Positives: Really good teachers who go out of their way to help, engaging units and interesting assessments
Negatives: Some units have seemed outdated or irrelevant
My advice to future students is: Give it a go even if you’re not exactly sure what you want to do. You get to try it all which helps you figure it out
Positives: Very open with lots of different majors to choose from along with the opportunity to choose a second major from anywhere in the university (lots of options). The freedom of an arts degree with the push towards employment. Very helpful with introduction to university life and an help in all forms.
Negatives: Some of the compulsory, non-major related courses are very general and dry.
My advice to future students is: A very good degree to help make up your mind with where you want to go. Lots of majors to choose from and swap to.
Positives: It's a nice jumping block to get into a Postgraduate degree. It acts a good pathway helping students decide where they want to go within the human sciences field. For human movement majors physiotherapy looked like the likely postgrad degree option.
Negatives: It did feel that the moment you choose your major that was it in terms of the direction you were going in. They had pretty much chosen for you what job or future you were looking at. Whilst doing this degree I felt quite isolated from help.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you know where you want to go when starting this degree, it is not one that helps push you where you want to go unless it's where they want you to go.
Positives: freedom to choose units so you can do some electives outside of your degree
Negatives: few guidelines for jobs after graduation
My advice to future students is: get an internship before you graduate
Positives: there are many resources available at macquarie university. they go over high school basics initially to refresh yourself then gets straight into the fun stuff... including cadavers
Negatives: it is quite a hard degree especially because there is a lot of content knowledge
My advice to future students is: study hard and create a study plan... and stick to it!
Positives: Macquarie University in particular focuses on the social aspects of education some universities may not cover. After my first year of study I felt politically enlightened on the social effects of education e.g mass education, disabilities, lower socio economic status. A major focus is held upon theories of teaching and how to allow students to learn in their own way. Being a progressive degree, you discover many new and inventive ways to be informative not only in the classroom but in greater society
Negatives: You must have imaginative ideas when lesson planning. Lessons should not be focused on dictation and writing notes because many students do not learn this way. The biggest challenge of this degree is working on your feet to be inventive
My advice to future students is: Make a study plan and follow it. Write down key ideas, key philosophers and key terminologies and study them hard and in depth. The same things pop up in many units where you will cover concepts in more depth each time. Enable yourself to learn
Positives: Positive aspects included the resources provided to enhance my learning, the multicultural aspect of the course which enabled me to gain a further understanding and development in communication
Negatives: the only negative I can outline was the fact that the workload when doing 4 subjects became a bit to much if you were maintain financial independence, with 50% students working and 50% not there was a clear advantage to those not working
My advice to future students is: just to be consistent throughout the period, and also have fun because I miss it and i am only 3 months removed. Theres ups and downs but if you reinforce your future goals you will be succesfull in your course
Positives: It gives students freedom to select how many units to complete per semester
Negatives: I can’t think of any at the moment
My advice to future students is: Study hard during the semester so you don’t cram in the last week
Positives: I study a diverse range of courses in my commerce degree and combining it with arts gives me a chance to study modern history which I am also passionate about. You also get to meet lots of new people
Negatives: economics is really hard and the support networks with tutors as opposed to high school teachers is a really big adjustment
My advice to future students is: Be open minded with uni and don't have any expectations of what it will be like. Also don't go in thinking that the degree you start with is the one that you will end in
Positives: I like the flexibility of having majors at macquarrie, and that you can kinda do a degree more suited to you. At least within social sciences, there is a focus on every social science
Negatives: the location of macquarrie
My advice to future students is: go for it, and if you don't like it do something else!, just decide before census date, or before your 3 years into your degree!
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