I find Uni.. I have overall enjoyed it. I have lots of support from my tutors and from different services, such the prac office, student services and admin. The people at Notre dame are also really friendly too!
Positives: I love that it is in the heart of Fremantle as this made breaks really fun, for example you’re close to the beach, esplanade park, shops and lots of cafes!!
It’s also good in the way that it is very large and has 3 libraries- meaning that you’ll always find a space to study.
Notre dame frequency brings in professionals to talk to us about our future jobs and to talk us through workshops, such as teaching children with autism and how to use ict in the classroom.
I also like that compared to other universities offering education degrees, Notre dame is the uni that gives students more practical learning. We do 32 weeks in total of prac throughout the degree. This is a lot more than Murdoch or Curtin where they do around 5 weeks per year.
Negatives: The internet connection is very unreliable. It often is very slow or doesn’t work.
My advice to future students is: Have a look at other universities offering the same course and compare them! I didn’t compare them and I wish I did because a lot of people say this degree is harder at Notre dame compared to Murdoch. I think this is because they have shorter pracs which would have been less stress.
I'm doing a Bachelor of Science with a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major).
Positives: Bachelor of science:
1. The teachers and lectures are friendly and kind, but still professional and experts in their field
2. The course content is up to date (e.g. molecular and cell biology) with recent updates and developments in each field being acknowledged send explained
3. The assessments are relevant and feedback is o e.g. provided. E. G. Giving speeches, designing posters and explaining concepts - relevant and necessary skills in science and arts
Negatives: Arts degree:
My arts degree is the opposite. I love theatre, but the teacher at Notre dame (for semester one) was useless. The content was dull and irrelevant, as was the teacher who was often late for classes.
My advice to future students is: Embrace uni life. It is a lot of fun.
Try to maintain a good balance with study, avoid procrastination if possible - I procrastinated in semester one and regretted it! Make your study each week AND DON'T SLACK OFF!!!
Positives: The uni I attend provides more opportunities for prac within a school more than any other uni I know. It's a smaller uni which allows lecturer to develop more meaningful relationships with students
Negatives: The length of the prac prevent me to work
My advice to future students is: Save money in prep for your prac. But make sure you have a passion for teaching because this isn't a easy career to commit too
Positives: One the positive aspects of this course has to be the university itself. The small nature of the university allows for a really personal learning experience as the educators are more than happy to provide help and assist with any enquirers. It’s incredibly flexible as you can choose either a double major or minor or whichever suites your preferences
Negatives: The group assignments can be incredibly tiring and stressful and I wish that less of my grade was determined by other people I have to work with.
I’m majoring in History and Literature and would have hoped for a better employability rate in comparison to other degrees.
My advice to future students is: To lean on other students. I have made some incredible mates during my uni years and they have helped me out significantly. The lecturers are incredible as well, for the most part, and if you need help you should definitely seek it out.
Positives: The amount of practical experience with teaching we get in the degree. Some units can be really fun & engaging
Negatives: They teach the content to us as university students not how we should teach children
My advice to future students is: You need to really want to become a teacher. We do 10 week pracs and it’s important you can have fun with the class and also see yourself doing it as a career
Positives: I really enjoy how much class room time i get during my placements. It allows me to gain invaluable experience that i will be able to draw from when i am a graduate teacher
Negatives: i do not enjoy the logos program which is a mandatory theology, ethics and philosophy subject at notre dame
My advice to future students is: if you are looking for a well rounded and pracitcally based degree this degree is for you!
Positives: The positive aspects of my degree can mostly be attributed to the heavy practical focus of the degree. Nursing requires a lot of practical, hands on work so the lengthy clinical placements and regular laboratory subjects allowed me to not only consolidate my knowledge, but also gain confidence and practical skills which have been extremely beneficial for me in the workforce.
Negatives: The nursing faculty is quite small so i missed out on the university experience i would have liked to have.
My advice to future students is: If you learn in a practical way like i do, i would highly recommend this course! Look into the course you wish to study beforehand and assess whether it is more practical or theory based to make sure it suits your learning styles and preferences.
Positives: There is a lot more hours practical placements compared to other universities. This makes us a step above the other universities because we have more opportunities to practise our skills and gain experience which will in turn help increase our employment prospects. Additionally all the lecturers and tutors are part-time nurses. This means that the knowledge and skills that they teach us are relevant and evidence based.
Negatives: Our teaching semesters are only 8 weeks long to provide us time for prac placements. This means that the semester is very intense and the workload is very demanding. Additionally, all the tutorials are compulsory so you have to go into uni even if u only have a one hour class in the middle of the day which can be very inconvenient. Lastly, the cohort is very big and nursing is a very popular degree at the moment meaning that employment prospects are low.
My advice to future students is: You need to really consider whether nursing is for you. If you want to earn a big salary this isn’t your degree to study. You need to be very passionate about caring for people or else you will find yourself questioning why you are studying the degree. Also your schedule has to be very flexible as you get little to no input about when you do pracs, as part of signing up to do the degree you have to say that you are available at anytime. Additionally, the uni doesn’t allow this course to be completed as a part time student.
Positives: The CoC (continuity of care) experience. This is an aspect of the course that involves following pregnant women through their pregnancy by supporting them and at the same time gaining the experience needed to become a Midwife. Another positive aspect is that its a very practical course and involves lots of clinical practicum and hands-on.
Negatives: The clinical practicum and CCE (continuity of care experience) can be time consuming and tasking. Can be challenging to find that balance between study and personal life.
My advice to future students is: Be well prepared and organized before commencing the course.
Positives: Small cohort which means its very friendly, collaborative and excellent mentorship from tutors
Negatives: Poor communication from the school to the students about what is expected of them
My advice to future students is: Work hard and seek help if you need it. Don't suffer alone
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