2019 Subcommittee Applications (First Year)

Spice up your university life and be part of a great journey – join the Subcommittee of the ever-growing UTS Women in Business student society. Behind every great student society, a great team of Executives is necessary but more importantly; behind a great team of Executives is a great team of Subcommittee.

SO WHAT IS UTS WIB?

Women in Business is a student society located at the University of Technology Sydney. Underpinned by the desire of empowering a dynamic community of inspired and entrepreneurial women, we provide opportunities, business exposure and professional experiences.

Through our collective student efforts, we aim for the creation and facilitation of a positive and rewarding environment where male and female students acquire knowledge about gender equality in the workplace and subsequently develop a passion in the support of gender equality in everyday life. Ultimately, we want to equip and empower women with the confidence to achieve personal goals in their professional and personal life.

SUBCOMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

The subcommittee team’s primary responsibility is extending help and working alongside the executives in a whole range of area, from event planning to content creation. Whilst an opportunity is given for subcommittee members to essentially select and ‘shadow’ a particular executive, to begin with, the role is essentially rotational. However, subcommittee members are also given the chance to cross-collaborate when requested by other Executives.

Being a subcommittee member is a great way to become involved in the society, especially for first years. The exposure to different tasks and first-hand exposure to the inner workings of the society means greater confidence and persuasion if you ever do decide to run for an executive position one day.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Determined and hardworking individuals
  • Shares the same vision of what WiB stands for
  • Interested in long-term contribution to the society
  • Down-to-earth personality and ability to work in a team environment
  • Willing to attend the majority of WiB’s events over the year
  • Skilled in any of the following: event planning, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, content creation, social media accounts’ maintenance (it is not compulsory but recommended)
  • Ability and willingness to commit a minimum of two hours per week to the society when required (often fluctuates; from non-commitment to full commitment weeks)

BENEFITS:

  • Improve your teamwork skills
  • Gain a backstage insight into how student-societies are run
  • Meet a bunch of likeminded individuals
  • Networking across the university student representative body
  • Opportunity to join the Executive team
  • Add personality to your resume
  • Executive and subcommittee invitations to exclusive campus events

SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be judged on a rolling basis, so submit your interest forward now. Once we believe we have the right candidates, we reserve the right to close the applications ahead of scheduled date.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview on a rolling basis from at the UTS Library. The successful applications will be contacted by Monday, October 15.

We welcome applicants from all genders, backgrounds, area of study, specialities, suburbs… you name it.

APPLY BELOW NOW!
APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, 15th of March, 2019! 

Note: to apply you must be a current member of WiB.
You may sign-up for the purpose of applying.

APPLICATION FORM

 

 

2019 Executive Applications

Spice up your university life and be part of a great journey – join the Executive Team of the ever-growing UTS Women in Business student society. Behind every great student society, a great team of Executives is necessary!

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Tips And Tricks For Your Next Networking Event!

Written By: Katie Gu

Networking! Networking! Networking!

The dreaded word all first years come across but don’t know what to do with (or just any student, regardless of year, let’s be honest).

But, don’t fret. Women in Business has got your back!

We prepared a list of tips and tricks that you should always have up your sleeve; no matter where you are. You never know where you might bump into your ideal business connection. It could even happen during your daily commute to classes!

1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

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Research the attendees, who they work for and find the people you want to talk to.

2. Develop your Elevator Pitch.

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Time to get to know yourself well. Have a brief opener about yourself. Have an understanding of what you do, why, for who and what makes you different from others (and you should be able to easily articulate this to others). 

3. Set a Goal for yourself.

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Network with intention! Ask yourself what your goals are when participating in networking meetings so you can pick groups and people that will help you, and only get you what you need. 

4. Be Genuine & Authentic.

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Be genuinely interested in them and their story. (Remember networking is about building trust and relationships!)  

5. Listen! Listen! Listen!

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People love talking about themselves, ask them more! Ask insightful, meaningful questions like something about their job and their interests in the event. But then, really listen to the answers! You can have the most insignificant thing in common (like your mutual hatred for coffee that they mentioned in passing?) and you will have the spark you need to connect!

6. Ask open-ended questions.

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Ask the Who, What, When, Where and How instead of questions which would only get you simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Before going to an event it’s always good to have a laundry list of discussion questions (read till the end, if you are too lazy to create one, and want to just use ours!)

