Positives: This course allows students to complete their first teaching prac within the first trimester, this is great as you get a feel what it would be like to work as a teacher before you progress further into the degree. All subjects are relevant and workshops teach you practical skills to use within your teaching practice.
Negatives: The workload is huge. There are many required readings to complete, online lectures/activities, face-to-face workshops, teaching practicums, and very lengthly assessment pieces. It is hard to work in paid employment during this course, especially during the 3 week block of full time teaching prac.
My advice to future students is: Ask local schools if you can volunteer within classrooms to experience what a typical day is like for a teacher. Ensure you are organised - plan out what assessments are due within the trimester and start assessment tasks early so you do not need to worry about them while you are on prac!
Positives: Getting to go on prac early was great. Even though it’s just observational, the fact that we get to actually get into the school in our first year is unique to Griffith and I think it helps solidify that this is the degree and career I want to pursue.
Negatives: Sometimes it feels like the tutors and their marking is incredibly unbalanced. Some classes will excel with subpar assignments whilst great assignments are marked quite harshly. Trimesters aren’t great for work/life balance either.
My advice to future students is: Sign up and stick it out until at least the end of trimester two. That way you get to see how the degree will help you get into a school and if it’s worth the whole studying process.
Positives: Lecturers were great. They were polite, helpful and made the classroom fun. Prac was also great.
Negatives: Lots of speeches! Little practical involvement, felt as if majority of what I was learning was irrelevant.
My advice to future students is: Constantly check your emails! Sadly notifications aren’t connected to your normal emails so unless you check frequently you’ll miss out on lots of information.
I'm studying primary education.
Positives: We can specialise in a certain area of teaching. If we want to pursue a sports teaching role or music for example we can do extra stuff in that area
Negatives: The work load seems to all come at once instead of being spread out
My advice to future students is: Volunteer or do some coaching with children first to see if you like it, lots of people drop out after doing their first practical placement
Positives: The flexibility of the course, relevance to what i want to study, practicality and really prepares you for real world experiences
Negatives: A lot of online delivery which is hard to concentrate on
My advice to future students is: Work bit by bit and make sure you love what you’re doing
Positives: You’re learning a lot of stuff you can apply later on in your life. The theoretical assignments sometimes get hard but you’re always applying it to real life situations and reflecting on yourself and who you want to be as a teacher. It’s an eye opener
Negatives: Going to Uni. Having 1 hour lectures, and 2 hour tutorials.
My advice to future students is: If you can’t decide what to do, don’t rush yourself. Take some time off and figure things out for yourself. Life is so short and you don’t want to spend it doing something you don’t like.
Positives: I enjoyed the way that the lecturers and tutors conduct themselves, as well as experience with the prac.
Negatives: It was very tolling, and you can’t easily hold down a full time job whilst studying this course, because of the practical placements
My advice to future students is: Be ready to give 100% to your study in order to succeed
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