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Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer

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As I’m sure you all know, the lead up to exams can be a stressful time. But with a little preparation you can set yourself up to achieve the best possible results. So forget cramming, and try these tips instead.

1. Start studying well in advance

Leaving things to the last minute will only lead to unnecessary stress, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to study. If you can, find out what material will be included in the exam so you can focus your efforts.

2. Visualise

Reading straight from a textbook is bound to put you straight to sleep, so instead, try something a little more visual. When revising for a topic, identify the areas you need to focus on then condense the information into a diagram, chart or picture. You are more likely to remember an image than a clump of text.

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3. Bring a friend (or two)

Studying with friends is a great way to test your knowledge, and share it! Just make sure you stick to one topic at a time, and ask each other as many questions as you possibly can – it’s possible they have some of the answers you’ve been looking for.

4. Plan your day

There’s no point in all this study preparation if you miss the bus and don’t make it to your exam in time. Before the day arrives, make sure you’ve got everything you need ready to go, your timing sorted, and your transport organised. Arriving barely on time and frazzled isn’t the best mindset to start off with.

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5. Eat right, drink up

Energy and focus is key during exam time, and even though a big serving of sugar might seem like a good idea to help you power through, you’ll be better off snacking on healthy brain foods, and drinking plenty of water. Check out some healthy eating ideas from my previous post: Planning to succeed: A student’s guide to healthy eating.

 

Good luck!


Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

Contact Peta at www.theword.bird.com.au or on Instagram @thewordbird_.

Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer

Learn on the fly with Virgin and Open2Study

Luggage? Check. Boarding pass? Check. Laptop charger? Uh oh…

Finding yourself on a flight with not much to do is something we've all been through. Maybe you've forgotten your charger, or maybe you've already seen the movies available through the screen in front of you. Whatever the reason, you've found yourself stuck - potentially for hours - with little to occupy your brain.

Or have you?

Since 2016, Open2Study has been partnering with Virgin Airlines to deliver a range of online courses via the in-flight entertainment system, providing restless travellers with the opportunity to take learning on the go to a whole new level, and making charger dilemmas a thing of the past. The uptake has been impressive - with over 50,000 enrolments in the past year - so Virgin have decided to add an additional 4 courses for your viewing / studying pleasure.

As of August 2017, you'll be able to learn about everything from Astrology, to Anthropology, to Crime, to Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. And with crowd favourites like Nutrition and Psychology still available, there's no shortage of interesting subjects for you to tackle while you travel.

Condensing a 4 week course into 4 hours is the aim of the game, so you'll typically find yourself disembarking with a certificate of completion and a nice warm sense of achievement. However, if you're on board for a shorter amount of time you can simply log back in to wrap things up.

It's kind of amazing to think that now, instead of twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the next round of refreshments, you can make the most of your travel time and learn about something you might not have otherwise decided to study. And who knows where it could take you? O2S short courses have the potential to spark a passion for something much bigger—the sky is literally the limit!

So, the next time you decide to fly, why not let your brain do the browsing for something a little different? With your seatbelt firmly fastened, of course.


Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

Contact Peta at www.theword.bird.com.au or on Instagram @thewordbird_.

Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer

Love music, history and politics? Want to dazzle your friends with your extensive knowledge of Latin American music and culture and win first prize at the next trivia night? Well look no further my friends, this is the course for you.

Based on a program taught at Massey University in New Zealand, our specially designed Open2Study course links various musical styles with key social, political and historical events, and provides students with an in-depth awareness of Latin American musical culture, while encouraging reflection on the cultural sensibilities in relation to history, society and language.

Lady with cigar

Throughout the course you will explore the four musical styles most closely linked to historical and political events: Tango, Bolero, Salsa, and Trova. And as you will come to learn, Latin American music is not only a flamboyant and colourful style of entertainment, but also a close link to the contemporary ideas of what it means to be Latin American.

Man and woman dancing the tango

Combining theoretical study with musical and song analysis, you'll progress through the course focusing on Indigenous, African, European, Religious, and Military music; emerging with a bounty of knowledge linking music to social engagement and politics. Perfect for filling those awkward lulls in dinner party conversation.

