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How to critically read an article

So you have just spent what feels like an eternity trolling through google scholar to find an article that appears to be relevant to your research or assignment topic (at least the title looks relevant), and now you have to read it. How hard can that be? Well learning how to efficiently and critically read an article can take some […]

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Volunteering: It’s worth your time!

You are already time poor and potentially money poor…I mean you are a student. So why would you volunteer? Well there are many, many advantages to volunteering which makes it very, very much worth your time. Learn Skills- I think one of the best ways to learn new skills is to put yourself in a new and potentially daunting situation. This can include ‘general skills’ such as public speaking (which I improved through my volunteer position as a netball coach which includes making speeches at presentation nights) or more specific skills such as telephone counselling skills (which I obtained through another organisation I volunteered for). These specific skills will generally be most beneficial if they are relevant to your intended career. Invaluable CV experience- The end game (for most of us students) is employment- and often that includes a ‘dream job’. To get this illusive job you need to develop an impressive CV/resume. Volunteering looks great! It shows that you are willing to give up your time, it gives you additional experience and skills (see point above), and it can also give you contacts for references. Meet people- One of my favourite things to do is meet new, interesting people and you will most definitely do this when volunteering. You will meet like-minded people whom you can share your passions with and successful people that can share their motivation and maybe even their secrets to success with you. Try stuff […]

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Girl’s “Mini Vacay”

As we (my office girls and I) are hard-working Ph.D. students, who never, ever take breaks and work ourselves into the groud, we thought we deserved some R & R, and we took a two night “minivacay” to the beach. Okay, so we do not work ourselves into the ground and we take breaks (as some of my other blog […]

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How I use my diary

For some the physical diary may be a thing of the past, as our emails have automatic calendars and we all carry around a phone which has diary functions, but for me, my diary is one of my most prized (study/work) possessions. I love the fact that each year you can pick an adorable new diary and that you can […]

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Cause you’ve had a bad day….

… you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around…. I hope you are all singing these words in Daniel Porter’s voice. But in all seriousness, we all experience bad days. Those days where you come home from work/uni and feel like crying, sleeping, punching things, drinking wine (for the adults) or staying in the […]

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New Zealand (Part 2)

The North Island. The north island gets a little bit of a bad wrap sometimes, as most people think the south island is more fun, has nicer landscapes and is where you jump off things. We, however had so much fun up North- maybe even more than the south! Wellington- After a couple of hours on the ferry (which was […]

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