Published On April 30, 2009 | By ED | News

As we say goodbye to our off campus students and welcome back the on-campus posse, the Student Support Team was wondering how your Intensive School experience was?

Things the Uni should improve on? Did you enjoy yourself? Got some gripes we need to fix?

Leave your comments here on the blog, and we’ll pass on all your feedback (positive or negative).

Ed on behalf of the Student Support Team

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  1. Darren Finlay says:

    Phew! It was full on but I enjoyed it. I attended 3 schools in a row so I was there for a total of 12 days in a row. I hugely missed my wife and children!
    I found the pracs very engaging and highly interesting. There were a couple of pracs that I didn’t prepare for and that put me at disadvantage for those pracs, so future res school attendees, read your prac work before the prac and you will get heaps out of it. All up good experience.

  2. Jaid says:

    It was awful! I think the whole thing is a waste of time and money!! I had to come all the way from Melbourne, which involved a $75 taxi fare at 4:30am, 2 planes (both delayed) and another taxt ride at the end!!!! It is unfair to external students. The reason I study via correspondence is because I don’t have time to go to classes.

    If Intensive School is still compulsory by Semester 2 I will be changing unis.

    What are others’ thoughts?

  3. Shannon says:

    Love them.
    Enables students to do pracs and experiments in person rather than read about them. And for those of us going on to do Honours, it gives us invaluable exposure to potential supervisors.
    My only gripe would be to ease up on the number of lectures squeezed into such a small time frame, instead increase the lab, assignment, and computer pracs. (Anymore than 5 hours of lectures in one day has to be a form of torture!)
    The campus and college staff make the experience anxiety free, and it’s really appreciated.

  4. Nicole says:

    Had a really good time as a whole. Also had the 3-in-a-row-12-days-of-Armidale thing but found the experience quite helpful.

    That said, it was a hugely expensive endeavour (and I live in NSW!).

    Also agree with the overful days for some subjects. For instance, BIOL110 had far too much squished in (pracs in our lunch hour and finishing at 6pm). However, I have noticed this is not always the case, RSNR120, which I did last year, was a 4 day res school that could have been a 2.5 or 3 day school (instead we had 2 hour lunch breaks). Is there some way of regulating the res schools so we can find a happy medium? Overful days cause stress and underful days are annoying and a waste of money.

  5. Crissy says:

    I think that a FAR better use of external students time is a HUGE change to assessments, that way we keep on working through the unit and don’t need such a crash course late in the unit.

    I feel that smaller assessment tasks, like, answering a textbook question each week etc – just something small but frequent, work much better than the large assignments that (if your like me) you do without really having done the work beforehand.

    I find I get better marks where I am required to work throughout the unit – more so than from attending a residential. I just completed a assignment worth 40% of my mark.

    Residentials are useful, but a cost burden etc and maybe not ‘worth it’ for most students – and externals have ADEQUATE opportunity to contact lecturers during the course if desired anyhow.

    I think all residentials should be optional. If we choose not to come, thats our own choice and we accept the responsibility to make sure we know our stuff.

    Im also not sure how others felt – but I was a little ‘out of sorts’ for the few day or so, being in a co-ed dorm was a new experience for me – so by the time I settled in the residential was over!

    Do residentials make a huge difference? Depends on the student – so let the student decide if they are interested. If residentials are for assessment purposes – find another way!

  6. Ed says:

    Great feedback folks, keep it coming and we’ll pass it all on to the relevant staff around campus.

    Ed – Student Support Team

  7. Melanie Winton-Holmes says:

    I was doing a ressie on Anzac day which was the first day of the ressie,and come lunchtime there was nothing open to buy food and every vending machine between biochemistry and the canteen was out of water. How can a student perform their best when hungry and thirsty? Usually i would have taken food with me as i find the food offered at the uni less than desirable, but as it was the first day, and i had only arrived in Armidale the night before,that was not an option.Please consider the food and water needs of intensive school students on weekends and public holidays.

  8. Eric Manning says:

    I have to agree with Melanie’s post above. We arrived for the psych res schools on a Saturday, and there was nothing open, no vending machines were working, no one to show us around or give instructions/directions, no mentors or anything. It would have been helpful to have someone there who knew the uni to offer some support as well as having access to some food/water etc.

    At the actual res school itself, it was very intense, and I think for Psychology, the statistics res school should always and definitely be first as it is far more intense.

    I agree with some other posts that there is perhaps not a need for them to be compulsory for every subject. And that assessments are too heavily weighted in some subjects. I like the format for Stats, 5 labs worth smaller marks, a smaller assignment but then something else. 60% for an exam is very intense.

    Its a bit late but thats my thoughts after having time to consider it all.


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