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    Lol. I reckon we might!! But really, anything more than 2 (because we have 2 hands) is going to test and challenge us! So Uni should be a cinch! its just new, and everything new is a bit daunting - so thanks for being there to hold our hands Alomumma! Inside info is always more accurate than anything official you might read....i went to the Open day and spoke (by chance) to a Sport Exercise student in the gym while poking my head in there waiting for an info session - she gave me some of the most awesome advice I got all day, about notetaking and lectures

    My eldest is 21 this year...eeek! My youngest is 6. My hubby hasn't been terribly keen on the idea of me studying so far from home so I have waited until DS6 is at school, and been home for his Prep year (they have it in the bag by Grade 1) so there are no more excuses to keep me at home anymore - besides, I'm not getting any younger

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    Good on you for applying though! It is good to do something for yourself.
    My only tip when you are married is make time for your relationship.
    If you feel you need to study part time then listen to that voice. It's better to finish in one piece than finish fast and broken.

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    So do they offer part time? I was under the impression it was full time only.

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    Yes, ACU does Abby - I had a quick look at VU and while they don't list it I'm fairly certain that all Uni's offer their courses as part time equivalent. ACU allows 7 years to complete the course if you do part time.

    That said - my impression was that you can mix it up however it suits your situation - at Open Day I was told I could get credit for my prior experience as a nurse and completely miss a couple of subjects (yay!) and some students I spoke to were almost all part time doing some year 2 and some year 1 subjects or some year 3 and some year 2 subjects - you are just supposed to do them in the order that the fulltime students do them, to build on your knowledge....

    So for me, I hope to be doing just 3 subjects a semester instead of 4 and while not technically part time I'll be keeping up with the full timers, for the first year at least The other cool piece of info I got was that there is a cencus date. Anything you do berfore this date can be cancelled without incurring the cost, it's about a month after the semester starts...so you can start full time and if its just too much you can withdraw from one, two or even three of your subjects and you won't be charged for them, you just continue on your one subject. That's how it works in theory anyway - Alomumma may be able to help you out more there!!

    I'll be starting 3 subjects (because I get credit for one) and will see how I go managing my time, if I am struggling I will drop a subject and just take longer to finish the course - however long that works out

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    That sounds great! Thanks for that info. I went to the vic uni open day, they didn't mention much about part time and what I got the sense of from them is that you are expected full time.
    It's good to have the option of dropping to a lighter load. I'm worried since I haven't studied for 12 years.

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    Yes part time is available. Where it gets tricky is the order in which you have to complete and allowable time off between doing clinical units.

    So we are told if we want to take maximum time or close there to it we cannot do clinical units first. We have to do the others first and then do the clinical in our final years in order not to lose skill or have gaps in skill knowledge/attainment.

    So in other words if you go part time from day dot you wont get into the midwifery core units until you have completed the units that are required for 2nd year and so on.



    Example is first year. You cannot go from 1st year midwifery subjects into 2nd year midwifery without also completing the 1st year biology units so if you go part time you would need to complete the bio and other units in your first year and then take up the 1st year clinical the next year.

    Some people have started thinking "Yay I will do all the midwifery units and then finish all the boring mixed discipline units later!'
    This is a no no. Boring first and then the fun stuff :-D Just like you tell the kids when eating dinner. Dessert comes later lol


    I say this because I went part time in my second year. I did all of the 1st year and then decided I couldn't take the load in the 2nd year so I did all the 2nd year units minus the clinical and co requisite theory.

    This year when I took up the clinical units again I had to complete a skills contract and be assessed by the lecturer in charge and the clinical educator on placement because I had had 12mths off clinical subjects and practice. Also the order of the units is fixed because of the smaller number of enrolled students so if you miss or fail a 1st semester unit you can't take it up in 2nd semester, you will have to instead wait for 1st semester of the following year.

    So if you plan on part time it is so much easier doing that from the start rather than changing midway and having to stop start everything and having skills/learning contracts. Not being able to recruit women whilst you aren't enrolled in clinical units etc.
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    Abby cadabby, I'm doing it part time. I did two units last semester, have taken this semester off as I gave birth in July, then next year 2 units each semester & then the rest I will be doing 3 units each semester.
    They're really flexible (I'm at ACU) & I actually had a meeting with Jane and she made a course map for me, which was really helpful. First semester back next year I will be doing 1 first year & 1 3rd year unit! Because I took that second semester off this year things have to be mixed around so it works out well. Jane (course coordinator) was fantastic.

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    Alo mummy, that's me about the boring units first. I get a bit jealous when everyone else is on placement and I won't get to do that until 2016!! but biology (although really hard) I find really interesting. Excited to be doing my first actual mid subject next year though!! I'd rather do boring first to be honest haha.
    Though it's worked out I'll be doing feeding babies next year, even though it's a 3rd year unit

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    Wow, this is all good to know! I'm going to try and keep up but may have to drop back to two subjects in each semester if I can't squeeze my lectures and tutes into a couple of days (preferably). I have to travel 4 hours by train to get to the Uni and it is this that is going to be one of my biggest challenges - BUT being a Mum has taught me how to handle challenges - and I think I do better under pressure - i sure have found this year boring sitting at home twiddling my thumbs, being a housewife is not for me - that's for sure!!

    I'm not very good at routine though - this worries me....I'm a 'go with the flow' type personality, which comes in handy with a house full of children!!

    And mamasurfs! We could be on placement together!!!

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    Abby, I last studied properly in 1992. I did my nursing course in 2003 but a TAFE course is pretty laid back, more laid back than VCE! You'll get into the swing of things gradually, much of the first month is getting to know you and orientation - they don't throw you into the thick of things straight away!! Tertiary education is a whole different ball game to Secondary - I don't think you have much to worry about - it'll be daunting to begin with but very quickly you'll get into the groove - this is your passion, it'll be a cinch - Ok, maybe not always, but most of the time. Keep in touch, we can do this!!!


 

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