The culture of
classrooms in top Canadian universities and colleges is quite different than
the culture of Indian classrooms. At some universities and colleges, only
first-year classes are taken in large lecture halls with over 50-70 students.
The second year, third year and graduate classes are conducted in a small
classroom with a strength of 10-20 people at one time. Therefore, it is
advisable to prepare before classes, lecture, or a seminar. It will give you a
better understanding, and you will be able to learn in a better way!
Few tips that will help you prepare for your class:
• Go through the
course outline well in advance so that you know what the course expectations
• Make sure to complete
the assigned readings on time.
• Make a habit
of reviewing your notes from the previous lecture.
• Prepare well
for your upcoming lectures.
While studying in a
Canadian classroom, you will observe that many students will be taking notes on
their laptops or tablets, while many others will prefer using pen and paper.
You will also observe that some professors will be providing you notes or
PowerPoint slides before or after your class. Even if they provide you notes
before your class, it doesn’t mean you are free to skip your classes.
Generally, they reflect a small portion of the next lecture and hence, you will
be missing a lot on that topic.
Some of the important aspects that need to be discussed:
Make sure you treat your professors, teaching assistants, your fellow mates, and guest speakers with the utmost respect in the classroom and otherwise. How can you be respectful toward them in the classroom? Well, here are a few tips:
Make sure to keep all your electronic devices on silent.
Avoid chatting in the classroom.
Avoid having food in the class, especially in front of them.
Make sure to minimize the disturbances.
How to treat your professors and supervisors?
Your professors and
supervisors are very important for your academic success; therefore, it is
vital to make a good impression on them.
Some tips are:
• Make sure to
complete all your assignments on time.
• Make sure to
be prepared for your next lectures.
• Make sure to
Top tips for communicating with your professors effectively:
• Always call
your professors using their title, like a professor or doctor, etc., in email
as well as in class.
• Whenever you
send an email to your professors, it is important to give at least 24-48 hours
• If you want to
visit your professor for assignments or queries, make sure to do it during
their office hours. Also, some professors may require you to book an
appointment before visiting them.
How to actively participate in your classes?
The top universities
and Colleges in Canada encourage students to take the initiative and
participate in class discussions, debates and share their views on certain
topics. It is vital because participating in a classroom is also a part of your
final grade in some courses.
element of a Canadian classroom is ‘group work.’ You will be undertaking many
courses that may require you to work on assignments with other students in
small groups. Group projects may include writing a report, a research paper, or
delivering a presentation. For such tasks, you need to work with your group
partners after class time as well.
Tips for completing group work:
Make sure to communicate properly with other members of your group. Listen to them, understand their viewpoints, ask them questions about things you didn’t know.
Share your viewpoint.
When doing group work, make sure to divide your work equally based on each member’s skills and strengths.
Now that you imagined
the entire scenario, how will you study in your new university or college? Now,
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