Positives: The positive aspects would be local accommodations and good parking at USQ. The course itself has a good online breakdown and lets you know with reminders when assignments and quizes are due.
Negatives: My anatomy and physiology teacher had a strong foreign accent that was almost impossible to understand, he moved through units way to fast without the ability to pause and when you're learning latin terminology in an english format while masked by a thick accent it's easy to get lost. Also, my lecturers seldom responded to online queries and you might have to wait a few days.
My advice to future students is: You might want to wait for a better offer not at toowomba USQ. I HIGHLY reccomend alternate schooling
The positive experience of this course and university included the small town location where amenities were easily accessible. This also included a smaller university to the bigger cities where I was able to get to know the lecturers and tutors well. I am still able to phone them and they will remember who I am. It also provided opportunity for me to do my practical teaching in city school and small two class schools in neighbouring towns only 30 min away. The best of city and country. The downside was the opportunity to connect with opportunities within Brisbane and other major capital cities however overall it was a great uni and program.
My advice to future students is: If you’re looking to study teaching at usq or any other uni be prepared for this career to not only be a 9 to 5 job but a total lifestyle change. And... please PLEASE take care of yourself and give yourself time away from work activity as well. Teaching can become all consuming.
Positives: The positive aspects of my degree was that the institution had an excellent online platform. This made it easy to study externally and work around my family and life.
I also loved the fact, that the degree was flexible and I was able to pick and choose the subjects to study in different semesters to suit me.
Finally the lecturers had been with the University for quite a while and were knowledgeable about subject matters and used their personal experiences for learning.
Negatives: The negative aspects of my course would be regarding the compulsory subjects, for example Sustainability. I felt this subject was not very useful for my degree.
My advice to future students is: I think it is important for potential future students to explore their career options, if they chose to study this degree. Ensure that there are jobs available in the field that you study so that you don't end up with a degree with limited opportunities.
I'm completing a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (no longer offered).
Positives: The student support is very good and the course is designed to be delivered online via the web, which is also very good
Negatives: My background is technical/engineering and the course is written by psychologists and teachers who seem to have a very narrow view of how students should be taught and how the delivery of the course should be done. I found it difficult to understand what they wanted.
My advice to future students is: Don't go to USQ for a diploma in secondary teaching.
I'm majoring in Psychology.
Positives: The positive aspects include the unit content, the teaching faculty, and engaging more on a one-to-one basis with faculty due to the research component of the program.
Negatives: The only negative is the drive to campus, but in saying that it is well worth it really.
My advice to future students is: This is a highly competitive program but certainly apply to this university as it is a great environment to nurture your learning.
Positives: I studied the course online which meant I could work and study full time
Negatives: Some of the assignments I had to do didn’t seem realistic to teaching
My advice to future students is: Ask to teach more on prac instead of observing
Positives: The teachers are great, it is very interesting learning about the human bodies and what we have to do as nurses to help them and their family feel comfortable
Negatives: It is bloody hard, it is much more different than high school. They don’t teach you, they tell you information and you have to seek it yourself
My advice to future students is: Don’t trust when your school teachers say they’re preparing you for uni, because they aren’t. Try your absolute hardest and when you don’t pass something remember it’s not the end of the world
Positives: Really focuses on the patient in extremes of how to understand the way their support system is also feeling and how to beat care for them as well
Negatives: Nothing to do with the uni. Just the natural negatives of doing such a full on course
My advice to future students is: To be prepared to have a brain overload
I'm doing this online.
Positives: Lecturers are easy to contact, and course content is easy to find, understand and work through
Negatives: Not really about the course itself but I don’t get to have direct, immediate contact with the lecturer instead I must email and wait for a response. And there is slot of reading to do
My advice to future students is: Uni isn’t harder than school, it’s just different. Give yourself some time to adjust, work through everything and you will do well! :)
Positives: The class sizes are significantly smaller so if you need help the lecturer will generally help you with pretty much anything! The campus is gorgeous and the course itself is very interesting
Negatives: The workload is obviously the most negative part as you have to be willing to give up about 10 hours per subject per week!
My advice to future students is: Study hard and follow your dreams! It may seem hard and pointless but it’ll be worth it in the end
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