7. Don’t neglect the ‘Follow-Up’.

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Get their details! Shamelessly ask, if you can add them on LinkedIn (You will rarely hear a no, we promise). Send them a message after the event to express that you enjoyed your conversation, and to ensure they can’t forget YOU! 

8. Be Yourself!

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And of course, last but not least, it’s not just about completely changing yourself to fit the job or company but also making sure that the job or company are the RIGHT for YOU (we had to bring in the cheese!).

Now go forth and conquer your next Networking event (and score that Internship)!

Still stuck? Don’t worry we have also prepared a bunch a Laundry Questions and Statements you can throw at them or use as a conversation starter!

  • What brought you here today?
  • What’s your latest project?
  • What’s the biggest challenge you are facing right now in your business?
  • How did you get started in your business?
  • What do you enjoy most about what you do?
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting out, like me?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • And, lastly just a simple “how about you?” or a “that sounds interesting, do tell me more…” can be great initiators of discussions.

Hope this crash course on “networking” helped you out a little! What tip did you find the most helpful? Do you have more questions about “Networking” – let us know!

Travelling On A Student Budget

So you’ve decided it’s finally time to be your best Lizzie McGuire and you’ve booked your tickets to Europe. What are some things you need to consider in preparation for your trip…

Find a well suited travel buddy

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This could definitely be the make or break of the trip, not to be dramatic. Seek out all your friends and look to those who wish to get the same out of your trip. What is their budget? Is the trip going to be fast paced or relaxed? Party or cultural? It’s good to always be clear with your travel partner about what you want and compromise on the smaller things to make sure you both enjoy the trip.

Consider Contiki

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Looking to get the biggest bang for your buck? Consider booking a contiki. This will not only allow you to save money but will take away a lot of the stress of making a travel itinerary and all the finer logistics of what it takes to travel through Europe. Doing a contiki can also take you to smaller places you have never heard of before let alone would have ever considered travelling to. You can also travel through a lot more places in a shorter amount of time.

Try AirBnB

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If you’re a keen planner or have a friend whose planning skills you can leverage to sort out your Europe trip you can also AirBnB through Europe to save that extra cash. Increasing in popularity throughout the continent, AirBnB will make you feel like a true local in the cities you visit, mean you are in prime location and allow you to be fully immersed in European culture with no worry for noise complaints and other restraints that come with staying in hotels.

Pack Smart

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When it’s time to pack coordinate your clothes together and take pieces that can be worn in many different ways. Remember to pack light so that you have spare room for other things you may buy along the way and all bring the essentials. Yes, that means leaving behind those random pair of heels that you bought last Spring, still haven’t worn, but somehow believe will make them work on your Euro trip. Keep important travel documents in your suitcase as well and any extra cards, spare cash and documents you may have in case you lose those whilst on the go! Keep a list of everything you bring with you and try to spread the load with a buddy who can bring items to share. Power boards also always come in handy!

Purchase a local SimCard

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If your first stop is London try to purchase a European sim here as it is more affordable than many other countries. Once you start hitting other places it may also be more difficult to find spots selling sims and they may be more localised in comparison to those offered in London. If you want to stay connected and live and die by the motto #doingitforthegram make sure to get your sim ASAP.  

Stay Safe

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Don’t release all your inhibitions a la Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten, you’re still in a foreign country and need to take all safety precautions. Always be aware of your surroundings and drop pins on your location maps so that in case you get lost it is easy to show others where you are or make it back to where you came from. Make sure to keep your bags zipped at all times and never out of sight. Leave copies of your important documents and itinerary with family back home so they know where you are at all times and provide them with regular updates. And the obvious, never go out alone at night and be careful in large crowds, particularly near major tourist attractions which are scam and pickpocketing hotspots.

Eat Local

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In Europe you cannot always say that price is directly correlated to quality. If you explore beyond the usual tourist hotspots you will find hidden gems where the food gets cheaper all the whilst quality and quantity increase. Did someone say pizza for 1? I mean, pizza to share..?

Start Early

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Definitely plan the holiday ahead and research tourist attractions that you must see as some may be booked out may months in advance e.g. Anne Frank’s Museum in Netherlands. It’s not necessary to book out all your activities before you get to your destinations though. It is always a good idea to leave free spaces in your itinerary to allow you to move around and change activities depending on your mood and other factors that may impact them. Always start off your day early though so you can truly familiarise yourself with the city you are in and make it to attractions early enough to miss long waiting queues e.g. the Eiffel Tower whose queue starts before it even opens.

