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The REX Your Remote and External Newsletter MAY 2014

A Letter from your Remote and External Officer Hi Everyone, Welcome to the last issue of The REX for Study Period 1! Exams are now right around the corner and all of us here at the JCUSA would like to wish you the best of luck! I have kept a few of the pages from last month’s issue about exams as you may still find the information useful. For those of you doing block subjects in Townsville over the winter break, have you considered staying on campus? If you are interested in doing so you will find the relevant information in this issue. However, get in fast because rooms are limited! As Study Period 1 is now coming to a close, you may have textbooks you would like to sell or maybe you would like to buy a textbook for Study Period 2. Check out your options on how to do so in this issue. Membership drives for the JCUSA Clubs are now up and running on the Mackay, Mount Isa, and Thursday Island campuses. If you would like to be involved in setting up these clubs please let me know. For those of you who signed up to the JCUSA last year, I would just like to remind you that you need to sign up each year. If you haven’t done so this year, could you please take a minute (it is really that quick) to fill out the membership form. If you would like to know more about anything I have discussed here, are interested in being involved with the remote JCUSA Clubs, have any concerns or would just like to introduce yourself, send me an email at or call me on (07) 40 916 690.

~ Kate-Lyn Ward

Get connected!! JCUSA Remote and External Students

For more information on the Student Association or to become a member visit:

Are you attending a block mode course or something similar at JCU over the winter break? The JCU Halls of Residence still have rooms available on campus. Staying on campus means less stress about transport and getting to class on time. For more information visit Or contact Alexis Buckby PH: (07) 4781 6778

Second-Hand Text Books Now that the study period is over, do you have textbooks you would like to sell or textbooks you need for SP2? Contact the JCU Student Association in Cairns at and ask if they have a second-hand copy of the textbook you need. The JCUSA also has a Remote and External Textbook Buy, Swap, Sell & Giveaway Group on Facebook: When you find a book you want to buy, check the 13 digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to make sure it is the right edition.

JCU has changed the process for external students in regards to external exam locations. The majority of external students no longer need to complete a form to nominate their preferred exam location. Instead, JCU has arranged external exam centres around Australia. Do not be concerned if you have not received any forms as your exam centre will be assigned to you based on your Semester Residential Address in eStudent and you will be sent a letter advising the centre details. Note: It is therefore highly important that your personal information is up to date on eStudent. If you live within 100km of Townsville or Cairns you must sit your exams oncampus and your exam venue will be published in your exam timetable. For more information please contact the Flexible Delivery Exams Officer on (07) 4781 6212 or email

While we all have the best of intentions to prepare for exams from the very beginning of the study period, the reality is that exams will suddenly be right around the corner! In JCU’s Studying for Exams module there are strategies which you can implement during the last 4 weeks before exams.

Here you can find a module developed by JCU which provides you with tactics and strategies to help you to prepare just before exams and be successful on the day. The module includes information on the topic list (with samples), preparation, supervisor instructions, perusal time, and working time. If you think they have missed something, you can even share the tactics you use to help JCU further develop the module to be of more assistance to students in the future!

This webpage provides information on exams and your results. Use this website to find out where to go, what you need, and when to turn up. You can also find information about how to apply for special consideration, your grades and how to maintain a good academic level. It includes exam start times, timetables, rules, expectations, tips, special considerations and deferred exams, academic misconduct, results, and more! Please note that the JCU Student Association can assist you with applications for deferred exams and special considerations. We can also help with accusations of academic misconduct and represent and support you in consultations with the university or individual staff members.

You may be a remote or external student but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have access to the same level of support as those on the major campuses! Do you know about the support services you can access as a JCU student, using telephone, email, web or Skype?

JCU Counselling Service is available to help you deal with stress and personal issues.

AccessAbility Service – for students with a disability, injury or medical condition that may impact on their studies.

JCU Careers Service – for careers advice or finding part-time work.

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

JCU Library LibGuides for your study area, referencing tips and more.

View all Student support services.

In addition, your Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee) funds the following services for off-campus students:

Free postage for JCU Library books for students living more than 50 kilometres from the Cairns or Townsville campuses. Find out more about the Off Campus Library Service.

Off-campus Students website.

Welcome packs for new, off-campus students.

Info Skills Road Trip – online module about research tips and using online resources in the JCU Library.

Student Mentors for off-campus students – find out more.

Online help with study skills – Writing and Maths Skills Online, Learning Skills Online and useful Workshop Notes.

The JCU Student Association supports the rights of all students, including Remote and External Students.

These resources and services are there for you, so do make the most of them.

Drop me a line anytime at: or visit our Remote and External Facebook page and Like us!


Should you find yourself getting hassled with academic life, getting assignments in, studying for exams or even trying to make ends meet... then we are here to help. Student Welfare Being a student is never easy, and the problems you encounter may not just be of an academic nature. The most important thing to remember is… help is available.

The Student Association @ JCU is here to represent you, support you and generally ensure you're well looked after during your time here. What you get as a FREE Member:

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Voting rights in JCUSA Elections

Academic Support

Eligibility to run and vote for Student

Crisis loan support

A free universal, confidential & non-judgmental service is available to all James Cook University students. You do not need to be a member of the JCU Student Association to access this service.

FREE Year Planner & Date Stickers

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The Student Association offers services to assist you with any day-to-day issues and problems, and if we can't help we'll find someone who can. The Student Association can offer you a confidential and non-judgmental service, so if something - anything - is bothering you it's worth visiting us.

Academic & Welfare Support

FREE JCUSA iCampus App through the App Store FREE Student Diary Monthly edition of ‘The REX’ Remote and External Newsletter

To become a member visit: membership.php

Tax Help Safer Sex Information and Supplies Harassment Grievance Advice Student Association Crisis Loans Scheme Distance Education Services Parenting Rooms Disability Access Toilet Facility Kitchenette Facility (Cairns) Lost Property

Contact Your Student Association Free call: 1800 330 021 For access to any Student Association service or to be transferred elsewhere within the University free of charge. (Note: Not accessible from mobile) Townsville


Direct: (07 )4781 4400 Internal: 14400 Postal Address: JCU Student Association PO Box 1 James Cook University TOWNSVILLE QLD 4811

Direct: (07) 4042 1160 Internal: 21160 Postal Address: JCU Cairns Campus Student Association PO Box 6811 CAIRNS QLD 4870

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