The basics of Referencing for university students

Referencing can be a tricky issue. Especially if it’s your very first semester at university. However it’s a very necessary part of university and academic writing if you want to stay on the right side of the academic integrity committee.

I have put together a slideshow covering the basics of referencing for you, which should hopefully demystify referencing for you. Please watch the slideshow below (and you can also download it if you wish) for the why, when and how to reference in your university studies. It also provides examples of books and journal articles referenced in both APA and Harvard styles.

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Learning to Love University – a post for Valentines Day

I’m not sure I have ever heard the words love and university used in the same sentence, unless there was a high degree of sarcasm involved. University is not easy. It’s a daunting, long, arduous process that many of us are just lucky to survive. However, inspired by all of the lovely, warm fuzzies that are floating around today, Valentines Day, I thought I would write a post about learning to love university.

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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5 Reasons you can’t miss University Orientation

The start of University can be daunting. On the one hand it is exciting to be starting at a new university whether you have just finished high school or whether you are starting a semester abroad. On the other hand you might have already gotten lost just walking around your huge new campus.

Orientation, O-week, Welcome week or Freshers Week. Whatever your university calls it, it is an important way to start your first semester at university and shouldn’t be missed. Here are 5 reasons you can’t miss Orientation. Continue reading

#1 thing you should be doing in your exams

I have recently marked my first lot of final exams ever. Surprisingly, I found it quite fun. I learned a lot from the experience, not to mention that students taught me a few new (made-up) theories on the subject matter.

After reading through more than 100 exams, I realised that one tip I had received during my university studies was not common knowledge. So I decided to share it here fore you now, so that it may help you during your final exams.

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10 things your University Tutor won’t tell you

Throughout my work as a tutor in a university, I have gained a whole new perspective to studying at university that I would like to share with you. It’s not often you can get advice straight from university tutors, though Phil Stubbs, Academic Jungle and Female Science Professor are helping to lift the veil. Here I share my top 10 things your university tutor won’t tell you.

A couple of notes: this is based on my experience and those of my colleagues at an Australian university. I would be interested to learn of your different experiences, so please leave a comment to let me know.

Now, here are my top 10 things that your university tutor won’t tell you:

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Quick exam revision techniques – 3 R’s

English: A Student of the University of Britis...

English: A Student of the University of British Columbia studying for final exams. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost every university has helpful guidelines and tips on how to study for final exams. However, in my experience this just overloaded me with more information at a time when I needed to focus on my exams, not more reading.

Here is my simple guide on how to study for final exams – I call it the NEW 3 R’s.

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Hindsight is wonderful

Wise old manI recently heard this quote;

Hindsight wisdom is of no use – Indian Proverb

Well sorry to the wise old man who probably first said this, but I must say I disagree. Hindsight wisdom might not be able to change anything from that time for me, but it certainly has shaped the subsequent decisions I have made. As they say, live and learn. However, I am also hoping that MY hindsight wisdom can be of use to YOU. Having finished my Bachelor studies a few years ago, I am now a tutor (research assistant/teacher/professor; whatever the equivalent position title) for first year students in business, and I am constantly trying to impart my hindsight wisdom. If I can save at least one person from making the same mistakes as me, then my mission will be accomplished.

This series of posts about my Bachelor studies reflects my experiences as a Bachelor of Business student at an Australian university. If you follow this blog, my latest posts will be sent directly to you. If you have any other hindsight wisdom to impart, please let us know in the comments, so that we can all benefit.

To PhD or not to PhD? That is the question.

Dr Alice Bennett

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I have recently finished my Masters degree with Honours, and now that I have gotten my results back, I have already been asked numerous times “so when will you start your PhD?” This is actually a good question which I have pondered myself any times over the last few years.
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