If you would like to volunteer as a MUSA mentor for semester two, 2013, please fill in the following form before Friday July 26th and we will get back to you!
Mentor profiles coming soon!
1. Join CAHS
Joining CAHS is an easy way to settle into your new degree as you will make new friends with like-minded first years, as well as many other students of different levels, with whom you can attend have a number of social events throughout the year. In addition to this, you will have access to our amazing student-run mentoring programs, CLAMO! and MUSA.
2. Gain the upper hand
There are a lot of workshops and seminars during O-week as well as weeks one to three that aim to help first years navigate their way through the most common aspects of university. Some of the most useful ones to attend are the library tours during O-week, an essay workshop that your ancient history tutors will prepare for you in the first few weeks of classes and also a library research seminar that is scheduled for your first or second week of tutorials. Have a look on the UQ orientation website (www.orientation.uq.edu.au) and keep your eyes peeled around campus for other sessions that you think will be useful for you to attend: it’ll be worth your time!
3. Map it out
On day one you’re going to find out how much assessment you have for the coming semester – if you haven’t already via course profiles. Don’t stress! Instead, make a chronological list of every piece of assessment that you have for all of your subjects and stick it on your wall. Make sure you know how much each assessment item is worth and when it is due. It’s important to give yourself enough time to both research and write your assignments, and make sure you’re ready for exams. Therefore, the next step is to map out, in your diary or calendar, when you need to start these sorts of things and when they need to be completed. Try and give yourself as much time as you can – you don’t want to write all your assignment the night before! Give yourself at least a week to write each one and you’ll be a lot less stressed in the long run! Before you know it, you’ll be ticking the essays off one by one.
4. Prepare and participate
One of the biggest shocks for most students when they first come to university is how much reading they have to do each week for lectures and tutorials. Make sure you map out a time every week to do those readings, whatever way works for you! For example, you might want to punch them all out in one or two days or maybe read a handful of pages a day over a week. Those readings actually will help you when it comes to class – you’ll know what’s going on, be able to ask smart questions and even answer them, and be in a much better position come exam time. Sitting back and listening to lectures and tutorials without doing the weekly required readings will not get you good grades. They’re also extremely useful for essays and exam prep – so make sure you don’t neglect them! If you’re running short on time, try to read the ancient sources on your topic at least.
5. Have a game plan
It’s important for you to figure out how you are going to take notes to make the most of your lectures and tutorials. Almost every lecturer will post lecture notes on blackboard before lectures or produce a course booklet for you. Many students choose to take these notes to class with them since a lot of the lecture content is already written up for them and they don’t have to take down as many notes. Some students may take these lecture notes as guidelines and add to the notes they took while doing their weekly readings. Other students need only a pen and paper. Try out a few systems and find out what works best for you.
6. Think ahead
Previous end of semester exam papers for both Ancient History and Classical Languages can be accessed via the library website (see the resources page to find out how). Try printing some of these off in week one or two and familiarise yourself with the format of the exam and the sorts of questions that you might be asked. Exam study works differently for everyone, but knowing what to revise makes it much easier.
7. Ask for help
It’s important to remember that there is always someone to whom you can turn for help. Make the most of CAHS’ mentoring programs, CLAMO! And MUSA. Drop into the help sessions whenever you feel you need help or send your mentor an email at anytime; we’re more than happy to help! In addition to this, both your lecturer and tutor have a consultation hour every week in which you can arrange to meet with them to discuss any troubles you are having with the course. Other students, CAHS mentors, BA @ UQ mentors, teachers, HPRC administrators, Student Help on Campus, Student Services, librarians, IT technicians and many others are all here to help, so don’t be afraid to ask (contact details for all of the above mentioned can be found throughout this booklet).
8. Have a break
Fact: If you want to achieve distinctions and high distinctions at university you are going to have to work hard. However, it is important to recognise the difference between working hard and running yourself down. By mapping out your assessment and planning your weekly readings you will naturally find spare time to spend with your family and friends or to do other things that you enjoy. Giving yourself a break from your desk allows you to maintain a positive attitude towards study. On the other hand, being disorganised or simply choosing to overwork yourself will make you a slave to your desk and lead you to despise your studies. This never ends well, and you owe it to yourself and Classics and Ancient History to do your best!
