I just got done with all my exams and essays! Now, I think is a good time to reflect on my experience taking my elective courses here. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience here. As I explained in one of my first few posts, here classes are divided into separate sections rather than having all aspects of a class (lecture, discussion, etc.) combined in one class session. I found this arrangement to be very manageable and positive towards my learning experience.
Since classes are separated into different sections, I could focus on the individual aspects of the sessions such as the lecture session and discussion session. In the lecture session, the professor gives the class lecture and nothing is due. In the discussion session, students and teachers discuss the subject of the day from the lecture session and assignments are turned in or discussed. Another aspect I liked here is that the grading is much more strict. If you want to get an A, then you have to go beyond an assignment’s minimum requirements and put in more effort to demonstrate you really want an A. While grading here is done on a number scale, the number scale determines the grade of your assignment based on the quality of the work. This ranges from fail, pass, credit, distinction, and high distinction. This form of grading really challenged me and I felt it motivated me to do better on my assignments and exams. The professors I had were also very nice and took the time to discuss and help me with any assignment I was unsure of. Some of my professors even treated me and my peers to coffee! Overall, I really enjoyed my time studying in Newcastle! Australia might be tougher in terms of grading compared to the US, but I feel its ultimately beneficial as it encourages you to always do your best.
Aman Kukal is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Economics. Aman is spending the spring semester in Newcastle, Australia with the ISA Newcastle, Australia: Courses with Locals program.
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