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'This is a really useful and comprehensive guide for Chinese students about the essential academic skills needed for successful study in higher education in the UK. It covers all skill areas as well as general information for Chinese students new to the UK academic environment.' - Julie Watson, Principal Teaching Fellow in e-Learning and Head of eLanguages, University of Southampton
Leaving China to study in the UK for the first time can be a daunting experience. You will be entering a new country and education system with its own culture, customs and values, some of which will be totally different from those back home. You will need to acquaint yourself with these differences to achieve your goals while studying in the UK and make the most of your stay. You may be finding it difficult to find this information, you may even be feeling anxious about the move or struggling to fit into your new environment.
Help is at hand!
This easy-to-read book is designed to be your companion throughout your university studies in the UK, providing practical information and skills and strategies for success. This guide:
Introduces you to many life skills needed to support your studies in the UK, such as food, socialising and local amenities
Contains information regarding UK assessment, lectures, seminars, campus life and support available from faculty
Covers language and comprehension skills to help you communicate in your work and in the classroom with peers
Explains the main differences between Eastern and Western thinking and culture
Includes research skills and strategies for dissertations, essays and exams.
Other useful features:
Xiangping has included study tips in Chinese to help you fully understand each chapter
Key words in each chapter are also provided in Chinese, alongside a test on the topic
Hear from other Chinese students about their own experiences studying in the UK.
This essential guide will help you to flourish in your UK studies and enjoy yourself along the way!
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Dr Mike Courtney is an Academic Skills Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has taught in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, The Middle East and the UK. He has researched the influence of culture and language on learning styles and academic skill development. He currently teaches in the UK and in Hong Kong, in the area of academic skills development and Open Learning. Dr Xiangping Du is an Academic Skills Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, supporting students in a wide range of academic skills areas. She studied in both a Chinese and English higher education environment, and understands the different academic expectations from her own experience both as a student and as a Tutor. Her research in investigating Chinese students' perception of motivation towards, and identification with, the English language, enhanced her understanding of the academic challenges Chinese students face when they come to study in an English context.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Living and Studying in the UK Chapter 2: Developing Your Academic English Skills Chapter 3: Developing Your Academic Study Skills Chapter 4: Assignments, Assessment and Feedback Chapter 5: Research and Dissertations Appendix