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Effective Study Tips

So, you’re at that point of the semester where you’ve found yourself searching Google for “Study Tips to Pass Uni”. Yeah, I know that moment. It’s a time you’re hoping to find the ultimate study tip – the answer to all your tertiary prayers, the answer that’ll take away the pain of study and make it just so easy to ace that exam. Well, guess what ….? Sorry! No quick fix here! (apologies to anyone who thought they’d just discovered the long sought-after secret to study success). However, there are still heaps of awesome study tips out there that you can try, and we’ve listed just a few of these below. Give them a go and let us know if they work for you. You’ll still have to work hard, but they may make the whole study thing a little easier. Happy Studying!

Study Tip 1
Hit the books before hitting the hay

This is one for all the peeps who love a little bedtime reading. But forget the fairy tales and put away the John Grisham thriller, Divergent book or whatever else it is you’re reading and grab your study notes. You only need to study for a few minutes just before you doze off to la la land. By taking in this information right before you sleep, you’re more likely to be able to remember them in the future. Why? Well, science has shown that during sleep the brain strengthens new memories. But don’t take your notes in the bed with you. That should be your zone of rest and zen, and having the notes there simply gets in the way of you getting to sleep. Plus, there’s nothing worse than waking up with a face full of algorithms and pen marks down your cheek.

Study Tip 2
Study Wise with Exercise

Work out the brain and the body and boost your marks! Exercise has been proven to improve the speed in which the brain works and processes information. Plus, it makes you feel happier! So, it doesn’t matter if you go for a ride around the park, a jog between lectures, or create a 30-minute circuit in your own backyard, as long as you’re moving and raising the heart rate you’re doing your body (and hopefully grades) a favour!

Study Tip 3
Write, Write, Write to Get  It Right In The Exam

If you were ever punished at school and forced to write lines over and over and over again, you’re sure to be a gun at this technique. Studies have shown that if you put pen to paper and write stuff down, you retain that information much better than if you were simply reading it or typing it on a computer. So, shutdown the laptop, dust-off the biro and start writing and rewriting your essays, notes, formulas and other important bits of info from class.

Write Out Your Notes

Study Tip 4
Say No to the Net

The internet can be an awesome source of information and a very helpful tool when it comes to studying. But let’s be honest, it’s also able to suck you into a time vortex, one filled with dancing cats and Times Square flash dances. So, say farewell Facebook, buzz off to Buzzfeed, ta-ta Twitter, p*ss off, Pinterest and see ya, YouTube! Switch it off and focus solely on the study. Go on, I dare you …

Study Tip 5
Become a Quiz Master

It has been proven that quizzing yourself before a test can greatly improve your memory recall during the real thing. So, set up your quiz, set the clock and quiz, quiz, quiz. Create your own quiz incorporating questions you know you’ve had trouble remembering. The more you are faced with them in a practice mode, the more likely you are to recall it during the exam. If you’ve got a friend doing the same thing, why not write an exam for each other.


Handy Books full of Handy Study Tips

Reading & Making Notes – $9.95 MP


Brilliant Writing Tips for Students – $9.95 MP


14 Days To Exam Success – $9.95 MP




What are your study tips? Share them below and tell us why they work for you.


Homer Simpson’s Guide to University

Homer Simpson is a deep (and round) well of unique wisdom, with views on the world like no one else. Here we’ve brought together some of Homer’s wisest* words for you can look to for guidance** during university.

*May not be wise
**May not actually help

Homer Simpson on hard work …

Image: Tumbler



Homer Simpson on nutrition …

Video: YouTube


Homer Simpson on using music to focus…

Image: Giphy


Homer Simpson on study/life balance…

Image: memecrunch 

Homer Simpson on failure…

Image: Pinterest


Homer Simpson on why it would be nice to succeed…

Image: Peg It Board


Homer Simpson on fitting in…

Image: Reddit


Homer Simpson on what to do in exams…

Image: Reddit


Homer Simpson on going out…

Image: Twitter


Homer Simpson on facts…

Image: YouTube


Homer Simpson on beer…

Image: YouTube


For more words of wisdom from Homer Simpson, check out Homer Simpson’s Little Book of Laziness, available now at the Co-op! They might even help you get through uni … or give you a laugh at the very least!


