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Month: February, 2013

Different types of assesments at uni

There are a few different types of assesments at RMIT, each which you should be familiar with

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1) Exams- many people have been asking when they are on. They are usually held sometime between the beginning of June til the end of June. There is also another period at the end of the year from end of October until mid November.

Most exams go for three hours. But some of them only go for two hours.

2) Tests- These are done during your tutorial time and many of them are closed book. Most of them are multiple choice, but some of them are essay based

3) Orals- These are done during class time and most of students will have an oral at some stage or the other. This is where you will have to talk in front of the class.

4) Essays- these are a shorter assesment. These are less formalised. They haver just an Introduction, a body and a conclusion.

5) Reports- these are longer and more formalised. They have several headings such as Executive summary, Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Results, Discussion and conclusion and sometimes recommendations.

6) Group work- this involves working in teams. Sometimes you can choose your own teams and other times your tutor picks the members. It is recommended that you work with people from different cultures as it is a chance for you to practise your English. In the workplace in Australia this is what you’d do.
Each group should contribute to the group because if you don’t the other people of the group can complain to the tutor and you could be given a lower mark than the other members.



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Pasta can be used for many different things such as salads and other pasta dishes. It costs about $2 per pack but if you are eating by yourself you could probably make about three meals out of this.

You can make many different pasta dishes

Pasta comes in many shapes and forms. We have ravioli, linguine, spaghetti you name it. You can find this all over Melbourne.

If you have not had pasta before- it is Italian and it is made out of flour, water and eggs just like your Chinese noodles and rice. It is a staple in Italy.

City ettiquette

Everything you need to know and obey in the city (mainly for International students)

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1) Stand on the left side of the escalators. That way there’ll be room for those need to move quickly.
2) When someone says excuse me MOVE ASIDE- or you’ll be pushed
3) Wait in the queues- you have to queue for everything. Some people love to be pushy especially if they are in a hurry.
4) If you have a pram, suitcase or a heavy box use the lift instead as it is for that purpose. You’re inconviecing others (and yourself) if you use the escalators
5) Don’t stop in the middle of a walkway even just to admire the scenery- KEEP MOVING!!!!! The person behind you might need to go somewhere. They might get angry if you don’t move.
6) With beggars and some salespeople offering you stuff you can just simply ignore them unless you really want that thing. There are people selling Big Issue ( a magazine) on the streets and some of our friends say its great. If you have a few dollars to spare it is worth buying.
7) When in a train/tram/bus and its standing room only- move the down the aisle if you can.
8) If a train/tram/bus is completely full (which can happen during the peak hour) wait for the next one. Or walk. Don’t just push everyone in.

Nerada tea

They are organic and fair trade and yes I bought them from Coles for $3. They were on Special this week.
Nerada is an organic and fair trade tea company. Here I love their teas for their taste. This is one of my favorite brands of tea
They also have these in Realfoods and RMIT Student union for all students to drink.

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You just simply add boiling water and let it infuse for 3-5 mins. Enjoy.

Jasper Instant coffee

This is one of my favourite coffees as it is flavoursome. Student Union has this type of coffee as they believe in fairtrade.
You can buy this in a jar at the Jasper coffee shops
It is an organic brand.

 They also are fair trade.

It is strong and smokey and can keep some people awake at night. But it is good for those that really need to study hard and work hard.

This blend is from Columbia and it was grown on a mountain slope.

It’s also chocolatey

It is $44.95 for 500 grams

Things you can buy for a gold coin

Hey students are you short on cash? Just paid your uni fees?  Don’t worry Newintstudents team is here to save you with these sorts of ideas.
1) $1 coffee at 7-11
Don’t get paid until next week? Need that coffee? Then there is hope as 7-11 has $1 coffees 24/7!

2) $1- $2 bags of fruit and veg at the Queen Vic Market. There is a stall somewhere at the market that sells these. What a cheap find as the bags are usually 1-2kgs full of fruit or veg (or both)

3) $1 drink at Box Hill
Box hill has some of the cheapest finds there. Most likely in an Asian store you’ll find one of these babies

4) $1 tea packs at the Queen Victoria Market

There is a stall which has these amazing $1 packs of tea bags. No need to visit the supermarket now for them.
5) 1 Jam donut for $1 at the Market- these are really filling and they would last about two hours.

6) Icy poles from the supermarket at $0.50- $2 each

Don’t have enough change to buy a ice cream on a hot day? Well this is another option as some supermarkets have started selling these.

