The Good Life Series

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Free Workshops

The Good Life Series is a schedule of workshops with topics including:

  • Surviving Student Life
  • Professional Development
  • Healthy Living  
  • Ways to get involved
  • Try something new!

We're not saying we’ve got all the answers but we’ve pulled together some interesting people who know what they are talking about!

What: 1 hour workshops presented by UOW or local professional services and experienced students
Where: Locations vary. Check each workshop below for details. 

When:Tuesdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

Free light lunch. Get in quick though so you don't miss out - first in first served.

Autumn 2016 Workshops 
Week: Date: Topic:
2  8 March Get Involved: Volunteering at UOW
3 15 March House Hunting and Renting for First-Timers
4 22 March  Swim Between the Flags: Be Safe on the Beach
5 29 March Budget Better and Manage Your Money
6 5 April Aussie Culture and Slang
7 12 April Ace Your Assignments
8 19 April Beat Stress with Mindfulness
9 3 May Create and Innovate: Entrepreneurship
10 10 May Job Hunting: Think Outside the Box
11 17 May The Dos and Don'ts of Networking
12  24 May Study Buddies: Exam Prep Made Easy
13 31 May Keep Calm and Survive Exams
STUVAC 7 June Stress Relief: African Drumming

Coming up this session...


Get involved: volunteering at uow 

Presenter: CSE (UniCrew), Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), UOW Wellbeing, UOWx)

When: Tuesday 8th March (Week 2) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: Panizzi Room - Ground Floor UOW Library (to the right of main entrance doors) 

There are so many volunteering opportunities on offer here at UOW, it's a great way to meet new people right from the start of session. Getting involved outside the classroom gives you the chance to gain valuable experience, show prospective employers what your interests are, and make a contribution to your uni community!

What this workshop covers:

  • Learn to get involved in volunteering
  • Learn how to become a UniCrew volunteer member, an AIME Mentor, a Wellbeing Ambassador, an AIME mentor, and the UOWx program
  • How you can make a difference in the community
  • Discover all the amazing benefits of volunteering 



House Hunting and Rental Agreements for First-Timers:

Presenter: UOW Legal Clinic

When: Tuesday 15th March (Week 3) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms, Level 1 Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

Looking for a place to live in Wollongong can be stressful. This is an essential workshop for those looking to rent, or are already renting accommodation in Wollongong. Be armed with the right information about what landlords and real estate agents can ask of you!

Find out:

  • Your rights as a tenant here in New South Wales
  • How to make your application competitive
  • What you need to pay upfront i.e. what landlords and agents are allowed to ask for
  • Setting up electricity, gas, phone and internet

If you have any further questions, the UOW Legal Clinic is available for FREE, professional, and confidential appointments. So you can follow up with real lawyers for free if you're currently facing any issues.

Find out more about this service and how to make an appointment via the website. 



Swim Between the Flags: Be Safe on the Beach

Presenter: UOW Surf Life Saving Club

When: Tuesday 22 March (Week 2) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms, Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

What greater way to immerse yourself in Aussie culture than by jumping in the ocean and catching some waves? Before you do this though, come along to our beach safety session and the UOW SLSC will tell you all you need to know about staying safe and taking advantage of the best that our Wollongong beaches have to offer!

Find out:

  • How to identify a rip
  • Be safe and confident in the waves
  • Be sun safe
  • How to get involved in the Surf Life Saving Club at UOW 


Budget Better and Manage Your Money

Presenter: UOW Financial Counselling - Desiree Zeballos 

When: Tuesday 29th March (Week 5) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

Keep on top of your finances and don't let lack of money cause you extra stress. Get savvy with identifying where you can minimise your expenses and learn to set realistic goals with your finances. Remember, help is at hand if you are experiencing financial difficulty with our UOW Financial Counselling service.


  • How to enhance your budgeting skills
  • How to manage your debt
  • What you can do if you're not eligible for financial assistance via HECS or Youth Allowance
  • What support you can get from the UOW Financial Counselling Services 


Aussie Culture and Slang

GLSW Aussie Slang

Presenter: Global Communicators Program / International Student Programs

When:Tuesday 5 April (Week 6) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

'Good onya!' 'Come round for a few snags on the barbie and pass us the tommy sauce while you're at it...'

Does this make any sense to you? If not, don't worry! Even people who come from other English speaking countries often have trouble understanding Australians. Customs and social behaviours can also be different, and you may find them strange, funny, or even frustrating. 

Come to this session to learn more about Aussie culture and ask us to explain any phrases that don't make sense!


Ace Your Assignments

GLSW Ace Your Assignments

Presenter: Ace Your Assignments

When:Tuesday 12 April (Week 7) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: Panizzi Room - Ground Floor UOW Library (to the right of main entrance doors)

There is an art to getting prepared to start your assignments! It's definitely something that takes practice but the good news is it's something you can learn. Come along to this workshop with UOW Learning Development to find out how to get your assignments done like a pro!

