Class participation, Homework and Self-Study
You will discover that participation in class is an important part of British academic life. You will be asked to contribute ideas and opinions when working in pairs and groups and even when there is a discussion involving the whole class. It is important that you develop the confidence to contribute in these situations, and that you do sufficient background reading and preparation to have something to say. Indeed, when you go onto your degree studies, your participation in class often forms part of your assessment on a particular programme. This might be very different to what you have been used to in your previous schools and universities and you may find it difficult at first. You will, however, be helped and encouraged on this programme to develop your participation skills and your confidence to speak up in front of others
Your teachers will give you homework to do. Sometimes this might simply be some reading in preparation for a lecture or seminar. This ‘self study’ that you do in your own time is important for many reasons. At university in the UK, students often have to do a lot of learning on their own, for example through reading and research done in the library. Learning and being disciplined to work on your own outside of class on this programme will help you to develop your ability to study independently next year.
Doing homework and preparation is also an important part of developing both your language and subject knowledge. The more work you do, the more you are likely to improve and get better results in the end. Doing your homework and pre-reading also enables you to participate more confidently in your class. For all these reasons, you will be expected to submit all the homework given to you, and to do any reading which has been set. As with all the parts of this programme, it is important that you see your self-study as an important step to achieving your goals, and that you enjoy it as a stage in that process!