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'Should I change universities?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

”I came to my current university because it is one of the best for studying nursing. However, I’m finding that it is really academic and despite working really hard, I don’t do that well on the assignments. The lecturers are really picky markers and expect an awful lot.

”I certainly don’t see myself getting any A grades. I think I underestimated how difficult this degree would be and thought I would sail through. The other students are really competitive and do better than me from what I can gather.

“For the first time in years I feel insecure about my academic ability. Would I be better going to another university where there is more of a mix of backgrounds and ability, or are nursing courses extremely ‘full-on’ everywhere?”

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Readers' comments (4)

  • I advise that you read, read and read again. The moment you get your assignment brief, start to read. It’s so important. The assignments only become more challenging as you progress to levels 5 and 6 and it’s never too early to be prepared. Most universities are very much the same when it comes to assignment, as student nurses we have to write our essays very academically as it demonstrates our ability to find and use evidence.
    Some people are naturally gifted at writing, some not. If you’re not I’d advise you to book yourself into an academic writing workshop at your uni. I’ve done the same recently and found it very useful.

    And always write in relation to the learning outcomes.

    Don’t be hasty and find another university as you may find the same degree of assignments and marking. Hope this is helpful

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  • I was at a similar university and failed during my placement after a couple months due to serveral reasons out of my control. After a break I am now finishing my first year at a different university and find it alot better than the other one and having no trouble at all.Different university have different styles of you do your research there may be a better university suitable for you out there.

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  • Stick to it as it sounds as if this university is very academic which means that they would push you to succeed. Therefore always read around the subject brief for a clearer understanding of what is required for you to become a competent nurse. I went to a university where some of the students acted like nursery school kids it was embarrassing. Even the tutors did nothing to stop their behaviour when others complained. The teaching was absolutely appalling and the marking was very biased. I would not advice anyone of my friends or family to go there. If you want an easy degree without hard work then move.

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  • I would say academic is second to practice. If students are mature of their actions with responsibility,they should be considered to next level with bottle neck considerations. Now a days nurses are required and University marking staff should be flexible to academic marking.

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