Snacks are important. They’re something to look forward to (because the time between breakfast and lunch is just too long), and they get you through those long days of essentially doing nothing at uni because you wait until the week before exams to actually do anything. Bottom line – snacks are essential.
Choosing the right snack will help you to stay focused and feel good. There are a few things you should look for when it comes to snacks.
It has to be delicious.
It has to satisfy your hunger to just the right level, without making you too full for your next meal.
It should contain protein. Protein is important to satisfy your hunger and help keep you full, so every snack and mail mela should include some form of protein if you want to avoid being hangry shortly after you’ve eaten.
It should contain fibre. We need about 30g of fibre a day, but most Australians eat nowhere near this amount. Choosing a snack with some fibre in it will help you reach that target. And just like protein, fibre also helps keep you full, so you’re less likely to go for chocolates, lollies, chips and biscuits later in the day.
Try to avoid calorie-dense, nutrient-poor snacks. That is, those treat foods which provide a lot of energy and calories but not a lot of goodness – think chocolates, lollies, energy drinks and chips. While these foods are delicious, they will lead to a rapid boost in your blood sugar levels, followed by a crash, leaving you feeling tired, irritable and hungry again. If you really need these to get through your studying, have a smaller portion and eat it with something else that is high in protein and fibre.
Snack Pack Ideas
4 grainy crackers + 2 slices of cheese
Handful of unsalted nuts + piece of fruit
100-200g yoghurt + piece of fruit
Carrot sticks + 2 tablespoons of hommus dip
"Loaded" crackers: ricotta/low fat cream cheese + fruit
Regular cup of coffee on low fat milk + fruit salad
This article was written by Bond University Nutrition & Dietetics students and appeared in the Bond University Nutritious & Delicious recipe book.
We asked the team over at Student Learning Support to share their top tips to becoming a HD student.
1. Get organised!
The start of a new semester is usually the time when you’re feeling at your keenest and most motivated – after all, you have an exciting 14 weeks of new learning ahead! Take advantage of that feeling of fresh enthusiasm and get yourself organised right from the start.
On a scheduler, put in all the key dates for assignments, presentations, exams etc so you have a clear picture of what’s coming up and when. (You can usually find all this info on iLearn on the subject outline).
Figure out your study strategy – when, where and how do you study best?
Plan weekly study / review sessions to stay on top of all your work throughout the semester.
2. The early bird catches the worm
If you want to be one of the success stories, start early!
Once you know what your assignments / presentations are going to involve, start doing your research. This often takes a lot longer than you expect, so get into it when you have time on your hands because you can be sure that the pressure is going to build up as the semester goes on.
3. Be a goal-setter!
Decide what you want to achieve on a weekly basis and also over the longer term - and stick to the plan! Whether it be getting to grips with the weekly content of each of your subjects or a more long-term plan, you need to put in the time and effort. Setting goals and working consistently gets you closer to achieving those aims.
4. Review, review, review!
Use mind maps, tools like quizlet.com, and group study sessions to review your learning on a weekly basis.
5. Seek help & study smart
Use the knowledge and expertise of your lecturers and tutors
Asking for help doesn’t have to mean that you’re struggling or failing - though of course if you find yourself in either of those situations, you most definitely should! But smart students use all the resources around them to add to their knowledge and build their skills. Your lecturers and tutors have weekly consultation times when you can talk one-on-one and ask all those things you didn’t understand or have chance to ask during the lecture.
Student Learning Support – SLS can help you with all things academic. Come in and see us early in the semester and we’ll give you some tips on study strategies, and bring your assignments or presentations in throughout the semester and we’ll give you some feedback on what you need to improve.
Student tutors - Student tutors are students who have already achieved a high marks in a subject and are offering tutoring services to students like yourself who are new to the course. These guys can be an invaluable source of help especially if you’re struggling a bit with the content of a subject (Access the list of student tutors from the BUSA website (you usually negotiate a fee for this directly with the tutor).
Res tutors - If you are living on campus, you can access the ‘Tutor Fellows’ who also live on campus and provide free tutoring services
Exam prep sessions - Sometimes the student association in a faculty will offer exam revision sessions and some of the lecturers even offer online revision sessions, so there are heaps of ways in which you can get some extra input.
So, get yourself organised right from the beginning and make the most of all the wonderful
opportunities and services here at Bond to help you!
Studying abroad as a European law student
Law student Susanna Khachatryan travelled from Germany to study abroad at Bond University for a semester. As she makes the most of her best four months at Bond, she’s sharing what she’s learned, what it’s like to study abroad at Bond and how studying law in Australia is enhancing her understanding of the legal system.
So far, the 26 hour flight from Germany has been more than worth it! Winter here on the Gold Coast feels more like summer back at home and being able to study in a foreign country is one of the best experiences I’ve made so far. Here are some insights:
What to expect
Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to improve language skills, get to know people from all around the world, travel and of course study at the same time. It might seem a bit scary to be on your own at first, but people here are very welcoming and help whenever they can! I personally didn`t struggle adjusting to my new environment, it has been more of an exciting journey so far. Especially living on the Gold Coast, with its beautiful beaches nearby and great travel opportunities, makes studying more fun. What I didn`t know was that Australia`s bird population is huge and very, very noisy especially early in the morning, so be prepared!
