Put your Reading List on your TO DO list

Well, you’ve survived O’Week and weeks one and two, and now it’s here - your third week of classes.  Librarians Romany Manuell and Clinton Bell offer a few suggestions.

Many of you came back after the summer break, but some of you started university for the first time. We’re really glad you’re here (because if you weren’t here, we wouldn’t be here either!). 

Things will seem new, and different

You might have noticed that uni is not quite like school. If you’ve come to Monash from overseas, things may seem very different! You’ll need to get used to participating in tutorials or seminars. This can be strange at first, but the great thing about Monash Uni is that people come here from all over the world. So embrace your differences and share your stories - you may even make a few new friends! 

What can you do to prepare yourself for tutorials?

Behind the scenes, Library staff have been busy preparing your Reading Lists so you have access to the texts that will help you get the most out of your tutorials. This week, make yourself familiar with your reading list and the Subject Outline for each of your units. You might have questions, and that’s a good thing! Locate the Research and Learning Point at your library, and come to a drop-in session. Feel free to ask us anything - if we can’t help, we will find you someone who can!

What about lectures?

Listening and taking good notes in lectures and lectorials is also important. Good note-taking will save you time later by making it easier to revise. Keep in mind you don't have to write down absolutely everything the lecturer says - instead, try to pick out important concepts or facts.

Many people find using pen and paper is better for note-taking than a laptop. The physical act of writing things can help you remember them, and it's often quicker to draw diagrams, symbols or equations by hand than it is on a computer. You can also easily group things by concept or category, instead of just writing straight down the page like you would in a word processor.

Good luck and we’ll see you in the library!
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