“I am never going to need this, ever”, is a thought common to most students who would do Maths or Physics at a reasonably advanced level in high school, especially students, like myself, who wanted to head down a more Commerce oriented direction.
Unfortunately for me those words came back to bite me, 3rd year of University, 2nd Semester, when I took a 3rd year Microeconomics class which meant the equations I had so loathed in year 12 maths became incredibly pertinent and relevant.
I refer to this analogy for one reason: I was perfectly content to do a lower grade of Mathematics than the one I did in year 12, and were it not for the support and advice of the teaching staff at Heritage, then I undoubtedly would have found myself significantly more troubled in university than I did.
Presently in 2015, I am aged 21 and engaged in my PhD into Marketing and Consumer Behavior, and where I find myself today certainly has its roots in the preparation Heritage gave me. Specifically it can be narrowed it down to two areas:
Firstly, the class sizes enabled a good amount of 1-to-1 tutoring time for the subjects when needed and it enabled myself and my fellow students to ask more relevant questions to the problems we were having, which I would not have been able to do in a larger class setting. But more than that, the teachers were more than willing to dedicate time to aid the students as and how we needed, and this support proved critical in aiding me to the TER score I required to get into university.
The second way in which Heritage proved to prepare me for University is, in a way, a total contradiction to the first. Whilst the teaching staff were incredibly helpful when needed to answer specific questions, there was also a great emphasis on ensuring the work we did we were self responsible for. This emphasis on self responsibility proved useful in adapting to university, where the culture there is very much a “Here are the deadlines, its up to you if you meet them” environment. This preparation, it would appear upon my arrival at university differed greatly in how other new students to university had been prepared by their respective schools, and significantly smoothed the adaption into the tertiary education environment.
Both the advice given whilst I was a student, and the preparation to aid me becoming responsible for my own work and meeting of deadlines, has aided the growth I have experienced at university. And hey, before you know it, maybe you or your child might find yourself with distinction as a Higher Degree Research student at Curtin University, or another institution or workplace.
Either way, Heritage is a solid foundation to begin from.