Positives: There are so many majors to choose from for both my Arts and Science degree. I was able to choose two that made exactly the degree I wanted, and had a lot of overlapping prerequisites. Because of that I have been able to specialise with a lot of the electives I have. It has been incredibly flexible, and the uni is very helpful with working out which subjects you want to do when. I've delayed semesters, gone part time, even had to drop out in week 8 because of illness and the uni has been very responsive and flexible. There are lots of specialised science labs for my science subjects, and I have had lots of arts subjects where everything has an online option - so you can keep working while studying.
Negatives: The science major that I picked has a lot of prereqs, so I'll be adding an extra year to complete all of the other subjects I wanted to do. Had a few dud subjects too!
My advice to future students is: Talk talk talk to someone who has done the majors or subjects you want! The flexibility is amazing but you run the risk of taking two subjects that are similar, or one that might not actually be as relevant to you as it sounds in the one paragraph you get to read before signing up. Also, definitely talk to an adviser / planner - the online portal to sign up to subjects can be tricky. And don't plan holidays for midsem break. All of your major assignments will be due the first days back! Though compared to other unis we do get 2 weeks so you'll be fine.
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: 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- Lots of variety in courses, very relevant and updated course materials as per the current times, very knowledgable and educated faculty with Phd's etc., lots of career counselling also given to support your studying.
Negatives- Sometimes too focussed on course and nothing out of classroom.
My advice to future students is: I reckon I'd say to make sure the culture of Macquarie is what you're after because if not you may not enjoy your complete university experience which is also crucial. Regarding the course just read through faculty profiles and get an essence of how the class will be.
Positive: it was flexible and let me choose the science subjects I was interested in. It was quick and organised.
Negative: could have offered more science options with more specific studies, instead of general topics. Too much of the total mark was weighted on exams.
My advice to future students is: Study a range of sciences, as they’re all interconnected in some way so it’ll further your understanding.
Good variety of subjects, the tutors are knowledgable and amazing, interesting work
My advice to future students is: Try everything you dont have a lot to loose
Positive: challenging, diverse and interesting
Negative: expensive and takes a long time to complete.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you want a career in law afterwards
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