Now you’re covered with everything you need to know, go forth and make those #mems. 

Written by Martina Marinovic

My experience at the 2018 AMUNC

The Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC)  is the largest annual Model United Nations conference within the Asia-Pacific region, aiming to bring together a tertiary-level UN simulation where participants act delegates from different countries and organisations to discuss and debate pressing international issues. Our subcommittee member Paris had the incredible opportunity of participating in this year’s AMUNC conference (hosted by UNSW), here’s what she has to say about her experience! 

Hi! My name is Paris and I’m a first-year Law/Business student and a member of the WiB Events Team. During the semester break I embarked on a 6-day journey as member of the United Nations’ World Health Organisation (WHO) at the 2018 AMUNC, hosted by the University of New South Wales. Proudly representing France, I proposed motions, worked on draft resolutions, participated in moderated caucuses, did press interviews and debated with other member nations.

Before I dive into my AMUNC experience, I’d like to acknowledge and extend an enormous thank you to Sarah Coningham, a UTS student and my mentor in the Autumn WiB mentoring program who introduced me to AMUNC. Thank you for your encouragement while I doubted myself, answering my numerous questions and imparting valuable knowledge onto my anxious yet enthusiastic first year mind.

 

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My first day of the conference mainly consisted of a timid navigation of the ginormous UNSW campus as well as the rules and lingo of this Model United Nations (or MUN for short-I didn’t actually learn this until the second day). Despite my many hours deep in MUN first time articles on google, the AMUNC 2018 guides and messaging Sarah for anything she could provide, the idea that this experience was going to cause me anything but stress was very hard to believe. I felt out of my depth and incredibly overwhelmed trying to keep up with those who had done several MUNs before. I didn’t know how to motion for a moderated or unmoderated caucus; I didn’t even quite understand what a caucus was.

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But as the conference continued I began to familiarise myself with the procedure of the committee, felt more confident asking questions and instigating debate with other member states. By the third day I began giving speeches myself, representing France’s standpoint to the best of my ability. It took until about this day for someone to realise the irony of someone named Paris representing France.

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One of my key regrets is not giving speeches earlier during the conference, but the beauty of a MUN is that listening to others give speeches is as valuable as giving your own. The AMUNC conference this year had some incredibly fascinating topics. Our committee discussed the impact of a new gene technology, known as CRISPR/Cas 9, on genetic research and development. This further helped improve my research skills and compelled me to look into a topic I typically wouldn’t have been interested in.

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Looking back, AMUNC was a fantastic experience and I walk away with so much more than knowledge. This was my first time doing a Model United Nations Conference and I believe it is something everyone should do. It was an incredibly fun, challenging and exciting experience, that pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and helped me grow as a person and as a professional.

If you are a tertiary student and are interested in participating in a future AMUNC, the next conference will be held in Singapore, 2019 – you can find out more here. 

Written by Paris Gavenlock 

 

 

 

How to Ace Any Job Interview

Your resume is perfect, your cover letter polished, now all that stands between you and the job is the interview.  Whether you’re applying for your dream position, or a summer internship – a strong interview is an essential stepping stone in showing employers why you’re the perfect candidate for the job. 

First impressions count

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If your interview is taking place on-site, aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early – you wouldn’t want to keep your interviewer waiting and jeopardise your chance at the job before your interview has even started. Make an effort to be polite to any employees you may interact with on your way there (even the receptionist and the doorman – a negative interaction with support staff could make its way to the hiring manager’s knowledge and affect their decision to hire you). 

Be prepared

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Walking into an interview unprepared is like trying to walk a tightrope blindfolded. Not a good idea. Its always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the company you’re applying to, just having a quick browse through the company’s website will help you get a feel of their values, their goals, and culture. It also never hurts to study up on the recent earnings and quarterly reports of the company you’re applying for – being able to weave your knowledge of company trends into your interview will show potential employers that you’ve done your homework, and demonstrate your familiarity with the company. 

Know yourself

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It’s a safe bet that a good chunk of the time spent will be you talking about.. well, yourself! (it is an interview after all) That being said, it’s always a good idea to have some key talking points about your strengths, weaknesses, any accomplishments (stick to the relevant ones though – your hiring manager probably doesn’t need to know about your swimming medal from primary school).

