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Re: How university works
« Reply #240 on: August 01, 2019, 12:38:24 pm »
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With practice exams, if you ask your lecturer or the main teacher (I don't know how that works  :)) will they help you get one or create one for you?

Are you allowed to visit lecturers and ask them for feedback in work and extension tasks if needed?
For practice exams it depends on the units. For my core units, I have only gotten a practice exam for 1 subject out of the equivalent of 16 units since it is the policy for my faculty/course I think. However, many other units will give a lot of practice material e.g. previous years exams.

So, I believe the lecturer/unit convenor will already have an idea whether they have chosen to give out practice exams well before the semester has started - so I don't think asking will necessarily change their mind but may accelerated the process of you getting some available since they release them quite late.

Yes, you can approach lecturers for feedback but it is actually somewhat rare for them specifically to be marking your work - usually it will be tutors for that unit or just PhD students. Extensions are available but you need an actual reason e.g. your physical/mental is being impacted during that time. It is unlikely you will get an extension for something like - too many assignments due at the same time or you have extracurriculars (some exceptions apply through - jury/emergency/military or a pro athlete)  around that time.




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Re: How university works
« Reply #241 on: August 01, 2019, 02:13:16 pm »
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With practice exams, if you ask your lecturer or the main teacher (I don't know how that works  :)) will they help you get one or create one for you?

Are you allowed to visit lecturers and ask them for feedback in work and extension tasks if needed?

As J41 said, usually you would go to a tutor for this, but I've also emailed unit co-ordinators about feedback and this has been fine too. Worst case scenario they judge you slightly.  I wouldn't recommend asking them to make stuff for you & practice exams are generally released close to swotvac; however, asking for how to get more practice in or for feedback on an assessed task should both be fine :)

Remember you're asking them a favour so make sure to be polite, check that this information isn't already available to you etc. As a general rule, if you show that you have put in your own research and/or efforts you're more likely to get a favourable response.  For example, you can probably guess which of the below "imperfect emails" would likely get a) a faster response b) a more useful response (even though neither of them are especially compliment-y).


imperfect email 1
Subject: UNITCODE practice questions query

Dear [name],

I was wondering if there are any additional practice materials or extension work available for [unit name]? I've searched on [online platform (e.g. Moodle, blackboard)] and have already completed the work available on there and in the textbook.


Kind Regards,

[your name]

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Subject: HELP PLEASE

Do you have a practice exam you can give or make for me?

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Re: How university works
« Reply #242 on: January 05, 2020, 09:19:32 pm »
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I completed my VCE back in 2016 and went straight out to work instead of studying at uni. However, I have decided that I should finally settle down and stabilise myself. Due to that, I would just like some tips on universities, scholarships and application procedures. I plan to study education (considering only primary) and languages. A friend of mine advised me to look into the universities that are more practical and offer regular, good placement programs. That being said, the top universities do not necessarily offer those, which is why I would like some insight into some lesser known universities that I might be overlooking. I appreciate any advice!

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Re: How university works
« Reply #243 on: January 09, 2020, 07:48:39 am »
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I completed my VCE back in 2016 and went straight out to work instead of studying at uni. However, I have decided that I should finally settle down and stabilise myself. Due to that, I would just like some tips on universities, scholarships and application procedures. I plan to study education (considering only primary) and languages. A friend of mine advised me to look into the universities that are more practical and offer regular, good placement programs. That being said, the top universities do not necessarily offer those, which is why I would like some insight into some lesser known universities that I might be overlooking. I appreciate any advice!

Welcome back to the academic life; it seems like you’ve had quite the life journey!

Just some questions for you:
1. Are you after an undergraduate (Bachelor of Education, Diploma, etc.) or postgraduate (Masters of Teaching) primary teaching course? The postgraduate route typically is longer as they usually require you to have done an undergraduate course already, but it is a good route for those who want to discover other areas first or not quite sure of their career paths yet (such as languages in your case).
2, Did you want to study languages, teaching or both as your main area(s) e.g. a major/ minor in a Bachelor degree? Or would you like languages to be taught separately to primary education e.g. Bachelor + Diploma of Languages? Or are you hoping to do both e.g. become a primary LOTE teacher?
3. What languages are you interested in? Some unis and tertiary institutes get a bit limited sometimes on the languages, so some places may or may not teach the language you’re after.
4. When would you ideally like to start studying?
5. Are you hoping to study in Victoria? Some people like going interstate for their tertiary education.

If you’re hoping to study in Victoria, I’d probably recommend that you search up the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC for short), which does admissions to a lot of Victorian tertiary institutes already (you can also apply direct to your eventual uni of choice, but that would mean an individual application per uni you’re trying to get into), including big ones like Melbourne University to lesser known institutes like Victoria Uni. You’d be making an account (it costs a bit of money depending on when you apply) and applying as a non-Year 12 (non-Y12)/ non-school leaver applicant. I’d also recommend having a look at VTAC Course Search, which lists some degrees (not all, but a good number to begin with). This might give you an idea to start off with before getting into finer details. It might be best to get an idea of what sort of course you think is best for yourself and then we can get into which placement is better for you soon.

Deakin, Swinburne, La Trobe and Victoria Uni all have primary teaching courses that are pretty sweet and all four of those are “smaller, lesser known” unis, so those might be a starting point too.

Really up to what suits you best and what you want to do. :)
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Re: How university works
« Reply #244 on: January 19, 2020, 02:36:24 pm »
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Hi!

Currently submitting my timetable preferences for  a B Science at USYD, and simultaneously wrapping my head around uni "attendance rates". For the science faculty resolutions, it states that I must attend at least 80% of scheduled activities.

Say I was doing a unit which had a total of 82 hours of "scheduled activities". If I were to skip one of my 3 weekly 1hr lectures each week (equating to 69 out of 82 hrs attended, 84%), would that be perfectly fine? This is assuming I would be able to access lecture recordings.

I'm also doing a minor in the health & medicine faculty (which has a different compulsory attendance rate). Would the attendance rates apply for the health & medicine faculty or the science faculty (since that's the faculty my degree is from) for these units?
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Re: How university works
« Reply #245 on: January 19, 2020, 04:54:36 pm »
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Say I was doing a unit which had a total of 82 hours of "scheduled activities". If I were to skip one of my 3 weekly 1hr lectures each week (equating to 69 out of 82 hrs attended, 84%), would that be perfectly fine? This is assuming I would be able to access lecture recordings.
If it’s from the science faculty, generally yes, but I’d be careful in case you ever fall sick. (Some places may count sickness, even with medical certificate, as not attending class.)

I'm also doing a minor in the health & medicine faculty (which has a different compulsory attendance rate). Would the attendance rates apply for the health & medicine faculty or the science faculty (since that's the faculty my degree is from) for these units?
Attendance rates are unit-specific usually. Whoever manages the unit = whoever’s attendance rate you have to follow. In this specific unit, you’d have to follow the health and medicine faculty’s attendance rate.
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