The Truth about Tutorials

Okay, so it’s almost the end of Week 3 and tutorials have long started- BUT IT’S ALL FOR THE BETTER. As long as you know how to make the most out of them!

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From an introvert’s point of view, tutorials are simply a mandatory hour or two where you battle your social anxiety, finding the nerve to talk to the person next to you, shivering internally rehearsing your answer in your head in case you get asked.

From an extrovert’s point of view however, tutorials are slightly more exciting than lectures just because you get to sync tutes with friends, have a chat and overall be involved in a more engaging and hands on learning experience, although occasionally the chat gets in the way of most of the learning.

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Instead of looking at opposite sides of the spectrum, it ‘s really important to maintain a good balance between both personalities to maximize tutorial time.

In my first year, I would dread tutorials simply because I was too self-conscious to make mistakes and have them noticed by tutors and tutorial mates. A lack of confidence led me to being easily intimidated by fellow peers, and it didn’t help that I was shy. Needless to say, my approach towards tutorials didn’t get me very good grades.

Fast forward to second year, I decided to look at tutorials differently and gradually my WAM started to look happier and healthier. Instead of imagining the tute room as a daunting space where students attempted to exert their dominance (haha) by demonstrating how many questions they could answer correctly, I pictured it as a class where all of us were keen to learn and most importantly, that we were all on the same level and ready to learn from each other. This is crucial for self growth especially when you tend to compare yourself to others, low-key pitting yourself against your friends. Learn from extroverts to be confident with whatever knowledge you have as everyone has different education backgrounds and IQ levels. Besides that, you do not have to be super outspoken, you just have to be bold to ask questions when there is something you don’t understand. Be energetic and enthusiastic about what you are learning as a positive approach will make you enjoy even the topics that you find most difficult and boring.

Remember to take from introverts their qualities as well - be humble in tutorials and naturally people will be more inclined to approach you. You don’t have to answer every question the tutor poses, whether you know them or not. Others may be shy and are working up the courage to raise up their hand. Listening to different people give their opinions and answers help stick better in your memory.

Tutorial work are probably the closest thing we get to exercises, workbook homework activities and “latih tubi” we used to do in high school, so attend them as much as you can. And if you’re afraid to take the first step to making friends with people from your tutorial, keep in mind that everyone there feels the same way. So go say hi next week, its never too late! :)

Being a Budget Barbie (and Ken!)

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Everyone dreams of having Insta-worthy uni #ootd's to post every day-  however reality is that hoodies and sweats are so much easier to slip on when you only have 5 minutes to rush out the door. AND when your bank balance is being all threatening with its single digits. Rude.

Here's a little guide to getting affordable and decent uni gear so you can look *cute* *fresh* and get them stares.

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First things first, Unidays. If you haven't got it, search it up on the App Store. And download it now. Basically by getting your student ID verified you can enjoy tons of discounts and promotions (not limited to retail stores but also cafes etc!) from a variety of stores, both instore and online!!

If you think about throwing some of your old clothes out, think again! A lot of clothes can be restyled to look even better and may even keep up with today's trends!

E.g. If some of your jeans don’t end where you want them to, grab a pair of scissors and cut the ends off to give them raw hems! (TRENDY!!) And frayed hems are STILL a fashion statement, so no loss there! If you've got a stubborn stain, see if you can hide it by ripping or distressing the area. Otherwise in a worst case scenario, cut them out into shorts instead :-)

Got an overized button up shirt? Open up the top buttons and pull them over your shoulders, like you would do with an off shoulder top! This style can be really flattering. You can also crop it, make it a tie wrap top or even cut it up into a short sleeve flowy shirt that you can tuck into your shorts or jeans - perfect!!

Into vintage styles? Melbourne has a ton of op shops you can visit that sell second hand clothes, cute 80s era accessories, even some designer goods starting at $5! It may be the perfect place you find Pink Floyd band tees, mom jeans or a funky sweater. You could potentially snag some really adorable stuff and the price is just a bonus :)

Here are just SOME places you can go thrift shopping:

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1. Salvos Stores

- 69 Bourke St, Melbourne

2. Camberwell Sunday Market

3. Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop

- Riversdale Road & Glenferrie Road

Last but not least, if there's one place you HAVE to visit, its DFO!!