Sleeping In – How Not to Do It



Sunlight shining on man in bed saying "Ugh. Early. Bad."

Waking up early is tough. But uni life, being the punish that it is, often makes waking up a requirement for those wishing to successfully get through the semester. Tutorials, lectures, group assignment meetings in the library at some crazy hour (“no, I do not want to meet you at the library at 10am“) – they just keep popping up in the calendar, until all of a sudden the hours before lunchtime are fuller than a fat dude at the end of a session at the all you can eat buffet.  

To help you out, here are a few handy tips to help you get up when your alarm sounds, so you can get ready and arrive on time to take on the world (or something like that) … 

1. Set an alarm clock up in every corner of your room/house before you go to bed. Make sure all the alarms are set to go off a few minutes apart. That way if you do roll out of bed to turn one off and leap back into bed in the hope of falling back to sleep, the next one is sure to go off just as you’re dozing off. 

2. Set your alarm and lock it inside something that requires you to actually use your brain to open it and shut it off. Once it’s open, you’ll be too alert to go back to sleep.


3. Ask someone who loves to annoy you (sibling, mate etc.) to wake you up each morning with their very own unique musical creation.

4. Get a puppy or kitten …

Kitten Waking Person Up


5. Set your alarm clock up in such a way that you really won’t want to touch that snooze button …

alarm clock set with mouse trap on snooze button

6. If all else fails, there’s always this (warning: this is for extreme cases of ICANTGETOUTTABEDITUS only).


 EXTRA TIP: If you do sleep in, just make sure you’ve mastered the art of the sickie …

I Can't Go Anywhere!






Summer Festival Essentials

Summer is most definitely here. And when the temperature heats up, there’s no denying the fact that the proclivity to party becomes a little more pronounced, particularly given the awesome summer music festivals on the calendar in the coming months! But before you tread the grass and dance the day and night away, head to the Co-op for all your summer festival essentials.

Budget-friendly sunnies that actually look good!

The Co-op has a fantastic range of Unity sunglasses. No matter what your style – hipster, punk, gym bunny, hippy, rockstar, style guru or just someone genuinely looking for a good pair of sunnies that don’t cost a bomb – the Co-op range has something for you, and all of them just $19.95 for Members. Click here to check them all out.

Unity Eyewear Black Silver Studs Green Mono Lens

Black Silver Studs Green Mono Lens

Unity Eyewear Fashion Flat Top Gold Chain Temple

Fashion Flat Top Gold Chain Temple

Unity Eyewear Gold Red Revo Mirror Lens

Aviator-Style – Gold Red Mirror Lens











 Pocket Poncho

Pocket Poncho

Australia’s epic summer storms can often provide much-needed relief at chock-a-block festivals full of sweaty punters. It can also leave you cold, uncomfortable and mildly embarrassed for those sporting white. Avoid te problems rain can bring with the pocket poncho!







 Music a go-go
Beach Sounds Tallow - Blue

Sunny Life Beach Sounds Speaker

WOW Bluetooth Speaker Red

WOW Bluetooth Speaker

Need on the go music in between sets when you’re hanging with mates away from the stage or back at the campsite? The Co-op has heaps of awesome portable speakers to choose from. Check out the entire range here.







 Charge It Up

There’s nothing worse than having no juice left in your phone when you’re at a festival. Particularly if you lose your friends and can’t ring them, and then spend the rest of the day wandering around, desperately trying to find them. Or what about if your phone dies right before you see your favourite band live for the first time! That means you can’t Snapchat anyone, Instagram the moment or update your Facebook status! #worstnightmare

The Co-op’s huge range of Mobile Phone Power Packs has got you covered. Check out the full range here.

Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 - Black

Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5

Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S4 - Black

Juice Pack Samsung Galaxy S4










Inflatable Duck … Just Because


Forget flamingoes. This giant inflatable duck is all you need to stand out
in the crowd at that summer festival. Why? We say why not?











So you didn’t get the ATAR you wanted…

When the ATAR results come out, many year 12 graduates look like this:


But there are often many other students who look like this:


While not getting the ATAR result you want can be really disappointing, the important thing to remember is this – it’s not the end!

In terms of university offers, there are second and third round offers still to come, plus mid-year intakes. So, sit tight your position offer may still be coming! But even if that doesn’t happen, don’t fret – there really is so many other ways for you to further your education and move towards your professional goals:

University Pathways

If you applied for a uni course and your ATAR isn’t as high as required, don’t panic. There may be other courses you can start to study with and then transfer into your preferred course second year. Alternatively, there may be similar courses that you didn’t consider when putting your preferences in that have a similar career outcome.

The best place to start when wanting to find out all the options available to you is at the uni that offers the course you applied for – talk to student services or the staff in the  pathways office.

TAFE and diplomas

While some people may think of TAFE as uni’s poor cousin, the courses they offer still provide the skills needed either to get you started in an industry, or get you ready for uni. Some courses you take at TAFE even count towards pre-requisite study for uni course transfers.

To get you started here are the links to the state TAFE websites:

 Online Study

You don’t have to go to uni to go to uni – there are some great online courses offered, often with a mix of online learning and on-campus intensive study blocks.

The biggest operator for online uni’s in Australia is Open Universities – they bring together a range of courses from Australia’s top uni’s, while Open Colleges brings together online takes of TAFE courses.

So, if you’re up for a bit of self discipline with your study then learning online is definitely a thing to consider.

Get some experience

There are lots of entry level jobs that you can get without tertiary education. And while it may not seem like a glamorous beginning, you’d be surprised at the transferable skills you pick up along the way.

There are also loads of volunteer organisations that are looking for help – some may even offer the opportunity for you to gain work experience in the career area you want to get into, making it a great way to get hands-on practical experience. The Go Volunteer website is a fantastic place to search for positions.

Reassess …

It’s possible that your ATAR result is maybe telling you something – think about it;

  • Did you actually enjoy the subjects you did in your final year of school?
  • Did you put as much effort into studying as you could have?
  • If you studied your butt off and didn’t go as well as expected is that type of subject really for you?
  • Do you really want to study the same thing for another 3 or 4 years?
  • Can you see yourself actually enjoying working in the area when you finish studying?

Now is as good a time as any to rethink where you want to go next – it’s your life so you need to be happy with the direction it takes.

Main thing is, what ever path you choose to take from here, take a deep breath, relax and ask yourself – what’s stopping me? Because when you know what is stopping you, you can work out how to change it.




Travel Tips – Choosing Your Accommodation

Choosing the right accommodation when travelling is vital. Because, let’s face it, with just one click of the “book it” button you could be setting yourself up for a holiday in a bedbug-infested shack that causes nightmares for years (and sometimes scars – trust me, I’ve got them!)

Here are some helpful hints to help you choose the right accommodation when you’re going on a trip:

1. Research, research, research

Sites such as TripAdvisor allow you to get some honest thoughts on the accommodation. Yeah, sometimes they’re cray (you know the ones – “I wanted my eggs poached and I got fried instead! FRIED! What do they think this is?! Needless to say, we packed our bags and left immediately.” But you just gotta use your judgement and common sense. If the same negative comments about dirty bathrooms and unfriendly staff are coming up over and again, there’s more than likely some truth to it.

2. Figure out what you want and go from there

What do you want from your holiday? Is it total relaxation. Non-stop partying? Adventure? Luxury? Do you want to make new friends? Immerse yourself in the local culture? Whatever it is, it’s good to have somewhat of an idea when choosing accommodation. That way you can select places that will are more in line with what you’re hoping to get out of the trip.

