Life Maps

Most of us don’t live life according to the map. We float from one thing to another, which is great, because it gives us the flexibility to move with the flow and make the most of opportunities. There is, however, a downside to making things up as you go. If you ever want to achieve …

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Tips for acing your Exams

Tips for acing your Exams

You’ve worked so hard all year, and now it’s time to show what you’ve learnt. But exam prep can be stressful. That’s why we’ve put together these exam prep tips to follow – they could help you to keep your cool and be the Exam Boss you were born to be.   The Day Before …

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Citizen scientists are normal people who volunteer to contribute to scientific experiments and research. It’s a great option for anyone considering a STEM career – get out there and take part in a real-life project to help you make a more informed decision about science as a pathway. You won’t just be volunteering as an …

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Halogen Australia’s One Minute Wisdom Videos

Halogen Australia have put together a collection of short videos to give you just a little bit of life wisdom without interrupting your day. You can find the full collection here – youtube.com/playlist. Here are some of our favourites: Bindi Irwin Rove McManus Eamon Sullivan Cal Wilson Erin Molan Leisel Jones Dr Fiona Wood 

Volunteer with Allity Aged Care

Allity Aged Care are interested in hearing from people with all kinds of life experiences. If you bring a special skill or experience that their residents might enjoy, they would love to talk with you about how they can best utilise your experience. Support their lifestyle programs & help residents stay socially connected Sing, dance …

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World Mental Health Day 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for managing our mental health. Lockdowns, social distancing requirements, travel restrictions, and the constantly changing position we find ourselves in is stressful. This makes prioritising our mental health and wellbeing more important than ever. This year, World Mental Health Day is on October 10. The message is …

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9 Study Tips for Term 4

9 Study Tips for Term 4

Term 4 is that last long haul before you’ll be rewarded with summer break and Christmas – that’s worth getting excited about. It also means exams, reports and preparing for next year. If you’re in Year 12 with finals coming up, you might be feeling the pressure more than ever. Hopefully you’ve already started revising, …

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UNSW Girls in Engineering Club

The Girls in Engineering Club is a fun, inspiring community for high school girls who are interested in STEM, study maths or science at school, or who just want to explore what engineering is all about. You can connect and share ideas with fellow high school girls who are also discovering the possibilities of a …

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Findex Young Money Podcast

Findex’s Young Money podcast explores essential skills around common money experiences and helps empower young people to take control of their finances. Our host and a variety of guests cover a range of financial topics impacting the day-to-day lives of Gen Z, including: Basic financial literacy Buy-now pay-later Starting casual work Taxes Superannuation Budgeting Personal …

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The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide 2021

The Sydney Morning Herald has released their HSC Study Guide for 2021. It is packed with information including key dates, what’s changed in 2021, study tips, advice from former students, practice exam questions, and more. Check it out here: https://www.smh.com.au/hsc-study-guide-2021

Wellbeing and study tips for teens during lockdown

Wellbeing and study tips for teens during lockdown

Lockdowns are tough on everyone, but if you’re at school – particularly in senior high school, then you’re probably having a harder time than most. We get that, we really do. Unfortunately, we can’t make the pandemic or the restrictions go away, but we can find ways to help you support yourself and make the …

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Tax and Young People

Tax and Young People

What is tax?   It’s not the most fun subject to talk about, but it’s an important one – tax. If you’ve got yourself a part-time or casual job, even if you’re still at school, chances are you’ll need to know about tax. But what even is tax? Think of it this way. Tax is …

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Men’s Health Week 2021

Men’s Health Week this year ran from 14 – 20 June, if you missed it that’s OK, it’s never too late to start looking out for yourself or those around you. The theme in 2021 is Connections. Encouraging men and boys to connect with their families, community, culture and of course your mates. All this …

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NewAccess – Mental health coaching support

Developed by Beyond Blue, NewAccess is a free and confidential mental health coaching program for anyone feeling stressed or overwhelmed about everyday life issues, such as work, study, relationships, health or loneliness.  If any of these feelings are getting in the way of you living your life, then NewAccess could be right for you. The …

