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Greetings all our Real Science Experience minions,

As you will know if you have been here from the start or if you have checked out out info page, we have been conducting this blog as part of a group assignment for a subject teaching us all about how to communicate science to both our colleagues and the public.

Last Thursday we presented to our class, our mentors and our assessors what we’ve done and how effective our task was.

In under two months we’ve accumulated 2780 hits, as well as getting some really valuable insight into how you, the readers of this blog, engaged with us through both your insightful comments and activity on the blog.

Our blog was received really well by everyone: they were impressed not only with the blog itself, but with the readership we have gained in such a small time. So, from all four of us here at The Real Science Experience: thank you! We absolutely could not have done it without you! Sincerely. We would have looked pretty silly reporting that we had no comments and minimal hits. We don’t know our grade yet, but the written feedback we got later was similarly positive.

One question we got asked by many was; would we continue this blog?

We think that should be up to you guys!

You’ve given us the impression that this has really helped some of you, so we feel compelled to continue. But we’ll only do it if the interest is there. So let us know! If you can’t be bothered commenting, we’ve made it really easy for you:

Of course, we’d love to hear from you in the comments, too.

You might be wondering how we celebrated the end of our projects after a semester of hard work. With pizza and cake, of course! Check out some of our pictures from our final seminar!

Two other groups presenting their projects

Cutting cake


Your Favorite Coffee Drink

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Polls
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Which coffee drink is your favorite? Vote in our poll below! ūüôā

Want to know more about software engineering? Read what George, a third year software engineering student from Chicago, has to say about uni and general life as a student.

1. What are you studying?
– I’m studying software engineering at Loyola University in Chicago but I’m currently on exchange at Melbourne University for one semester.

2. How did you get into engineering – what captured your interest?
– My mum worked for someone who was into Software Engineering. He showed me what he could do, and it was really cool stuff at the time, so I knew that afterwards I wanted to do it.

3. Do you have any advice for students considering commencing tertiary study?
– Do NOT procrastinate! These projects get very difficult very quickly. Your mindset has to be practice, practice, practice! Because in computer science, you improve purely on repetition and simulations.

4. Where does your course take you (as a career)?
– There are a few things I can do with this degree, going from becoming a coding rat (an IT Programmer), to doing web development, software architecture, research, software testing, and various other fields.

Georges advice: Do NOT procrastinate!

5. What does your average day at uni consist of?
– An average day consists of going to class, revisions in between classes, grabbing food at the Union House, then hitting up a study area to get some work done to avoid distractions.

6. Which area of uni has become your ‘second home’ when you are studying?
– The ICT has, just because that is where computer science is based out of.

7. How much time do you spend at uni in an average week?
– I spend a good 20-30 hours a week at Uni.

8. Do you work/participate in sport outside of uni? If so how do you balance time between the two?

– I do volleyball outside Uni. You just have to plan out your days around it, and treat it as a de-stresser because work can be stressful at times and one needs a release.

9. Do you have a favourite coffee or food spot on campus?
– I don’t really have a favorite place for coffee or food on campus. If you want pizza, a place called “real meal” has pretty good pizza. Two slices for 5 bucks; can’t go wrong with that! ūüėȬ†:)


If you still want to find out more definitely go via the Eastern Resource Centre (‘ERC’) and the Science Students Centre or check out the¬†Unimelb Handbook¬†for Software engineering subjects.

Coffee on Campus

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Miscellaneous
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Coffee. Coffee! Coffee? The saviour for many students during exams as it helps you stay alert and brighten up your study breaks. But what‚Äôs on the Uni Caf√© Menus? ¬†Cappuccino? Flat white? ¬†Are you, just like I, a beginner in the coffee and espresso world? Here’s a list of what the most common coffee/espresso beverages consist of:

Caff√® Latte¬†¬†– is often called just latte, which means “milk” in Italian. Its made out of one-third espresso and nearly two-thirds steamed milk and is traditionally topped with a foam created from steaming milk.

Cappuccino РEqual parts of  espresso coffee, milk and foam which makes the coffee flavor stronger than the latte. This coffee drink is sometimes sprinkled with cinnamon or cocoa powder.

Flat White – A uniquely Australian coffee, consisting of one part espresso and two parts of steam milk.

Caff√® macchiato – An espresso with a little steamed milk added on top. If you say “long” macchiato you get a double espresso.

