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Exam News June 2014

Exam period Just a reminder that the Exam Quiet Period is still in place until 5pm Friday 20 June. - No drinking on campus - No guests during quiet period

Congratulations to those who have finished and good luck for those with exams still to come. Some student do have exams up until this date so that means no noise, parties or gatherings at ANY time of day or night until after the 20th June 2014.

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Vanessa's equipped to teach - and learn By EVERARD HIMMELREICH June 12, 2014, 4 a.m.

Third-year Deakin University student teacher Vanessa Knight is preparing for a work experience stint in Vanuatu — taking as many books for her pupils as possible. That’s because she’s likely to be wearing most of the clothes she will be taking for her threeand-a-half-week teaching stint on the South Pacific island nation so she can devote most of her luggage space to stationery for the primary school pupils she will be teaching. Ms Knight, 25, is one of 16 Deakin University teaching students who will work in Vanuatu as part of Deakin’s Global Education Program. Ms Knight will be the only student from Deakin’s Warrnambool campus to take part and has been fund-raising to pay for the 208 exercise books, pencils and other stationery she will take to a school in the village of Mele Maat. There, she will lead a class of 104 pupils under the supervision of a local teacher. Her pupils come from families who survive on subsistence agriculture and own no school books. Picture: ANGELA MILNE

The teaching stint will bring Ms Knight, a third-year bachelor of education student, back to basic teaching methods. One of the tasks she hopes to complete is to create blackboards on which to outline learning exercises for pupils. Her time in Vanuatu will also enable her to experience a less regimented but highly valued education system. Education in Vanuatu was not compulsory and parents sent their children to school because they could see its benefits, she said.

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Australians took their education system for granted but in Vanuatu it was considered a reward, Ms Knight said. In Vanuatu, pupils have to fit their schooling in with farm and other family duties, meaning their attendance was not enforced. Pupils are grouped according to their ability rather than their age, so her class members might range in age from three-and-a-half to 14 years. The pupils’ variable attendance and the wide age range means classroom management is a priority. A big workload will add further challenges. Her days will start about 6.30am, with classes beginning from 7am-9am. After classes finish about 2.30pm, Ms Knight will run after-school sport sessions for pupils for about 90 minutes before moving on to guidance sessions with local teachers over dinner. Most pupils have a good grasp of English but Ms Knight has also learnt some of the local language, Bislama, to help her communicate. She hopes the opportunity to work in Vanuatu would make her a better teacher and help prepare her for later this year when she will teach surfing to primary school children in South Africa.

- Good luck Vanessa!


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Notices/ Posters

While Residence are encouraged to use the bulletin boards around residence to promote upcoming events all posters or flyers need to be approved by the office staff. Promotions are only to be displayed on the notice boards (not doors and glass).

Strangers on Campus

Unauthorised individuals have been reported on several occasions within the residence at Warrnambool this year. Please be sure to close your doors and alter security to any suspicious persons found on campus.


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Health and Wellbeing News – Residences Mushrooms

Lots of mushrooms grow wild around Victoria during autumn and winter. The Victorian Poisons Information Centre DOES NOT RECOMMEND eating mushrooms that have not been expertly identified. There are many poisonous species found in the wild that resemble edible ones. You should only eat mushrooms purchased at a supermarket, greengrocer etc. There is no test that you can do at home to determine if a mushroom is edible. Click on this link for information about mushroom poisoning. (

Handbook Highlights Illicit Substances The use, manufacture, selling or possession of illegal drugs and other illegal substances is prohibited. This rule operates in accordance with State and Federal Laws, as well as a desire to maintain a healthy and secure living environment for all residents. The consequences of using any illicit substance can be hazardous and the effect on others in a close residential community can be detrimental to the general wellbeing of all residents. Residents who breach this rule will be subject to disciplinary action under the provisions of the Deakin Residences Student Discipline Policy & Procedure, as well as University regulations and statutes. Residents may also be reported to Victoria Police.

Drinking Games Drinking games involving alcohol are never permitted in the University Residences.


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Exam Study Tips Here some exam study tips we hope you’ll find useful. Effective study habits - Having to revise a lot of information in a short space of time and not understanding course material can be a big stress. For assistance with study skills at Deakin go to: Find out about the exam—know your enemy! Find out as much as you can about the exam. How much is the exam worth to your final mark? Is it multiple choice, short answer or essay response? Find out if past exam papers are available as these will usually be similar to the exam you will take. Ask for help - If you are feeling over-whelmed talk to your lecturer and other students. You might also find it helpful to speak to someone from the Study Skills team (in the library) or a counsellor at Student Life. Pick a place and time - Find an suitable study space that allows effective study without distraction (eg the library, the computer labs, common room, or your own room). If you like music while studying, please ensure this does not disrupt other’s around you. Try to avoid studying immediately before bedtime—it’s harder to absorb information when you’re sleepy! Stay motivated - Though studying is hard, it’s really important that to stay motivated. Remind yourself of what you hope to achieve whether it’s getting a unit HD, a post-graduate position, or just passing - and keep that in mind when you’re feeling down or bored. Base expectations on doing the best you can. Look after yourself - A healthy body equals a healthy mind, so make sure you look after yourself physically while studying. Its important to have regular study breaks so allow time to exercise or go for a walk, get plenty of sleep, and eat plenty of fresh, healthy food. Avoid junk foods or energy drinks (remember Will from The Inbetweeners during exams?). Staying healthy can avoid exhaustion, burn out and migraines. For more tips and informations on relaxation and managing stress, go to