3. Don’t limit yourself and know your options 

Many people, when they think of holiday accommodation, immediately think of just the traditional options, such as hotels, resorts and hostels. This can often lead to people on a budget settling for a less than ideal place. But there really is so much more out there these days – Airbnb, Couchsurfing,private rentals, guesthouses, homestays and more. Explore your options. You just don’t know what you’ll find!

4. Speak to people

Going somewhere your friends or family have been before? Ask them where they stayed. More importantly, find out if they’d recommend it! If you’re backpacking around, ask fellow travellers you meet along the way. The best way to discover the hidden gems of a city is through word of mouth.

5. Google that sh*t

Once you’ve got your shortlist, Google your potential lodging and see what comes up. The results may make your decision that much easier!

PLANNING A TRIP? You’ll find heaps of great travel advice, tips and destination information to plan your journey within the Co-op’s extensive range of Lonely Planet travel guides. Check them out here!

How to Win in Your New Job

Meet Jim

Jim’s just about to graduate from university. Lucky for him, his hard work has paid off and he’s already been offered a new graduate position in the new year. Jim’s super stoked and really excited to begin; however, he’s a little nervous. He’s done a couple of short internships throughout his university studies, but nothing long-term. As the office arena is still pretty new to him, Jim is a little anxious about how he’s going to fit into the workplace and avoid the office politics he often hears about.

Jim wants to get off on the right foot at his new company and make good relationships. He also wants to ensure he has the opportunity to show he’s got what it takes to do great things and grow in the role.

Jim wants some advice on how he should approach the workplace “arena”?

Some advice for Jim

Starting off at a new company is always a little nerve-wracking. But it’s important to realise the importance of establishing good relationships with co-workers from day one. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t fit in straight away. That’s the same for everyone! It can sometimes be useful to look to the behaviour of your colleagues to better understand the “vibe” of the company – what’s acceptable, what’s not in terms of dress code, lunching, office hours, meeting styles, emails etcetera. This can really help to ease your anxieties about “not fitting in” to the company.

1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

You’re new to the company; there’s no way you can know the answers to everything. Don’t waste time trying to solve a problem on your own, as it is often less efficient and can also result in avoidable errors. Seek assistance from your manager or one of your colleagues.  This being said, do not continually ask the same question. Ask the question, listen and learn, ensure you properly understand it, and away you go!

2. Don’t take on other tasks until you’ve nailed the one you were hired for.

If you really want to become a standout at the company, begin by focusing all your attention on the role you were hired for. Once you excel at that and you prove to your manager that you have great potential, your time to shine in the spotlight will come.

3. Get to know your co-workers and build rapport.

Introduce yourself to everyone you interact with and try to get to know them on a personal level. If you are able, take a lunch break with them. Avoid existing cliques; be open to office friendships with all your co-workers, and don’t let other people’s opinions or gossiping dissuade you from getting to know someone.

4. Be honest but accepting of existing processes.

Many companies have “there way of doing things”. Many of these may not make sense to you, may seem inefficient or may be different from what you’re used to. Give the processes a chance; often you will realise why it’s implemented in such a way. If after a while you still feel the process is not working well, raise your concerns and suggest an appropriate alternative in a friendly and constructive manner. Tip: do not simply complain and not offer possible solutions.

5. Stay away from office politics.

Gossip and bitching exists in almost every office. Don’t engage with it. If you can walk away, do so. If you can’t stay out of it and keep quiet! There’s nothing to be gained from gossip in the office, and there’s plenty to be lost if it turns nasty. You’re at the beginning of your career, and building your working relationships is vital to success and growth.

6. Offer to assist where you can.

As you settle more into your role, you may want to start putting your hand up to assist your co-workers with extra projects outside your work scope. Whether this is simply sitting in on meetings or playing an integral part in a task, this will prove your are a team player and motivated to helping the business succeed. It will also give you the opportunity to learn new skills while playing an active role at your company.

