Positives: There are so many positive aspects of this course, it is the bridge for individuals that for whatever reason have not completed their HSC due to problems at home or difficult or adverse experiences. It allows them to experience a university environment, and two university subjects along side all the subjects needed to bridge the gap so that when you do start university, especially if you stay at the same university you know what to expect and are comfortable. It gives you the ability to mix with others of similar backgrounds so you are no longer treated like the freak by teachers, students or the parents of students. The teachers are invested in what you do and go out of their way to help....I even passed maths.
Negatives: Honestly, I can't think of any, from my point of view I was given the best experience possible, right down to them letting me get away with not wearing shoes, the library at least when i was there at the main campus is open 24 hrs a day and callagan students can use the main library. The only real negative due to the distance i had to travel for classes was it was annoying and expensive when i only had one class on some days so if i had to say there was anything negative putting more classes on the same days, and if that means we have a free day schedule it as a library or study day where you can go to any of your teachers or the library with a problem, and like me with math bring your understanding up high enough to pass, the work is harder than doing your HSC but that motivated me more.
My advice to future students is: If you had adverse circumstances in your life that either cost you the mark you would have gotten for your HSC or didn't complete it due to that situation, ring your local university and ask if they have a bridging course like NewStep and apply, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Positives: a good introduction to uni life and option for hsc marks not being good enough
Negatives: nothing really
My advice to future students is: make sure to take this seriously and start good study habits early in the year
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