Short for direct factory outlet, there are two close to Melbourne CBD, which are Spencer Street DFO and DFO South Wharf! The Spencer Street is a smaller outlet and doesn't have the range that South Wharf boasts, but it does have Bardot which is one store that the South Wharf one doesn't. Otherwise, head to South Wharf ASAP to bag all the good deals from Nike, Adidas (yes it's hypebeast friendly!), Vans, Forever New, Windsor Smith to name a few and even designer brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Coach. Be prepared -  you may spend a good 3-4 hours there… don’t say we didn't warn you!

AND of course, keep your eyes peeled for sales! Happy shopping and hopefully get noticed and making it to Melbourne Uni's photoshoots! ;)

What's In My (Uni) Bag!

Hey MoMUians - especially to those of you about to embark on your journey of a lifetime, here are the bare essentials you need for uni!

1 - A bag.. but what kind

An ideal bag would be something not too bulky, especially if you're one of those who squeeze in a packed tram to get to uni! Totes and regular backpacks (not the padded laptop kinds) should be a good choice. Something big and strong enough to fit your laptop! Also nothing too expensive (personal choice) as table corners, whiteboard dusters, random spills and dirt aren't the most forgiving toward your gorgeous MK tote :(

2 - Laptop/ tablet

With the LMS and everything online, bringing your laptop is a big DUH! Unless your laptop is pretty heavy and you don't have an iPad, relying on uni computers isn't the BEST idea especially during peak study periods as sessions go up to >3 hours. If you absolutely must though, you can reserve one of them on BookIt. If your laptop is notorious for dying prematurely at 40%, lugging your charger may be worth it as power ports are pretty much scattered all over campus.

3 - Non- crunchy snacks

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If you're someone whose tummy is almost always rumbling, leave a few snacks you can chew on in your bag. Mints/ gum help to keep you from falling asleep in boring lectures and granola bars are an excellent study snack for the library. (Odourless foods should be allowed in the library and lecture halls). Just remember to stay away from chips, crackers and hot food when in the library to avoid turning heads and the occasional death stare.

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4 - Umbrella/ raincoat

Melbourne is known for its four-seasons-in-a-day kind of weather, so its best to come prepared. Especially when you're rushing from the Spot to the main campus for back-to-back tutorials, drenched hair and socks is not really an option. Missed lectures and tutorials to wait out a heavy downpour- been there, done that. Narrator: It was not worth it.

5 - A (empty) water bottle

Don't bother filling your bottles up and having to carry 600ml to uni. Water fountains are located conveniently throughout campus so you never have to worry about having to ration out your last 100ml for the next 2 hours. If you're not even a water bottle person, skip this one and just quench your thirst straight from the taps on the fountains.

6 - Student card

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If you don't have a printer at home, you can log in to Unicard, UniMelb's online printing website with your credentials, upload your documents there and print from any uni printer with the tap of your student card. Just remember to top up your card from one of the machines or online. Your student card also renders you swipe access to after-hour zones in the libraries - Baillieu for a more laid-back atmosphere, Law Library’s near dead-silence if you thrive on others’ focus and stress to keep yourself from slacking and Giblin Eunson for super comfortable seats and a darker setting.

7 - Miscellaneous stuff

Notebooks, pens and highlighters for the visual learners. While OneNote is becoming the conventional way to take notes, most swear by old-school writing and drawing diagrams to better engage the mind and enhance information retention. If mind maps are your thing, MindNode5 is a great app to do them on. And don’t forget your USB cable to charge your phone when the battery's running low - P.S. Your friends will love you for this.

Feel free to bring whatever else you want to of course, and have a great first few weeks at uni!

Semester Recap

Semester Recap

With a hectic semester behind us, it’s finally time to have a well-deserved break to recharge for the rest of the year. Whether this was your very first term in Melbourne, or the beginning of the end of your Bachelors, each semester is a new adventure each time. MoMU hopes that despite the stress of juggling your academics, health, and social life, you have a sense of accomplishment, because you should be proud of what you’ve achieved the past few months, as MoMU has as well.

Coping with homesickness - out of the familiar and into the foreign.

Coping with homesickness -   out of the familiar and into the foreign.

Everyone is familiar with the pangs of homesickness that they experience the first time they leave home for an extended period of time.

The feeling of absolute emptiness inside of them, the longing for a familiar face or smell, the need for a warm embrace from a loved one.

Do we let ourselves suffer? Or do we learn to cope? This poetic article will teach you exactly how to do the latter. So read on.