Student Life Management – Time

Time Management

Time management is the essence of Life Management. It allows for the utilisation of time for the maximum productivity and the successful completion of tasks and goals. Developing techniques for your time as a student means you can have a social life, stay healthy, eat food, work a job and study a whole degree all at the same time. People have better time management skills than believed, but quite often struggle with the self-discipline and succumb to temptations.


When managing your time, it is always important to have a direction or goal in mind. Working aimlessly not only decreases the efficiency of task completion but it can also lead to a more destructive issue, procrastination.


Procrastination is the enemy of productivity and works not only to make easy things hard but hard things harder. A notification sound, a quick scroll through Instagram, a quick check of the stock market or a bit of online shopping is all time that adds up. Time management doesn’t say don’t do the things you enjoy but rather, put off these distractions until the time is right! Rather than looking at memes on Facebook halfway through, wait until you have worked uninterrupted until the time you decide to stop and then enjoy those memes guiltlessly as a reward for your work.


Procrastination is the thief of time – Edward Young


A technique implemented by many successful students, graduates, business people and entrepreneurs can be simplified to two simple words, be early. These two words as a goal can ensure that deadlines are never a matter of hours but days away. Completing tasks earlier not only allows for the removal of stress-induced with deadlines faced approaching, but also allows for time to be spent on more enjoyable things.


The creation of plans can be critical to success. As much as many of us wish that there were more than 24 hours in a day, successful time management can ensure that it is possible to make the most out of the hours available for study. The creation of daily, weekly, and semester-ly plans can allow for an understanding of the timeline which tasks are approaching. The creation of plans and self-discipline when sticking to them can ensure that you are able to live a healthy and efficient life with the best possibility of success.


Prioritising and completing the most challenging and daunting task. Often challenging, recognising what task you would like to do least and completing that first can ensure that you are less likely to allow procrastination mindset to affect your efficiency.


Time management is different for each individual. Time itself is terribly special and something that you can never have any more. Time management is such an important part of Life management and often critical


3 Idea takeaways

  1. Always work towards a goal and focus attention on one task at a time to ensure as high efficiency is possible.
  2. Procrastination only prolongs work that must be completed, by using a plan to hold yourself accountable and eliminating as many distractions as possible can allow for the best chance for success.
  3. Achieving tasks as early as possible will allow for tasks to be less stressful and attacking the hardest tasks first can give you more time when you have that completed.
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Tackling exam mind blanks with six simple tips

Written by Christina Nelson


It is that time of semester again … the mid-semester slump.

But there is good news as we are now past the halfway point!

You may have already had your mid-semester tests, or you have them to look *forward* to after the break. Regardless, we want to tackle those end-of-semester exams with confidence – and may all the late nights be worth it.

For many, exams are a headache and the thought of them makes you feel sick in your stomach.

Perhaps you have experienced the feeling where your mind freezes during an exam? Or where you just cannot recall why DNA is described as a double helix?

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Welcome to Student Life Management


Week 1

Welcome to Student Life Management

Aidan Matthews 5. April 2018   @aidanjrmatthews

Life as a Student is incredible, challenging, enriching, stressful and so much more. Each year of your studies bringing an increase in pressure and challenge, the constant development of skills, methods and ideas allows for the continual development and achievement of goals. This series of articles produced in conjunction with the Scapegoat Science Newsletter aim to provide you with tools to develop skills in Student Life Management. With the ever-present threat of mid-semester exams, essays, reports, group presentations and quizzes, this series will offer quick snapshots to challenge your ideas, habits, and methods with the objective of developing your Student Life Management.

What is Student Life Management?
Life management is the conscious organisation of student time, tasks, self and money allowing for the setting and achievement of goals through entrepreneurial and personal skills.

Why should you care?
You are your own person and it is your choice to care, but by following along with this series there is the possibility to learn something new and to develop the ways you may undertake tasks to allow you to achieve your goals faster and more efficiently.

Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own – Bruce Lee

What is coming in the future?
The following articles in this series will be released weekly. Each will discuss a different aspect of Student Life Management by bringing to light techniques, opinions and theories. This discussion will allow you the opportunity to implement these in your life to develop your hustle, efficiency and hopefully help you reach your goals quicker and easier.

Want your say?
If you are reading through these articles week to week, or find them and decide to binge them all, if at any point you want your say please email me, I would love to hear from you, to hear your opinions, thoughts and challenges.

