When you think about the past year, are you happy with the way it played out? Did you manage to achieve everything you'd planned? It’s useful to take time to reflect, evaluate and adjust. So many of us start the new year with the best of intentions, motivated by the clean slate a new year brings. But by the end of January, often all our good intentions and best-laid plans begin to wane, and grand ideas are no more than just, er… ideas? Here are some tips on how to achieve what you set out to do, for the year ahead.
Victorian native Matthew Cartwright was on a road trip from Darwin to Katherine in July last year, when he saw a sign on the road for Charles Darwin University. At the time, Matt was in his final year of a Bachelor of Psychology down in Melbourne, and was planning his next move.
Darwin-born Cathryn Doney had a professional IT consulting career before she decided to study Psychology at CDU. Cathryn plans to draw on her life experience and skills to succeed. She is aiming to pave her way to a future in research, academia, applied learning, or in a consulting capacity at the junction of technology, organisational design and psychological science.
CDU student Alana de Laive has developed a keen interest in wildlife and herpetology. She has worked in various roles as an ecologist and wildlife keeper and wanted to further her career by undertaking a part-time Bachelor of Science (Ecology) degree with CDU. Alana is continuing her studies with an Honours project focusing on the conservation of the giant Amazon River turtle.
We’ve all been there. You’ve written a great assignment and kept a rough record of your references – which means you have to spend a good hour or two tidying them up. All while you’re desperate for that end-of-assignment coffee and the deadline is approaching! Here, CDU’s team of expert librarians, share their top tips on how to speed up the referencing process.
Starting a postgraduate degree as a working parent may seem daunting at first, but before you file it in the “too hard” basket, read our tips to make study and parenthood doable.
Are you a parent considering going to uni but not sure if the reward is worth the risk? Hear from Jason, a proud father who graduated from a Bachelor of Nursing with CDU. He was working full time, mostly night shifts, while studying full time online. His daughters watching him was his greatest source of motivation.
You’re already a multi-tasker and decision-maker – and now you’re adding study to the mix. Start study on the right foot and reduce unnecessary stress and guilt.
Dirty coffee cups on the sink from late-night study cramming, clothes strewn across the floor, and pets that need walking. Does this picture look familiar? If so, you might benefit from improving your study efficiency and effectiveness through a study ritual. But what’s a study ritual? Definition: Noun: study /ˈstʌdi/ - The devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books. Adjective: ritual /ˈrɪtʃʊəl/ – (of an action) arising from convention or habit.. Source: Dictionary.com
Let’s face it - we’re all guilty of making excuses from time to time, which ultimately stop us from achieving success. The reality is though, only we have the ability to make the positive change to be who we want to be and to stop letting excuses stand in our way of a better education, future and lifestyle. Here are some of the biggest barriers people can let hold them back from studying at uni:
Muriel Scholz moved from Katherine to begin studying a Bachelor of Science at CDU and has chosen to live on campus at International House Darwin (IHD). She loves to socialise with the domestic and international CDU students who also reside at IHD and shares her experience about making life-long friends at uni, and tips about how to balance study and social life with us. I was born and raised in Katherine, just down the road. Darwin and CDU seemed like a good place to start off, being so close to home and something I was comfortable and familiar with. Initially, I discovered IHD by staying here briefly on a high school excursion but rediscovered it myself through researching accommodation options once I'd decided to move to Darwin.
For some strange reason, we wear the ability to function on limited sleep as a badge of honour. This can be particularly true for uni students, who can tend to burn the midnight oil to smash out assessment items and use caffeine as a prop to make it through the next day. But why? We know that poor sleep is linked to poor health, both physical and mental. We here at CDU are firm advocates of a good night’s sleep, because it supports great study habits and uni experiences. Read on to find out more about how to get a decent night’s shut eye.
Gratitude – the appreciation of the good things that happen in life - is an essential part of building resilience. When you’re going through a tough time it can be hard to remember to be grateful for the good stuff, but there’s a stack of benefits that can be gained from working gratitude into your everyday life.
It’s no secret that a university degree is a considerable investment. Aside from the course cost, your income could also take a hit if you need to cut down on your working hours.
Assessment due dates are looming, work is hectic and now your kids are all sick with a cold. Sound familiar? We all hit rough patches where life can seem extra challenging, with failures, mistakes and other stressors beyond your control. This article is about what you can do to build your resilience to get through a tough day/week/month/year, when life doesn’t go quite as planned..
We know: you’re studying, maybe working, maybe have a family, you socialise and have many, many commitments. Being green probably isn’t high on your priority list. But, it should be! Why? It’s easy to make a few small changes that are good for the environment and good for the wallet. Let’s be honest, anything that saves money while you’re studying is going to be very handy!
We all know that plastic is bad news for the environment. Loads of (often nonrenewable) energy is used to make it, the chemicals involved in production of plastics can find their way into waterways, and plastic litter is making its way into landfill (and the wilderness) at alarming rates.
It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares the importance that good mental health plays when it comes to work, study and life.
By design, being a student can lend itself to a sedentary lifestyle between lectures, study requirements, assignments and exams. Think back to when you were a child…How often were you sitting still? Think about your current lifestyle… How often do you move? Somewhere in between being a child and being an adult, we lose the critical habit of movement. The key for all adults is to build sustainable healthy movement habits into our day. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares her top five tips to increase your movement and productivity.