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from how you have studied in your home country. There may be differences in everyday academic activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, and you may find that there is quite a lot more independent study time on your course than you are used to. Success at university depends on how well students understand the culture of the University and on how well they can navigate their way through university processes. To enhance your chances of success at university, it is important to understand the history of universities and the nature of university culture. Comparing academic cultures The need to take note in lectures Speaking out in seminars Writing that is logical and clear in meaning Changing room for classes Differences in ways of being taught – seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials Managing your own research and time Working with others on tasks Using a wide range of sources for writing Paraphrasing and writing in your own words
University study in the digital age I expect to use a computer mostly for writing essays. My course documentation may be made available to me in a variety of ways. All course contact with my tutors will be through timetabled lectures and seminars. I will only be able to hear my course lectures if I attend them. If I want to identify books and journals that I need for my studies, I will need to go to the library. Sharing ideas with my classmates and course collaborations can only take place during seminars.
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If you know what you have to do there. Page 2 of 13 ✔ X . I have checked the seasonal temperatures in the part of the UK where I'm going and know what kind of clothes I need to bring with me. it can help you adapt to the new changes. Make yourself feel at home in your local area by taking the time to walk around a bit and discovering cafes. I am ready for the challenge of the British diet I know what to expect in terms of British people and social life. especially at the beginning of my stay.Adapting to a new life When you come to a new country. you have a target. green spaces and travel connections. I am ready for the experience of a little culture shock. where to sleep. That way you may not have panic moments when running late for a lecture. I have an idea of what my accommodation might be like in the UK. shops. Day to day issue – where to eat. Quiz: How ready you are? Questions I expect that I will need to make an effort to make new friends. – Radou You may need to get used to a different way of doing everyday things and find ways to adapt to aspects of your new life. I expect to gain a lot personally from the experience of living and studying in the UK. managing your own without support Explore your campus and your local area Get to know the building you will be spending most of your time in. transportation and getting to class The unfamiliarity of everything After the orientation. I expect to have my English language skills challenged I already have an idea of the cost of living in the UK and know how much I will need to budget for my food shopping I don't expect to like everything and have thought about how I will cope if I get homesick.
Studying independently On university courses in the UK. You have already started to think practically about the experience of living and studying in the UK and know what kind of challenges might lie ahead. In these activities you will identify good practice for studying independently and consider how developed your own independent study skills are. If you work through all of these learning materials you should discover some important and useful information that will help you get ready for your future life and study in the UK. If this is the case.How many boxes were you able to tick? Find your score below and read your profile: Score: 8 to 10 If you were able to tick 8 or more boxes this suggests that you are already in the process of preparing yourself for life and study in the UK. Select the 'Good advice' or the 'Bad advice' button for each before reading the feedback. You can use this time before you come to the UK very effectively to ensure that you are as prepared as possible so that your stay in the UK becomes one of the best experiences of your life! Score: 4 to 7 Your score suggests that you are already partly aware of how you may be challenged when you come to live and study in the UK. When you have finished. you can expect to spend a large amount of your time outside your timetabled classes studying independently. now is the time to think about what might lie ahead and make some practical preparations for it. The range of learning materials in 'Prepare for Success' can help you prepare for this big step in your life. Quiz: Recognising good and bad study advice Study each of the six suggestions and decide if you think it is good advice or bad advice. During this time. but perhaps you are still feeling very excited about the prospect and have not properly had time to sit down and think about all of the changes that might be involved. Suggestions It's always a good idea to deal with assignments in the order that they are given to you. calculate your score and find out how much you know about effective independent study. You have already taken the first step by using the learning materials in 'Prepare for Success' to begin preparing yourself! Score: 3 and below Your score suggests this may be the first time you have considered some of the practical issues of coming to live and study in the UK. you will need to read in your subject area and organise your time to complete your assignments as well as doing other course-related activity. It's not essential to read assignment feedback from Page 3 of 13 Good advice Bad advice .
