This course is a great course for someone who is unsure of what they want to focus on at university as it provides a variety of subject choices and options for majors/minors.
It is also a good preparation course for someone looking to be a teacher as I was.
I am studying Bachelor of Arts doing Extended Major in Japanese and minoring in Film & Television Studies.
- UQ by far has the best Japanese curriculum across Queensland.
- Has native speaker lecturers with very good academic background who can help you out with your studies
- UQ also has many language learning opportunities, such as language student clubs and UQ Abroad Programs
- The Japanese courses are differentiated into 3 different levels which cover all of your language levels. Starting from Beginner to Advance, in great detail.
- Sometimes classes get too full and you have to move out of the course.
- Sometimes they clash with another Japanese course that you have to take, and you'll end up having to drop one of them.
My advice to future students - Definitely try to be as early as you can for the UQ Sign-on, and don't be shy to ask questions. Not all teachers are perfect but it's even worse when you're too scared to ask questions and end up with no help. If you absolutely don't get along with the teacher, just ask to be moved to another class.
Try to be patient too. Learning language is hard and not easy. Some people may look like they know everything but that's because they also struggle with it. Try to be kind to yourself and let your mind learn it at its own steady pace, if you keep it at a steady pace I'm sure you'll get there one day.
Positive - access to resources, professors, classmates
Negative - some repetitive content
My advice to future students is: Go with your gut and have fun
Pros - There's a wide selection of classes to study and choose. Its pretty flexible the campus is really nice.
Cons - There's not much support from mentors or people guiding you in your academic career, especially in your first few years. You're rarely with the same people in different classes and your assessment pieces are not group work this can be nice but also lonely
My advice to future students is: Try to get advice and mentor help wherever you can. Some people wont be very helpful but keep persisting until you find someone who is.
I really like the subject choice. That’s why I went to UQ; there are so many options and there is a subject for every single interest of mine, which I love.
There is nothing negative about the course.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you come to campus early to find where all of your classes are. It will save a lot of hassle on day 1. And talk to people you sit next to, it’s how you’ll make friends.
I’m majoring in history and drama, I feel as though this course has taught me to be more critical in my thinking, and encouraged me to be creative in my ideas.
I would say that an overall negative would be the actual assessment, most of my assessment pieces are vague, leaving room for error as they are more open to interpretation.
Most teachers are helpful when answering questions about assessment pieces, but I have had instances where teachers have almost left me to ‘fend for myself’.
However, as a positive, I feel as though I have learned a great deal in my course, and most of my teachers have been willing to help me when I am struggling.
I feel this course has really prepared me for the ‘real world’, and given me the passion to continue studying (I eventually want to persue my masters). Overall I feel my creativity has thrived, as I find new ways to express myself through my university work.
My advice to future students is: Be prepared. Most degrees (especially duel degrees like mine) offer planners on which subjects you should take and when. Always keep this tracker somewhere, as sometimes it can be difficult figuring out which courses you need to take in which semester. Also along the lines of being prepared, always start your assignments at least a week early, even coming up with a list of questions for your research is a great start, and it will eliminate a lot of stress. Stress and depression about due dates can be such a burden and really bring down your mood and confidence, so just being prepared and taking everything step by step helps eliminate stress, and make sure you’ll have a better grade overall!
Once you have selected a major (or 2), the departments are very supportive. But I did feel that I needed to foster a particular relationship with a particular lecturer to get the best advice and support.
I found that there were a lot of lecturers from other disciplines involved in teaching my discipline. Also, there are a lot of politics among the lecturers which spill onto students!
My advice to future students is: Make sure you research your lecturers and courses before selecting a university!
Positives: Very flexible course, allows for a lot of subject selection and large variation
Negatives: some of my lectures run late
My advice to future students is: Focus hard and stay on top of your work
Positives: There are a lot of courses to choose from which will suit anyone
Negatives: It gets a little lonely
My advice to future students is: Be organised! Keep a schedule, give yourself time to do things. Also treat yourself to doing nothing every once and a while
Positives: Very in-depth knowledge, good supportive environment and great opportunities for future and current students
Negatives: The price of the course
My advice to future students is: To do a course that you know you will love and are interested in, it will make everything so worth it
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