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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
118 Australia – The Education Destination inSTiTuTionS anD DiSciPlineS assessment, exams and grades Grades in Australian tertiary courses are usually based on your work throughout the year, not on one single exam. This means you are being continually assessed and must keep up with your work. Depending on your course, assessment may include assignments, exams, oral presentations in class, attendance, group work, participation in class and practical work. independent, creative learning approach Tertiary students in Australia are encouraged to develop an independent approach and take responsibility for their own learning. This includes getting to lectures on time, completing the reading material outside of class, and staying on track with essays and assessment tasks that are due. Rather than learning by rote, which is common in some other countries, students in Australia take an active part in their learning by questioning their tutor, researching and creating new ideas. You will be expected to contribute to tutorial discussions and may have to present a topic to the class. Often the focus of a tutorial is to discuss an issue from many different perspectives, rather than finding a ‘right’ answer. Your essay writing may be more of an argumentative style, rather than a descriptive style. Universities and vocational institutions help their international students adapt to the Australian study style through orientation programs and study support. You can talk to your faculty or international office to take part in a study skills workshop or additional English language assistance. Through these workshops, you can enhance your skills in writing essays, delivering oral presentations and taking lecture notes. Practical experience Your course may involve a practical component or work experience. For example, a university degree may include work in a science or computer laboratory, an editing suite or work experience with an organisation. Many vocational courses have industry-standard facilities on campus so you can gain the appropriate skills for your future workplace. Some courses also include a practicum where you do work experience with an appropriate company. By studying in Australia, you will gain a world-class education, meet people from around the world and discover a different culture. The Australian study style will help you develop as an individual and give you the skills for a successful future. ■ Left: The Australian education style gives you critical thinking skills for success in your future workplace. Image: Bigstock. Above: Your course may include a practical component which will be assessed for your final grade. Images: ACPET. ‘PRacTical exPeRience anD confiDence’ Maroun El Kady, from Lebanon, excelled in his vocational course at TAFE NSW. He achieved a distinction in the Certificate IV in Website Development and went on to study a Diploma of Information Technology in Website Development. He gained a distinction in the diploma as well. Maroun has developed many of his own web projects and his work can be found on restaurant menus, privilege cards and business cards, as well as on website logos and banners. ‘It wasn’t easy being an international student but I soon gained confidence, developing my communication and website creation skills,’ Maroun says. ‘With the help of my teachers, I was able to develop many web projects. TAFE gave me a good overview of the IT industry and I gained a lot of experience.’ Maroun has continued his study, using his vocational course as a pathway to university. ‘I am now doing my Bachelor of Information Technology and hope to continue on to a masters degree, using the skills I learnt at TAFE.’ ‘Australia has a practical learning style that encourages independent thought and intellectual debate.’
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