your schedule is likely a hectic one. The skills you have already developed will help you succeed on your university course. you don't need to do it. Page 4 of 13 . you might also be holding down a part-time job. Score: 4 or 5 Your score suggests you have some experience of independent study. and looking after an apartment. It may be that you have not needed to do much independent study in your previous studies. If you are not told to prepare for lectures and seminars. It's best to do your independent study early in the morning before you go to course lectures and seminars Find your score below and read your profile: Score: 6 or more Your score suggests that you are already very familiar with independent study and have probably needed to study independently before. Besides attending classes. doing homework and studying for tests and exams. Study with other students outside timetabled classes can help your learning. which skills do you think you might still need to develop? Score: 3 and below Your score suggests that you are unfamiliar with independent study.your tutor after you have received your grade. but that there could be areas in which you could improve. Independent study habits As a student at Concordia. You need to manage your time very efficiently if you are to keep up with your studies and finish your assignments on time. It's a good thing that you did this quiz because now you can start to think about how to prepare yourself for this important part of your future studies. In the next activity you can start to reflect on your own independent study habits. participating in a team sport. Look at the answers you got wrong.
Alternate between a difficult task and an easy one. Set up a calendar for the semester. Week By Week • • • • • • • • • Remember to.Long Range View • • Take a long range view of the semester so that you know when assignments and exams are due. Even though at times the academic tasks one is expected to accomplish on the road to a degree can seem overwhelming and cruel. tests and so forth. include in it everything on your list. Make a schedule for the week. Include extra time for major projects. but living only for school can actually lead to burn-out. Enjoying a nutritious meal. Getting a good night's sleep. Finding the proper balance between time for school and time for everything else is a crucial step in achieving success. listing important due dates: readings. Establish your priorities and estimate the time you need for each activity. Having fun at Page 5 of 13 . Break major tasks down into smaller ones. Plan ahead.. assignments and tests. spending too much time on leisure or other activities can lead to major stress (or even failure) when exam time comes. Reward yourself when you've completed a task. include time for study. Conversely. review. it is crucial to take time out to relax.. Schedule breaks. Read and act on feedback given by my lecturer/tutor Balance work and relaxation Devoting all of your time to school work may sound like a sure fire way to succeed in your courses. List everything you must do for each of your courses. assignments.
Show interest in the material. an association that can only lead to higher grades. Develop my opinions Write deadline in my diary Know where and when I work best Do reading without being told to do so Work with other students Prioritise tasks RUN YOUR LIFE. Relationship with lecturers/tutors Knowing what to expect from your lecturers/tutors Teachers aren't just talking heads that deliver information and grade work. They will be able to put a face to the work one has handed in. enabling the student to connect more deeply to the material and to make sense of their reasons for selecting their course of study. people and situations. They can also be resources for additional assistance. Participate in groups. These are all ways to take care of one's health or ensure that one feels fully alive amid the grueling pace of a full course load. one often combined with work. Ask questions in class. DO NOT LET LIFE RUN YOU University life unfolds at warp speed.the movies or at a party. Students who take the time to get to know their professors are more successful. Share a fascination with the subject that will impress the teacher and inspire the other students. You will be toast if you are not on top of things by Thanksgiving. Only you can give order to your day-to-day life. Go to the professor's office hours to talk about assignments. How often do you expect to see a course tutor? Once a year Several times each day Twice a week Once or twice a semester Page 6 of 13 . by organizing your time and regulating pressures. with tremendous intensity and a bewildering variety of activities.
g. If you needed to see your tutor. How do you expect your tutor to deal with your assignments? Hand them back in person and go over your mistakes Email them back to you with feedback Leave a printed copy for you to collect with your grade and feedback Post marked assignments to your home address 6. how would you do this? Find their office and knock on the door Email them to ask for an appointment Telephone them Speak to them at the end of a seminar or lecture 4. Professor Jenkins. Dr Lowell Use 'Teacher' Address them by their first name Use 'Sir' or 'Madam' 3.What do you think is the correct way to address your tutor? Use their title and family name. If you have a problem that is affecting your study who should you go to see? Your favourite course tutor An assigned personal tutor The receptionist in the School office The Head of School 5. e. How many tutors do you think you will have on your course during one semester? Page 7 of 13 .
