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What to expect in the classroom when you're studying abroad!

As you prepare for an exciting new life by choosing to study abroad, here’s a peek at what’s in store, from group study to a TA, when it comes to education and testing!

Posted by Team Edisol

An overseas education exposes you to different experiences, people, and sometimes, a whole new lifestyle. To be prepared for what’s to come your way when it comes to education and testing, take a look at this list of unique experiences that are in store for you. Knowing about them will help you ace your grades, and enjoy your classroom experience to the fullest.

Student participation

A lot of higher education courses overseas are designed keeping student participation in mind. This means that you must be prepared to do your own research and be proactive in seeking answers to questions and speak up in class. This may be in the form of asking questions, making presentations or working in a group for a project. You can join study groups, attend seminars and refer to a reading list to get the most out of the course in any of the foreign universities that you’re attending.

Different testing system

An overseas university is likely to follow a different grading and testing system to what you’re used to in India. Familiarise yourself with how this works at your university and also understand how tests are administered. Similarly, learn more about the assignment submission process to ensure that you’re not stressed at the last minute.

Extensions on deadlines

Usually, if you’re closing in on the deadline and require a little more time to submit your best work, you may approach your professor for an extension. Remember you can’t do this all the time, and you must only request one if the extension will help you incorporate noteworthy elements into your assignment that would otherwise not be possible. Typically, when applying for an extension you must write a formal email or speak to your professor in person and make your request early enough with a valid reason.

Group study

Another concept you should be prepared for is group studying. Unlike tuition or coaching classes in India that are taught by teachers, this is a self-study session initiated by fellow batchmates without any support from professors. This system helps you interact with your batchmates and also enhances your ability to analyse and assimilate information on your own.

Teacher’s assistant

A teacher’s assistant is a senior student who assists the professor, attends the course and sometimes, even lead the discussion in class. So, you can approach him or her to learn core concepts when your professor is busy. TAs often have time on their hands to explain concepts once again, suggest books or papers you can read to learn more, and may even guide you with research or lab work, so make use of them! However, the role of each TA is slightly different so make sure that you approach them keeping this in mind.

These pointers give you a head start on what to expect, so you can make the most of every day when you study abroad!