Are We Encouraging Students to Thrive and Grow?

Much of what I write here comes to me on my morning walk with our dog Georgie, who we adopted about three months ago from the RSPCA. She needs to walk every day and while I sometimes find it a chore, I realise now that it gives me time out. I am amazed at how I can ...

What causes anxiety for regional/rural Year 12 students?

I have just returned from a trip to Hong Kong with my husband where I spent a considerable time watching a predominantly male sport in a city teaming with people – just slightly out of my comfort zone. I justify this state of being (and probably bore people to...

Study Smart not Hard #2

How to read articles/chapters quickly. Check to see what your assessment is. Is it necessary reading? After deciding that you do need to read the paper, highlight the key words and phrases that point you to what you’re being asked to say and/do e.g....

Am I Studying the Right Degree?

As the Census date approaches at  Universities around Australia, there is absolutely no doubt that there are students out there, who are stressing about whether they are in the right course or whether they should continue at all. And you know what? That’s normal...

5 Reasons Why Dancing is Better Than Helicopter Parenting.

Dancing through ‘adultescence’. “Understanding and remembering the steps takes practice. The more you practice, the easier the dance. The earlier you start the dance, the more natural the transitions.”  There is probably no need to provide a...

Are we out of the ground yet?

I am often asked by interested acquaintances and friends, “How’s it going?” It’s my business (which I prefer to refer to as a consultancy) that they are asking about.  I cringe slightly when they ask and try to be polite. Here are some...

Study smart not hard – tips from a 20 year old Uni student.

Last week, I gave you my advice on how to make the most of your first year of study (from my perspective). Apparently I got it all wrong, according to a 20 year old I know well, and because I want to make sure you hear it from all sides (and his side matters a great...