Be prepared to be asked behavioural questions (anything along the lines of “Tell me a time when…“, or “Give me an example when“), which are an excellent opportunity to showcase your past experiences and skills. If you get stuck answering these questions, just keep the acronym CAR in mind:

  • Context : describe the background and situation that you were in
  • Action : describe what action or steps you took
  • Result : describe the professional outcomes you achieved

You want to be able to showcase why you’d be a good fit for the company, so don’t rush yourself in your responses and think carefully about what the employer may be looking for in a candidate. 

Dress to impress

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Of course, not every job interview warrants black tie attire – but looking groomed and professional is a big key in securing a great first impression in an interview. When in doubt, a pressed shirt and a pair of dress trousers is always a safe choice for any interview. 

Ask questions

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It may seem counter-intuitive to ask questions in an interview, but being prepared with specific and relevant questions for your interviewer a great way to demonstrate your interest in working for the company. 

Here are some potential questions you could ask your interviewer:

  • If I were to step into this role tomorrow, what would be my first priority?
  • What improvements do you want the new hire to bring to the role?
  • What is the company culture like?

Make a connection 

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Your interviewer has probably interviewed dozens of people before you, so you want to be able to stand out from the sea of other potential hires that are vying for the same spot that you are. A good way to establish a good rapport with your interviewer is by treating your interview like a conversation. No hiring manager wants to spend an interview talking to a robot, so adding in your own personality in your responses will elevate yourself as a candidate, and make yourself more memorable in their eyes.

Women in Business Spring Mentoring Program 2018

UTS Women in Business are proud to announce that we are launching our Mentoring program for the Spring semester of 2018!

The UTS WiB Spring Mentoring Program was specifically created to facilitate an ongoing mentoring relationship between  industry professionals and UTS students. It is a program where the Mentors share their own personal knowledge, expertise, and insight into the journey from student to professional – whilst Mentees gain guidance and support in carving their own career path and securing success in the industry.

By participating in this program, you will develop integral and beneficial skills and experiences that will undoubtedly help you in your immediate degree, university life and future endeavours.

Before applying to become a mentee, please ensure that you’re able to commit at least to one hour face-to-face meeting per fortnight.

APPLICATIONS

Want to be a part of an enriching mentoring program that will elevate your degree and secure you valuable connections to professionals of the industry? You can apply to be a WiB Mentee by filling out an application here.

Applications will be judged on a rolling basis, so submit your interest forward now. Once we believe we have the right candidates, we reserve the right to close the applications ahead of scheduled date. For quality control, the Mentoring Program is capped at 25-30 mentees per year.

Note: to apply you must be a current member of WiB. You may sign-up here for the purpose of applying.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

We match Mentees and Mentors based on their:

  • University degree
  • Professional and personal Interests
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Industry

Mentors will be paired with 1-2 Mentees and meet on a fortnightly basis. These fortnightly meetings are to be arranged between the Mentors and Mentees personally. The WiB student initiative program runs throughout the UTS Spring Semester, the program period is 13th of August to the 19th of October. During this period mentor/mentee meetings should occur at least 6 times.

All participants are provided with a booklet which contains suggested meeting topics. At the end of the program, Mentors and Mentees will be asked to sign off a participation sheet, acknowledging their respective’s partners’ attendance and cooperation.

MENTORING LAUNCH

All Mentors and Mentees are invited to join us at our Spring Mentoring Launch on MONDAY, AUGUST 20TH 2018. The Launch allows an official introduction between the Mentors and Mentees and all participants will be receiving the Official Mentoring Handbook which contains recommended meeting topics etc.

Location: CB 05.02.67

Time: 6pm

Date: Monday, August 20th 2018

WIB Executive Treasurer Application

Spice up your university life and be part of a great journey – join the Executive team of the ever-growing UTS Women in Business student society. Behind every great student society, a great team of Executives is necessary!
We have an exciting opportunity for a committed and driven individual to join our executive team as Society Treasurer. So if you’re a whiz at Excel with an eye for detail and organisation, we would love to hear from you!

So what is UTS WiB?

