HAVE REGULAR BREAKS FROM STUDYING

A short 5 minute break every 20- 60 minutes can really help memory retention. Get up and walk around, stretch, drink some water or just rest your eyes. A 20 second break to gaze 20ft away can help relieve eye strain symptoms, while a 5 minute break every hour can also help eliminate forearm, wrist and hand discomfort.

Factoring in socialisation breaks may also help improve your mental wellbeing. According to some studies employees are 10% more efficient when they can check social media regularly.

SAVE MONEY ON GOING OUT

Socialise at home. Dinner parties, Hot Pots, BBQs and responsible pre-drinking at home are good ways of saving money on drinks out. There are also several social events hosted each year by CoastRs Student Association, such as Uniball, Rivercruise and a range of other events (such as Bluestockings) which all provide cheap food and an opportunity to socialise throughout the year.

USE CASH NOT CARDS

When going out set yourself a budget for the night and use cash not cards. It is easier to keep track of cash.

LIKE THE COASTRS STUDENT ASSOCIATION’S FACEBOOK PAGE

CoastRs Inc Student Association

CoastRs Student Association offers cheaper printing, binding, laminating, locker hire and a range of social events and subsidised workshops. Stay in touch with what is happening on campus and socially by liking our page!

ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR WORK!

Don’t rely on your computer or USB alone. Back up your work to several devices regularly (you can also use email to send it to yourself) and save your work every 5 minutes.

COOK

Preparing meals for the week on a Sunday night can be both time and cost effective. Capitalise on Southern Cross University’s student lounge facilities (on level 4 building B) by bringing your own food to university each day and storing it in the fridge. Just be mindful of other students and keep the kitchen clean.

LABEL YOUR FOOD

Not only can dated labels help with planning and deterring roommates from stealing your food, but as the student lounge fridge gets cleared out regularly it can help prevent your food being thrown out. Labels can also assist staff and other students assess when it is out of date and needs to be thrown out.

HAVE A GROCERY LIST

Going to the supermarket with a prepared grocery list can save you money. You are less likely to make unplanned purchases (which means less spoiled food) and more likely to buy healthier food (as you are more likely to be disciplined and make less spontaneous purchases). Having a shopping list can also help with time efficiency.