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    I'm not at all close to getting to uni and I don't even know if I will go there, although I would like to.
    last week we went on a trip to Bucks Uni and it was pretty cool.
    they told us that the students spend a total of 12-15 hours a week actually in classes at uni
    how?
    how do you lot get any studying in without knowing what to really study
    like does the teacher just go into class, briefly explain the subject and then tell you to research the rest in your own?
    it seems really stupid
    also the whole place was huge. the library had like 4 floors itself. Why is the university so large if students spend barely any time there
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    (Original post by Kubys)
    I'm not at all close to getting to uni and I don't even know if I will go there, although I would like to.
    last week we went on a trip to Bucks Uni and it was pretty cool.
    they told us that the students spend a total of 12-15 hours a week actually in classes at uni
    how?
    how do you lot get any studying in without knowing what to really study
    like does the teacher just go into class, briefly explain the subject and then tell you to research the rest in your own?
    it seems really stupid
    also the whole place was huge. the library had like 4 floors itself. Why is the university so large if students spend barely any time there
    In due time my child, soon you will understand the struggles of university.
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    Post 16 education is a scam unless it's directly tied to employment.
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    also we were talking about money and that to really survive at uni and have your little apartment (sharing with others or not) you need a part time job.
    how do you manage having to study on your own and having a job??
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    Post 16 education is a scam unless it's directly tied to employment.
    True to an extent. Wouldn't call alevels a scam though.
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    what do you guys mean by scam?
    doesn't completing university give you a thingie that helps you get a better job?
    sorry but I have no idea what stuff is called but clearly if you completed uni you are probably more compatible to work than a person that hasn't.
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    There's a lot more emphasis on guided self-study. I.e. you will be given lectures and assignments based somewhat on the content of the lectures, but you have to read around every single topic you cover to deepen your own knowledge - or you won't know enough to complete your assignments and exams.

    There will be a lot of recommended reading, and you need to constantly go beyond what's actually being asked of you.

    That being said, depending on what degree you're doing it isn't generally too difficult to pass, but if you want a good classification it will take a lot more than just the time you're in lectures/classes.
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    (Original post by Kubys)
    what do you guys mean by scam?
    doesn't completing university give you a thingie that helps you get a better job?
    sorry but I have no idea what stuff is called but clearly if you completed uni you are probably more compatible to work than a person that hasn't.
    we live in the information age, more than anything these days a degree just shows that you need someone to guide you.

    however yes if you get a good grade that probably does mean you are attentive and hardworking but not necessarily
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    (Original post by Kubys)
    I'm not at all close to getting to uni and I don't even know if I will go there, although I would like to.
    last week we went on a trip to Bucks Uni and it was pretty cool.
    they told us that the students spend a total of 12-15 hours a week actually in classes at uni
    how?
    how do you lot get any studying in without knowing what to really study
    like does the teacher just go into class, briefly explain the subject and then tell you to research the rest in your own?
    it seems really stupid
    also the whole place was huge. the library had like 4 floors itself. Why is the university so large if students spend barely any time there
    This will depend on your subject usually, a lecturer will often outline the concepts / give an overview of the subject during the lecture and then provide you with suggested further reading. I studied a humanities subject and usually, the best marks came from pieces where you took a counter-argument or new angle on the question posed rather than regurgitating information.

    I guess the key difference is at University level a number of concepts stop being "right and wrong" and turn into being open to debate and interpretation. Think of it as being the edge of human knowledge pioneering new theories. I realise it's incredibly corny to say that, but often the reason you aren't given a complete syllabus to follow as you would at GCSE / A Level is because it would be defining particular ideas and theories as more important than others.

    In addition to that, less fixed hours often have a benefit for students allowing them to lock in part-time work, or schedule their own workload on what they feel are areas that need more or less attention.

    Hope that gives you a slightly different perspective on the way Universities teach.

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    (Original post by Kubys)
    doesn't completing university give you a thingie that helps you get a better job?
    Nope Or yes, except in 3 years and 50£k debt, for something you could study at home in one year...
 
 
 

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