Women in Business is a student society located at the University of Technology Sydney. Underpinned by the desire of empowering a dynamic community of inspired and entrepreneurial women, we provide opportunities, business exposure and professional experiences.
Through our collective student efforts, we aim for the creation and facilitation of a positive and rewarding environment where male and female students acquire knowledge about gender equality in the workplace and subsequently develop a passion in the support of gender equal in everyday life. Ultimately, we want to equip and empower women with the confidence to achieve personal goals in their professional and personal life.

Treasurer Responsibilities

The Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of the society’s transactions and ensuring there is sufficient cash flow for various initiatives until the end of the academic year. They must ensure invoices are paid by sponsors and collaborating societies. It is important to budget and document any transactions made by the society and that payments are efficiently reimbursed to the Executive.
The Treasurer must keep a detailed record of all receipts and ensure relevant Excel documents are constantly updated. They are also responsible for finalising the yearly budget and the end-of-the-year Activate financial summary. Before any purchases are made by an Executive or Subcommittee, permission should be sought from either the Treasurer or President.

What we are looking for

• Determined and hardworking individuals
• Shares the same vision of what WiB stands for
• Interested in long-term contribution to the society
• Down-to-earth personality and ability to work in a team environment
• Willing to attend the majority of WiB’s events over the year
• Skilled in any of the following: event planning, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, content creation, social media accounts’ maintenance (it is not compulsory but recommended)
• Ability and willingness to commit a minimum of two hours per week to the society when required (often fluctuates; from non-commitment to full commitment weeks)

Benefits

• Improve your teamwork skills
• Gain a backstage insight into how student-societies are run
• Meet a bunch of likeminded individuals
• Networking across the university student representative body
• Opportunity to join the Executive team
• Add personality to your resume
• Executive and subcommittee invitations to exclusive campus events

Selection

We welcome applicants from all genders, backgrounds, area of study … you name it.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. You may be asked to send in your resume.
Note: to apply you must be an existing WIB member to nominate for a position. If not please sign-up here.  (You may sign-up for the purpose of applying.)
All candidates are required to deliver a short two-minute speech at our 2018 SGM (Wednesday, June 13th at 6:30pm) which traditionally covers an individual’s personal experience with proposed actions and strategies to implement for WIB. Subsequently, a voting with all the attending members will take place. All members of WIB are welcome to attend the meeting in order to vote.

Application Form

 

The 4 Stages of Last-Minute Exam Prep

The exam timetables are out, and we’ve started planning how we are going to study effectively and smash the exams.

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But unfortunately, this is not reality… instead we will continue to not catch up on our readings, fail to update our study notes, and our well thought out plans will not be of any use.

These are the stages that we all go through leading up to STUVAC and final exam weeks:

STAGE ONE: ATTEMPTING TO CATCH UP

First, we tell ourselves we need to catch up on all of the readings we have missed. Easy.

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Yeah, no. After realising we are drowning in endless pages, we complete a cost-benefit analysis and decide that knowing all 13 IBP readings back to front aren’t worth the marks in the exam.

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STAGE TWO: MEMORISE MEMORISE MEMORISE

Next, we embark into stage 2 which means we begin to write all of our study notes that we told ourselves would be kept up to date throughout the semester, but Netflix got the better of us.

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In reality, we will simply write summaries and read over lecture PowerPoints hoping to develop a photographic memory like Mike Ross.

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STAGE THREE: STUVAC PROCRASTINATION

Now we enter stage 3…you already know what’s coming. Stuvac rolls around and we make well thought out plans. These pretty plans involve going to the gym, studying for 5 hours a day and having rejuvenating breaks.

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Plan: Wake up at 9:00am on Monday and study for 3 hours. Easy peasy, alarm is set we are good to roll (out of bed…but not at 9:00am).

The alarm goes off at 9:00am but we just need 10 more minutes to fully wake up…

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It’s now 2:00pm. But hey! It’s okay because we still have the rest of the week! We can just take today off and work really hard for the next few days…

Well… its Friday. Let’s take a look at our plan and see what we have achieved.

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Woah…there are a lot of uncomplete tasks.

STAGE FOUR: THE NIGHT BEFORE

Time for the final stage of our final exam preparation journey. Stage 4 involves our night before exam routine and morning of rituals. The night before, we tell ourselves to get at least 8 hours sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to smash it.

But in reality…

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Our morning of ritual consists of 2 things. That’s right, only 2. First, we need coffee.

Lots of coffee.

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Now as we head to uni we rapidly read our ‘notes’ hoping to remember it all but because our minds are telling us how easy it would have been if we had stuck to our plans and continually updated our notes throughout the semester, we don’t really take any of it in.

