The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals.
Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.
We’ve designed a bunch of (free!) workshops and events to help you get the most out of Uni. Here’s how to cruise through semester 2:
1. Develop a study routine
The temptation to binge watch a
Netflix series, clean your room or scroll through Facebook when studying at
home can often be too hard to deal with. Not to worry…we have the solution: Eliminate
distractions & sign up for our ‘Focus and Study’ sessions.
These sessions use the Pomodoro technique and are all about short bursts of intense productivity. By committing to 2 hours every week of study away from your usual study spot at home, your study productivity will increase & your uni results are bound to improve!
Focus & Study Sessions
When: Every Wednesday during semester, 1-3pm
Where: Fisher Library Digital Scholarship Studio, level 5
Are you a postgraduate student? Join ‘Focus & Study’ every Wednesday & Saturday 1-3pm at the Quarter Event Space
No need to register for sessions – just drop in.
2. Make the most of everything the Library has to offer by learning ‘How to Library’
Countless books and online
resources, printing, study rooms, computers and expert staff ready to answer
all of your questions – the Library has it all!
‘How to Library’ will give you an intro to everything you need to know to get started and harness the power of the Library.
How to Library Sessions
Bring with you: Your own device e.g. iPad, laptop, phone (this is optional)
provides you with the foundational skills set to
be the ultimate annoying Library goer. From talking in silent zones, leaving
behind food scraps, eating near computers and desk hogging, this course will
equip you to irritate those around you with confidence. Awesome!
What skills will I learn?
Spread unpleasant food smells and attract insects
Learn how to
strategically leave food scraps and rubbish on desks so the strong smell of
your half-finished big mac, ramen and extra cheesy pizza linger in the maximum
air space possible. You will also learn how to attract a multitude of insects
with your left-over rubbish to gross out others. If you choose to further your
studies in ANOY1002 you will build on this skills set and learn how to attract
colonies of insects and potentially start infestations in Library spaces.
Damage electronic equipment
ANOY1001 provides you
with the knowledge on how to successfully damage electronic equipment by eating
hot food and drink near and on top of computer systems. You will learn skills
in how to spill your soft drink, coffee and hot food in the most effective angle
to guarantee the damage of different types of equipment. Equipment covered in
the course includes computers, printers, photocopiers and audio-visual equipment. You will
also learn to identify what types of drinks and foods cause the most stickiness
when spilt on keyboards.
Make excessive noise in the silent zone (silent zones)?
In this module you
will learn the skills to make the most noise possible in an area clearly marked
with blue silent zone signage. Learn unacceptable behaviour when in the silent
zone including: how to loudly talking on the phone, how to laugh really loudly
and how to contribute to a loud group conversation of participants talking over
each other to maximise the irritability of others studying in the space. Also
learn skills in how to project your voice to maximise the volume of noise you
Take up study spaces with unattended belongings
An ultimate annoying
skill, this course will teach you how to leave your belongings unattended
spread out on desk spaces to avoid other people from studying. This component
of the course includes various on campus tutorial excursions where you will
learn practical skills in walking away from your study desk to various on
campus destinations (coffee carts, other study desks, food outlets) for
extended period of time.
Spread cigarette smoke in non-smoking areas
In this final
component of the course you will learn how to annoy passers-by by smoking in a
geographically strategic manner that reaches the largest amount of air space
possible and so your cigarette smoke lingers for the longest possible time.
You will learn how to
avoid designated smoking areas on campus, and learn how to smoke in non-smoking
zones so that the maximum number of people around you unwillingly passive smoke.
One of the best ways to absorb loads of information when studying is to take regular and rejuvenating breaks away from your study …and often! Making the most of taking a good break from study will help you be more productive when you do study.
That’s why starting from Monday 3rd June, the Library will release two new cards across our Library spaces:
Taking a break? Simply grab a card, write on the card what time you left for your break & pop it on top of your stuff so everyone knows you’ll be back within half an hour.
stuff unattended for a long time, without a note saying when you’ll return? Remember the Library is a shared space and
this can be frustrating for other students looking for a place to study.
staff might place a ‘Hey!’ card on your belongings, letting other students know
they can carefully move your stuff to the side and use the desk. Next time you
take a break, make sure you leave a BRB card.
it is Library policy that if you find a desk unattended for a long period of
time with someone else’s belongings – you can carefully push their stuff aside
to use the desk (regardless if there is a Hey! card on their stuff or not)
Above all, the Library is here to support you and our students (you!) are our top priority. Unfortunately, sometimes people can be pretty awful and take things that aren’t theirs. So pleasealways remember to keep your valuable belongings with you at all times.
This year, the Library is offering two fully online courses developed for students to master the foundational skills in information literacy. Learn how to research like a pro – know what resources are reliable and go beyond Google for the best possible results. Both courses available are zero credit points.
Not all information is created equal. In this course, you will learn what information is best suited for your needs. Learn how to detect bias and how to determine authority, accuracy and intended audience. You will investigate all the different ways information can be created and in turn question how to identify reliable and suitable sources.
Sometimes Google is not enough. In this course you will develop the
ability to apply universal search techniques across scholarly, government and
commercial websites to become a more flexible and efficient searcher. Learn how
to identify common search features on a range of websites and use them to
quickly find specific sorts of information.
In January 2017 the Library started to implement eReserve, a system to enhance student discovery of unit of study readings and make the process easier and more efficient for academics and library staff.
eReserve will make it easier for students to find and access their readings.
What we think you will love about the new system?
Simple and user friendly interface
Seamless access to readings located in one place embedded within Blackboard, no more having to check another system
Can see comments from your lecturer about specific readings
Readings are grouped into weeks that align with your lecture pattern
For Faculty staff
Faster processing – more control for academic staff enabling short notice additions to your lists
More transparency – you can see at all times the status of the reading lists (e.g. active, being processed, pending, need review)
Lecturers can see the number of times an item is viewed by students
Academics can get fast support from Library staff via the Help link
A system for tracking and controlling copyright and enhanced copyright reporting
Readings are located within Blackboard (soon to be Canvas)
Various format reading resources can be uploaded (e.g. web links; AV/DVD, PDF)
Successful pilot projects
So far we successfully tested the system for the Sydney Law School, Psychology, Public Health and SLAM during Summer School and Semester 1. The response has been positive from both academics and students.
The Semester 2, 2017 phase will include the Sydney Nursing School and Faculty of Health Sciences and selected units of study from the University of Sydney Business School. Faculties and Schools not part of the Semester 2, 2017 phase will be transitioned to the new system Semester 1, 2018. The Library will be in contact with faculty staff before reading lists are transitioned into the new system.