What are the Different University Degree Levels?

What are the Different University Degree Levels?

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


Starting university can be a confusing time for school leavers, especially when they are unsure of the next path to take. Understanding the different levels of university degrees is a good start to help students feel confident when making these decisions and make the most of their time at university.

Associates Degrees

The first level of university degrees is the Associates degree, often requiring a student to have their high-school certificate (or equivalent). Associates degrees are offered at technical schools or community colleges and are typically two years in duration. If students wish to gain an entry-level position for a wide range of jobs including graphic design, air traffic control, nursing and the police, this is a great degree option to provide students with adequate training. Transferable associate degrees are also available for students who wish to continue their education at university after covering the foundation educational requirements. Two of the most common Associate degrees students attain are Associate of Arts and Associate of Science.

Bachelor’s Degrees

The second level of university degrees is a Bachelor’s degree, which also requires students to have a high-school certificate to apply. This is the most commonly chosen undergraduate program for school leavers and often require three to four years full time for completion. Students completing a Bachelor’s degree are given the opportunity to select one or two areas to major in for their studies, with common choices including finance, biology and communications. Upon graduating, students have qualifications to work in entry-level and often management-level positions. Alternatively, students may choose to continue their studies in other graduate programs. A common example of Bachelor’s degree is a Bachelor of Arts.

Master’s Degrees

The third level of university degrees is a Master’s degree. This is a graduate program which gives students the opportunity to specialize in a chosen area of study, which often involve developing a thesis or undertaking major projects. A Master’s degree requires students to complete an additional 1-2 years of study and will often involve some pre-requisites for a student to be eligible to apply. This includes the successful completion of an undergraduate degree, alongside achieving a threshold grade point average (or equivalent) and may even require students to sit an admission exam. Successful Master’s graduates have qualifications to work in advanced jobs in executive positions. A common example of a Master’s degree is a Master of Science.

Doctoral Degrees

The most advanced degree is the Doctoral degree, commonly referred to as a Ph. D. To apply, students must have a bachelor’s degree and in some cases a master’s, alongside other entry requirements such as sitting standardized tests and providing letters of recommendation. Doctoral degrees take several years to complete and involve a major research project. There are differences in Doctoral degrees depending on the field of study, for example medical programs will include the completion of practical clinical hours. Those graduating with a Ph. D with have qualification to work as experts in research. A common of a Doctoral degree is a Doctor of Medicine.

 

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An Overview of Formal Language

An Overview of Formal Language

This article has been written by Liam McAlary, a Years 7 – 12, VCE Legal Studies and VCE English Language Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Liam then please check out his page here.


Hi everyone, here is my article for April, which focuses on Unit 3, Area of Study 2, (language). This article will briefly look at some social purposes, and features of formal language, as well as some tips on where to find additional texts.

Some of the key social purposes of formal language are listed on the study design. You need to be aware of these purposes of formal language, as well as others. The list on the study design is not exhaustive (note the word, “including”).

Study design: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/englishlanguage/englangindex.aspx

Additionally, it is important to be aware that many features will serve more than one purpose. A Kate Burridge quote that I stumbled across when doing some research for this article demonstrates this well. Burridge said in 2006 that, “taboo and euphemism are closely entwined with the concepts of politeness and face.” Essentially, Burridge is using euphemisms (which primarily serves to help negotiate social taboos) as an example to demonstrate how when we speak in more formal settings, participants need to consider how the language they use may reflect on them, but also the face needs of the people with whom you are conversing. Not only is this evidence of a feature having the ability to serve multiple purposes, it also is a good one to keep in your notes as it can be used in essays to support an argument about the purposes of a key formal language feature (features and purposes of formal language are a common essay topic).

Moreover, the key features of formal language are important to be aware of. One key feature of formal language is euphemisms. Euphemisms are sayings which serve to, “soften the blow,” of a statement that relates to a topic which is considered a taboo or difficult to talk about. Euphemisms can present a challenge when it comes to finding fresh examples, as they primarily relate to, “old taboos,” such as bodily functions and death. Furthermore, jargon, (technical language related to a specific domain, such as a workplace) is also a feature which pops up a lot in this outcome. Jargon can serve a myriad of social purposes, depending on the context surrounding its use. Jargon examples tend to be a bit easier to find. These two features are just two of several key formal language features, however this article would be very long if I were to go through them all.

Every English Language student knows examples are important. Formal language examples are all around you. However, politics tends to be a bit of a goldmine, especially in an election year (like 2019). All ministers have their transcripts from speeches and interviews publicly available on their websites, so make the most of them as they are usually littered with examples which are brilliant for essays. It is also common for these transcripts to be texts for your SACs (if they are short answer or commentaries).

Anyway, that’s all from me and I will have another article for you next month.

 

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HEALTH during the HSC

HEALTH during the HSC

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


Have Enough Sleep

 

At least 8 hours of rest each night is essential for students maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This can be enhanced by having a set wakeup and bedtime each day. Removing technology from the bedrooms is also effective, as students should aim to turn off devices 30 minutes before they sleep.

Often before exams students spend their nights cramming until the early hours of the morning, however this will hinder the following day’s productivity. Instead, feeling well rested is advantageous towards good performance in an exam.

 

Eat Well

 

Eating a well-balanced diet is vital for good health during the HSC. Students should eat a minimum of three meals a day alongside a range of healthy snacks, providing fuel to enhance productivity. A concerning habit some students engage in is skipping meals during busy periods in order to study more. Not only is this disadvantageous towards a healthy lifestyle, productivity is disrupted as students become hungry and therefore unfocussed.