I work best in the afternoon or at night. Don't be afraid to ask if you need to ask a question about how to submit and receive your assignments back. I can manage lots of things at the same time. Score: 2 and below Your score suggests that you are used to a rather different way of working with tutors at university in your home country. do not be afraid to ask if there is some procedure or aspect of working with your tutors that you are not sure about. You may already have experienced university study in the UK or the same kind of student/tutor relationships may exist at university in your home country. yes no Page 8 of 13 . When you start your studies in the UK. There may be a number of similarities with how you have worked with university tutors before. I work best when a task is urgent and I'm under pressure to get on with it. I hate rushing and always start a task early. one main tutor and one other tutor Between three and eight tutors More than eight tutors Find your score below and read your profile: Score: 5 or 6 Well done! Your score suggests that you already know what student/tutor relationships are like at university in the UK. giving myself plenty of time to finish.One tutor Two tutors. Don't worry! Some of these differences are simply due to cultural difference and you can quickly learn how to work effectively with your tutors in the UK. Score: 3 or 4 Your score suggests that you are already partly aware of what to expect from your tutors at university in the UK even if this may be a little different to how things work at university in your home country. I make lists of things I have to do and organise the order in which I will do them. I am easily distracted from a task by other things that I need to do. Using study time effectively How do you use your time? questions I work best in the morning. Even British students need to ask some of these questions at the beginning of their courses.
it may be difficult to get your work done sometimes. giving plenty of time to finish you are probably the kind of student who likes to think things through carefully in order to produce your very best work. If your study tasks all arrive at once. Is your mind on ten things at once or can you concentrate exclusively on one thing? If you are easily distracted from a task by other things this means that your mind is always searching for new stimulation. Your active mind may be busy finding useful parallels between different aspects of your studies and this helps you progress. When do you work best? If you work best in the morning this means that you should try to use the first part of the day for any study tasks that need mental alertness or concentration. Are you self-disciplined or do you need outside help to make you focus? If you work best when a task is urgent and you are under pressure you prefer to rely on external demands such as an approaching deadline for an assignment to help you focus on getting your work done. You probably find it difficult to work on too many things at the same time and prefer to order them so that you can manage your study tasks more effectively. For this reason. The sense of urgency probably drives you to work harder and it may be that you are able to produce better work in this way. or someone who likes multi-tasking? As a student.You may need to train yourself to focus on one thing at a time so that you can complete any important study tasks that need to be done. If you work best in the afternoon or at night this means that you should use that time to do your most demanding study tasks.I like finishing one task before I start another. Your peak of efficiency is likely to be early in the day and you probably leap out of bed full of energy in the morning. Because of this. However. you plan and organise your study time and are able to organise yourself effectively. It may take you some time to get started in the morning. you may feel too tired to concentrate well late into the evening. if you make lists of things you have to do and organise the order in which you do them you probably like to have a system and enjoy spending time organising your study files and notes. If you can manage lots of things at the same time you probably thrive on having lots of things to do and while working on one study task you may get ideas and inspiration for something else. This helps you identify what you have to do and find what you need quickly. Are you a methodical person. Your peak of efficiency is likely to be later on in the day. who takes tasks one by one. If you like finishing one task before you start another you have no trouble concentrating on one thing and probably dislike having too many study tasks waiting for your attention. If you hate rushing and always start a task early. you may need to Page 9 of 13 .