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9 Wellbeing Tips for Teens

9 Wellbeing Tips for Teens

Teenagers, you have a lot going on. We’re not just talking about at school or in your social lives. There are all kinds of things happening from physical changes, mental developments, as well as managing expectations of you as you finish high school or start work. Amongst all of that you’re also probably dealing with …

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Be My Eyes – Volunteer Online

If you’re looking for a way to volunteer and make a difference to people’s lives, then you could try out the Be My Eyes app. It’s free app and has been designed to connect blind and low-vision people all around the world, with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video …

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Gold Coast Marathon

For any students that love to run, why not challenge yourself and have some fun by entering the Gold Coast Marathon. Taking place on the 3 and 4 July, you’ve still got a little bit of time to train. You could think about entering the Junior Dash, Fun Run or perhaps some older, endurance, runner …

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Take the Kokoda Challenge

Test your endurance and have fun with a team of friends to help raise money for youth programs by taking the Kokoda Challenge. The Kokoda Challenge is designed to give you the experience of Australian soldiers who fought along the Kokoda trail in 1942. Push your physical and mental boundaries to complete the 17km, 48km, …

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Every BODY is Deadly

Anybody, from any mob, can have eating or body concerns. Eating or body image concerns can weaken your mind, body and spirit. It’s not about your body size – and it’s different for different people. But reaching out to talk it out with friends, family or the Butterfly free Helpline can help – Butterfly is …

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What is Sketchnoting?

Do you struggle to read large pages full of text? Find writing notes in class a bit boring? Consider yourself more of a visual rather than verbal learner? Sketchnoting could be an interesting study technique for you to try out instead.   What is sketchnoting?   As the name implies, sketchnoting is a way of …

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Digital Mental Health Resources for Young People

Digital Mental Health (e-mental health) is services, programs or applications, delivered via online, mobile or phone based platforms, that may be self-driven or involve real time or delayed interaction with a clinician or other support person. Digital Mental Health services and programs allow Australians to access mental health information and support at any time and …

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headspace Yarnspace Chats

Everybody goes through times when our body, mind and spirit feel weaker. If you feel like you need some support, join headspace’s fortnightly chats for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, led by other young people, and connect with other people like you. Join yarnspace and check out other resources here: https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/spaces/community/673335/ If you need …

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Shine From Within Online Academy

A virtual community connecting teens with international experts and youth mentors to build confidence, life skills, creativity and more! Discover more about yourself and connect with other teens in this safe, nurturing and fun online space. Become a member now and get: New live classes each month on Zoom (creativity, productivity, activism, wellness, oh my!) …

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Volunteer with Brighter Lives

Volunteers have been the foundation of our work since the very beginning. Most of our volunteers are based at the Townsville University Hospital and provide an invaluable service to patients and visitors. They drive the buggies, helping patients who need the buggies to travel across the hospital. They provide a warm welcome on arrival, providing …

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Let’s talk about consent

Let’s talk about consent

Consent is permission   There’s a lot in the news right now about the conduct of some really influential people, so let’s talk about consent. Just because you’re a certain gender, age, or in a position of power, it doesn’t give you the right to do what you like, when you like. Regardless of who …

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Work and Learning Styles

We all have different preferences for how we work and learn. Some of us like to gather all the information in the one place before we start making decisions, others like to get started and adjust along the way. Knowing the way you work and learn and finding strategies to incorporate these styles can help …

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headspace Online Group Chats

A Group Chat session is your opportunity to speak online to our mental health professionals and hear from others about a topic that will be discussed. Group Chats run for approximately 1 hour and are hosted by mental health professionals and members of the headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) and Family and Friends …

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Becoming Independent

Your journey through high school is just the beginning of your independence. You might be looking forward to moving out, being able to stay up as late as you want, and all of the other benefits that being independent can bring. But, unfortunately, it comes with a lot of work as well. There’s so much …

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Jr. NBA at Home

As part of NBA Together, “Jr. NBA at Home” is an interactive content series providing basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way. You can watch …

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Staying Active at Home

Just because you might have to stay at home, doesn’t mean you’ll have to turn into a couch potato. Staying active is great for your physical and mental health but it’s also a fantastic way to pass some time. There are tonnes of work out routines already available online, with more being added by the …

