Culture of Canadian Classrooms

Culture of Canadian classrooms

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 are.

 • 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 be punctual.

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 to reply.

 • 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.

 Group work

Another essential 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.

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