Positives: The ability to gain practical experience in both 2nd and 3rd year.
Gain likeminded friends that support your goals.
Negatives: The Lecture times and speed of certain lecturers speech can be overwhelming.
High content load when juggling 4 Units in a semester.
My advice to future students is: Before going into any degree, first search career pathways and see if your passions relate back to what you are studying in each unit.
Gain work placement prior to starting in a area of study to gain insights to what the career you are choosing is the right one for you.
Positives: The lectures so far have been very approachable and they try to make the lectures interesting and put in effort to engage with the students which makes going to class enjoyable.
Negatives: I was not expecting the Psychology degree to include this much mathematical content which is required for a number of Statistics units. The main campus is at Callaghan and I am at the smaller Ourimbah campus and unfortunatly many Ourimbah students feel that there is a difference between the two locations with Callaghan having a wider variety of elective courses available on campus, more on campus facilities and more of emphasis on campus student culture.
My advice to future students is: Brush up on your math skills in preparation for the statistics units. If you a looking for an interesting elective unit I highly recommend Auslan - So far my favorite elective. In regards to the difference in campus, I like that Ourimbah is smaller so it is easier to get around campus, it is not as crowded and has free onsite parking however if you are looking to experience more of the stereotypical campus culture outside of class times with the emphasis on student events like toga parties and trivia nights you should probably consider study at Callaghan.
Positives: It really puts into perspective what working in social work will be like. They teach us the things we will really need for the future.
There is a lot of discussion and group activities as well
Negatives: My courses are a lot of 50% assignments and not many exams
My advice to future students is: You can never stop learning. Always keep trying to better yourself. And if you fail that’s okay, just try again
Positives: Interesting and hands one. Lecturers were mostly amazing
Negatives: Some lecturers were not great.
My advice to future students is: Find people in your course that you can work with and help each other out. Everyone learns differently don't feel bad if you don't get a concept straight away.
Negatives: Not in Singapore
My advice to future students is: Study hard so don’t have to go overseas and study
Positives: A lot of hands on
My advice to future students is: Have. An interest
Positives: Interesting as this is my passion
Negatives: Some teaching materials are quite poorly set and some Lecturers are not exactly clear on what they are teaching
My advice to future students is: Work hard
Positives: 1) Course coordinators care about our feedback regarding the course and make amends accordingly (i.e. course coordinators are flexible)
2) Learning points are outlined clearly so we know what we are going to be tested on for exams
3) Interesting content!
4) There are some good tutors who really go the extra mile to teach us our stuff
Negatives: 1) There is some disparity in what we are taught, depending on tutor
2) Sometimes lecturers don't follow the learning points we are given and teach us something else we already know/don't need to know
3) Some tutors don't know what they're doing, and 1 or 2 of them don't bother to find out things for you if they're unclear on something/prefer to give you the wrong answer rather than admit they are wrong
My advice to future students is: Keep up to date with work and study consistently, prepare notes every weeks so you don't have to rush the notes at the end
Positives: The teachers are helpful if in trouble, if problems then IT will help, the classes are good and informative but not always over what the teacher has on his or her ppt.
Negatives: The teachers don’t care if the students themselves do the papers, the space is small, the computer rooms are not quiet even if they should be, hard to study in school.
My advice to future students is: Be ready for short time until the first exam in a new subject which you only had for a month
Positives: - good amounts of practical experience
- build strong connections with other teachers
Negatives: - a few seemingly irrelevant courses
- very biased subjects
My advice to future students is: Give it your best shot because it’s worth it!
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