Study Smart

Online guides and helpful videos on preparing for university and exams, writing assignments, referencing tools, training to improve digital and social media skills, and online bookings for group study spaces.

Preparing for university

The library is so much more than books on shelves! Getting to know your library will help make studying at university so much easier.


Social media skills

There's a pretty high chance you have a Facebook account. And maybe also Instagram, YouTube or Snapchat. But are you making the most of your social networks?


Bookable group study spaces

Bookable group study spaces are perfect for acing any group assessment.

Preparing for your assignment

The first step to getting your assignment done is to understand what you need to do. You need to pull your assignment question apart to figure out how to put an answer together that will score you top marks.

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Where to search Searching more effectively Types of sources Evaluating sources Academic integrity

Writing your assignment

You’ve unpacked the topic, gathered information, and now you’re ready to write your assignment. Most academic writing has a similar structure. Whether it’s an essay, a case study or a literature review, you will have to write an introduction, body and conclusion.



Referencing is how you clearly and consistently acknowledge all the information sources you have used in your work.


Exam prep

Exam prep starts at the beginning of the trimester. That’s right. Once you set foot into that lecture theatre in Week 1, you should have mid-trimester and finals on your mind. Okay, so maybe not on your actual first day, but you should definitely start prepping during the trimester. It’s actually easier than it sounds.

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Academic skills workbook

This workbook as been created to help develop and apply your academic, information and digital literacies.

Access free online training to improve your digital skills

You can access free online training in the various versions of Microsoft Office. Step-by-step instructions and videos are available in Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office products that allow you to improve your digital skills. Microsoft Virtual Academy offers free online training to help develop your skills. Access training in Excel, PowerPoint, visualisation, analysis and more.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Quiz yourself

After looking through the above sections you may take the Study Smart Quiz to test your understanding of academic writing.

Study help

Smarthinking is a free 24/7 online tutoring service available to all Griffith students seeking advice on improving their writing skills. Students can submit their assignment draft for review and receive a response in 24 hours. Smarthinking and Study Smart are your first step​s​ to improving your writing and study skills.

Book a consultation with a specialist for help with your academic skills or researching skills during library opening hours.


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