As the end of semester approaches I’m sure you’ve started to think about your exams. You may or may not have noticed that, before the exams begin, there is a week in between week 12 and the beginning of the exam period. Before you get too excited and start planning to fill your week with all the fun things you have been missing out on during the semester, I thought I might give you a little insight into what this week is for. Continue reading SWOTVAC

Bella’s 10 Helpful Tips to Success: Sitting an Exam with Less Stress!

Bellas FaceAfter over seven years of sitting exams, I thought I’d share my experience through little tips and tricks you may find useful!

1. Study. It may sound simple, and I can hear you thinking “duhhhh” but the best way to be the least stressed before an exam is to prepare correctly! My tips: Continue reading Bella’s 10 Helpful Tips to Success: Sitting an Exam with Less Stress!

SWOTVAC and Exams

SWOTVAC and exams

Hello FedUni Friends, are you feeling it in the air?

Yep…I feel it too, SWOTVAC and exams are upon us!

You can almost smell the anticipation and stress as you walk around campus. Well, at any rate, you can smell it at my house.

Like most students, my housemates and I are gearing up for the exam period. After three years of uni you would think we’d have mastered this time of semester, but hey, we are only human.

So in light of the looming SWOTVAC week and exams, we have put together some tips that have helped us survive the past three years.

Continue reading SWOTVAC and Exams

Amelia’s Secret Test and Exam Revision Tip

DSC_0142Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to tell you about a revision technique that I’ve been using in the lead up to my exams and tests over the last few months. With exams coming up in a few weeks I thought it would be a good time to share this with you!

So here it is: Continue reading Amelia’s Secret Test and Exam Revision Tip


imageHelloooooooo my lovely little kittens!

Miss me? I bet you did. Today I am going to tell you all about a fairly wonderful little thing called yourtutor.

Firstly, if you do not know about yourtutor, then you have been missing out. But given we are down to the extremely sharp and horribly pointy end of the year, it may just be the best time for you to get on it.

Yourtutor is a tutoring service. Basically. BUT it is online. AND it is free for FedUni students. PLUS it is accessible late at night when all your tutors and lecturers have drifted off into a deep slumber, or are out drinking wine and partying to their heart’s content. Whatever it is those crazy kids do that means they don’t reply to our emails right when we need them the most — an hour before the assignment is due at midnight, or the night before your early morning exam. So that’s when yourtutor becomes the greatest friend a uni student could ever have.

They are accessible from 3pm-11pm every day of the week except Saturday (because they need to party and sleep sometimes too, friends), and you do not even need to put on pants or get out of bed to talk to them. Yep, sounds pretty great, right? Well, it is.

Yourtutor is made up of experienced tutors, who can help with anything from maths and science to English and grammar. They will help you with research, topic analysis, study tips, basically anything study related that you need help with. You can even upload your assignments for them to have a look over and give you some help. Yes, they are that good.

To access yourtutor you will find a banner on the home page of Moodle. You can find more information and a short video clip about it here.

So seriously, if you find yourself struggling with a question that just can’t wait until tomorrow, or an assignment that needs to be looked over before you submit it, log onto yourtutor and watch them work their magic*.


*Not actual real magic. They have unfortunately not been to Hogwarts. Well, not that they’ve told me anyway…

Gearing up for Exams

Nobody really wants to be reminded about exams yet. We’d rather close our eyes, stick our fingers in our ears and yell. But they’re coming, and there’s nothing we can do about it. The good news, though, is that you’re not alone. There are a bunch of services available to you leading up to exams that can help.
The PASS program has been running all semester, but there’s still time to rock up to a few final sessions to cement the content from the last few weeks. Better yet, though, is that PASS will be running special classes during the Wednesday of SWOTVAC. During that day, you’ll be able to find PASS classes to help prepare you for exams and build your study skills.
You can find more info at the PASS website.
The ASK service is there to help with all your academic enquiries. They can actually sit down with you and talk about note-taking, referencing, study or Game of Thrones. Okay, so not everyone on the ASK desk will be up to date with Game of Thrones, but they will be able to help with everything else.
You can visit the ASK desk at the top floor of the Albert Coates Complex (U building) between 10 – 2, Monday – Thursday. Take advantage of it and work on those study skills before Exams hit.
Here’s a message from our friendly pals at yourtutor:
It’s all well and good to know that you should be ‘studying’ – but what does that actually mean? How do you study? There isn’t a class for that! Fortunately, we’ve provided a handy guide below that outlines some top tips from A++ students and yourtutor.