What makes Bond different Bond University`s location is amazing. The campus is beautiful, and the people are always there to help. Coming from Germany, it`s amazing to experience the “campus life” since in Germany we don`t have campuses which include all Faculties all together in one same place so the campus feeling is something that I personally really like. Bond has very small-sized classes where professors know every student by their names and constantly help. There are always different events on campus and most of them include free food so it’s always worth checking them out!
Being a European Law Student
Coming from a civil law legal system, it still quite different studying law with common law principles but at the same time it`s interesting to compare both legal systems and get to know different views on legal matters. The law subjects I take at Bond are different than the ones at my home university, but I can still see some similarities by how legal issues are being solved. Especially as the class structure is quite different, since most lectures at my home university are taken by hundreds of students and therefore participation and attendance aren`t marked. That’s why it is interesting for me to study law at Bond since it`s completely different to my home university and gives me an interesting overview about different legal and university systems outside my own back at home.
All in all, I’m very happy of having the opportunity to study abroad at Bond University and would encourage everyone interested in studying abroad to do so and make the most of it!
Study abroad is an experience that will stay with you for life. Find out more about studying abroad at Bond University and having the best four months at Bond.
Picking a uni is no easy task.
When you’re deciding on a uni, you’re deciding where you’ll spend a good majority of your time for the next few years. Picking a university is a personal choice; it’s not “one uni fits all”. But how do you actually choose the right one for you?
It’s the time of year where many Year 12s are figuring out this question, and it’s important to consider all of the crucial aspects in the decision-making process.
That’s where we’re here to help!
Check out our top five tips to help you choose the right university for you.
1. Find your tribe
Whether at school or work, we’re most often drawn to people who are like-minded. The same goes for your university and its community! It’s important to consider a university that fuels your ambition and aligns with your core values. Get a feel for the university campus community by contacting the recruitment department and asking to chat to a student or professor or booking a campus tour (if you’re in the area). This will help you short-list the universities you feel the best connection with ultimately help with your final decision.
2. Global perspective
We live in an ever-growing, interconnected world where the demand for international knowledge and experience is rapidly increasing. When exploring your university of choice, be sure to evaluate their international outlook, global study opportunities and the internationalisation of the university’s student body and academics.
3. How you learn
Each person learns differently in diverse environments. With a variety of learning options to choose from including face-to-face, online, blended and even outdoor learning – ask the university what learning styles it offers.
4. A hand of support
Whether you’re starting university direct from school or if it’s been (quite) a few years since you last studied, it’s important to find out the type of support available to you. Learn more about the student and academic support offered to students.
5. Size matters
It’s not only important how you learn but with who you learn. How big are the classes? How many students are at the university? Whether you like the idea of being one in 100 people in a class or one in 10, be sure to discover what learning environment your university of choice offers.
How do I make the most of Open Day?
Considering your next move can be pretty overwhelming. With an ever-increasing number of options - from study area to degree type to institution - comes the challenge of knowing which path is the right one.
Open Days are perfect opportunities to assess your options and get the answers you need to make the best choice for you.
Here are a few ways you can ensure you make the most of Open Day season.
Know your strengths (and weaknesses).
Take some time to think about your strengths, weaknesses, skills and aptitude in specific areas. Are you great with numbers? Do you thrive under pressure? What’s your strongest subject? With your strengths and weaknesses in mind, ask the students, academics and lecturers on campus how those strengths and skills can relate to different programs.
Take a campus tour.
If you do one thing on Open Day (and we recommend you do many things!) join a campus tour. You’ll be able to get a great understanding of the facilities available for your study area or interests, and speak to current students - your tour guides - about their experiences.
Keep an open mind.
Even if you have your heart set on a specific study area, check out the other faculties and program areas. Some institutions may have courses you’ve never heard of before, but suit you perfectly. Beyond the program, look at how the courses are delivered. Some universities, like Bond, offer accelerated degree programs, which means you can graduate sooner and start earning a salary quicker.
Ask about industry connections.
Connections to industry can be extremely valuable during your study, and setting you up for your career. Ask questions around the kind of industry relationships the university may have, what career counselling or development services are available and what other initiatives may help you reach your goals.
Ask as many questions as possible.
When it comes to your education, there is no such thing as a silly question. At Bond Open Day, there will be current students, staff and lecturers from every faculty on hand to speak to you one-on-one about your future career. Speak to current students, take the chance to meet the lecturers and academics and find out as much as you can about how the institution and programs might fit you.
Packed with protein and vegetables, a frittata is a quick, simple and nutritious meal that you can whip up and pack for lunches, dinners, or even a snack.
This recipe has been developed by Bond University Nutrition and Dietetic Practice students and has been approved by Accredited Practising Dietitians.
