Shooting yourself in the foot: Academic Misconduct Exam Edition - You’re nearly there at the end. You can’t wait to clear that last exam so you can fall asleep with a straw feeding you milkshake intra-mouthly from that Maccas post-exam feast. It’s only 3 hours and you’re home free. Sure, you stayed up cramming all night. Sure, you put on 6 alarms 5 minutes apart […]
Help! I have so much information in my head that I forgot to bring a pen to the exam! - There’s only so much information a brain can hold. All those books talking about the brain that can heal itself or neuroplasticity of memory can go and stuff themselves. You know, I know and they know that come exam time, you’re cramming info in there and the anxiety of other info spilling out is real […]
The Legend of the Amulet: Special Consideration Exam Period Edition - Sometimes, it’s fun to imagine that the pursuit of your education is like a grand quest in the tradition of Lord of the Rings (especially if you are trying to procrastinate). After all, you are after that precious (a.k.a your degree). Sometimes in pursuit of precious, you might encounter some obstacles much like Frodo did […]
I object! Assessment Disputes and the Law (i.e.: University Policy) - There’s something really satisfying about watching Jim Carey over-enunciate and over-emote his lines in Liar Liar. Particularly “I object!”. It’d be great to have that recording on your phone when you’re at Union House ordering two curries and rice and the ratio of juice/curry to rice is #sad or when the library only has 2 […]
Imitation may not be the highest form of flattery at University: Plagi(argh)rism - Remember when in year nine your Insta was so on point? You were the first to post an artsy photo of The Hunger Games movie tix, the first to rock sepia-toned photos of St Kilda beach because nature and beauty and the first to post a three-part photo series showing people’s hands on their laps […]
Special C - Special C is similar to Special K* in that it isn’t. One is an application for special consideration that you make online when (clears throat) “exceptional or extenuating circumstances outside of your control” have had a “demonstrated impact on your ability to complete academic requirements” while the other is an artificial squishing of one of […]
Everybody Hates Group Work - Inevitably, in a long enough academic timeline, you will be required to participate in group work where you’re either lumped with doing all the work or you’re paired up with a control freak who insists on doing all the work. Either option is as pretty as that damned pimple on your nose that just keeps […]
What’s an ‘advocacy’? - So by now you’ve figured out where the toilets are, where the best coffee is and how to get to your lecture located on platform 9 ¾. The wide eyed wonder with which you stepped onto campus has been replaced by a knowing twinkle in your eye (soon to be replaced with the empty gaze […]
Fake Medical Certificates… not a big deal, right? - Everyone struggles at the end of semester.  Sometimes the stress to meet deadlines or the pressure of sitting exams becomes too difficult for some students. In the past, this has led students to forge or falsify medical documents and certificates (or purchase falsified documents online) in order to obtain special consideration.  While this may not […]