I find Uni.. I love my overall experience, and while I have personally struggled, the benefits outweigh the stress and I am ya ing fun learning about my new career. I am positive that I can complete this and have a better future
Positives: The support provided was excellent. The facilities of the university are well promoted and easy to find, with a lot of information available on every type of service offered, easy to access, and also easy to gain information to access- such as online chat or the student hub. Some tutors have stayed after class for an extra hour or organised holiday tutorials to help people keep up to date and encourage a better mark. I have used MESH and it has improved my marks. The university is very welcoming and encourages class participation and getting to know other students. The information that I am learning is at the standard I expected .
Negatives: Sometimes classes are back to back, where I’m rushing to 3-4 classes all day and don’t have enough time to eat/have a mental break/print notes in between. I have financial difficulties sometimes which can impact my attendance(petrol)/ printing notes/ internet access/textbook access
My advice to future students is: My advice is to just try!! You have until census (3-4 weeks, no financial penalty) to decide if you can manage/if you like it/ what is expected and what the content is. The world is changing and you need to be educated and have a degree to be able to support yourself and keep up with the world. It expands your knowledge and gives you a like-minded social life. You don’t need to be the smartest person in the world, If you follow criteria, show up to lectures, listen to your teachers, and do the recommended readings and homework, and also take advantage of the extra help available (mesh, pass) you will have no problem with completing the degree.
Positives: This course is strengthening what I personally know and am well at. The statistics and facts are allowing me to apply what I am good at to the world but with more confidence and certainty
Negatives: I love philosophy, but learning about it when I have to ruins the fun. There is a lot of research that needs to be done in this course because there the course allows you to apply your own opinion, however, these opinions need to be backed up by research
My advice to future students is: I wish I had researched further into what this course involves and searched up forums and spoke to past students. I really like the course, but i was not prepared for how overwhelming this course could be
Positives: Networking with other students and being able to join in and collaborate with others. Instruments and practice room facilities are really useful and there is always availability. Tech staff know what they are doing when maintaining equipment, setting up for performances and helping you/answering your questions
Negatives: Depending on your lecturer, the lectures and tutorials can be very time consuming and very boring. Sometimes lecturers go off in a tangent and don’t cover all the content, leaving you on your own to catch up with the course. Tutorial rooms are small and only hold a certain amount of people, meaning sessions can run into the late afternoon and take up your entire days worth of time. Only recommend taking this course if you are prepared for the commitment
My advice to future students is: The parking has to be paid for.
Positives: Opportunities for self learning and flexibility
Negatives: Time commitments and outdated tutorial styles
My advice to future students is: Choose your course wisely, based off what you enjoy
I wish I knew how hard it can be to stick to something boring for 4 years
I'm doing this online.
Positives: Although we are online, we still have the chance to communicate with other members of the course. We also run monthly collaborate sessions where we all sit and chat about our upcoming assessments, whilst getting to know each other. I do not have to physically go somewhere to sit my exam, I am able to do it online through a system called ProctorU, where someone supervises my screen and me while i sit it.
Online learning platform is amazing. Very easy to navigate and everything is easily found on the one page.
Negatives: You are completely responsible for your own learning, therefore it is really easy to fall behind if you get distracted. Sometimes it is also hard to get in contact with the teachers in a timely manner, depending on the teacher.
My advice to future students is: Make sure that your working life fits in with what you're studying. Make sure you select the right amount of units per teaching period. Also note that it doesn't work as semesters, it works as trimesters so you will be working a lot later than normal students. You will have so much fun though! :D
There are resources available to us for helping with stress and time management - such as online calendars, inspirational quotes, reminders, colorful calendars. As far as health/wellbeing, there is a page of tips for us, but that is about it.
I'm doing this online.
Positives: It's very in-depth so far, I'm learning a lot about the background to social science and it's making me want to learn more
Negatives: It is harder doing it online, though there is plenty of help available
My advice to future students is: Make our you set aside plenty if time each week to complete the required work
Positives: help building lots of skills like team work,communication skills,leadership, etcetera. The course will help you to succeed in future 100% sure
Negatives: poor student support, lot or pre tutorial work, which is stressing.
My advice to future students is: you must join the university if you are sure that you can work hard
Positives: Heaps of support, great content
Negatives: Not enough time on campus. Expected to do too much self guided learning
My advice to future students is: Be prepared
Positives: The positives are that it gives you a broader outlook on what exactly can be expected as a police officer, the things you really would not know of just by simply thinking of it. Another positive aspect is that the degree doesn’t just give you the qualifications to be a police officer, it can provide you with many more avenues
Negatives: That it can sometimes be confronting with some of the things you do read or have assignments on, such as cases dealing with sexual assaults that go into far detail. But that’s what prepares you in some sense.
My advice to future students is: Go for it, don’t hesitate on taking that first step. Not only does it give you a higher ranking when applying for police force, it definitely prepares you for the future instead of being thrown into the deep end. Not only that, if you get half way and realise being a police officer is not for you, you still have further opportunities elsewhere.
Positives: My degrees offer a lot of variety in terms of the subjects I can choose to do. The business degree offers a selection of various majors from economics to international business, sports management and property, some of which are unavailable at other universities. Additionally, my law degree offers a huge selection of alternate LLB units from bioethics, medical and mental health law, advocacy, media and even space law. As well as this, I also have the choice of completing one unit/subject from any other faculty to further diversify my knowledge and skills. Given this abundance of choice, I am happy to study at Western Sydney University and am looking forward to enjoying learning something new and interesting each semester.
Furthermore, the thing that most stands out to me in a positive manner is that there are no lectures to be attended for any of my degrees. Any vital information is provided through videos and posted on Blackboard and any additional information can be sought from videos, textbooks and other resources provided. This is different to other unis who require enrolment in lectures, regardless of whether they are attended. This arrangement highly suits me as I do not personally learn as much from lectures as I do from engaging first-hand in learning i.e. through reading, completing online quizzes, discussing questions etc. Furthermore no lectures also frees up my time to dedicate to other work or study commitments I may be struggling with.
Negatives: The negative aspect of my course is that I am not able to undertake more than 4 units at once per semester. Due to enrolling in a wrong unit and having to drop it last semester, I was looking forward to making up the lost time by enrolling in 5 units for the next semester and despite requesting a rule waiver, I was unable to do so. My extra unit was a relatively easy one and as someone who was currently not working, I was very keen on completing the unit especially since I need to complete my degree as soon as possible to get a job and be able to support my family financially. Also, almost none of the units for my course are not offered during the summer sessions. Western Sydney University does not offer a trimester system, which I would have preferred, but do offer some subjects that can be completed over the summer break however none of my law or business units have been available in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been studying there. It is important for me to have the option to complete my studies sooner (as I’ve mentioned above), especially as I also had to defer my first semester of uni due to poor health.
My advice to future students is: I would advise future potential students to NOT have a locked or finalised plan in place when they start this course or any course at any university because expectations are always challenged both positively and negatively and you may end up liking something else and disliking what you’ve initially chosen. I would also advise potential students to find out as much as possible about all of the choices and opportunities available to you in terms of subjects, majors studying resources etc. even if they don’t initially seem very interesting. Lastly, I would advise them not to stress about having a different experience or something that doesn’t conform to the “recommended structure” outlined by the uni or by other students; the whole point of uni is being able to have a personalised, flexible and individual experience based on what suits you!
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