Get some advice on:

  • Brainstorming and planning your assignment
  • Breaking down the question and organising your thoughts
  • Developing and evaluating drafts
  • What academic markers are looking for
  • How you can get the most from Learning Development throughout session


Beat Stress with Mindfulness

GLSW Beat Stress with Mindfulness

Presenter: UOW Counselling

When:Tuesday 19th April (Week 8) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: UOW Wellbeing Centre - Building 11

When midsession exams start to get closer and the pile of assignments start to get bigger, we're all likely to feel a little overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. Don't worry, there is a tool that you can learn so you can experience less stress and anxiety, and our UOW Counsellors are experts in showing you how. Mindfulness meditation is a proven way to reduce stress and build your resilience. So come and pick up some useful techniques to practice mindfulness for yourself so you are ready to tackle those uni commitments head on! 

Create and Innovate Good Life Series

Create and Innovate: Entrepreneurship

Presenter: iAccelerate - Deon de Saldanha

When:Tuesday 3rd May (Week 9) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

Got a great project idea? Want to invent an awesome gadget? Maybe you have a start-up idea you want to work on? All great ideas start with a first step, and iAccelerate might be the next step for you! Come along to this session to learn all you need to know to turn those creative dreams into a reality. 

 Job Hunting Good Life Series

Job Hunting: Think Outside the Box

Presenter: Careers Central

When:Tuesday 10th May (Week 10) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

If you're in your final year of study or are preparing for life after uni, getting a job is likely to be high on your list of things to think about. The good news is, there's loads of ways to search for the right opportunity for you. Online search engines, employment agencies, and resume dropping are only some of the ways to get noticed. But did you know sometimes more direct methods and more research can lead to increased opportunities? You will after this workshop!

This session will cover:

  • Creative job hunting techniques
  • Networking tips
  • Contacting organisations directly with exploratory applications
  • Using social media to find a job
  • How you can access support from Careers Central to help your journey into the workforce 

 Good Life Series - Networking

The Dos and Don'ts of Networking

Presenter: Careers Central / International Student Programs

When:Tuesday 17th May (Week11) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

Starting a conversation with somebody in a professional capacity can be intimidating and tricky to do. There are some tips and tricks you can learn though to help you on your way. Like all things, good networking takes practice. Be sure to come along and practice these skills in a safe and supportive environment with others who want to learn and practice just like you, so you can develop your perfect pitch. 


  • How to pitch yourself - sharing what you're about with others in a professional context
  • How to approach professionals 
  • How to network according to your personality type - shy people can be good networkers too!
  • How to be aware of and use your body language to send the right message 

 Good Life Series Group Study

Study Buddies: Exam Prep Made Easy

Presenter: PASS

When:Tuesday 24th May (Week 12) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

When it's week 12, final exams are on your doorstep so maximising your study time is the best way to go! The team from the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program are experts in helping you to reach your study goals. PASS leaders will be sharing their ways to help you coordinate an effective study group, so you can save time, share the load, and make the most of learning with others. 

Come to this workshop to learn:

  • How to make the most of your study time through group study
  • How to retain and remember information effectively, including by teaching others
  • How you can access support from the PASS program and Learning Co-Op

 Good Life Series Keep Calm and Survive Exams

Keep Calm and Survive Exams

Presenter: UOW Wellbeing 

When:Tuesday 31st May (Week 13) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: CSE Meeting Rooms, Level 1, Building 11 (Above Rush 2)

Come and learn the best ways to survive exams from those who have been through them time and time again - our UOW Wellbeing student leaders. Come to this workshop when they share their top tips on keeping calm, happy and well - even during exams. Give yourself the best chance of doing your best by learning how to feel your best even when stresses are high.

 Good Life Series African Drumming

Stress Relief: African Drumming

Presenter: Sol Illawarra

When:Tuesday 7th June (STUVAC) / 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: Under the Fig Tree (Duck Pond Lawn)

Put down the pen and pick up the drum! Give yourself a much-needed study break and drum some of that stress away in a fun, interactive group drumming session. Enjoy the rhythm of Djembe's and Dun Duns (Bass drums) from West Africa, congas from Cuba and log drums from the Cook Islands. 

Come along and have some fun:

  • Have a go at hand drumming and body percussion
  • Enjoy creating unique rhythm and music 
  • Refresh your mind and body so you can keep up your energy during exam study


Looking for academic skills workshops?

The Learning Development team have an annual schedule of workshops on studying, reading, referencing, essay writing, exams and heaps more.   

Have questions?

Come and ask us in the Centre of Student Engagement (upstairs in Building 11, above Rush 2) or send us an email:

Last reviewed: 29 April, 2016