James Cook University - JCU reviews

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James Cook University has several campuses including Cairns, Townsville Brisbane and Singapore.

We have James Cook University reviews across a range of topics including Education, IT, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Business, Law and Nursing.

Based on the JCU student reviews, here's some advice for future students:
Look into getting practical experience in your area;
Manage your time well;
It's worth attending lectures and tutes;
Try to get involved in Uni activites/societies.

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Positives: Easy to get help from lecturers and staff

Negatives: Could be unorganized at times

My advice to future students is: Attend lectures and practicals. If you miss any, do the task or go through the lecture slides

Completed in 2019

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Positives: It is a fun and engaging course. The materials are easy to understand and there are plenty of resources

Negatives: it could be unorganised at times. Some assesments are not released to the students on time

My advice to future students is: To attend lectures and practicals since it will make it easier to understand the materials

Completed in 2019

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Positives: Lots of practical hands on experiences

Negatives: Very busy - basically crammed a 4 year degree into 12 months

My advice to future students is: Get involved from day 1 in study and extra curricular activities

Completed in 2010

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Positives: I love what I’m studying and that I can do it in my own time

Negatives: Studying online cane prove to be a challenge as your don’t have the same assistance as on campus

My advice to future students is: If you think you’ll enjoy the end result, stick it out, you’ll finish eventually

Completing in 2021

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I major in Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Positives: Most of the lecturers are the top in their field in Australia (if not internationally) so you learn from the best! The course structure has a focus on skills so you're not just learning theory, there a plenty of subjects that mean you'll come away with marketable skills whether you want to go into research or not (for example statistical analysis, GIS, field work). But there is also just enough flexibility that you can take the subjects you are interested in!

Negatives: The university has a heavy marine biology focus so less attention is given to terrestrial science, for example the compulsory statistics course is all about marine biology (the skills are transferable of course but it can be harder to understand). In a graduate diploma of science you only get 2 semesters (if doing full time) so some of the exciting courses (e.g. to Thailand or Borneo) aren't open to you as they take place after the diploma ends.

My advice to future students is: It's definitely a good course and I can 100% see it giving me the skills I missed out on in my undergraduate and helping me get a job in the future. Plan out all your subjects from the start of the year and to make sure you will fulfil the requirements of the diploma. Townsville gets a bad rap but its the type of town that is what you make it, so find a good group of friends and go exploring!

Completed in 2018

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Positives: very fun to learn about medicine

Negatives: too many to learn and memorise.

My advice to future students is: study early and relate so you wont forget

Completed in 2019

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Positives: Good teaching staff

Negatives: No proper equipment for practical understanding

My advice to future students is: Please choose a good university

Completing in 2020

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Positives: Plenty of hands on experience and application of learning to the real world. Staff provide plenty of support and are all super friendly.

Negatives: Stressful and large workload

My advice to future students is: It's a great course just make sure you manage your time well and dont be afraid to seek help when you need it.

Completing in 2023

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Positives: Informative degree that provides all aspects of veterinary science with various majors in equine, exotic, small animal etc

Negatives: It’s difficult and a lot of work involved, lack of student support

My advice to future students is: Make sure the degree you are studying is what you are prepared to study and learn about for the next 5-7 years

Completed in 2017

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Positives: In terms of the university, the lecturers and tutors are particularly knowledgeable, making it easy acquire knowledge. I also found the course structure to be quite easy to work with. In terms of the degree, I have found law to be very valuable because it teaches you about matters that are applicable to a broad range of areas. This makes it easier to find a job and also allows you to apply your skills in a variety of areas.

Negatives: Whilst the skills I developed in law have been helpful, a lot of the knowledge I gained was theoretical and did not completely prepare me for practicing law in 'real life'. I also found only a few of the subjects in the Business degree to be helpful, as many of the subjects were also too theoretical to assist in a practical environment.

My advice to future students is: 1. Take studying seriously, because getting good marks significantly increases your chance of getting a job after you graduate.
2. Take studying seriously from the very beginning, because even marks at the beginning of the degree contribute to your overall average.
3. Keep in mind that what you learn will actually assist to some extent after you graduate.

Completed in 2015

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