The way we teach in UK universities may be different to the teaching methods in your home country. You might be used to your tutors telling you everything you need to know. In the UK you are responsible for getting the information you need and you will be expected to check you emails, your School noticeboards and your Queen's Online account for information about your course.
It is very important that you attend your classes so that you get the most out of your studies and so that you satisfy the requirements of your course and your student visa. If you need to extend your visa to continue your studies you will need to demonstrate to the UK Border Agency that you had good progress and attendance on your course.
Under the new Points Based System immigration rules, universities will be obliged to report to the UK Border Agency any students who fail to attend for a significant period of time. If you are absent due to sickness you should notify your School. Please do not stop attending without telling someone; speak to your tutor and/or the International Students Advisor.
You may find that the way students write their essays and course work and study at Queen's is different to the institutions in your home country. During your course you will be given information about reading as much as possible about a topic and how to research it thoroughly. You will also learn how to analyse and describe the work you are studying.
It is very important that you learn how to present and write your work at Queen's. See our Learning and Development website for many useful tips to help you.
The following are some of the methods of teaching used at Queen's:
Lectures: This is where the turor will talk to the class and give information about the subject. You are expected to listen and make your own notes. You are not expected to write down everything the tutor may say but should write down the important information.
Seminars are small group discussions with your tutor and some other students. During seminar sessions you could discuss the previous lecture or discuss a piece of reading material. Seminars allow you to become more involved with your studies by discussion of what you have learned and also provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. They are very important to attend and you must also ensure that you are prepared to participate.
Tutorials are when you meet with your personal tutor. During these meetings you can discuss planning and preparation for your work including study methods. You can also discuss any problems you might be having with your tutor.
Small working groups allow you to work with other students on tasks assigned by your tutor. Working in groups is enjoyable and will allow you to share your ideas, develop your English and make friends with other students on your course.
Tutors and lecturers will also set aside certain times during the week where they will be available for students to drop into their office. You may need to make an appointment.
Plagiarism means copying work from another student or from a book, website, journal or other source without referencing the source of the material. Queen's has very strict rules on plagiarism and the penalties are severe. You will be given more information about this by your School, or you can see the University's policy in the General Regulations.
Advice and Support
The International Student Support Office is here to support you for all your needs, however, the Students' Union Advice Centre has trained staff who can help you with academic matters. The Education and Welfare Adviser will be able to accompany you to disciplinary panels, plagiarism hearings, and most committees. If you would like further information or if you need support please contact:
Education & Welfare Adviser,