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    Default Re: Uni- How difficult is it?

    The foundation studies is what i applied to do next year.

    I guess a huge problem for me is that i have absolutely no confidence. I couldn't have cared less about school when i was there. I did little in the way of work. I hated english based subjects so generally didn't go. I achieved high marks in subjects like maths, art, business studies but they don't help when it comes to writing essays.
    I didn't even go for an OP or sit the QCS.
    I would love to be able to get through a degree. I just don't know though.

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    You won't write many essays in nursing. It's not an English or Arts degree, Harvest Moon. Yes, do a foundation course to get your confidence and knowledge up, but as an Allied Health student at the end of my second year of my degree, that's 4 semesters, I have written..... Maybe 6 essays. Out of 21 courses.... 6 essays. It's just not really the done thing in health; it's practical courses and workbooks, and mid semester and final semester exams. Exams with short answer or multiple choice questions, not essays! You'll start writing treatment plans and stuff in second year. They won't be essays either.

    Sweetheart, if that's all you are afraid of... Then you have very, very little to fear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marepoppin View Post
    You won't write many essays in nursing. It's not an English or Arts degree, Harvest Moon. Yes, do a foundation course to get your confidence and knowledge up, but as an Allied Health student at the end of my second year of my degree, that's 4 semesters, I have written..... Maybe 6 essays. Out of 21 courses.... 6 essays. It's just not really the done thing in health; it's practical courses and workbooks, and mid semester and final semester exams. Exams with short answer or multiple choice questions, not essays! You'll start writing treatment plans and stuff in second year. They won't be essays either.

    Sweetheart, if that's all you are afraid of... Then you have very, very little to fear!
    That's very reassuring!

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    What everyone else said! I procrastinated with self doubt for 15 years, just completed my first year and my only regret is leaving it so long to start.
    It really isnt as bad as you think! Go for it!!!

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    There is such a broad scope across all of the different unis that there really is a course out there for anyone willing to give it a go.

    My hubbie was a heavy duty diesel mechanic and is just finishing a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing! He's done quite well along the way I'm very proud of him.

    I on the other hand bumbled my way through an engineering degree straight out of high school and am now 40% the way through a law degree as a mature age student. Whilst I have less time available now I am doing a lot better second time around. They key is enthusiasm and determination - the more you put in, the better you will do (and that is not a reference to intelligence at all, but rather will power!).

    Ask questions, speak to your lecturers and tutors and make sure you understand each concept before moving on and then nothing can stop you - you'll do well.

    In August I sat two law exams mid way through my NICU vigil with my 25 weeker and received a distinction in each unit - where there's a will, there's a way.

    You have nothing to lose :-)

    Good luck!

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    I started back at Uni in an education degree this year.

    It was daunting at first, but now I realise that, honestly, anyone can do it. Being a mature age student is a GOOD thing! All the MAs at my Uni are much more dedicated and serious about it than the 17 and 18 year olds!

    You can do it! Contrary to popular belief, university is not an elite club that only the most intelligent and advanced can be accepted into ... It may have been that way 40 years ago, but not anymore!

    I say go for it!

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    Yep! I'm not academic at all but somehow managed to get through a medical science degree.

    In my experience, how well you did at school has little to do with how you may fare at uni - it's all about self-discipline. Of which I had very little as I loved to party.

    You've picked a good degree - you will be pretty much guaranteed work at the conclusion of your studies, and it's an excellent career path. Your studies won't be wasted!

    They virtually tell you how to write the essays in first year so you should be fine. You do need to become accustomed to reading journal articles though, which are tedious to read but very necessary.

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    Yep! I'm not academic at all but somehow managed to get through a medical science degree.

    In my experience, how well you did at school has little to do with how you may fare at uni - it's all about self-discipline. Of which I had very little as I loved to party.

    You've picked a good degree - you will be pretty much guaranteed work at the conclusion of your studies, and it's an excellent career path. Your studies won't be wasted!

    They virtually tell you how to write the essays in first year so you should be fine. You do need to become accustomed to reading journal articles though, which are tedious to read but very necessary.
    Yep that's one of the reasons i'm attracted to nursing. It's likely to be a very secure career choice.

    I've heard others say first year is a lot easier and they are far more lenient when it comes to essays and the likes.

    I think you guys have convinced me and i will stick with the foundation studies next year and just see how it goes.

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    Default Re: Uni- How difficult is it?

    i finished my last year of uni full time while pregnant and working full time for the first half and having a reflux newborn for the second half and it was not that bad.
    you will be fine once you write a few essays you get the hang of it.

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    Most uni's have a specialist centre where there are academic tutors to proof read and help out with correct grammar and lay outs and referencing etc. I used them heaps (sat on a HD average thru nursing). It was called Language and Learning support and whilst I never struggled they always found simple errors and mistakes in my essays that we worked thru and stopped me loosing silly marks. I'd go for it and ask anywhere and everywhere for help. I'm now back studying with almost 3 under 2.5, a full time job and it is possible

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