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Junior College vs. Higher Secondary Naxxar?

nicolabc
03-Sep-13 12:05 AM
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Next year I'll be finishing secondary school and going off to sixth form, and I can't decide where I really want to go.. I'm sure that my parents want me to go to Higher, because a relative goes there and his mom keeps going on about how good the teachers are and how they really care for you, which I like the idea of.(Apart from a whole other stuff) The only concern I have about there , and no offence to anyone who attends there, is maybe (correct me if i'm wrong) since that school has less requirements than all other sixth forms, it's where all the 'underachievers' go, so there'd be loads of bullies, 'keshin', and all the other people and people who want to learn go to jc. (Again, no offence to anyone) Can anyone tell me about their experience and tell me of all of this is true? And which is actually the better sixth form from both?

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eraser
03-Sep-13 7:44 AM
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I know a few people who attended higher and they never complained regarding other students. I personally attended jc but repeated a year (my fault didnt study enough). I think higher is better due to the closer attention teachers give you
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Vengeance
03-Sep-13 5:12 PM
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I went to Higher and that is totally not the case. You'll find both kinds of people (those that want to learn and those that don't) at both schools. I passed all my exams and still went to Higher. In the past, Higher was there for those who failed an exam, now many students go there. In the end you need to make the effort, not the teachers or your classmates.

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vellarod1
04-Sep-13 12:55 AM
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I don't think that you should decide a school based on what others say. I think you should think about your skills and question yourself whether you are better student in vocational education or not. In my opinion vocational education is more exciting because you can have hands on the problem. If you want to study theory by heart without any practical work then you should study with JC or Higher. If not, you should go to Mcast. JC vs Higher. I can't really tell you about Higher because I  never studied there but at JC you need to fend on your own.They assume that you are a grown up and mature enough to take certain decisions. In my opinion this is a wrong assumption because not everyone has the same maturity level. For example, a lot of JC students spend break hours at bars such as blue bar or white arrow. Higher doesn't have these temptations.  

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Vengeance
04-Sep-13 9:31 AM
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There is a small bar near Higher which some students go to but even knowing your friends are free is enough temptation to skip a lesson. That's something you will have to deal with yourself.

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Xeon
04-Sep-13 7:30 PM
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I also knew some people which went to Higher and eventually proceeded to MCAST to further their studies. They never complained about bullying.

When compared to Junior college, Higher has less populated classes thus the lecturer is able to better observe his/her students and be able to better control the class. In Junior college usually you have denser classes (30-50 students, as opposed to the 25-30 in Higher). Also, I remember my friends telling me that Higher had a secondary school like time table, meaning that you have fixed breaks and fixed hours. This, in my opinion is better when compared to the time table of junior college. When I was around I missed a boatload of lessons because my friends where free and stayed along to play soccer (they did the same and well all failed our first year...).

So in short, I think that Higher is a valid school, if not, to a certain extent better than junior college. The one thing that junior college has is that it prepares you for university (similar time table structure and lecturing mentality).

Hope this helps :)

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Vengeance
05-Sep-13 10:06 AM
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At Higher, you "build" your timetable. Each lecturer will have a number of different timetables for the subject they teach so you can choose the one you like most. SOK and practicals had the least options to choose from and were usually the first things you choose.

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nicolabc
05-Sep-13 11:05 PM

Thanks for all the info so far :) very helpful

I'm inclined on going to Higher then, after all, it's close to where I live too, apart from everything else that's good about it

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Xeon
06-Sep-13 6:07 PM
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From now on, just keep in mind that you will need to pull your own weight. Teachers/Lecturers do make a difference on how you perceive the subject, but in the end, it will fall down to how much you want to succeed.

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nicolabc
06-Sep-13 11:26 PM

Yeah Xeon I'm looking forward to sixth form and plan to be a bit more attentive than I am in secondary and tart a fresh :)

Thanks

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kimchen
11-Sep-13 6:33 PM

It depends on how clever and indipendent you are. As far I as I'm concerened, I studied at JC and never repeated a year and did quite well - I did not spend my days at the canteen or in a bar as a lot of students do, sure you need to eat and hang out but don't skip lectures if you can avoid it. At higher, as good a school, I did not want to go there as you are not free - you are still spoon fed and that means teachers and sok tutors meddling their noses in everything you do. In JC they will help you if you ask for it but you do most thing yourself so there's really one question... are you a sixth form student or a secondary one? Not everyone matures at the same rate and that is why they have different systems :)

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