Don’t forget that if you get stuck on a foundation knowledge question, you have access to a free expert tutor online who can help you work it out. Log in via Moodle and click on ‘yourtutor’, it’s as simple as that.

If ‘study’ and ‘library’ don’t go together as well as bacon and eggs then…you’re probably a vegetarian. But that doesn’t change the fact that the library has a wealth of facilities to help you out with the oncoming exams. Whether it’s a quiet study area, the tomes of knowledge (otherwise known as ‘books’) or the helpful librarians you’re after, all of them can be found here.
For more information on what the library offers and when they’re open, head to the library website here.
Also, if you want to really flesh out those study skills, you can get a head start for next semester by enrolling in FedReady just before semester 2 starts. Click here to take a look!

Final Grades

IMG_0585Care about your grades? Of course you do, you’re a hard working, committed and all-around star student! (Or at least, let’s pretend you are haha).
Hopefully by this stage you’ve gotten most of your grades back, and with exams currently underway I’m sure some of you are wondering what you need on your exam to get the grade you want! (Or need)

ASK the lords and they shall provide, what we’ve come across is this final grade calculator‘! (<- click this shiny hyperlink here)

What this actually does, is enter the grades you’ve gotten on previous assignments, and the % that grade contributed to your overall course grade, and it will let you know what grade you need to get on your exam to achieve your desired grade overall!

So example, if I got 80% on an assignment that was worth 40% of my course grade, my course grade overall would be 32%

That would mean that if the exam was worth 60% of the course grade, I would need to get 64% on the exam to get a course grade of 70.4 (Distinction woo!)

The calculator is really easy to use, and in case you missed the fabulous little hyperlink earlier, another one is riiiiight…..

(Click this ->) HERE  (<- Click here)

Good luck!


Deferring Exams

AngeIt’s that time of year again folks, the time where the world seems to be in two minds about everything. Its sunny out and 16 degrees, but by 3pm it’s poured with rain three times and you’re freezing in your short shorts. The birds are out and singing, but so are the mosquitos and the dreaded moths. Consumerism is complained about on television for the holiday season, and yet every store is decked out with silver bells and holly berries.

Students though, I feel like we get the really short end of the stick. We’re excited because its almost summer, and soon we’ll have the three-month freedom of the lecture break! But that means that it’s also end of semester exams and assessments, so who are we kidding, the end is in sight but we just can’t reach it yet… HELP!

It’s a stressful time of year, whether you’re studying for an exam or a test, or shopping for your families Christmas and holiday wish lists on a student wage. Sometimes (and inevitably this will happen occasionally), the stress gets too much, or something goes wrong and for whatever reason (illness, loss of a family member, significant personal issues, etc.) we just can’t do the things we set out to do.

From personal experience, I myself have had to learn the ins and outs of the exam deferral process. It sounds scary, and difficult, but it is almost always easier than we think it is. Here is my rough guide in three steps:

Step One: Talk to your lecturer/tutor.

This should always be your number one step. Your lecturer and tutors have all the information you need to complete an exam deferral, and it’s always best to have them on side. If you suffer any of the above listed issues, you shouldn’t be afraid to request a deferral or some special consideration, or discuss which option is better for you with your tutor. It’s best if this is your chosen path to talk to them as early as possible. Whilst this is the case, it is understandable that some events or situations you can’t plan for, and special consideration and exam deferral can be lodged for consideration in these circumstances within three days of the missed exam.