7) Creme eggs at $1- $2 each
You can find these all over Melbourne in the lead up to Easter. they are all over world so there is little need for explanation.

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8) Things from a $2 shop.
There are so many $2 shops popping up everywhere in Melbourne.  Here you can buy lots and lots of goods that you need just for a gold coin each.

9) Herald Sun for $1.20
This has to be the cheapest paper in town. Buy it during the weekdays for $1.20 per copy.

10) Milk for $1 at Coles
Coles is having a special where you can buy their homebrand milk for $1.

11) McDonalds $2 menu
Here I bought a cheeseburger and it filled me right up for a little while.

12) $2 chips from a vending machine
Hungry? Do you need something to fill you up in between classes? RMIT has plenty of vending machines. But just don’t go there all time only in times of real need.

13) Watermelon from the market for $1.20 a kg. They are nice and sweet during summer. And they are more than 1kg

14) A kg of onions for a $1 at the market.
These are big bags of onions and if stored properly will last a few months.

Hope these ideas help.
Do you have any more ideas? Then drop us a line below.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Start the weekend with this classic breakfast dish — a 5-star eggs benedict recipe.

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  • Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 rashers bacon, trimmed
  • 8 thick slices sourdough bread, toasted
  • 8 poached eggs
  • Tarragon leaves, to serve
  • 3 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
  • 200g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature

The lunchbox guide by Katherine

All of these you can buy from the market/supermarket.
It just takes time to organise and make it each morning but here are a few suggestions which are easy on the wallet and good for your health.
1) Pork with salad and fruits
The pork I bought it from Costco and it was in the freezer. I had it last night for dinner- grilled

2) Tuna sandwich.
I bought a can of tuna for about $1 at the supermarket. There I have added some bread to it from home.

3) Tuna with crackers
I bought another can of tuna, this time Coles home brand tuna for $0.90. I had some leftover crackers which I needed to finish.

4) Ham bagels/sandwiches
As a child and in my early years of uni (before I started working that was) I used to love making ham bagels/sandwiches. I still do these days. When I want a bagel I go to the Vic Market and buy one for $1.80. That and some ham.

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5) Cup noodles

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As a teenager and in my early years of uni during the wintertime I used to love Cup noodles ($1.80-$2).  But I used to have them only just occasionally, never everyday. And I would have this with some fruits and my usual crudites.

Students I hope that these ideas will encourage you to bring your own lunch from home most days. And if you love hot foods eating last nights leftovers is another good idea too as RMIT has a few microwaves free for students to use on campus.
Do bring your own water to class as well. RMIT has a few drinking fountains

What you can get from RMIT for free

Students you can collect so much stuff from RMIT for free if you are a student at RMIT. Here’s what you can collect.
1) The RMIT student diary for 2013
Here you can organise all of your assignments in this really thick book. I love the red cover, its cool and retro. The only downside is that they have one coupon for Skydive and the rest are all RMIT ads.
Available to collect from the HUB.

2) The freebies from Medibank Private
Although these aren’t from RMIT, Medibank Private is sponsored by RMIT and they give away all these fantastic freebies like a free bag, water bottles etc.

3) Free food if there is an opening.
Last time there was an opening was at a coffee shop in the SAB building. When I bought a coffee there was a free muffin that came with it. It was small, but it did fill me up.

4) Magazines
These aren’t from RMIT. They are from the Student Union and they are written by students for students. Catalyst is one example of a free magazine. The other one is Utimes, a uni paper written for students.
Both you can collect at various times of the year from Campus.

5) Free books
Sometimes RMIT has free books for students to take home as they are old and outdated

6) Free fruit
Sometimes there is free fruit from the RMIT health service

7)Free wallplanners
Both Student Union and RMIT have these for students to pick up. RMIT’s one is outside the Study and Learning centre

Discrimination in Melbourne

In the last few years there have been lots and lots of issues of discrimination that are faced by students.

All students at some point have culture shock. But some experience it more than others.
The Indian students have faced it more than others with lots and lots of racial taunts and bashings particularly at night and in the dangerous suburbs such as Footscray, Dandenong etc.

Some of the other Asian students have faced it in shops where locals raise the prices of everything or refuse to help them.

It also is existent when there are no concessions for international students for public transport and uni fees. Uni fees are triple the amount that a local has to pay.

For some of the jobs such as fast food and convenience stores international students get paid lower rates than others.

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