Presentation on theme: "International Students’ Workshop"— Presentation transcript:
1 International Students’ Workshop Julie Allen, International Students Immigration ServiceClaire Gordon, TLCAdam Sandelson, LSE Student Counselling ServiceThe format of the Workshop on maybe slightly different to this powerpoint.Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)Wednesday 31st October 20122.00pm – 3.00pm, KSW 1.04Moodle: Learning World (LW)
2 Today’s programme CULTURE SHOCK Julie Allen, International Students Immigration ServiceACADEMIC EXPECTATIONSClaire Gordon, Teaching and Learning CentreSETTLING IN & STRESS MANAGEMENTAdam Sandelson, LSE Student Counselling Service
3 Culture Shock – what is it? The impact of moving from a familiar culture to one which is unfamiliar‘Culture shock, like love, is a temporary madness’(from ‘Culture Shock Thailand’)
4 Culture Shock These are Initial shock Honeymoon period Distress period … is often discussed in terms of “transitional phases.”These areInitial shockHoneymoon periodDistress periodAdjustment PhaseIndependence
5 Adapted from “Orientated for Success”, edited by M Barker, Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, 1990.
6 ‘Fallen Star’ – Do Ho Sun. Korean artists who lives in the US ‘Fallen Star’ – Do Ho Sun. Korean artists who lives in the US. This is an installation of his house (a ‘hanok’) in Korea which has crashed into the buiding he first lived in when he arrived in the US
7 The insides of his Korean house have spilled all over his new home in Rhode Island and created complete chaos
8 What students say‘You have to depend on yourself in London. It’s easy to feel lonely here’ (student from China)‘I quickly learned that people don’t touch each other very much here. That is very different from Brazil’‘Sri Lanka is very slow and relaxed. The pace of life there is so different. Coming to London is like jumping on a rollercoaster’‘I didn’t experience culture shock, I experienced price shock!’ (student from China)
9 What students say“When I first came to London and I went on the underground I looked up at the escalator and I saw every race of people and I thought ‘I will never forget this’” (student from India)
10 ResourcesWebsite created by international students at Loughborough and Southampton university:UKCISA:International Students House:
11 Academic expectations Dr. Claire Gordon, Teaching and Learning Centre and European InstitutePrevious educational experience and LSEExpectations of students at LSEBecoming an effective reader,Participating actively in classDeveloping your essay writing skillsWhat’s expected of you and how to succeed here at LSE.Steep learning curve in you early weeks – as you get used to the system – finding out where buildings are, how to use the library, moodle,.
12 China Iran Syria Jordan South Korea Taiwan Indonesia France Germany SpainMexicoDominican RepublicJapanAlgeriaMoroccoLibyaEgyptGhanaCanadaUnited StatesAustraliaKazakhstanTurkmenistanUzbekistanRussiaFinlandSaudi ArabiaOmanLatviaPolandGreeceIndiaSri LankaMauritiusBulgariaRomaniaCosta RicaChileArgentinaSouth AfricaNorwayDenmarkUAEKuwaitVietnamHaitiNigeriaCote D’IvoireTanzaniaKenyaUgandaTurkey …… to name a fewStudents come from all over the world and wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds….Of course there are similarities in terms of good rigorous academic scholarship – but five weeks in to term -- you may well be already experiencing the challenge of dealing with (widely) differing expectations about how to approach reading, participation in class and essay writing.Your previous educational experience
13 Small group activity:Expectations of students in your home country concerning:ReadingParticipating in classWriting good essays
14 Academic practice At LSE Common Good writing and referencing skills Following departmental guidelinesBeing proactive and activeTalking to teachers, other students, education professionals …Developing your own well reasoned and substantiated argumentUnderstanding that there is more than one answerCommonDiligenceRespectPunctualityExcellence (elitism)Hard workRecallReading lots of books14
15 (1) Becoming an effective reader Study at LSE – self-directed learning.Reading lists – articles, book chapters -- often very long, overwhelming.Divided into essential and recommended readings.Expectations on students -- read and digest large amounts of material and develop critical analytical skills to interpret and evaluate such resources.Procrastination.Hard to concentrateLanguage difficulties
16 (1) Becoming an effective reader Be strategic about your choice of readings.Prioritise quality reading not quantity.Develop targeted reading skills.Look at seminar questions/lecture slides/old exam papers.Identify gaps in knowledge.Take good notes from the start of the year.Develop a referencing system that suits you.Self-directed approach to studies.
