Insights into Recovery

Consumers are often asked to participate in research to help science find new and better ways of helping people manage the challenges that life throws at them. I mean who hasn’t been asked at some point to answer a survey about their experience. Here at UON survey’s and research is the foundation upon which we pin all our hopes and dreams as we participate in education in pursuit of our dreams.

The Butterfly Foundation is asking people to join with them and hopefully allow for a creation of a better practice framework for people who are recovering from an eating disorder. They are inviting men and women who are recovering/recovered from an eating disorder in a project which aims at translating knowledge from lived experience into a framework of recovery oriented practice to support people with eating disorders.

If you’re 18 years of age or over you can contribute to the project by completing the survey and attending a focus group. The surveys will be conducted online and the focus groups will be conducted in Sydney (4:30-7:30pm Wed 20th Jan), and Newcastle (4:30-7:30pm Wed 24th Feb). If you are interested in finding out more then have a look at this PDFor contact Elektra Walter for more information.

If you want to give participation a miss but would like to find out for about the foundation and eating disorders the website has a lot of information, research and they offer individual (Phone and online) and group support for people with eating disorders and their carers.


Do your study skills need some TLC?

As a student support advisor I see students for a broad range of issues and concerns.  Possibly the most common concerns students have relate to organisation, time-management and study skills.  The funny thing is, most students feel that they are the only ones experiencing problems in this area and that all other uni students are organised, time-efficient masters of the study universe!

I loved being organised at uni.  At the start of the semester I would organise myself so thoroughly that I would find myself weeks behind on the actual coursework… My study schedule however, was definitely HD material. Procrastinating

I was (mostly) aware that this was another procrastination technique, however it was a fairly helpful one when I stopped thinking about how I was going to study and actually started doing the work.  Everyone is different and how you get organised and manage your time needs to work with your personality and learning style.  For some people, using a Daily Planner can be helpful to plan tasks for each day. For others, a Weekly Planner can keep them on track.  Semester Assessment Planners are another alternative to ensure you keep up to date with assessment items.

When I was a student (all those months ago), I found that daily or weekly planners didn’t work for me.  I never stuck to them and would just feel bad about myself when I inevitably didn’t achieve anything in my study plan.  I eventually worked out that a Detailed Semester Planner worked best for me and my learning style.  I had everything I needed to complete for each subject in one document.  I used to highlight things as I completed them so I could see what I was ahead on (it did happen sometimes!), and what I needed to catch up on. The highlighting also gave me a sense of achievement and a visual record that I was getting through the mountain of readings, lectures and assignments.  You can find an example of a Detailed Semester Planner here.  Again, everyone is different so play around with what works for you.

UON also has a range of helpful options for improving study skills including workshops and individual and e-consultations for assignment help.  Some courses even have peer study sessions (PASS) to help you review course material, check here to see if your course offers PASS sessions.  It is a really good idea to be proactive and brush up on your skills at the start of the semester, rather than panicking mid-semester or just before exams!

Happy organising!


Technical Difficulties

Computer Meltdown

The counselling and online counselling websites are currently having slight meltdowns but you can be assured they are receiving lots of support to work through their current issues!!

We apologise for the technical difficulties and are doing everything we can to have the websites back to normal as soon as possible.  All the information is still on the websites but may not be as easy to find at the moment.  If you have any questions or cannot find the information you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact us on (02) 4921 5801, or drop in to see us in the Student Services Building at Callaghan.

Thanks for your patience and have a lovely day!


Students this way!

It’s that time of year again when university students start to think about getting back to study.

I remeback to studymber this time of year as a tug-of-war in my head between staying in holiday mode and the curiosity and excitement when thinking about the new courses I would be studying and what the year would bring.

Some of you will be returning for another year at university or coming straight from high school or a foundation program.  For others, it may have been a long time since you have studied anything other than the back of your eyelids!  No matter where you have come from or what path you have taken to get here, the destination is the same and there are some things you can do to prepare for a successful year.

For those of you just starting out at UoN, this website will help take you through the important steps such as how to accept your offer, enrol in courses, get a student card, and all of those other things that will help prepare you to start your first year at university.  Student mentors can also help you get settled in to life here at UoN and orientation week is great for…well getting oriented!

Planning for a successful year means knowing where to go if you need some help.  UoN has fantastic support services that students can access for a broad range of concerns.  You can book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor (SSA) by calling (02) 4921 5801, the SSA will meet with you to have a chat and help you access the most appropriate supports here at UoN or in the community.

For those of you whose study skills need a brush-up (or a complete overhaul), keep an eye out for next week’s blog which will talk about study skills, time-management and getting organised for Semester 1.


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