Step Two: Fill out your forms.

Whilst some of the questions can throw you for a loop, the form for special consideration (which covers exam deferral) is fairly straightforward. You are offered a number of choices for why you are applying, and given sections to fill out personal statements, and those of a medical or health professional if the reason you are deferring requires their expert opinion and signature. If you struggle with the form, there are always people around to assist you. Ask your tutor or lecturer about which options they recommend for you. These forms can be found on the library website (we’ll link you below), or you can get them from your schools office (SEA, Health Sciences, etc.).

Step Three: Lodge your form and wait.

Handing in that form is like taking in a breath of fresh air once your sister has “accidentally” almost drowned you in the family pool. It’s a relief, and though not all applications are accepted a majority are, especially if you have applied for the right reasons. Acceptance is usually delivered within a week, and then its up to you and your lecturer or tutor to discuss alternative exam times or assessments. If you’re deferring your exam, chances are you’ve had one of the unpleasant and unthinkable happen, so once you’ve put in your form sit back, try to relax, and forget about it until you hear back. We can’t always control what happens around us, and it is perfectly okay to know your limitations and when you need to sit down and take a breather, so do it.

Remember, if you’re applying for a deferral you are probably doing so for a very good reason, and your lecturers and tutors are only around to assist and aid you in your journey through university. Don’t stress too much about asking for assistance, its something we all have to do at one point or another, and once you’ve asked you’ll feel much better.

Whilst I can’t offer any advice on your holiday shopping (as mine has never been quickly or easily accomplished either), as a student, and one who has had to defer before, it is a relatively simple process that really does help take the pressure off during difficult circumstances.


NB: Information of the University policy on exam consideration and deferment, including the forms to apply for consideration or exam deferment can be found at this link here.

Exam study tips.

Steph_2From the first day back at Uni we feel the pending dread of the 12 week build up to those unwanted exams! Well, it’s exam time once again! We can feel the old procrastination bug taking hold and suddenly anything but studying for exams seems more exciting. You grab your books and notes out, get yourself settled down ready to study and suddenly rearranging your highlighters into colour order is the way to go. It’s really hard to focus because you can feel the world outside beckoning your name. I’m not gonna lie it’s definitely a struggle to keep focus and it can be really boring and draining, but I have a few exam study tips that work for me and may help you get through the next 3 weeks with as little discomfort as possible!

My first tip is to plan. I have an example calendar plan that I would do, which you could use as a guide to making your own. Remember to know how you learn.  I  know that I can make my notes in two days and I can learn them in one day. Everyone has different learning limits so know them and plan ahead.

SWOTVAC calander


Making handmade notes is my second tip. While reading the textbook works for some it is a form of passive learning which means your brain does not retain as much of the information you have just whizzed over. The next best thing is to make notes on your computer from your book, class notes and PowerPoint slides. This is somewhat effective but because you have not actually written them, and they are not in your handwriting it is actually harder for your brain to store the information. This is why I suggest making yourself handwritten, colour coded notes from your textbook, class notes and Power Point slides. While this may not work for some, I personally lock myself in my room for as long as I need to condense my notes and then have a break before exams begin.

This brings me to my next tip which is to start making your notes the day after your classes stop before SWOTVAC. Yes it is tempting to take the weekend off before SWOTVAC and try to relax etc. but from experience if you start condensing your notes for exams the day after your classes finish then that gives you an extra two days at least in case anything goes wrong and if you are lucky it gives you a couple of days off before you have to learn them. As well as this I allocate two days of SWOTVAC to each subject and aim to finish my notes by then.

These are my exam study tips and I find they work really well for me. Remember if you are on a roll don’t let things distract you. Once you feel your brain turning to mush or your hand cramping get up and take some kind of walking break and eat and drink. Don’t stress! You will get through them! GOOD LUCK!!!