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    How difficult is Uni? Is there anyone out there who isn't particularly academic but has made it through a degree?
    I have been wanting to study nursing for a while but don't think i've got what it takes to go to Uni. TAFE options seem to be few and far between so i probably won't be able to go down that route.

    I'm absolutely terrified at the thought of writing essays. Writing is far from a strong point for me. I have pretty poor grammar and literacy skills all round. I don't articulate myself well either. I really don't know if i would be able to write an essay that would achieve a passing mark.

    Is it worth giving it a shot anyway? I'm terrified of failing and it all being one huge waste of time.

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    Many unis do preparatory courses to prepare you for university, writing essays etc. If you are worried then it might be worthwhile looking into some prep courses first and seeing if you feel more confident after completing some of these.

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    Many unis do preparatory courses to prepare you for university, writing essays etc. If you are worried then it might be worthwhile looking into some prep courses first and seeing if you feel more confident after completing some of these.
    They was my plan for next year but now i'm doubting whether i should go ahead with it. I was thinking i should just stick within my comfort zone and do something at TAFE i know i can pass.

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    Chick, you can do it. If you've been out of study awhile, start small. A uni prep course is a great idea.

    It is DEF worth giving it a go. If you struggle the first year, you can get a later year student as a tutor (not that expensive) to help you. You might have to work a bit harder than everyone else but teachers/lecturer's are usually wiling to give you some extra help and point you in the right direction. There are also a lot of online resources.

    Writing just takes practice.

    If you are dedicated to it, you can def do it. If full time is too hard, maybe start part time?

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    Well if you do decide to go down the uni path, I would highly recommend doing some prep courses before you jump into the full degree. I've worked in student services at a uni and seen so many students drop out because they were struggling with their courses and didn't feel confident enough to pull through. If they had of done some prep courses I have no doubt that many of them would not have struggled as much. I've even seen students drop the degree, go back and do some prep courses and then return to their degree.

    Have you talked to anyone that has completed or is completing the degree you would like to do? They may be able to give you a better idea of what the course work is like.

    Also might be worth talking to the careers sector at the university you would like to attend. They may be able to give you furth guidance on your best route for the career path you choose.

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    Don't be intimidated by uni - it's really not that bad! There's lots of help and resources to help get you through. If its something you are genuinely interested in then you'll likely do well.

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    I agree it is not scary at all!

    I did hopeless in Year 12 at school, could not write an essay to save my life. I got through a Certificate III just I reckon.

    So after 10 years or more after doing year 12 I did a tertiary entrance program this included academic writing and referencing as well as other things. I remember doing a brief online "test" to see whether I required the full year program or six months. I ended up doing the 6 months program.

    I then got into a Bachelor. I am going very slowly, I am at the start of second year now. While I don't enjoy doing essays I can do them and my marks are really good (distinctions). My grades and GPA are surprisingly good! I was surprised!

    You can do it! In my opinion really having the drive to do it with the right preparation and assistance you will!
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    My partner had the same feelings towards uni as you. He finished school in 1998, and was pretty much a C type student, and only got an OP 13 or 14. He had no confidence in himself that he could study or write an essay.

    After a big push from me, he managed to get his OP upgraded a bit, and got into the course he wanted at a good uni in 2007. He did feel out of his depth in the first year, as he hadn't written anything since he left school. He struggled with his first essays (not the content, but the writing style) but I proof read them for him and gave him some tips, and within a short time his writing really improved. to be honest, his writing style and grammar was pretty bad to begin with, but he turned it around so quickly just through practice.

    He ended up with a GPA of 6, and got his honours.

    I think almost anybody can succeed at uni, particularly if they have some help and encouragement in the first year.

    You can do it!

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    I started studying part time this hear at uni. I have found that if you put in the effort and turn up to lectures, tutorials and get to know your lecturers and tutors they will usually go out of their way to help you succeed. They are not too fussed about staying back I talk to students who never show their faces except when they want something, but I have made sure I introduced myself at the start of a course and showed up to all lectures and tutes and they have really helped me out because they can see I'm taking it seriously.

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    My bestie, after graduating 20yrs ago, has just started up Uni this year.

    She is doing foundation studies, which is a preparation kind of course.

    So far she is doing great, getting excellent marks on her work etc. She didn't think she could do it (single mum of 4; three of which have special needs) but she is BLITZING it!

    I say go for it!

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