• • • • Recognize when a situation needs to be addressed. confidential personal counselling. if something isn't going right: • Deal with it now Page 10 of 13 . don't let them drag on. Deal with personal life Life has a way of handing us ups and downs when we least expect them. or make an appointment at Health Services. So. This means that sometimes your life is going to get in the way of your studies. Counselling and Development's professional counsellors offer safe.think ahead sometimes and make preparations to begin another task before the current one is finished. Talk to your doctor.. You need further help. Consider dropping courses to relieve your workload. Use the resources available to you: ○ ○ Talk to a trusted friend or relative. Don't fool yourself into believing you can handle everything. • Make sure your academic standing doesn't suffer: ○ ○ ○ If. If this happens to you. Call or drop into our offices to make an appointment. or if you just want someone to talk to. Deal with situations as they arise. if a situation feels too overwhelming.. Determine if you are eligible for medical exemptions. be ready to seek out resources to help you deal with the situation. It's important to realize and accept that there will be times when you are just not able to work or study because life issues are demanding more attention. Talk to your professors for possible extensions. friendly.
The method used to calculate your GPA. Stand on your own feet. advisors. Be happy for the good things and develop tactics to roll with the bad stuff. Student Rights and Responsibilities. ignorance is not bliss! So be prepared to ask questions and dig a little to find out the information. Page 11 of 13 . It's a pest if your study is upset by misunderstanding the way the system works. pay tuition. Whether it be course support.there are plenty of these and you can access them free of charge in nearly all cases. And with regards to university regulations. fees and so forth Parking Sanctions and fines etc Be clear on all this by checking out the information at the Current Students web site Read the University Calendar to find out: • • • • • • • GPA requirements for your faculty and department. do not whine and take charge of your life.• Use the University's sources of help . withdrawal. Know the system Success at university is more than just doing well in classes. There are things that you need to know that you won't necessarily be told. Your programme requirements. study groups. it's knowing how to work with the system. The University Writing Skills Requirement. EtcŠ Successful students usually draw on the resources available to them at their academic institution. apply for graduation. Deadlines to drop/add courses. This means making sense of things like • • • • Administration processes such as enrolment.
and department secretaries. for research suggestions. BECOME INVOLVED IN UNIVERSITY LIFE. Buildings.Lupita You will find the atmosphere at higher education much more serious than it was back in high school. but the most critical university resource is people.concordia. lab assistants. This can be quite a motivating factor in itself. Whether for emotional support when a difficult assignment is due.tutors.londonmet.ca/Help/Ten_Tips.html http://learning. but you know that it's going to be better in a short time. to staff. Unlike high school.uk/differences_in_university_study. College and university are not simply bigger high schools. They will help you enormously and you will benefit from knowing. residence co-ordinators.cfm http://www.ac. but be selective and participate. or other services designed to enable one to succeed. References http://www.shtml#Time http://unilife. one's friends are vital in assisting the student's academic success.globecampus.you know it's not going to be the same as at home. the vast majority of students who go to university. where there are students who clearly do not want to be there and are itching to quit school. However.suite101.au/newtocurtin/success. This doesn't mean you should join every group.curtin. you have to be aware that there are some major differences between higher educational institutions and high schools.edu. to be successful in college or university. don't be afraid of seeking them out! Build up relationship/network Also important are friends and acquaintances. college or trade school are definitely there to learn.prepareforsuccess. writing papers and taking exams.cfm http://catherineowen. Settling down to study Having a positive attitude is important . facilities and programs are important. Becoming part of the university or college community is just as important as going to class. Introduce yourself to and build relationships with the people who cross your path.com/how-to-succeed-in-college-or-universitya80840 http://www. helping and interacting with them. or for proofreading a paper.org.ca/in-the-news/globecampusreport/ten-strategies-foruniversity-success/ Page 12 of 13 . Being involved will only enhance your university experience. and peer and senior students. .uk/welcome-to-londonmet/tipsforsuccess. Get known by them and show reciprocal interest in them— from professors.
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