Latte macchiato РThe inverse of a caffè macchiato (ei a little bit of espresso poured into milk)

Mocha – This is a latte with chocolate added

Americano – Made with espresso with hot water added to give a similar strength to brewed coffee

Long black – This coffee drink is most common in Australia and New Zealand and is similar to the Americano but prepared in a different order (espresso added to water instead of vice versa)

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With end of semester exams on the way, it’s time for a few exam hints to get you through the study period so you don’t have to resort to this:

There are many ways to tackle an exam: this is not one of them!

Here’s a few that have helped us through the years:

o1 :: Write notes in your own handwriting: it sounds simple, but this is a fantastic way of facilitating your memory. For some people, re-writing out your entire compliment of notes (combining lecture notes, your notes and extra tid bits) is the best way to remember everything. For others, you may want to try something less extreme.

o2 :: If repeatedly writing something over and over again won’t help, write your notes in a new format. You may need to do something more engaging e.g. write an acronym.

o3 :: Are you a visual learner? Take over the kitchen and bathroom with hand-made posters. If you make them yourself you will remember the content better e.g. write out things like the process of photosynthesis and stick it up on your kitchen wall. That way you’ll revise it every morning over breakfast.

o4 ::  Make your own flashcards.

o5 :: Get together with a friend and each of you draw a diagram but leave the labels out. Swap with your friend and see which areas you can fill in.

o6 :: Colour your notes: Relating information to colours will help you remembering.

o7 :: Take short breaks for exercising or doing something fun. When you are relaxing your give your brain some time to encode what you just learned and put it into your long-term memory.

o8 :: ¬†Before you start, clean up your room so that you wont be distracted ¬†(the only time it’s almost fun to clean your room is when you have to study if you don’t)

o9 ::  Utilise your lecturers Рthey are there to help if you do not understand something. But approach them with organised questions. They will be unable to help you if turn up saying you need help understanding a whole topic.

1o ::  Bouncing ideas off friends can be a great way to learn Рbut know your strengths. If group work distracts you, work alone.

11 :: Answer lots of practise questions. The only way to truly test your understanding of concepts is to utilise practise exams and questions. The best way to learn is by getting the questions wrong and having to investigate where you made a mistake – so celebrate incorrect answers!

12 :: Don’t forget to revise your prac book – most exams will test you on practical knowledge, or even prac procedures (e.g. what to clean a pipette out with if you are using X chemical).

13 :: Prepare the night before: get all your exam equipment, student card and seat number ready. Arrive nice and early to double-check your seat number and ensure you’re there for reading time. You don’t need the added stress of things going wrong on the day of your exam.

14 :: Sleep! Some people will pull all-nighters the night before the exam. Sleeping and dreaming is actually critical for converting short-term memory into long-term. You will recall more facts after a decent night’s sleep, believe it or not!

15 :: On that note, eat lots, too. Your brain won’t function without food. You may not feel hungry (the adrenaline produced during study will quell your appetite), but your brain won’t power as well on empty.

16 :: Previous themes will give you an idea of what questions will be asked – look out for these in past exams!

Here at The Real Science Experience, we like to give as much as we receive.

So, to our loyal readers we’re offering a prize: a cinema double pass!

How do you get your hands on one?

We’ll be offering the prize to our top contributer at the conclusion of our assessment on this blog (26th May).

The winner will be chosen based on quality – not just quantity (so spam comments or “good post”-type comments won’t count!).

Bonus points go to anyone who can tell us how they found the blog, what they found useful and what you hoped to see but didn’t!

Be sure to comment with your name and email address so we can keep track of who comments the most!

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*** Disclaimer: Winners will have to be living in Australia – apologies to our international readers!

There is an upcoming Information Night regarding the study of Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne Uni, open to all uni students and secondary school students if anyone is interested. Overall just a heads-up on what you will be likely to undertake in these fields of study… Details are listed below

Here is a link to the campus map if you need directions
Unimelb Parkville Campus Map

                    Wednesday 11th May 2011 6:30pm -8:30pm
                    Theatre A, Elizabeth Murdoch Building
                    The Univertsity of Melbourne, Parkville Campus,
                    Melbourne Victoria
                    Steph Mollica  (+ 61 3) 8344 3340


Current and Prospective Students


                     Click here to register for this event


This session will cover how to study Engineering and IT at Melbourne.

Registration: 6:30pm
Information session: 7:00pm ‚Äď 8:30pm