And as the exam period finishes, we begin the cycle again.

Written by Laura Hiatt

10 Tips for Surviving End of Semester Exams

So the exam timetable has just been released and you’re all of a sudden feeling the intense pressure of the impending end of semester finals. Here are a few tips to help you take control of exam season and make the most of your study!

1. START EARLY

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There really is no better time than the present so use the time you have wisely and think of prepping now as giving yourself a major head start. Try to get on top of content now and identifying gaps in your knowledge so that when STUVAC comes around you can take full advantage of the week off to revise and complete practice papers. The last thing you want is to get to finals and be on your fifth mental breakdown of the week because you’ve spent your semester binging Netflix.

2. GET ORGANISED

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Now is your chance to embrace your inner Monica Gellar and get organised! Once exam timetables are out begin by slotting in your exam dates and times into your calendar and start scheduling the weeks leading up. Make sure your room and seating allocations are easily accessible along with your ID card. You will find life to be so much easier when you get to exam day. Also allocate specific days to different subjects and divide your time up between different topics to ensure you cover everything in the lead up.

3. DON’T MULTI-TASK

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When studying, research shows that multi-tasking can really detract from learning and the quality of work produced. Therefore, it is important to ensure when it is time to learn you focus on one task at a time and complete that task before moving onto the next. Not only will this mean for better concentration, organisation and attention to detail but it will also give you that momentum to complete subsequent tasks. Small successes will turn into larger victories and motivate you to get more work done.

4. CREATE MINDMAPS AND SUMMARIES

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A good tip to learning content is to create a mind map and summary page for each individual topic you have learnt over the semester. Not only will they allow you to get creative with your study but they will save you so much time when revising. Memory retention is improved also as your brain is able to make connections between the main ideas you present so that you are sure not to forget the most important information.

5. HIGHLIGHT

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Take your notes to the next level with some highlighters. Use a colour coding system across all your subjects. Allocate different colours for headings, subheadings, important words, definitions, examples, etc. Anything that is important to remember highlight or box it so that your mind is drawn to it! These will serve as trigger points when completing your exams.

6. STUDY IN A GROUP

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Don’t want to drown in your own misery? Make a study group. Collaborative study may not also make revision fun it can also benefit your quality of learning. By having a group of people studying with you you have greater resource pool and will be better able to fill knowledge gaps. Not only this, dividing work and revision may mean cutting down even more time on study. Teaching each other information will also ensure you completely understand what you are learning.

 

7. SLEEP

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If you live by the mantra sleep is for the weak it may be time to, well…get a new mantra. Scientifically speaking, sleep is key to memory retention and when we don’t get enough sleep it is more difficult for our brains to conduct memory consolidation. Exhaustion will not allow for mental processes to operate effectively so ensure you set a goal time to be in bed every evening to ensure a good sleep and keep your mind in check!

8. MAKE HEALTH A PRIORITY

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A lot of people tend to throw health out the window during exam time and put their bodies into overdrive. Eating healthy and maintaining a balanced lifestyle will help keep you on top of your study game and also prevent you from contracting any illness during this most crucial time of semester. Keep your body moving even if it’s with a quick walk around the block and make sure to stay hydrated. Turning to caffeine and energy drinks is a big no as they can be counter intuitive and lead you to crash and add to the anxiety and stress you already feel during this hectic period.

9. AVOID DISTRACTIONS

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What better time to crack that meme addiction than lead up to exams. Getting lost in your facebook feed can be a huge time waster so turn off your phone and keep it in a different space while you get through your work. Need help staying away? Download focus apps like forest or flipd which prevent you from using the distracting apps on your phone. For your desktop, download self-control which is essentially the equivalent, and you can add your most frequented, procrastination inducing websites to your blacklist.

 

10. REWARD YOURSELF

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Possibly the most important tip of them all is to reward yourself! After learning a topic or studying for a certain interval reward yourself with some scrolling time, watch a show or movie, or chat with friends. Breaks are just as important as work time and they give your mind a chance to regroup and stay motivated. Your off-time will make your work more effective and give you something to look forward to.

Following these tips will give you a surefire way of making it through to the end of the semester.

The key is to find a balance between staying disciplined and making allowances for time for yourself. Good luck!

Written by Martina Marinovic