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We're halfway through the break!
In this issue:
Verse Magazine's 'Blak Out' edition
Come & Try Inclusive Sports
See the stars at the Planetarium this study break
Score a fully-funded scholarship for International Virtual Internships
How to take effective notes
Domestic and Family Violence Community Panel Forum Q&A
Is your social media behaviour hurting your career?
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Verse Magazine's Blak Out edition coming soon!
Verse Magazine is UniSA’s student-run publication, and for the first time in their history, they are delivering a 'Blak Out' edition, proudly brought to you by an all Aboriginal student editorial team. The edition, released in October, showcases UniSA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student excellence.

To get you in the mood for Blak Out, the Aboriginal Student Club has compiled their top picks of podcasts, songs, books and movies for you to check out:

#ListenBlak with 10 podcasts to tune into, plus an entire playlist with hours of carefully curated music.
#ReadBlak with 15 books to immerse yourself in, including Dark Emu, After the Carnage, The White Girl, and more.
#WatchBlak with 15 movies to enjoy for your next afternoon flick, including In My Blood It Runs, The Sapphires, Crocodile Dreaming, and more.
Find out more
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Come & Try Inclusive Sports
Come along to this free Inclusive Sport Come & Try event on Thursday 8 October 2.00pm-4.00pm at City West Campus. We'll be offering wheelchair basketball, basketball, powerchair sports and table tennis.

It's a great opportunity for all students to participate in a range of sports regardless of your age, gender, ability, ethnicity, social background or sexual orientation.

Be one of the first 10 UniSA students to register to receive a free Team UniSA t-shirt on arrival at the event.
Register now
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See the stars at the Planetarium this study break
Did you know the Adelaide Planetarium is located at our Mawson Lakes campus?

Explore constellations, solar system and beyond through the night sky projected on the eight-metre domed ceiling, guided by a highly experienced astronomer. Study break sessions feature a full-dome movie, with options for all ages.

Tickets start from $10 per person and bookings essential, so reserve your spot today!
Book now
for your study
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Score a fully-funded scholarship for International Virtual Internships
New scholarships and grants are now available for International Virtual Internships with organisations in Fiji and Indonesia!

- Think Pacific: Fully-funded opportunities with organisations in Fiji across various sectors including psychology, business and education. Applications close Monday 26 October.
- International Internships: New Colombo Plan grants up to $3,500 are also available for virtual internships with organisations in Indonesia. Hurry, limited grants available!

Get in touch with the Study Overseas team at for more information or register for the info session below.
Register now
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How to take effective notes
Being able to take clear comprehensive notes is a vital skill for students. Below are some simple ideas you can implement for taking useful and effective notes to learn more easily:
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Make sure you read all the recommended readings before your lecture and maybe review last week's lecture notes to refresh your memory. Check your learnonline site so you know what this week's topic is and download any presentations in preparation.
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The key to good note-taking is understanding. Try to pick up up on the main phrases, voice changes and other, sometimes non-verbal, cues that the lecturer uses to communicate the key points. These are the most important things to get into your notes, so you don’t want to miss them!
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Write only what's needed
In every lecture or seminar session, there will probably be three or four main points, linked by a common theme, and maybe a small number of sub-points. Capture the major points, with sub-headings if necessary, and explain them in your own words if you have time to do so.
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Organise your notes
Develop a system of highlighting headings and sub-headings but make sure you understand the content first and be careful not to panic highlight! Try to be consistent as well with the use of abbreviations and symbols in your notes. You can even try to develop and use your own system of shorthand to speed up your note-taking.
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It's always important to review your notes within 24 hours of their original creation! Re-reading shortly after writing notes means that you're more likely to remember and understand them. Try also creating your own notes, limited to one page, to capture concepts in your own words.
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Domestic and Family Violence Community Panel Forum Q&A
Domestic abuse and family violence affects many people in the community, and university students are no exception. UniSA is committed to working with students, staff and external partners with expertise in this area to do all we can to support those affected, as well as prevention through education and bystander training.

The Domestic & Family Violence Community Panel Forum Q&A is a student-led initiative with support from senior University leaders. If you are a student interested in learning more about this issue or how we can work together to make sure those affected are supported while at university, please join us.

The Community Panel Forum Q&A will feature:

- Keynote speakers from domestic and family violence research and support services, including a survivor who will provide an LGBTIQ context
- Panel experts from our UniSA Campus Security and Counselling teams, SA Police and Domestic Violence specialist services
- Your opportunity to be part of a conversation on how we tackle this issue as a community
Wednesday 7 October
1.00pm - 2.30pm
Allan Scott Auditorium - City West campus
Register now
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Is your social media behaviour hurting your career?
We know many of you proudly list your university and degree on your social media profiles and this is generally a positive thing. However, did you know that what you post publicly on social media (including comments on other people’s posts) can often be linked back to UniSA?
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Careful what you comment
Most prospective employers examine job candidates’ social media as a screening tool. This means your posts that are provocative or inappropriate; about drinking or using drugs; or discriminatory, could negatively affect your future job prospects.
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Complaints are followed up
Members of the public who see a social media post or comment that they believe is discriminatory, offensive, racist or otherwise inappropriate, made by someone they can identify as a UniSA student, do sometimes contact UniSA to make a complaint. The University is obliged to consider and respond to such complaints.
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Code of Conduct applies not just on campus
The UniSA Code of Conduct for Students covers students’ behaviour online, particularly where a student can be clearly linked to UniSA through their public profile.

The code states that: All students have a responsibility to treat every person with courtesy, and respect regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, social background, disability, sexual preference, or religious beliefs and customs. This also applies to off-campus activities such as workplace or clinical placements, fieldwork or other practicum, and the online environment.
In most cases, complaints made to UniSA about a students’ behaviour on social media will be forwarded to the relevant Academic Unit for consideration. Please act considerately when using social media.

If you see a comment on Facebook or Instagram you believe is inappropriate or abusive, you should report it to Facebook or Instagram so that they can take action.
What's happening?
Verse Magazine: Blak Out
Mon 5 Oct - Fri 30 Oct

The Blak Out edition of Verse Magazine has hit the stands! To celebrate this showcase of Aboriginal student excellence, there will be rolling launch events from September right up until NAIDOC in November! We have online yarns with amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, weaving workshops, quizzes, damper making and even drag bingo.
Find out more
Regional Careers Weeks
Mon 12 Oct - Fri 23 Oct

Are you keen to understand how to plan, develop, and maximise your future career? Join our series of webinar sessions to build your skills, knowledge and techniques to take the next steps in your career.
UniTopia Online
Sat 10 Oct - Sat 17 Oct

Want to get some self-care tips from your fellow peers? Or hear from UniSA services that can help you improve your health? There's a bunch of ways to get involved in UniTopia Online, including budgeting workshops, self-care, healthy recipes and more!
Find out more
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