7. Be enthusiastic, stay positive!

Maintaining a positive attitude at work is one of the most important things to remember when in the workplace, and it’s so very simple. Stay motivated, be enthusiastic and be bold. A successful future awaits!





Study Hack: Speed Reading

A wise man once said, “To get the most out of one’s study time, one must tear through textbooks at the speed of Usain Bolt, taking in all the contents that matter and ditching the rest“. Now that’s all well and good for freakishly fast readers who eat pages at the rate Homer Simpson eats donuts. But what about the rest of us? Never fear, good people. We may have the solution you’re looking for … 

Regardless of what you’re studying, university involves a lot of reading – whether it’s books, course notes, study guides, research papers or something else altogether. And this proves to be a hugely time-consuming element of uni, particularly so if you are a slow reader. And even if you do carry out all that reading for study, it’s often futile as you’ll either – A) be wasting time trying to absorb irrelevant and unnecessary info; or, B) not absorbing the content at all.

But don’t worry, that’s where speed reading can help!

A very brief history of speed reading:

Speed reading was not a “thing” until the 1950s, when a teacher named Evelyn Wood began to investigate why some people naturally read more quickly than others. Based on her findings, she created the speed reading system. This system was designed not just to greatly increase the rate at which one reads,  but also increase information retention. After it was launched, it went on to become kind of a big deal. Find out more about Evelyn Wood here.

Speed reading in a nutshell 

Speed reading is designed to help the reader absorb all the important deets of what they’re reading, and turfing the rest. The idea is to read quickly and take in groups of words together rather than looking at each individual word one at a time. Readers must also stop subvocalisation. In other words, stop saying the words in your head as you’re reading them.

Want to know?


  • If you’re more into the visual style, here’s a great video designed to teach you to speed read in 15 minutes …


  • Read your way to speed reading victory

The Co-op has numerous books on Speed Reading, all of them filled with tips, techniques and other insights to help you become a more efficient and effective reader!

Speed Reading , BuzanSpeed Reading For Dummies , Sutz R    Brilliant Speed Reading: Whatever you need to read, , Yeung Rob   Complete Idiot's Guide To Speed Reading , Abby Marks Beale








Want Instant Cash? Sell Us Your Textbooks!

Got a heap of old textbooks? Yes! Want instant cash? Umm, obvs.

Well then, you’re just the person the Co-op is looking for! Head into any Co-op store, along with your pre-loved textbooks (or perhaps they’re not so loved if they were the textbooks you needed for that super hard subject!), and discover the true awesomesness that is the Bucks 4 Books program.

As long as your textbook is on the Textbook Buyback list, we’ll take it off your hands and give you up to 30% of the RRP in cash on the spot (oh, if you’re into the whole cashless living thing, we can totes put it on your card). We’re buying back thousands of textbooks – head to the Book Character with dollar signTextbook Buyback page and download the full textbook buyback list.

The exact buy-back amount will be determined by the store manager and is based on the condition of your book, so refrain from doodling all over it, tearing out pages for paper planes or impromptu origami sessions.

It doesn’t matter where you originally bought the book from …

That’s right! We don’t care if you bought the textbook at the Co-op, another store, or even if you found it in the back of your best mate’s car*. So long as the book’s ISBN appears on the list, you’re in the money!

Come one, come all! We’re buying from everyone!

Whether you’re a student, a lecturer, a staff member or someone else altogether, the Co-op will buy back your textbooks! So, bring them in to the store and we’ll happily take them off your hands. By selling your old books you’ll not only declutter your room of all your textbooks-turn-doorstops but you’ll also top up your bank balance and gain extra good karma points by being green and recycling. This really is a win-win sitch!