On exam days students may feel anxious and reluctant to eat, however consuming a substantial breakfast is necessary to sustain adequate brain power for optimal performance. Great brain foods include eggs, avocadoes and nuts.

 

Active Lifestyle

 

Lifestyles rich in activity are key towards overall physical health. A common misconception of the HSC experience is the majority of time should be spent slouched behind a desk, eyes glued to a computer screen. However, studying excessively like this results in the deterioration of student’s physical condition.

Incorporating physical activity into their routines enhances physical, mental and social well-being. This can be achieved through team sports, individual exercise or even simple measures such as going for regular walks.

 

Listen to Advice

 

Often during the HSC students lose sight of their health as they are heavily occupied by their studies. It is essential that students listen to advice of those around them as these perspectives can be very valuable. This includes parents, teachers and a range of health professionals that have students’ health in their best interest.

 

Talk to Someone

 

The HSC is a challenging time in every students’ lives with all year 12s experiencing some degree of stress. In some cases, this stress can evolve into more serious levels of anxiety, placing a strain on students’ mental health. It is critical students reach out if they feel this way and learn about coping strategies. This can be through a trusted friend, parent or councilor, ensuring they do not feel alone when dealing with these feelings.

Have Fun

 

Finally, an essential factor to optimize a students’ mental, physical and social well-being is ensuring they continue to have fun during the HSC.

Year 12 is the final year of 13 long years of schooling and students should not forget to celebrate and embrace this time. Enjoying seeing friends, having fun in the classroom and making the most of leisure time between study is all part of the year 12 experience and significantly contributes to good health during the HSC.

 

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What are the Benefits of Online Tutoring?

What are the Benefits of Online Tutoring?

This article has been written by Lydia McClelland, a VCE French, Music Theory, Literature & VCE English Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Lydia then please check out her page here.


In the new age of technology, what even is online tutoring? And how much does it differ from in-person tutoring – does it even compare?

Online tutoring generally takes place through a web-based video call platform such as Skype, and tutors and students can use software to share notes so that they can work together (like Google Docs or Zoom). Tutors draw from new technologies (depending on the subject) which have not traditionally been used in tutoring. These can considerably enhance learning. Also, let’s not forget that working with online technologies is an incredibly important skill to develop for the future.

One of the biggest advantages of online tutoring for both student and tutor is the time saved. With no need to spend valuable time travelling to and from an agreed location, you can benefit from tutoring in the comfort of your own home – or anywhere else. This also allows more flexibility with the time of lessons. Usually, tutors will reduce their rates if they don’t need to travel anywhere. Online tutoring is truly convenient to everyone involved.

However, the key drawcard of online tutoring is its ability to give everyone access to quality tutoring. There are many students and tutors living in areas far from the major cities, and online tutoring helps to close the education gap: if you can access Wi-Fi, you can access a quality tutor.

In fact, online tutoring isn’t that different from in-person tutoring. Tutors and students still communicate in real time and can easily discuss and work through whatever the student needs. Students do need to be organised for online tutoring and ensure they can share their work with a tutor digitally, yet this is a great skill to develop. If students send through their work ahead of time, tutors will come to sessions well-prepared, leading to more productive and well-organised tutoring sessions.

 

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Top 10 Best Techniques & Methods to Study

Top 10 Best Techniques & Methods to Study

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


Repetition

It has been said time and time again, repetition is key. For a piece of information to be absorbed by the brain, it typically takes three rounds of repetition. Re-writing notes by hand is the most effective study method, relative to only re-reading or re-typing them.

Flash cards

One of the best ways to study for exams is the use of flash cards. Students’ notes should be continually summarized, and flash cards act as a great tool forcing students to be concise due to their limited space. They are also useful for others to test your knowledge with.

Visual learning

Incorporating the use of pictures and drawings is a great way to study for visual learners. Remembering imagery is much easier for some students as they are more likely to recall a picture over words on a page. For example, biology students can study the steps of meiosis by drawing simple diagrams.

Teach someone

Teaching a parent, sibling or friend the HSC content is an excellent study method as explaining things out loud and having a conversation can be very memorable. This also allows students to test the depths of their knowledge through their ability to answer questions easily.

Acronyms

Acronyms are a simple but highly effective study technique. For example, this can be useful for English essays when students need a reminder of the sentence starters in each paragraph. Silly acronyms are often the easiest ones to remember!

YouTube

YouTube is a fantastic tool for students growing tired of conventional revision methods. Videos summarize topics in a short time and the use of animations, voice overs and even songs can be an effective study change. YouTube also provides explanations from a different perspective for harder to grasp concepts.

Read up

A well-read student is always positioned at an advantage. Background reading from textbooks, articles and online will broaden a student’s knowledge. The more extensive their knowledge of a topic, the easier they will find it is to understand and memorize for exams.

Glossary of key terms

Many courses such as science and business subjects place an emphasis on the use of correct terminology. A study technique to ensure students learn the range of terms in their subject is creating a glossary sheet. This can be particularly effective for multiple choice questions in exams based on definitions.

Write an exam

Above average student’s often make the effort to write up their own exams and use them for preparation. This study method improves a student’s critical thinking and their ability to predict expected questions. This can be achieved by directly following and covering the syllabus.

Past papers

Past papers are a full proof method when studying for exams. They can be completed open book at first, however students should transition to closed book after a few attempts. It is important to check back with the marking criteria and seek feedback from teachers and tutors to ensure they are on the right track.

 

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

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LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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