So, What now?

Next week we will be beginning our first of five aspects of Student Life Management talking about every physicist’s favourite non-quantised linear continuum, time.

3 Idea takeaways:

  1. Life management can allow for the streamlining and advancement of personal endeavours.
  2. The decision is yours, you are responsible and that only makes the achievements better when you accomplish them.
  3. The following series will aim to challenge your ideas, challenge your methods, challenge your habits, but the challenge and development will not end at the end of this series, it will continue through life.
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Monash Science T-shirt Design Competition 2018

Channel your inner artist by designing a T-shirt (limited edition of course!) for the Faculty of Science. The winning T-shirt will be worn by staff and students on Open Day 5 Aug 2018.

Entries open Thursday 29 March and close on Monday 7 May.

A judging panel will choose the winning entry.

If you win, not only will you see your design being worn all around the Monash Clayton campus on Open Day and other events – but you’ll also receive a $400 Coles/Myer gift voucher.

Please click here for the application form and further information regarding the terms, design requirements and specifications.

All the best and we look forward to seeing your designs!

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Monash Global Opportunities Fair


Monash Global Opportunities Fair held on Wednesday 11th April from 11am – 3pm, is the perfect event for you!

The Global Opportunities Fair is Monash University’s flagship event for the promotion of learning abroad, which showcases an exciting range of opportunities at 170+ partner universities.

Students who attend the Fair will explore the breadth of options available to them, from faculty-led short term programs to semester-length exchange programs.

Students will also receive advice about financial support and have a chance to ask questions to our partner institutions and Faculty exchange coordinators. 

Current exchange students here at Monash and those who have studied at one of our partner institutions as part of their degree will also be volunteering at the event in order to facilitate invaluable peer-to-peer advising.

When: Wednesday 11th April 2018, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Main Dining Hall and Airport Lounge, Campus Centre, Clayton Campus

Register >>

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Final Year Feels


Final year feels

by Christina Nelson

It is completely normal to feel a host of emotions whilst going through your final year. You might find yourself in a self-induced deadline crisis, whilst trying to maintain a semblance of normality so that your lab partner thinks ‘how on earth are they managing’ (even though a few minutes before class you were having a mini-meltdown in the bathroom). The thought of leaving university, and what comes next, starts to dawn on you.

I mean who wouldn’t miss those student discounts, longer summer breaks, skipping those early morning lectures to grab brunch with your mates (or just sleep-in), or having a good excuse for being unemployed?

And let’s be honest ….

This is what you feel like when someone asks you what you are doing next year:

So, enjoy your final year with your friends, and remember that final year is not forever. The study will end!

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Dr. Keenan’s Guide to Dealing with Depression

Depression & Addiction:
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), approximately one in five Americans suffering with a mood disorder like depression is also battling with alcohol addiction or some other type of chronic substance abuse.

Conversely, about 20 percent of all individuals addicted to alcohol or drugs also experience some level of depression, anxiety, or other mood-related disorder.

On their own, these issues can feel absolutely debilitating and dramatically lower your quality of life. But when they’re combined, the consequences can actually be fatal.

What is it about these two issues that makes them happen in unison? Dr. Keenan and Dr. Cohen explore the answers to that question and more in the article:


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Integral Parody Song by George Sariklis

“I came across this article in my readings, and thought it sounded an awful lot like the title of the Bangles song, ‘Walk like an Egyptian’. Seeing the opportunity for a good parody, I wrote a verse to the tune of ,’Walk like an Egyptian'”
~ George Sarikilis
All statistical physicists, they have to use Stirling’s old technique,
If it doesn’t work (O-A-O), their future is definitely bleak
Differential systems will show how these particles accelerate,
If they can’t be solved (O-A-O), they’ll have to go and approximate,
Articles about integrals say (A-O-A-O-A-O-A-OOOOOOOOOO),


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A Real Jurassic Park? Amber in Myanmar


A real Jurassic Park? Amber in Myanmar.

by Christina Nelson


The trilogy, Jurassic Park, and now the fourth instalment, Jurassic World, is a stroke of cinematic genius. It is probably safe to say that many share this view given the films have grossed in excess of US$1 billion dollars. Simply, it is a type of movie that you can watch over and over again and never get bored. It is a type of movie that you can rug up to on a Friday night, whilst your friends are drinking their twenties away, and you remain at home with your Ben and Jerry’s cookie and cream ice-cream. The films make you challenge what seemingly is the impossible. Even when watching Jurassic Park today, I still catch myself thinking ‘yep this could totally happen’ (even though as a scientist you should always question). The films capture the balance between an absolute lack of foresight with occasional pearls of wisdom (i.e. Ian Malcolm) and theatrical (albeit theoretically incorrect) movie science. The question that I really want to ask: can Jurassic Park really happen?