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Your mental health matters

With everything going on, you might find that you’re feeling: Overwhelmed Stressed Anxious Angry Emotional Sad Helpless Hopeless Confused In denial If you’re feeling any of the above, or you can’t pinpoint how you’re feeling but you’re not in a good head space and feeling down, now is the time to be brave, reach out …

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Volunteer with the Rural Fire Service

The Queensland Rural Fire Service (RFS) is always looking for new volunteers to help their brigades running and local communities safe. Being part of the RFS offers fantastic opportunities for self development. Members of rural brigades receive training and skills that assist in all areas of life, such as: Teamwork Incident management Leadership skills Fire …

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Busting Work Myths

Busting Work Myths

The working world is changing quickly, really quickly, and even though we spend a huge chunk of our lives working there are still many misconceptions about what work is, and what it means. So, we’ve debunked some of the myths we hear about most frequently, from the role of salary in career decision-making, through to …

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NT Back to School Payment Scheme

Did you know that you can access up to $150 to help pay for school-related expenses in Term 1? The Northern Territory government provides assistance for students and parents through the Back to School Payment scheme. You can use the grant for any of the following: school uniform, including hats, book bags textbooks stationery, including …

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New Year new start

New Year, new start

New Year is usually a time for celebrating. This year saying bye to 2020 is most definitely worth a celebration, but what about 2021? A New Year symbolises fresh starts, new beginnings and looking towards the future with hopeful optimism. You could make this New Year’s the year when you begin to turn your dreams …

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Financial support for apprentices and trainees

Did you know that financial support like Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY aren’t just for university students? If you’re doing a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship, you could also be eligible to receive financial support. You can find heaps of information on the Services Australia website about the payments you might be eligible for and how you …

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Yarn Safe with headspace

Yarn Safe is a youth-lead mental health initiative for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. If you’ve got a lot going on in your life, there are heaps of resources you can check out to help you or someone else doing it tough. There’s no shame in talking it out. Take a look at …

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Regional and remote students can get $5k to help them move for uni

If your child moves away from an outer regional or remote area, they may get the Tertiary Access Payment. This is a one-off payment of $5,000 in 2 instalments to students moving away for tertiary study. You need to be moving from an outer regional or remote area and starting university straight after finishing school. You …

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Chilled Out Online

Chilled Out is an engaging, interactive online program for 13 – 17 year olds that allows them to learn strategies to help manage anxiety. The Chilled program is a structured, skills-based program that teaches teens how to better manage anxiety. Results show most young people who complete the program experience significant improvements, with decreases in …

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Study Playlists to keep you on track

Study Playlists to keep you on track

There are lots of studies out there promoting the benefits of listening to music while you study. Music could help you to: Feel less stressed Reduce anxiety Perform better Help you to focus Improve your brain function Retain and recall what you’ve learnt more easily Block out distractions   Top Study Playlists   Here’s our …

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Are you ready to leave school?

Are you ready to leave school?

Finalise your 2021 study or work plans   Now’s the time (if you haven’t already) to finalise what you’ll be doing next year.   Planning a gap year?   You’re perfectly entitled to take a break and have some fun. Even if international travel isn’t on the cards just yet, there is plenty that you …

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Macquarie eCentreClinic Online Courses

Macquarie University’s eCentreClinic has developed a variety of online short courses to help people in Australia who are dealing with chronic pain, neurological conditions, and other mental health issues. The courses are free and taught entirely online, and teach practical skills that can help with the management of physical issues, such as pain, as well …

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On Campus vs Online

This year has seen a huge uptake in universities moving their learning online, and it’s an option that’s more popular and accessible than ever. But for some people, it’s not quite the same as being able to attend classes on campus. So what’s the best option for you if you’re looking to start your studies …

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Boost your employability post high school

Boost your employability post high school

If you’re still at high school and already looking for ways to give your employment prospects a boost once you graduate, there’s a few things that you can do: Actively engage in career education – ask questions, search for information, read resources, send an email to info@studyworkgrow.com.au if there’s any specific careers you’d like to …