9. Look after yourself
I’m looking at you, school leavers! It is much easier to be a productive student if you nourish yourself with healthy meals, regularly participate in an exercise you enjoy and allow yourself to get enough sleep – especially at times when you have assessment due or exams!
10. Roll with the punches
Being a first year isn’t always easy. At times you will find yourself stressing over your readings, not understanding assessment, getting a lower mark than you expected to receive, finding it difficult to not have your high school friends with you and struggling to come to terms with how impersonal the university system can be outside of the school of HPRC. Don’t let it get you down! Take all of your good and bad experiences in your stride and simply remember to learn from them and keep rolling with the punches.
The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics (HPRC)
Room E306, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Office Hours: 9am – 4.30pm, Mon – Fri
Phone: 3365 2620
Social Sciences and Humanities (SS&H) Library
Duhig Building (2) and Building 12
Opening Hours, Email and phone: see website
John East, Classics and Ancient History Librarian at SS&H Library
Hours: part time, Tues – Fri
Phone: 3346 0546
The Faculty of Arts
Room E206, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Office Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm, Mon – Fri
Phone: 3365 2866
BA @ UQ (Facebook mentoring programme for all Arts students)
A similar website, BA First Year Community, can accessed via myUQ
Office Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Mon – Fri
Phone: 3365 1704
Student Help on Campus (SHOC)
Level 1, Student Union Complex (Downstairs from Red Room)
Opening Hours: 8.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri
Phone: 3346 3400
Information Technology Services (ITS)
Phone: 3365 600
Find ITS staff at the service desk in the Duhig Building (2)
|Course Code||Course Title||Course Coordinator|
|ANCH1240||The Rise of Ancient Greece: Greek History to the 4th Century B.C.||Dr Chris Malone|
|ANCH2030||Myth, Magic and Religion in the Ancient World||Dr Chris Malone|
|ANCH2230||The Age of Imperial Rome: Politics & Society from Tiberius to Constantine||Dr Caillan Davenport|
|ANCH2250||The Career and Influence of Julius Caesar||Dr Tom Stevenson|
|WRIT3100||Writing Ancient History||Dr Tom Stevenson|
|GREK1110||Introductory Greek||Dr Tom Stevenson|
|GREK2230||Greek Language and Literature 1||Mr Murray Kane|
|GREK3001||Advanced Greek 1 (2013: Herodotus)||Mr Murray Kane|
|LATN1110||Introductory Latin||Dr Janette McWilliam/Dr Caillan Davenport|
|LATN2230||Latin Language & Literature 1||Dr Caillan Davenport|
|LATN3001||Advanced Latin 1 (2013: Cicero)||Dr Luca Asmonti|
|Course Code||Course Title||Course Coordinator|
|ANCH1250||The Rise of Ancient Rome: Roman History from Romulus to Augustus||Dr Caillan Davenport/Dr Chris Malone|
|ANCH2040||The World of Classical Athens: Democracy, Culture and Society||Dr David Pritchard|
|ANCH2290||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece||Dr Amelia Brown|
|ANCH2280||Roman Society and Civilisation||Dr Janette McWilliam|
|ANCH3030||Special Topic in Roman History: Culture, Identity & Power under the Roman Empire||Dr Janette McWilliam|
|GREK2120||Intermediate Greek||Dr David Pritchard|
|GREK2240||Greek Language & Literature 2||Mr Murray Kane|
|GREK3002||Advanced Greek 2 (2013: Euripides)||Mr Murray Kane|
|LATN2120||Intermediate Latin||Dr Janette McWilliam|
|LATN2240||Latin Language & Literature 2||Dr Caillan Davenport|
|LATN3002||Advanced Latin 2 (2013: Latin Love Poetry)||Dr Luca Asmonti|
If you know your Caesar from your Cicero, your Flavians from your Severans, your Illiad from your Odyssey, or you just like shouting “THIS IS SPARTA” every now and then, the Classics and Ancient History Society is for you!
CAHS is a society that aims to create a fun space for students to connect and engage with other like-minded people on all things historical. We provide the social events and learning support you need to get you through your time at uni – whether you’re a Latin, Greek or Ancient History major, or just interested. Although most of our academic support is aimed at undergraduate students, we welcome all members to our social events – regardless of whether ancient history is your major, your lifelong passion or just a hobby.