Photography by E. Penalver via Nature Communications.


Well, several recent archaeological finds, have all originated from one remarkable site: the amber mines of northern Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley. The recent discoveries include a new species of insect, that looks more like E.T., an intact feathered tail of a small carnivorous dinosaur, and a nearly complete 99 million-year-old baby bird. Another remarkable amber discovery was a tick fossilized from the Dominican Republic that may have fed on dinosaurs. This discovery seems to have been written for a plot straight out of one of Spielberg’s movies. Like the movie, could the tick make for the cloning of dinosaurs possible?

Since amber specimens are fossils, this means that DNA will not be preserved well. In our case, we want dinosaur (‘dino’) DNA. In fact, scientists calculated that DNA has a half-life of 521 years. This means that after 521 years, half of the bonds which link DNA would have decayed, and then in another 521 years another half, and so on. This is also increased by other factors, like the actual conditions of fossilization, such as, excessive dehydration and the dynamic changes in temperature over time. Now, this (sadly) means that after approximately 1.5 million years the sequence of DNA would be virtually unreadable and after 6.8 million years, all bonds would no longer exist, meaning that our dino DNA would not be viable to use in a cloning experiment. Of course, even if there was some dino DNA left, we would then need to replace the ‘missing’ DNA with that of an acceptable donor cell of an animal that scientists select to clone.

This means (unfortunately?) I do not think that we should be expecting a real life Jurassic Park-type reanimation any time soon. Personally, I do not fancy a Tyrannosaurus rex roaming around New York city. We, whether that be scientists or lawyers ectara, do not have some sort of ‘God-complex’ and Ian Malcolm is correct ‘life finds a way’. We simply cannot resolve nature’s resistance to control. So, for now, these amber finds are just simply fascinating. Let’s leave it at that.



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Top 3 Tips To Thrive During The Semester


1. Get to know the lecturers, tutors and library staff

The BEST way to enjoy your units is to interact with your lecturers and tutors. Go up to them after a lecture and introduce yourself. If they are busy, send them a quick email organizing a quick catch up. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you discover about your educators.

If there are any questions you have content-wise, utilize the Moodle Forum page for your unit and post your queries there. Other students can comment and answer, if they don’t your lecturers will.

Utilize the librarians! They have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sourcing information for your assignments and improving your academic and communication skills. The Hargrave Andrew Library (HAL) have 10-15 minute drop-in sessions that run during the weekdays as follows:

  • Librarian
    • Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm
    • Tuesday and Thursday 4pm to 7pm
  • Learning Skills Adviser
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12 to 2pm
    • Tuesday and Thursday 4pm to 7pm

2. Where to find Yummy Coffee and Food

Most of you would be well accustomed to your usual routes and spaces around the campus based on your timetables. If you’d like a change in scenery and tastes, check out our various eateries available on our Clayton Campus here! Surviving the long hours of study makes it easier with a yummy snack and a drink of choice.

Some personal off-campus affordable favorites of mine include Ping’s Dumpling Kitchen, The Proud Peacock (in the process of being reopened due to a fire) and Chatime!

3. Where to Study

Depending on how you study and if you are studying with a group, HAL, the Science Student Learning Lounge and Matherson have rooms you can book. If you are registered with the Disability Support Services, our libraries contain assistive equipment.

  • Everest Braille embosser and Duxbury Braille translation software at the Matheson Library
  • Kurzweil book readers at Law Library
  • Book magnifiers (CCTVs) at Caulfield, Matheson and Peninsula libraries
  • Lightweight book trolleys at Caulfield, Matheson, and Peninsula libraries.

Rest rooms are also available at HAL, Matherson & the Law library.

Other cool spaces to study in include the Green Chemical Futures, tables on the ground floor of the Maths & EAE Sciences building, TAPAS, PACE.


P.s Socializing and wearing comfy clothes also play a great part in your success at university! Find the courage to say hi to the person next to you, I know I have made some of my best friends here 🙂 

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