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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by isildurrrr1 View Post
    In addition to that UNSW is getting pretty strict on tutorial attendances even if there are no participation marks. You must attend 80% of the tutes or you can fail the course by not being able to complete a final assessment. Enforcement on this rule is course dependent, but don't risk it. I had a level 3 lecturer failing students for missing 4 tutes.

    I noticed business courses don't care about attendances but arts do (probably to do with tighter budget and lecturers don't want to be under anyone's sights).
    Not exactly. I've heard that in maths at UNSW (maybe it's the same for others too?), even if you skip all the tutorials, so long as you do well in the final exam, you won't be penalised.

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by flashtrick View Post
    Not sure if I already asked this, but how do they spread the hours over the week?
    It'd suck to have 4 hours of lectures/lab every weekday. Much prefer having a 6-8 hour day, leaving another day of the week with absolutely nothing.
    Depends on the subjects you choose. At usyd, if you do two maths subjects each semester in first year, you are guaranteed four days (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri) and the Wednesday will depend on other subjects. You might be able to figure it out to have half days, but you won't be able to tell until you enrol and get timetable suggestions.

    As someone who has done Science/Arts for a few years, the best I've ever had is 4 days. This semester, I only had 10 hours, but it was still spread over 4 days which was a little bit ridiculous.


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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by nightweaver066 View Post
    Not exactly. I've heard that in maths at UNSW (maybe it's the same for others too?), even if you skip all the tutorials, so long as you do well in the final exam, you won't be penalised.
    It's all dependent on the tutor/lecturer, but it's getting stricter these days probably due to fears of budget cuts. If you fail to attend the tutes, they won't let you take the final assessment/exam, hence failing the course by not completing one module of the course.

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by isildurrrr1 View Post
    If you fail to attend the tutes, they won't let you take the final assessment/exam
    Yikes, that's a bit much :/

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    hey,
    to what extent does cramming work in uni?
    and is "homework" set out in uni, like the questions you're supposed to do from the textbook?

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Confirmed by math administration Francy "it's okay spiral if you don't attend tutorials as long as you pass finals"

    But you should attend

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by AnimeX View Post
    hey,
    to what extent does cramming work in uni?
    and is "homework" set out in uni, like the questions you're supposed to do from the textbook?
    its person dependent. there's no "homework" but just assessments like essays and quizzes and what not. It's all dependent on how good you can work. I usually do a 3000 word research paper in one night.

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by -may-cat- View Post
    Yikes, that's a bit much :/
    It's the same for some of my law subjects and business subjects where the final is worth 50% :\

    On that note, certain subjects have a "must pass the finals to pass the subject" provision. I think that's mostly sciences and engineering, but it's still something that can happen.

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by Crobat View Post
    It's the same for some of my law subjects and business subjects where the final is worth 50% :\

    On that note, certain subjects have a "must pass the finals to pass the subject" provision. I think that's mostly sciences and engineering, but it's still something that can happen.
    As far as i know Must Pass Final to Pass provisions are pretty normal. But i've never heard of students being denied the opportunity to attempt their final due to insufficient tutorial attendance, that's really rough.

    Kids, just go to your classes!

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by Crobat View Post
    On that note, certain subjects have a "must pass the finals to pass the subject" provision. I think that's mostly sciences and engineering, but it's still something that can happen.
    I've only had 2 courses which have had that requirement...one was Physics and the other was Maths (today). Could be different at different universities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiralFlex View Post
    Confirmed by math administration Francy "it's okay spiral if you don't attend tutorials as long as you pass finals"

    But you should attend
    Lectures apply too, some of them are Soo boring and useless

    You shouldn't feel guilty about skipping lectures.
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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    You shouldn't feel guilty about skipping lectures.
    Yeah, I'd agree. It makes me sad acctually.

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Wow, such a thorough guide. Thank you OzKo!

    Also, when do I create my timetable? (Starting BCom @UNSW - 3rd March)
    BCom @ UNSW

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by williamdaft View Post
    Wow, such a thorough guide. Thank you OzKo!

    Also, when do I create my timetable? (Starting BCom @UNSW - 3rd March)
    It's best to ask in the UNSW forum but from what I understand, you can enrol (and create your timetable) immediately after you accept your offer through UNSW's online portal.

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Quote Originally Posted by OzKo View Post
    It's best to ask in the UNSW forum but from what I understand, you can enrol (and create your timetable) immediately after you accept your offer through UNSW's online portal.
    Thanks! I think I'm going to create it instantly for a flexible one.
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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Very nice guide!

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    damn, excellent thread

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    I remember my biggest mistake when I first entered Uni: I did not start my work immediately after the first lecture, because I was thinking it was only the first week, I could take some time and play. Then I never realized how quickly work would pile up and at one point it snowballed into a huge burden. Lesson learn: be ready and study hard since the first day in class TT___TT
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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

    Do your work

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    Re: A First Year's Guide to University

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    Re: A Guide to University for First Years

    Thank you for the sharing, it is really useful.

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    Re: A Guide to University for First Years

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