Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stay Smart Online!

Do you know what personal details are on the internet about you?
Is your online content only available to the people you want to see it?
Wondering how secure your computer, mobile devices, network connections, and passwords are?
Would you like to know more about how to stay safe and secure on the internet?  has got you covered. 

Celebrate Stay Smart Online Week and keep yourself secure by following these simple steps to online safety:

  • Limit what you share
  • Create strong passwords
  • Regularly update your software
  • Backup important information
  • Avoid online scams

  • It is also important for businesses to protect themselves from cyber criminals. CSU Division of Information Technology is a supporter of the Stay Smart Online campaign, check out the Information Security resources to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Charles Sturt University's information assets.

    You can also sign up to the alert service at Stay Smart Online or follow Stay Smart Online on Facebook for advice on how to protect yourself online as well as up-to-date information on the latest online threats and how to respond.

    Monday, October 09, 2017

    Exam Success!

    Exams can be a hugely stressful time in your life, so now is a great time to begin your exam preparation for Session 2. To help reduce stress and ensure you're as organised as you can be, learn more about looking after yourself, and about staying focused in order to be as ready at exam time as you can be!

    We've put together a few tips that might help you plan the lead up to your exams:

    Take the time to plan:
    • Prepare a study plan and goals for each day/week. Timetable when your exams are and when you can fit in study time for each exam.
    • Talk to your employers early to let them know you need to limit your shifts/hours while studying. 
    • Create a study space that is large enough, comfortable, quiet, well lit, organised, and has no distractions nearby. Find a quite place to study in your Library and Learning Commons.
    • Make sure you have everything you need for each study session. 
    • Use flow charts and diagrams. Put your information into a different format that allows you to visualise information and create a visual memory.
    • Take regular study breaks. New knowledge doesn't get absorbed after 90 minutes of continuous study. Most websites recommend taking a short break every 45-50 minutes to ensure you stay focused and concentrate of study material.
    • Practice with past exam papers. Ask your lecturer is they have copies of old exams you can use as a study aid, or check out the Past Exam Search page.
    • Download any eReserve readings you may need for your exams.

    Look after yourself:

    • Exercise for 20 minutes before an exam; research shows it can boost your memory and brain power leading to improved performance
    • Build activities you enjoy and that bring your stress levels down into your study plan, such as sport, spending time with friends, internet, etc. 
    • Don't get hungry before or while studying, and reward your study with a treat. Keep motivated! The question is what do you use - gummy bears, jelly beans, chocolate, chips. In saying this, it is also important to remember that nutritious foods will keep your brain and body energy levels going all day - so snack wisely!
    • Remember rest and relaxation, especially before bed, to slow the brain activity down.
    • Just say "No" to parties during the weeks close to exams, think of the pay-off!
    And finally, did you know your ALLaN team can help you prepare for each of your upcoming exams, via appointments with Skype, email, or over the phone? In these one-on-one appointments, ALLaN advisers can help you plan a study schedule, assist you with revision techniques, discuss what to expect on exam day and teach you strategies to stay calm and focused. You can book weekday or weekend appointments, whichever suits your schedule most.

    The ALLaN team also run online workshops to help you learn the best ways to tackle your upcoming exams. In these workshops they cover:
    • Preparing for exams in an organised way, and
    • Knowing what you do when you get into the exam room.
    You’ll even get some handy study techniques you can adapt to any subject, learning style or schedule.

    Remember - these tips are only some of the things you can do to get the most out of your exams. There may be other things that work even better for you. Ask around - find out what your friends do for their exams - some of their tricks might work for you too! Trust that all the hard work you put in beforehand is enough, stay focused and calm and you'll be able to effectively demonstrate the depth of your knowledge. Best of luck from your Library team!

    Friday, October 06, 2017

    Mental Health Month

    October is Mental Health Month across Australia! This awareness month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether you have life experience with mental health or not. This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and to seek help, if needed.

    In today's society, most of us face increasing commitments. Unfortunately, this can mean our mental health becomes less of a priority. The theme for Mental Health Month this year is to prioritise our mental health and well-being; just as much as we would maintain our physical and social health.

    Our CSU Student Counselling team help students to overcome barriers to succeed in their studies. The friendly qualified team offer workshops and confidential individual appointments for personal or University difficulties. All students (studying on campus or online) can access free and confidential counselling on CSU Campuses, via phone, Skype or email.

    For for information on events being held through NSW during Mental Health Month, please visit:

    Wednesday, October 04, 2017

    Casual employment opportunities

    Did you know we hire students for casual library positions? If you're interested in working with us drop a resume into your nearest campus library.

    Customer service experience, attention to detail and ability to work in a small team are essential.

    In addition to indicating skills and work history, please note your availability. Preference will be given to students who are available on weekends, during session break and holiday periods.

    Duties will include:
    • shelving 
    • loaning and returning items
    • assisting patrons at the library desk 
    • shelf tidying 
    • other tasks as directed 
    Hours of work will be during business hours, weekend and evenings.

    If you have any questions please contact us and ask to speak with the Access Team Leader for your campus.

    Sunday, October 01, 2017

    Library opening hours extended for exams

    Would you like a bit more support in the lead up to the exam period? Albury, Bathurst, and Wagga Wagga campus libraries are providing extended opening hours for two weeks before exams, and during the first week of the exam period. This means that on top of the existing 24/7 zones across multiple levels at each campus, you'll also have extended access to staff at the Ask Us service desks, the physical collection for borrowing, and additional quiet study spaces.

    From Tuesday October 3rd, until Friday October 20th, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga library opening hours will be as follows:

    • Monday to Thursday : 8:30am - 9pm
    • Friday : 8:30am - 7pm
    • Weekends : 1pm - 6pm

    The Albury campus library will also be extending it's opening hours, and staying open till 7pm on Fridays.

    Don't forget, you always have your 24/7 Learning Commons spaces at all our campuses - that's a whole lot of time for you to get a whole lot more studying done!

    So come on in and make the most of the Library's extended opening hours. For more information check our opening hours page, or contact us if you have any questions.