Inbox and environment news : Issue 599
September 17 - October 7, 2023: Issue 599
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8 Student-Backed Study Tips To Help You Tackle The HSC
By University of Sydney: Last updated 6 July 2023
Our students have been through their fair share of exams and learned a lot of great study tactics along the way. Here they share their top study tips to survive and thrive during exam time.
1. Start your day right
Take care of your wellbeing first thing in the morning so you can dive into your day with a clear mind.
“If you win the morning, you can win the day,” says Juris Doctor student Vee Koloamatangi-Lamipeti.
An active start is a great way to set yourself up for a productive day. Begin your morning with exercise or a gentle walk, squeeze in 10 minutes of meditation and enjoy a healthy breakfast before you settle into study.
2. Schedule your study
“Setting up a schedule will help you organise your time so much better,” says Master of Teaching student Wesley Lai.
Setting a goal or a theme for each study block will help you to stay focused, while devoting time across a variety of subjects will ensure you've covered off as much as possible. Remember to keep your schedule realistic and avoid over-committing your time.
Adds Wesley, “Make sure to schedule in some free time for yourself as well!”
3. Keep it consistent
“Make studying a habit,” recommends Alvin Chung, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
With enough time and commitment, sitting down to study will start to feel like second nature rather than a chore.
“Do it every day and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate because it’s part of your life’s daily motions,” says Alvin.
4. Maintain motivation
Revising an entire year of learning can seem like an insurmountable task, which is why it’s so important to break down your priorities and set easy-to-achieve goals.
“I like to make a realistic to-do list where I break down big tasks into smaller chunks,” says Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student Dannii Hudec.
“It’s also really important to reward yourself after you complete each task to keep yourself motivated.”
Treat yourself after each study block with something to look forward to, such as a cup of tea, a walk in the park with a friend or an episode of your latest Netflix obsession.
5. Minimise distractions
With so many distractions at our fingertips, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. If you find yourself easily distracted, an “out of sight, out of mind” approach might do the trick.
“What helps me is to block social media on my laptop. I put my phone outside of my room when I study, or I give it to my sister or a friend to hide,” says Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws student Caitlin Douglas.
While parting ways with your phone for a few hours may seem horrifying, it can be an incredibly effective way to stay on task.
“It really helps me to smash out the work and get my tasks done,” affirms Caitlin.
6. Beware of burnout
Think of the HSC period as a marathon rather than a sprint. It might be tempting to cram every single day but pacing out your study time will help to preserve your endurance.
“Don’t do the work for tomorrow if you finish today’s work early,” suggests Daniel Kim, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies.
“Enjoy the rest of your day and save the energy for tomorrow,” he recommends.
Savouring your downtime will help you to avoid burning out before hitting the finish line.
7. Get a good night's sleep
Sleep is one of your greatest allies during exam season.
“I’ve found that a good night’s sleep always helps with concentration and memory consolidation,” says Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) student Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage.
We all know we need to be getting around 8 hours of sleep a night to perform at our best, but did you know the quality of sleep also matters? You can help improve the quality of your sleep with some simple tweaks to your bedtime routine.
“Avoid caffeine in the 6 hours leading up to sleep, turn off screens an hour before going to bed, and go to bed at the same time every night,” suggests Yasodara.
8. Be kind to yourself
With exam dates looming and stress levels rising, chances are high that you might have a bad day (or a few!) during the HSC period.
According to Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student Amy Cooper, the best way to handle those bad days is to show yourself some kindness.
“I know that if I’m in a bad state of mind or having a bad day, I’m not going to be able to produce work that I’m proud of,” she says.
For Amy, the remedy for a bad day is to take some time to rest and reset.
“It’s much more productive in the long run for me to go away, do some things I love, and come back with a fresh mind.”
Immerse yourself in a mentally nourishing activity such as going for a bushwalk, cooking your favourite meal, or getting stuck into a craft activity.
If you feel completely overwhelmed, know you're not alone. Reach out to a friend, family member or teacher for a chat when you need support.
There are also HSC Help resources available at: education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/stay-healthy-hsc
Wednesday 11 October, 2023: HSC written exams start.
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- Download or explore the SLIK here to help guide Your Career.
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- navigate the School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK),
- access and use the Your Career website and tools; and
- find relevant support services if needed.
Word Of The Week: Spring
1. the season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November. 2. an elastic device, typically a helical metal coil, that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement. 3. a sudden jump upwards or forwards - dated/innformal; an escape or release from prison. 4. a place where water or oil wells up from an underground source, or the basin or flow formed in such a way. 5. an upward curvature of a ship's deck planking from the horizontal. 6. a hawser laid out diagonally aft from a ship's bow or forward from a ship's stern and secured to a fixed point in order to prevent movement or assist manoeuvring. 7. (rare)a flock of teal.
1. move or jump suddenly or rapidly upwards or forwards. 2.originate or arise from. 3. (especially of wood) become warped or split- (of a boat) suffer splitting of (a mast or other part). 4. pay for; Archaic - spend (money). 5. INFORMALAUSTRALIAN - come upon (an illicit activity or its perpetrator).
From: Old English spring (noun), springan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German springen . Early use in the senses ‘head of a well’ and ‘rush out in a stream’ gave rise to the figurative use ‘originate’.
avalon Beach Historical Society Celebrates 40 Years
Vale: Ken 'Sava' Lloyd
Sava; ''I have attached a photo of Fred, Elva and Bill and myself in trap and Fred was taking sister Elva to school at Katoomba. The sulky is the one Fred Lloyd borrowed off Mark Foy.''
