As the end of semester one is rapidly approaching, so is our one week SWOT-VAC program, enriched with countless activities and food to provide a balance from general studies. This cessation in classes is a one-week revision period where you are given time to appraise the key concepts in your studies.
Luckily, the Accommodation Services team, paired with your residential leaders, have prepared a week’s worth of luxuries to ensure you’re well prepared for the upcoming exam period.
MONDAY 4th of June –
Wake up to a well-earned, hearty pancake breakfast prepared by your student leaders in the Menzies courtyard from 9:30am – 11:30am…
At 8:30pm that evening, sit back and relax to a classic comedy movie in the Glenn dining hall with plenty of popcorn to indulge into.
TUESDAY 5th of June –
Begin your day right once again with a yoga session at the La Trobe Sports Centre at 8am, with a bacon and egg roll breakfast from 10am – 12pm, which is combined with neck massages in the Menzies courtyard to relieve the built up stress from semester one.
WEDNESDAY 6th of June –
Throughout the afternoon, residents will be given the opportunity to meet border collies in the courtyard from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, which will be followed by a provided pizza dinner for all college and offsite students at 6:00pm.
THURSDAY 7th June –
Put your competitive nature to the test in a fun filled tournament of Dodgeball held at the La Trobe Sports Center from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, which is then trailed by a BBQ dinner at 6:30pm.
Tips, tricks & hints
- Give yourself a routine
Make the most of it! SWOT-VAC is the time when you need to be at your best in relation to study, so avoid going into holiday mode too early.
- Eat well
Ensuring that you’re eating three full meals a day with some fruit and vegetables in there as well will help your brain – healthy eating equals a healthy mind.
- Turn off distractions
After your exams, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix and many more distractions are all waiting for you. Avoid any notifications that are disturbing you from the task at hand.
- Re-write your notes
Even though your notes throughout the year may be top notch, you’ll find you can retain your notes far better if you knuckle down and re-write them. Use different colours and formatting if you think that will help, too.
- Get a good amount of sleep
It’s easy to get caught up in a holiday mind-set, but getting a solid eight hours of sleep a night will make you far more efficient when studying.
Maintaining a life balance will defuse the stress built up around exams, so make sure to get around each of our amazing events throughout the SWOT-VAC period. Best of luck to everyone with their mid-year exams!
– by Jeremy from Menzies