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What is Uni Like Now? Deciding on Gap Year and Uni in a Pandemic

It is impossible to deny that the world has changed in the past few months. Constantly moving goal posts make it difficult to make the right gap year and uni decision for you. Reinventing the Gap Year has produced a video to help you get your head around recent changes to uni life. From online …

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Education is Not a Competition

When you’re studying hard for your exams and assignments, it can be hard not to wonder how your friends and other students are doing. You might feel pressure to perform the best and get the highest marks. But, as Chief Executive of SACE Professor Martin Westwell has written in his blog, it’s important to remember …

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Join the Bite Back Mental Fitness Challenge

Bite Back is a mental health and wellbeing challenge created by the Black Dog Institute for young people aged 13 – 16. It consists of six weekly challenges to help you improve your mental fitness, increase your happiness, reduce stress, improve your friendships and your focus. There is a combination of quizzes, interactive activities, videos …

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Be a Conservation Volunteer with Projects Abroad

Do you want to do more to protect the environment and endangered animals? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you interested in a career in conservation someday? Volunteering with Projects Abroad could be the perfect experience for you. You’ll learn directly from conservation experts, and do work that has a tangible impact on local …

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WellMob is an online resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders full of websites, apps, podcasts, videos, social media, and online counselling, all with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing. All of the resources featured on the website are made by and for Indigenous people. You can check it out here: https://wellmob.org.au

Virtual Fitness Challenge Series

Looking for something fun to do while you keep fit and healthy? The Conqueror has released a set of Virtual Fitness Challenges, that could see you completing some of the world’s most exciting fitness adventures from the comfort of your own home. You can take on a challenge like the Inca Trail, the Great Ocean …

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Year 12 Coming Back Stronger

Already a vulnerable period for the development of mental illness, COVID-19 has added another layer of stress to the HSC year. Coming Back Stronger is an initiative from the Kidman Centre at UTS that aims to proactively help students get back on track with their studies through the use of evidence-based psychological strategies that improve …

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Free Yoga for Teachers and Teens

Each month Yoga with Adriene offers a variety of free classes based on a different theme. This month there are classes made especially for teachers, students, and to use in the classroom. You can check what classes are available on her calendar here, or go to her YouTube playlist to give them a watch.

Online Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience and boost your confidence. But it can be difficult to find opportunities at the moment. Did you know that you can volunteer online? Seek has a variety of online volunteering opportunities listed on their website. They include opportunities in aged care, social media, graphic design and …

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mental health support

5 ways to get mental health support without talking on the phone

We understand that calling people on the phone can sometimes be daunting. And if you’re feeling stressed out, depressed or anxious, it can be even harder. But did you know that there are plenty of ways you can connect with mental health support services and professionals without having to ring someone? Here are some of …

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been adopted in over 130 countries around the world, with more than 8 million young people taking part.  In Australia over 775,000 youths have participated since  it was started back in 1959. What is the award about? It’s a structured but informal youth development program that’s been designed …

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Learning Style Summary

Free Learning Styles Questionnaire

Understanding your learning style can help you improve your results and get more from your study time. Everyone is unique, and we all have our own preferences when it comes to learning new material. Even if your teacher’s methods don’t align with your preferred learning style, you can still find ways to absorb the information. …

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8 tips on how to achieve better work-life balance

8 tips on how to achieve better work-life balance

Prioritise your time A good work-life balance is important for us as individuals preventing workplace burnout helping us to reduce stress levels to feel happier and more contented with our lives. Ultimately promoting better mental health for us and those around us. Creating workplace environments that foster work-life balance can also be beneficial to employers. …

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Learning to Learn

If you struggle with studying or learning new things, you might think that it’s because you’re not smart enough. But research is showing that we can “learn to learn” – that through practice and dedicated strategies, we can all become better and faster learners. Harvard Business Review has shared some great tips on how we …

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iBobbly – Wellbeing app for Indigenous youth

iBobbly is a social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 15 years and over. It was created by the Black Dog Institute to help Indigenous youth struggling with topics like depression, stress, suicide and more. Completely private and confidential, it helps by showing you ways to manage …