Mr. Lloyd's Fishing Shack at Long Reef. Painting by G K Townshend - courtesy 'Sava Lloyd'.
Celebrations For Dedicated NSW RFS Members: September 2023
Rising Cost Of Living Keeps Older People Awake At Night
- According to research, 53% of older Australians believe they will outlive their savings.
Inquiry Into Housing Policies And Practices For Precariously Housed Older Australians
U3a At Newport Community Centre: Coming Up
- access to a wide range of courses and presentations
- friendly and inviting social events in your region
- Volunteers lead and administer the courses and talks
- A wide range of topics is covered – from learning foreign languages to table tennis to history to book/movie clubs to philosophy to science related issues. There’s something for everyone!
- Courses are held in a variety of local venues and via Zoom
- Events, visits, tours and social activities are also offered
- Full details of activities are listed each semester in the Course Book and on individual regional pages
Pittwater RSL: Seniors Show + Lunch 2023
Active And Healthy At Any Age
Join Healthy And Active For Life Online!
- Providing online exercise programs for you to complete in the comfort of your home
- Providing you with an exercise manual and log to keep you on track
- Helping you to create realistic goals and increase your fitness
Time To Surgery Is Critical For Survival After Hip Fracture
World Patient Safety Day: 17 September
App Unlocking Benefits Of Music Therapy, Wearable Tech And AI For Dementia Awarded $2m Grant
Bilgola Plateau Probus Club 1st Birthday
Spring Surfing Celebration
COTA Australia Backs ‘YES’ Campaign For A Voice To Parliament
Pittwater-Narrabeen Parkinson’s Support Group
NSW Health: Be On The Look Out For Serious Bacterial Illnesses
Businesses Urged To Remove Unfair Contract Terms Ahead Of Law Changes
- Consider both points of view: if you think a term is necessary to protect your business’s legitimate interest, consider the term from the other party’s point of view.
- Include counter-balancing terms: check that your contract has appropriate counter-balancing terms. For example, if you consider that your business reasonably needs the ability to unilaterally change the product or service being provided under the contract, does the contract also allow your customers to exit the contract without penalty when this occurs?
- Avoid broad terms: don’t have terms that are as broad as possible. Make sure terms are only as broad as reasonably necessary to protect your business’s legitimate interests.
- Meet your obligations under the Australian Consumer Law: don’t have terms that seek to avoid your business’s obligations under the Australian Consumer Law. For example, don’t include terms that seek to limit your customers’ consumer guarantees rights, or terms that seek to disclaim any representations your business may have made outside of the contract.
- Be clear: Use clear and simple language in your contracts.
- Be transparent: ensure key terms are clearly drawn to the attention of your customers during the sign-up process, and any renewal process.
- In 2023, suppliers in the fertiliser industry agreed to amend their contracts following an ACCC investigation into unfair contract terms.
- In 2022, Fowler Homes Pty Ltd provided a court-enforceable undertaking to the ACCC, admitting that its standard home building contract contained unfair contract terms.
- In 2022, the Federal Court declared that 38 contract terms used in contracts entered into by Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia or Fujifilm Leasing Australia (together, Fuji) with many thousands of small businesses were unfair, following court action by the ACCC.
- Funeral service providers Parkside Funerals and Bowra & O’Dea each provided the ACCC with a court-enforceable undertaking, committing to remove potential unfair terms from their funeral services contracts, among other commitments.
- three times the value of the "reasonably attributable" benefit obtained from the conduct, if the court can determine this; or
- if a court cannot determine the benefit, 30 per cent of adjusted turnover during the breach period.
- Standard form contracts made or renewed on or after 9 November 2023.
- A term of a contract that is varied or added on or after 9 November 2023.
Fairer Democratic Elections To Return For City Of Sydney
- ensure the same rules that govern voting by non-residential electors in all other LGAs in NSW will apply to the City of Sydney
- make the preparation of non-residential elector rolls much less onerous and costly and relieve the City of Sydney of a significant administrative burden
- deliver cost savings for the City of Sydney that can be redirected towards services and infrastructure for the local community
1112 Nurses And Midwives Made Permanent By Minns Labor Government
- 138.2 nurses in the Hunter New England LHD
- 119.2 nurses in South Western Sydney LHD
- 109.1 nurses in Western Sydney LHD
- 104.4 nurses in South Eastern Sydney LHD
- 99.4 nurses in Sydney LHD
- 82 nurses in Northern Sydney LHD
- 61.4 nurses in Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
- 57.1 nurses in Central Coast LHD
- 56.1 nurses in Western NSW LHD
- 51 nurses in Northern NSW LHD
- 50 nurses in Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
- 43.3 nurses in Mid North Coast LHD
- 41.6 nurses in Murrumbidgee LHD
- 41 nurses in Children's Hospital Network
- 26.6 nurses in Southern NSW LHD
- 6.5 nurses in Far West LHD.
Healthy Lifestyle Can Help Prevent Depression -- And New Research May Explain Why
- moderate alcohol consumption
- healthy diet
- regular physical activity
- healthy sleep
- never smoking
- low-to-moderate sedentary behaviour
- frequent social connection
Water World? Methane, Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Of Massive Exoplanet
New Super-Fast Flood Model Has Potentially Life-Saving Benefits For Australia
Helicopter-Based Observations Uncover Warm Ocean Water Flows Toward Totten Ice Shelf In Southeast Antarctica
Study Reveals Reductions In Breast Cancer Screening Uptake During COVID-19 Pandemic
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