by asking for their help. Because you’re not.
From experience, you’re doing more harm than good by keeping everything to yourself.
You are not weak because you are reaching out for help.
Look out for your friends
If your friends aren’t doing so well, it’s very worthwhile to check in and see how they’re doing. The littlest things will mean the world to those who are doing it tough.
Things like, a simple text message saying, “Hey you, just thought I’d check in to see how you’re doing. How’s your day?” could mean a lot!
Most importantly, look after yourself
Give yourself some love, you deserve it! Working yourself to the ground isn’t doing you any good.
Breathe. You’re doing great. You will get through this.
Every month I put together a digest of job opportunities on campus, and here’s what I’ve found:
Mid-sem break? What mid-sem break? More like mini-swotvac.
<insert rant about how late the break is>
Mid-sem break expectation:
Mid-sem break reality:
Realising how much work you need to do over the break
But I want to take some time off studying
And I want to get some sleep
Go away assignments. GO AWAY.
“Hope you have a relaxing break”
Alright. Let’s get to work
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Applications to be a 2015 o-week host are now open! This is a super opportunity to volunteer and get involved with things at uni. I’ve volunteered in the past and really enjoyed it.
If you need a place to charge your laptop/phone/other electrical items – did you know there are secure charging lockers around campus you can use?
Secure laptop/phone charger lockers are great because you can leave your things to charge, go away to do something else, and come back to it later.
Possibility one of THE most irritating things in a library, is when people leave their pens and books on tables as a way of reserving a table. Instead of doing that, why not book a study room online?
You can book study rooms in libraries through the ‘BookIt’ system. These rooms are perfect for study groups! Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to do it. It’s all online, and it’s super easy.
Well done to the Arts and Science committee for throwing 2 awesome balls! Instead of writing up 2 separate posts about arts and science ball, I’ve combined them into the one to make life easier.