600g pumpkin, chopped
125g baby spinach
1 cup ricotta
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
1 small red onion, sliced finely
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a baking dish.
Place pumpkin in a microwave safe bowl, cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
Mix pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, milk and eggs in a bowl.
Transfer mixture to the prepared dish.
Bake in oven for about 25 minutes or until firm. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe: Oats 2 Ways
Oats are delicious, nutritious and simple - three features of a great recipe.
They're also incredibly versatile. The below recipes have been developed by Bond University Nutrition and Dietetic Practice and are approved by Accredited Practising Dietitians.
1/2 cup of oats
1 cup of milk
Small pinch of salt
Combine ingredients in a heat proof bowl.
Microwave or cook on stove until oats are cooked through.
2. Bircher Muesli
1/2 cup of oats
Enough milk to just cover the oats
Combine ingredients plus your choice of toppings in a sealed jar or container.
Place in the fridge overnight, ready for breakfast in the morning.
Apple, cinnamon & almond. Dice an apple and top with cinnamon and a spoonful of almonds.
Blueberry, yoghurt & pepitas. Toss over some blueberries with a spoonful of yoghurt.
Chocolate & peanut butter. Mix in a spoonful of cocoa powder and natural peanut butter.
Banana, chia seed & honey. Chop a banana, sprinkle on some chia seeds and add a drizzle of honey.
Raspberry, coconut & yoghurt. Toss over some raspberries and add a spoonful of coconut and yoghurt.
What do I need to know before I start uni?
Things I wish I’d known before starting university
You’re about to go into your first semester at Bond. You’re excited, full of hopes and dreams for the future and a little nervous. O Week ends, classes begin and before you know it finals are on and your first semester is finished. You look back and realise that there were some things you wish you had known before it all began. Here are a few tips for newcomers that I discovered along the way.
Don’t be afraid to go up to people (or a group of people)
This is a BIG one. Most people go to university and know very few (if any) people. Yes, it’s somewhat nerve-wracking, but it’s not something to be worried about. Sure, it was quite awkward to go up to people, introduce myself and start talking to them at the start, but that’s how you meet people. Plus, everyone needs to do it, so no need to fret.
Living on Campus? Bring your own printer
I found it a nuisance not being able to print in student housing. If you’re working in your room and want to print something you have to go to the library, multimedia learning centre or the faculty buildings. This was especially annoying if it was late at night. I ended up going out and buying my own printer for my room, which is so much better.
Find your rooms during O Week
This is important for a good impression. With Bond’s small class sizes, you don’t want to be that person that walks in late first class because you got lost - it’s noticeable. Also, you don’t want to search around awkwardly for a seat. Just hunt around the day before classes begin for all your rooms, or leave plenty of time, I mean PLENTY of time to go to class. One of my classes I thought I was leaving enough time, but the room was so difficult to find the first time, that I still ended up late.
Don’t be afraid to ask your tutor for help
These people are there to help you! It’s a bit daunting in the beginning, but it’s worth it. Don’t know how to start that assignment? Go ask for help. Flick an email, visit them in consulting hours, organise an appointment. Whatever works for you.
Go to as many events as you can!
If Dons parties aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of other events on at Bond- talks, debates, information sessions, functions. These are one of the best ways to meet people, especially those with similar interests. If you’re at an Earth Hour event it’s most likely you’ll run into other people that are interested in the environment as well. As an added bonus there are many free events!
Leave plenty of time for referencing
If you’re one of those people that references after you’ve written your essay, remember to leave time for it. Seriously, it takes a while. On that note, if you don’t know how to reference properly (don’t worry, I didn’t either) just google a guide or
How can a postgraduate degree work to my advantage?
The postgraduate advantage
Never underestimate the value of postgraduate study. In an increasingly fierce and competitive job market, any edge is a leg up.
Further study is pursued for a number of reasons and depending on your purpose, there’s so much to be gained.
Here are three ways postgraduate study serves as an advantage…
Improve your graduate career prospects
Stand out in the crowd of applicants! The skills you learn and obtain during your postgraduate studies will enhance what you learned during your bachelors degree and strengthen your portfolio, separating you from the pack. It may also increase your chances of a higher starting salary - who would say no to that?!
Move your career upwards
Career progression is the most common reason for engaging in postgraduate study. It shows employers you’re committed and dedicated to moving onward and upwards in your career - it shows you’re serious. Not just that, but it may qualify you for a higher level management position if the job you’re wanting to progress to has prerequisites.
Invest in your own personal development
This point goes hand in hand with the one above. How much you progress in your area of expertise is up to you and usually people who upskill are self-motivated. But regardless if the reason you’re considering postgraduate study is career driven or purely personal, it often has indirect benefits that naturally flow into your job such as better time management, enhanced presentation & writing skills. Not to mention the opportunity to expand both your professional and personal network.
Bond University offers the opportunity to influence your future with a variety of postgraduate programs available in 2018. In fact, many of our masters programs can be completed in just a year, so you’ll be prepared for success, sooner.