University

Sharing my university experience and hopefully teaching you a thing or two along the way.

How to Write a Captivating Academic CV (template).
Whether you are writing for a PhD position, or searching for a research job, an academic CV can look a little bit different to a typical resume for any other jobs you've had before. Here, there is a focus on research experience, writing and often a very clear …
First Year PhD Student – how to know if it is for you!
It is December 28th, 2020. I can officially say that I have come to the end of being a first year PhD student. Miraculously, I have survived. I have made it far past my first week as a PhD! And I can honestly say that it has been …
3 Assignment Hacks from a University Marker for Better Grades.
It can be difficult to ace your university assignments. What assignment hacks could help? I hear you ask. Well, assignments are always a little different: a report, an essay, a review. It's hard to get generalised tips that can help to improve your writing across multiple styles of …
How to Write a PhD Proposal: Secure your Post-Grad Spot
Writing a PhD proposal will be one of the first things you do as a hopeful PhD candidate. Depending on the university you are aiming to attend, this may occur in one of two ways. Your research proposal could be due before securing your spot as a PhD …
How to survive your first week of a PhD. What I learnt (hint: it’s a little lonely!)
It's been exactly one week since I started my PhD. If you're thinking about doing a PhD, you might be wondering what your first weeks might actually look like. What kind of skills do you need to make it? Here is what I have learnt in the first …
Study Techniques You Need to Know Now (Stop Highlighting!).
If you are still highlighting your notes, you need to put that bright yellow texta away. I'm about to hit you with some way better study techniques. And if don't know what active recall is yet, you are digging yourself an even bigger hole! Active recall is a …
6 Apps for Students: What You Need To Be Successful
Most days (more often than not), our phones can be a big bundle of distraction. Instagram, Facebook and Youtube can take up many hours of our lives. Have a look at your iPhone's screen-time in the settings. You'll seriously be shocked. However, you can actually use your phone …
How to Read a Scientific Journal Article: Section by Section.
So you're ready to learn how to read a scientific journal article? You're ready to tackle the big bad world of science? You might want to read the latest research and get your head around rapidly evolving scientific developments. Or, you might also just be here to get …
Why Sleep is the Best Study Technique
If I told you that the best thing you could do for your upcoming exams was to take a nap – you probably wouldn't believe me, right? You've heard it all before: the Cornell method, active recall, spaced repetition. But sleep may be one of the most important …
Essay Writing Tips: How to Write Your Best Academic Essay Yet.
At university, it is very unlikely that a semester will pass by without you writing an essay! A lot of students can feel like they are either good at writing essays or exams. But there shouldn’t be such a split! If you feel like you need a little …
How to Choose your Thesis (or Dissertation) Supervisor.
In semester one of my third year, I was already stressing about narrowing down my options for my Honour's thesis topics (also known as a dissertation, depending where you are). There were so many things I had enjoyed in my undergrad, and so many topics I could see …
7 Chrome Extensions for Students to Revolutionise University Life
Hitting deadlines is all about being smart and efficient with your time. You can make researching, note-taking and essay writing more streamlined by simply downloading practical browser extensions. Here are 7 Chrome extensions for students that I use on a day-to-day basis as a fourth year Honours student)! …
How to use Zotero for Students: Save Time with Reference Managers.
When you start writing your first assignment in university, your lecturers and tutors will insist that you pay close attention to your references. You must format them correctly: dot point here, italics here, 'quotation' here. In this case, you can be one of two types of students: someone …
How to use the reMarkable Paper Tablet for University Students.
How being a paper person just got a whole lot cooler – and more sustainable! The reMarkable tablet is a very cool and very neat little device. When I first saw the advert, it ticked all the right boxes. But the company doesn't delve too deeply into everything …