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Posted by admin on 26 November 2011 - 14:14
It's not easy. It's even worse when you're studying part-time while working. It takes energy when you have none, enthusiasm when you're least prepared to give it, and mental acrobatics at odd hours of the night when the rest of the human race is fast asleep.
But we still do it, don't we? Because although studying may suck, the ultimate outcome is (eventually) worth every second of pain we all go through to get there. So to make the process a little easier on all of us, we think there's a lot to be gained by each of us sharing our ups, downs, lightbulb moments and hair-pulling tantrums. It's amazing how much easier a topic is to grasp when someone else puts it in plain English on the forum. And it's such a release when you're able to vent your plans to tear your textbook into ten million pieces and scatter them out at sea thanks to your latest mental breakdown.
The point is: make yourself at home. Spread out on our couches, lean on your fellow students and give as much as you receive. Your years of study will fly by a lot quicker and your marks will probably show a decent increase for it too.
A few rules to play by while you're here, please:
- Don't swear. We've all been there but it'll create a more peaceful atmosphere if we keep things clean.
- Don't be rude to other users. Fighting isn't worth depleting your time or energy for.
- Don't post advertising or spam. Any genuine goods for sale should be listed in the Classifieds.
- Don't post porn or other adult material. There are loads of other forums for that - this isn't one of them.
- Don't post study guides or book transcripts. Copyright needs to be respected.
- Don't use hate speech of any kind. Racism, sexism and all the other bad -isms are not welcome.
- Do use this forum as often as you can. That's what real study buddies do.
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Posted by jaseyboy on 9 January 2013 - 20:45
Sisyphus and others, join me in celebrating your upcoming graduation ceremonies!
Posted by BerniceEL on 3 December 2012 - 21:44
The prerequisite is two of the exams I wrote this Oct/Nov and my thinking is that I couldn't have failed both. Soooo if I failed one then I will quickly register for it again this semester. I'm not sure how that will work out as I'm new at this ... but I thought I might as well give it horns before the novelty wears off. LOL
Posted by VanessaWS on 25 October 2012 - 14:41
Good luck with the exam.
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Posted by Werner on 8 December 2012 - 20:25
So it amazes me when I meet people who express opinions like 'BAs are a waste of time' and 'it's stupid to study education' and 'I'm only studying X because I want to make a lot of money and that field pays'. I may sound a little tree-huggy but despite what I have been accused of by 'professionals' at places I've worked (lawyers now, scientists before and fabricators before that), I am not as out-of-touch as that may make me sound. I just think a little balance is missing.
I will never forget this piece by Johanathan Jansen:
Posted by xxx on 30 May 2012 - 08:47
I tried phoning the Teaching Practice Unit numerous times, but there was no answer. I e-mailed the the same unit and got no response. Finally I e-mailed Mr Samuel Kekana and Mrs Marieette van Zijl at the College of Education simultaneously hoping to get a response out of at least one of them. They both replied within minutes and my placement was sorted out on the same day. Now I can do my practice in the town I live.
Thank you to Mr Kekana and Mrs van Zijl. It is nice to know that there are still people at UNISA who care.
Posted by jaseyboy on 6 December 2011 - 06:52
Don't kid yourself about BAs
Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried.
Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today.
It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a life mate?
Sadly, many parents buy into this myth about the uselessness of a BA. The actuarial science degree gets you a specific job, as do degrees in marketing, optometry or accountancy. With this common-sense, though often wrong understanding of a degree, parents guide their children away from a BA towards "something more practical" or "something that can get you a job".
The truth is I have seen as many BA students get good jobs as I have seen BComm Accounting students without jobs. In
fact, I would argue that a BA from a good university is likelier to get you different kinds of jobs - not a bad option in an economic recession - than a single-career job that comes with a degree in physiotherapy or in law.
Why is that? A good BA qualification from a good university would have taught you generic competencies seldom learnt in narrow occupational degrees. A good BA would have given you the foundations of learning across disciplines like sociology, psychology, politics, anthropology and languages. A good BA would have given you access to critical thinking skills, appreciation of literature, understanding of cultures, the uses of power, the mysteries of the mind, the organisation of societies, the complexities of leadership, the art of communication and the problem of change. A good BA would have taught you something about the human condition, and so something about yourself. In short, a good BA degree would have given you a solid education that forms the basis for workplace training.
The head of Johannesburg's Stock Exchange, a gentle man called Russell Loubser, taught me a valuable lesson the other day. I was talking to this astute businessman about the training function of universities when he gently chided me, the education man, with timeless wisdom. "No professor," he said, "you educate them. I train them."
This is where the American colleges get it right when they talk about a liberal arts education in the undergraduate years. There is more than enough time for the occupational training that comes later and is best done in the workplace.
What we fail to do at South African universities is educate young minds broadly in ethics, values, reasoning, appreciation, problem solving, argumentation and logic. Locked into single-discipline thinking, our young people fail to learn that the most complex social and human problems cannot be solved except through interdisciplinary thinking that crosses these disciplinary boundaries.
Anyone who thought HIV/Aids was simply an immunological problem is the victim of the kind of narrow training restricted to the biomedical sciences. The syndrome is as much a sociological, economic, political and cultural problem as it might be a problem of virology. Do not get me wrong: HIV causes Aids, period. What I am arguing is that its resolution will take more than an injection, and that is the broader value that a BA degree can offer a well-educated youngster.
So the next time you hear people make jokes about a worthless BA degree, tell them about Bobby Godsell (the BA graduate who served as the CEO of AngloGold Ashanti), Vincent Maphai (the BA graduate who rose to serve as chairman of BHP Billiton), Clem Sunter (the famous scenario planner and former chairman of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (the former deputy president of South Africa) or Saki Macozoma (the chairman of Stanlib and Liberty Life).
The list of highly successful graduates with BAs, or equivalent degrees, is endless.
Then go out and buy your family a large pizza.