Check out the Terms and Conditions for more info, and don’t forget to download the full list of approved buy-back titles. #bucks4books

*The Co-op advises you ask any best mate before removing textbooks
from aforementioned back seat




10 Awesome (And Free) Things to Do in Sydney

If you’re one of the many thousands hitting up Sydney next week for UNIGAMES 2014, lucky you! You’re totes gonna have a sweet-as time (whether you’re competing or partying!). But while you’re in town, you may as well make the most of your trip to the Harbour City and see some of it’s cool sites. Don’t worry, we know you aren’t made of moula and that’s why we’ve put together this list of ten cool things to do in Sydney, and all of them are completely FREE! #winning

1. Swim in a beach pool or bay

Bondi Baths

A visit to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a swim in one of it’s beaches, bays or ocean baths. With Sydney’s temperature climbing higher each day, now’s the perfect time to soak up the sun and take a dip. Obvs choices for beaches are Bondi, Coogee, Manly, Tamarama, Bronte. There are also heaps of ocean baths and quaint harbour bays around the joint. Why not try one of these:

Bronte Baths


2.  Art & About

Running until 12 October, Art & About is an annual event showcasing interactive and innovative art pieces within public spaces around the city. The cost? FREE!

3. Royal Botanic Gardens

Whether you’re a plant enthusiast, a lover of the outdoors, keen for cultural experiences or just feel like a beautiful escape in the middle of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens will satisfy your desires. And now that spring has sprung, there’s no better time to discover this magical place. Those keen to find out more may even want to enjoy a free guided walk – they commence each day at 10.30am.


4. New in town? Head to Newtown! 

Head to the funky streets of Newtown for a day and experience Sydney’s inner west at it’s eclectic best. Offering a blend of alternative and hipster, this is the area if you love to people watch. Grab a stool at one of the many cafes or bars and overlook the main drag as people of all ages pass you by. There’s also fantastic shopping (both vintage and boutique), fabulous street art, markets on the weekends, loads of buskers and more. Meander down the bustling King Street, the very location that Coldplay made their film clip for A Sky Full of Stars. But before you do, head to Cow & Moon in neighbouring Enmore for some gelato – they recently took out the award for the World’s Best Gelato! Newtown is super easy to get via public transport, with both trains and buses servicing the area. Plan your trip here.

5. Art Gallery of NSW

Head to the Art Gallery of NSW and check out the collections – most exhibits are free and all of them are fascinating. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, you might want to head back outside to Speaker’s Corner – there you’ll find political extremists, hippies, academics, nutters and anyone else eager to express their thoughts to the world. It certainly makes for an interesting afternoon!

6. Grinners are Winners

Located at Milsons Point, right on the edge of the Harbour and under the shadow of the Coathanger, the views enjoyed from historic Luna Park are priceless – and that may well why it’s free to get in! Even if you don’t go on the rides, it’s just fun to have a wander through. And if you can’t resist a ride on something, a $16 Sampler Pass gets you one ride on any two rides.  Full ticket details can be found here.

7. Bondi to Coogee walk

A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bondi to Coogee walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools.

Eveleigh Markets

8. Befriend a farmer (while satisfying hunger!)

Eveleigh Market is an award-winning authentic Farmers’ Market held every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Located on the city’s fringe, the markets allow local NSW farmers and artisan food producers to show off and sell their goodies direct to the public (lots of  free taste testing!).


9. It’s a lovely day for a stroll
There’s heaps to do in Centennial Park, a huge parkland that’s less than 5km from the CBD and just a stone’s throw from the buzzing Oxford Street. There are free electric BBQs for you to use. Grab a tray of snags, a loaf of bread and get sizzling! Or maybe twitching’s more your style. WTF is twitching? I’m glad you asked (‘cos I didn’t know either). Twitching is what peeps in the know call birdwatching. Centennial Park is home to around 140 different birds, making it a great place to wander through and play a game of ‘let’s find our favourite feathered-friends’. You can also hire bikes from  Centennial Park Cycles, with prices starting at just $15. Or maybe you wanna head back to your childhood and strap on a pair of rollerblades? The paths around the Park are ideal for rollerblading; you can even hire gear at nearby Skater HQ (it’s just across the road).

10. Music to your ears …

Beach Road Hotel at Bondi has free gigs every Wednesday night. Nothing beats a mid-week gig (especially when it’s FREE!)