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1 International Student Orientation Making the Most of Lectures and Tutorials Dr Julia Miller School of Education

2 Where is home for you? What are you studying? Did you go to university in your country?

3 What do you think are the major differences between learning in your home country and learning in Australia? ◦ Role of teacher ◦ Student-centred approach ◦ Critical thinking ◦ Active learning ◦ Independent learning

4 1. Lectures 2. Note taking 3. Language clues 4. After the lecture 5. Seminars and tutorials 6. Other small-group formats 7. Practice 8. Reflection

5 Lecture - larger - varying interaction. Seminar - smaller - more interaction. Students may take it in turns to present. Tutorial - even smaller, with more interaction and discussion.


7 Stand up and talk Stand up and talk with PowerPoint Engage students by questions Discuss things with students

8 Prepare: Readings Revision Location Equipment

9 Listen Consider Question Think

10 Don’t try to write everything down. Don’t simply copy the PowerPoint slides. Do listen before you start to write.

11 Abbreviations (eg abbrs) Short phrases, not sentences  symbols Look for possible exam topics


13 Choc from Mexico Media egs – newspaper, mags Reps of choc in media Health problems Oral pres. More egs? Signif?

14 The lecturer is too fast Write down questions for later Try to follow the structure Prepare before the lecture

15 You don’t understand Write down your question. Ask - lecturer - tutor - other students Check- readings - topic guide

16 Start of lecture Let’s start with... The first thing... Today we’ll be looking at... I’d like to think about... Topic shifters So let's turn to... The next thing... Now I'd like to consider... Another important point is...

17 Summarisers So now we can see... Let's round this off... What have we been looking at this afternoon? Exemplifiers One example is... If we look at X we can see that Y...

18 Relators This ties in with... This relates to... Keep in mind that... OK (falling intonation, pause)... Evaluators No problem with that... This all looks fine... This is an important point...

19 Qualifiers This is true, but... That's all very well, but... Having said that,... Although... As far as we know... Asides Where were we? That reminds me of... (All language clues are from DeCarrico, J & Nattinger, JR 1988, 'Lexical phrases for the comprehension of academic lectures’, English for Specific Purposes, vol. 7, pp. 91-102.)

20 Read Highlight Summarise Discuss Look for possible exam questions Revise before the next lecture


22 How could you participate? o Prepare – do the readings o Ask questions o Sit near the front o Join in group discussions

23 Laboratories Science-based Bigger and longer than most tutorials Focus on processes: using equipment, conducting experiments Run by demonstrators

24 Listen carefully to safety procedures and always follow them exactly. Treat all equipment, chemicals and samples with care and respect. Don’t take food or beverages into a lab (unless they’re part of your experiment!). Wear protective clothing when appropriate, and especially wear appropriate shoes (sturdy, closed-in with non-slip sole). Laboratory Health and Safety

25 Workshops: Like tutorials, but even more active (i.e. you do more work) You will often be asked to complete a piece of work or bring one with you You will then share it with others in the workshop Example: creative writing workshop

26 Conference (experts in a field) Symposium (like a conference but smaller) Papers: like a seminar – 20 minute presentation followed by questions Posters: on display and author is available to answer questions

27 Practise taking notes with: 1. a mind map 2. an action column

28  What 2 things will you remember from this session?  Is anything still unclear? Writing Centre learning guides: Further practice:

29  Recorded lectures on My Uni  Radio 5RPH on frequency 1197 (AM) for readings of The Advertiser and The Australian Radio 5RPH

30 Writing Centre Location: Level 3, Hub Central East Website:

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