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Upon completion of your studies, you'll be armed with enough knowledge and skill to pursue a range of additional learning, including accredited training and university courses. Or maybe you'll simply be inspired to finally take up those Salsa classes!

Man and woman dancing the tango

Delivered by two passionate educators over four modules, Open2Study's Latin American Music: Translating Cultural Sensibilities course kicks off on 3 July, and enrolments are now open. Don't miss your chance to join in on this engaging, insightful journey into Latin American culture—secure your spot today, at www.open2study.com/latin-american-music.


Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

Contact Peta at www.theword.bird.com.au or on Instagram @thewordbird_.

Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer

The origins of the ever-so-pesky error 404 are widely debated, but despite this there does seem to be a reasonably consistent story running through each. And because we've all no doubt encountered this particular error during our travels through the interwebs, I thought 'hey, why not share a little bit of the legend behind it'.

Open2Study 404 error screenshot

Ok, so back in the 1980s a group of clever scientists were busy working away on what would eventually become the World Wide Web, and needed to create a database that would offer open access to data in a variety of formats, or multimedia. This central database was supposedly located on level 4, in room 404 of the office building where they were stationed.

Mario Brothers inspired 404 error message

There were a few people on the team whose job it was to manually locate and transfer requested files over the network and back to the person who requested it. Sounds pretty simple, but as we all know, humans make mistakes! And as more and more requests started to come through, mistakes became more frequent as well. This meant some requests couldn't be transferred - say, due to someone entering the wrong file name - so a generic 'Room 404: File not found' message was programmed to display each time a transfer didn't go through.

Lego inspired 404 error message

Eventually these manual processes became automated, but by then the error message was destined to become the standard HTTP response for the future, and therefore kept the same room number. So I guess, error 404 is kind of a little tribute to the hardworking people who brought us the tool that we all now take for granted every day! I mean, how did people win trivia nights or shop for clothes before the internet?? Interesting to think how all this occurred not so long ago, when you consider how far we've come and how reliant we all are on the web these days.

Stormtrooper 404 error message


Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

Contact Peta at www.theword.bird.com.au or on Instagram @thewordbird_.

Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer

Time management is a funny thing—we are all allocated the exact same amount of hours each and every day, yet the phrase, "I don't have time" seems to be thrown about rather regularly. But is it true? Do we really not have time?

vintage stop watch

As a self-confessed organisation freak, I thought I'd use this post to share a few tips to help you get a handle on your time.

1. Prioritise your time

I'm a big fan of the to-do list, but if you're not careful it can become overwhelming. To combat this, make a list of what you need to achieve at the start of each day, then prioritise the list in order of urgency, starting with what must be done through to the things you would like to do if you have time remaining after completing urgent tasks.

2. Avoid distractions

As much as we all love social media, unless you rely on it to generate business it's best to avoid being online. Other tips include disconnecting from instant messenger, and learning to avoid answering the phone just because it's ringing, or emails just because they pop into your inbox.

3. Focus on one task at a time

Multi-tasking is a great skill to have, but it can also prevent you from meeting deadlines and achieving goals. When you're focusing on too many tasks at once you are less likely to complete any of them! Focus on completing one task before moving on to the next.

4. Learn to love your calendar

If you class everything as an 'appointment' and allocate time for it in your calendar, you will feel more in control of your time. Schedule in deadlines, meetings, and block out time for high-priority tasks. You can even schedule time for making phone calls and sending emails.

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Once you've mastered the basics of time management you can apply them to all aspects of your life—both at work and at home. That said, remember it's literally impossible to get everything done, so don't be too hard on yourself!


Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

Contact Peta at www.theword.bird.com.au or on Instagram @thewordbird_.

Mira Staff

As many of you may know, we ran a competition recently where current and past Open2Study students had a chance to win 1 of 5 single undergraduate unit scholarships with our parent company, Open Universities Australia.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who participated and helped make the competition a success! There were a lot of amazing entries, which made it incredibly difficult to narrow it down. But there could only be five winners.

Huge congratulations to Allan D, Bradley C, Kerin S, Nathan H and Wendy M, who each won a single-unit scholarship! Best of luck with this next chapter of your study journey!

How did we choose the winners?

A panel of judges assessed the responses, with name and other personal details hidden, and selected the winners based on how well they exemplified the entry requirements.