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HSC4ME is a revolutionary all-in-one, interactive learning app that gives you access to expert HSC teachers, adaptive learning tools and thousands of practice HSC questions. HSC4Me is an app you can use everywhere you want on mobile, tablet or desktop. Some of the features include: Interactive quizzes and practice papers Subject notes & videos on …

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Top End Bike Tour

Top End Bike Tour

Not sure we can go overseas in 2021 but still looking for some adventure? How about a 9-day tour of Australia’s top end, on a bicycle. You’ll get to ride through world heritage-listed national parks like Kakadu and Litchfield, swim in century-old watering holes and immerse yourself in historic indigenous cultures. What’s included: Hotel accommodation …

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Tips on how to prioritise self-care

Tips on how to prioritise self-care

It’s hard to look after yourself when you’re busy studying and keeping up with hobbies, as well as other commitments like helping out around home or working part time. But looking after yourself is always important, so here are some tips on how to prioritise self-care. Set a healthy routine and stick to it Find a …

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Your Mental Health Matters

We have all been going through a pretty tough time lately. If you’re finding that you feel anxious, sad, angry or frustrated, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In fact, according to Orygen Research’s latest survey, up to 80% of young people reported that their studies had been affected in the past year …

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CQUni | Let’s talk about ATAR

Like most students, you might have a lot of questions about what an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is and what it means for you. Your ATAR is only one of many entry pathway options that will help you study the course you want at university. The great thing about CQUni is that we have …

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Bored? Listen to a Podcast

If you’re looking for something to do that’s fun, and can help you learn something new, a podcast is a great choice. You can find podcasts on almost any topic, from arts and sciences, to crime and business. You can have a book read to you, get tips on your health and wellbeing, or just …

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Lattitude Global Volunteering – Apply for 2021

Looking for something different to do in your gap year? Lattitude Global Volunteering gives you the opportunity to experience life in a different country, all while helping in the community. They are still taking applications for their programs in Australia, Canada, Ghana, Greece, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, and the UK. You can volunteer in the …

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Help Stop Cyberbullying

Did you know that up to 1 in 5 young people have experienced cyberbullying? If you or your friends have been bullied online, there are resources out there to help. Take a look at the Queensland Government’s Stop Cyberbullying website to find out more about what cyberbullying is, how to stop it, and where you …

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Why sleep is so important

Why sleep is so important

We always talk about sleep being important for your mental and physical wellbeing, but truly it is. If you didn’t eat for a week, then your body would suffer. Don’t get enough sleep and your brain suffers too. Getting enough sleep can help you to: Recharge Process information Allow your body to rest and repair Feel …

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CQUni | What you need to know about HECS

Studying at university is an investment for your future, and with this, means there are financial and time commitments. There are many ways of offsetting your costs such as CQUni’s scholarships, part-time work and HECS-HELP. HECS is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps you defer your tuition fees. Watch CQUni’s video to find out …

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COVID-19 Student Stories

As schools across the country closed, students had to adapt to the new normal of online learning. For year 12s in particular, this has been a tough time. ABC’s Heywire has asked some year 12 students from around Australia about their experience. Watch their video diaries explaining their day-to-day life of schooling at home. Take …

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Are you OK? | Looking after your mental health

Your mental health and wellbeing’s important   Your brain is the most important organ is your body. So just like looking after your physical self, it’s important to look after your mental health too. You can look after your mental health in lots of ways. For example: making healthy and nutritious food choices ensuring you’re …

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Tips for dealing with isolation

Social distancing and isolation can be tough, even for those among us who aren’t always that sociable anyway. Maybe you’ve found your own ways to deal with the current situation and that’s awesome. But perhaps you’re struggling a bit and it’s getting you down. We’ve put together a few resources from people who’ve had some …

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7 brain boosting snack foods

Feeling hungry can really impact on your ability to concentrate and stay on task. It’s so tempting to reach for easy and delicious packaged snacks that might not be doing us any favours. So, if you’d like to be a bit more health conscious and feel better that your snack habits are actually boosting your …

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