Sitting the exam... While some of you might be veterans of the Deakin exam room, a lot of you have been sitting university exams for the first time. Here are some helpful things to remember before your next exam. Keep calm and study on - It’s ok to be a little stressed or anxious before an exam. In fact, it’s almost unavoidable—but too much stress or anxiety can have a negative impact on your performance in the exam. If you find yourself getting overly stressed, remember to take deep breaths, meditate or focus on something positive (like how great you will feel once your exam is over, or how nice the 3 week break will be!). Don’t let other people get to you - Try and avoid talking to other students in your class right before the exam. They can make you nervous, confuse you or make you lose confidence in yourself. Some people seem like they have all the right answers...but they don’t always! The same applies after the exam—other people can stress you even after the exam is over — by discussing the questions and comparing answers. Don’t let other people erode your confidence! Use your reading time wisely - The way you use the reading time before the exam can have an enormous impact on your overall performance. Use the reading time wisely. If you read through a question during reading time and don’t know the answer, you might remember it later on, or the answer might be hiding in another question. Also, some multiple choice questions can be worded in a tricky way so read the question and all the answers carefully! Remember your materials - If you need to take in calculators, formula sheets, text-books or other materials in the exam, make sure you remember to take them! Also make sure you remember to stock up on pens, erasers, and lots of sharpened pencils (you don’t have time to be sharpening them during the exam!).


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Classic macaroni cheese—super super easy!! Serves 4 Ingredients • • • • • •

400g macaroni 50g butter 2 tablespoons plain flour 2 cups (500ml) milk 2 cups (250g) grated cheese (gruyere, tasty, vintage) chopped parsley

Method 1. Cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling water according to packet instructions (different brands may vary in size & cooking times) until al dente. 2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the flour, bit by bit, to avoid any lumps. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute over medium-low heat. 3. Gradually add the milk, stirring until smooth. Stir gently until the mixture comes just to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the grated cheese and stir until melted and smooth. 4. Drain pasta and return to the pan. Pour cheese sauce over the pasta and stir until well coated. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Brainy Quote “Ninety-nine percent of people now call me The Hoff—and its out of respect.”


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Casual Accommodation on Campus Short term letting is now available. If you have family or friends visiting Warrnambool we have room available for booking on campus. See the office today.

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T2 2014 RESI STUDENT DINING PACKAGES As Trimester 2 approaches we would now like to offer the opportunity to purchase dining packages for the new Trimester. T2 meals will commence Monday, 14th July 2014 on the Burwood, Waurn Ponds & Warrnambool campuses. As we have over Trimester 1, we will continue to ensure you eat healthy and delicious meals! Again, the food choices will change nightly, with all menus changing monthly. We will serve all the healthy food groups using the freshest produce and offering a variety of local and international dishes: serving protein, vegetables, fruit, savoury, sweet and carbohydrates in recipes from all around the world, including Vegetarian, Halal and Coeliac.

“When food is enjoyed, people meet, conversations are held and social communities are formed” Student Dining is offered: Warrnambool Monday and Tuesday (2 meal package) *Students who previously purchased the Annual 3 dinner package can continue to collect their meals on a Wednesday evening. @ Warrnambool at the Riverview Café, Building H, from 6pm – 7pm The Dining package of your choice must be fully paid in advance by Friday, 11th July 2014. The Deakin Card • The package is loaded on to your student Deakin Card in the form of ‘Meal Credits’. • You must swipe your Deakin Card every time at the venue each night when dining. • 1 swipe = 1 meal • You may swipe more than once and bring a guest (however please note, this will deduct an additional meal from your allowance) • Warrnambool and Waurn Ponds students may use meal credits for breakfast or lunch packages available at The Market Hall and Riverview Cafe • Any meal credits remaining on a Trimester 2 or Annual plan at the end of T2 can be converted to Dining Dollars on your Deakin Card (equivalent to purchased value). No Dining Dollars will be loaded on until the end of Trimester. • No cash refunds under any circumstances or for unclaimed meals • You can view your meal credit balance at The Meals • Meal packages are offered to on campus residents and to students living locally • A meal is 2 courses – Mains with sides and fruit, dessert and a drink • Meals are served on crockery with cutlery • Meals are not offered during semester breaks or on public holidays

To purchase a meal package, please complete the attached form and return to by Friday, 11th July 2014 If you have any specific dietary requirements please also complete the Dietary Requirements form and return with your package order form. For more information, email

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