17 (2) Participating actively in class Lectures and seminars.Combination of student presentations, class discussion, small group work, problem sets.Develop your analytical, presentational and communication skills.Expectations on students – active engagement in class.Challenge if you are not confident about your English language speaking skills, your ability to formulate an answer,come from different educational background where class participation was not encouraged/fostered/surrounded by people who appear to be far more articulate and confident than you do.
18 (2) Participating actively in class Prepare well for class (cf: becoming an effective reader)Set up study groups with friendsTry out your ideas during small group work (think about specific point and evidence)Be aware that trying to formulate your ideas orally is very good way of developing your analytical skills as well as identifying gaps in knowledge, understandingDare to step outside your comfort zoneClasses are usually constructive learning environments
19 (3) Developing your essay writing skills What lecturers are looking for – expectations on studentsFocused answer to questionClearly developed individual argumentEngagement with academic literatureUse of theory and/or evidence to ground your argumentClear structureClear writing styleConsistent referencing systemEvidence to back up your argument -- don’t tell the story.WATCH OUT! description alone counts for few marks because it does NOT demonstrate your ability to: select, organise, prioritise or adapt ideasUse of sources/evidence is often an important criteria examiners are looking for.You are likely to use both “tutor-supplied” references, and ones you have identified yourself.Referencing shows you can ground your own ideas within (a set of) existing intellectual debates – “originality” rarely means “totally new”…
20 (3) Developing your essay writing skills Plan your essay thoroughly.State your argument upfront, provide a roadmap – in your introduction.Keep it simple silly (KISS).Keep your argument in mind throughout. Links ideas/paragraphs directly back to the question.Show…don’t just tell and don’t tell the story.Think about feedback you have already received. Read through your work at the end.Underpinning all this and what will lead to your success is – developing a self-directed approach to all aspects of your studyGood luck and where to go for more help will be covered at end.
21 Settling in and stress management Adam SandelsonLSE Student Counselling ServiceSettling in TipsPractical approachesSources of advice and help
22 Settling in Tips Talk to others who may feel the same. Speak to people at home but also get involved here.You are allowed to enjoy yourself!Be realistic about what to expect from student life and from yourselfTry to balance work and leisureGive yourself time to adjustYou don't have to get everything right straight away.Food and sleep …
23 Practical approaches Set realistic and achievable goals Short term targets, longer term strategiesBreak down huge activities into small manageable tasksFocus on the task, not the outcomeRemember past successesTime for breaks
24 Stress Management Skills Physical, behavioural, cognitive…Regularly switch offSchedule some kind of physical activity.Good self careSleep, diet, etc. Be aware of caffeine, alcohol and nicotineTake time out without guilt.Acknowledge anxiety, rather than denying it.Ask: ‘Are my negative thoughts realistic?’
25 LSE Student Counselling Service KSW.507 Free and confidential.Mainly short-term counselling.Book appointments in advance.20 minutes Drop in sessions at 3.00 each daySee website for stress-management handout.Self-help resources on a wide range of student issues (study-related and personal difficulties)e.g. relaxation MP3’s
26 Presentations Studying and Surviving at LSE See website for PowerPoint slidesAdjusting to Life at LSEWednesday 7th November, 12:00pm - 1:30pm: CON 2.05Good Writing PsychologyFriday 9th November, 3:00pm - 4:00pm: CLM G.02The Psychological Challenges Faced By MSc StudentsFriday 16th November, 1:00pm - 2:00pm: OLD 3.21
27 Sources of advice and help Your Academic Adviser Library, IT ServicesDepartmental staff Student Services CentreDisability and Well-being Office Moodle: Learning WorldStudent Union and Advice Centre Medical CentreDeans Mental Health & Well-being AdvisersCounselling Service TLC study-skills advisersLanguage CentreDon't wait until problems have grown impossibly large …it’s OK to ask for help earlier.