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Tutorials and Seminars
While the majority of the modules at university are delivered via weekly lectures, seminars and tutorials compliment your education. However, none of these courses should be regarded as passive sessions to just come and listen. Your active participation is needed.
Lectures are courses with large numbers of students. It is a less interactive setting, as your lecturer will be talking to provide you with an insight on a given topic. The interaction is normally taking place at the end of the session, when students are encouraged to ask questions.
Seminars should be understood as group tuition which are normally on a specific topic. Student interaction is needed and encouraged, however the instructor will guide the seminar.
Tutorials should be perceived as an individual or small group tuition. Less students participate and they are more focused on individual needs. Interaction is extremely important for tutorials as students can highly influence the content and structure of the course.
Seminars and tutorials are to a certain extent quite similar. In both cases most communication is a two way process. Someone speaks and the others listen. Sometimes the lecturer will not spend a lot of time talking. He/she may begin by raising a topic, and then allow members of the tutorial/seminar to have an informal debate. At other times the lecturer may divide the group up and give groups different topics to discuss. The aim of this is to initiate thinking and create both sides of an argument, wherefore it is crucial that you participate.
At university, group work is a common tool used in seminars, labs or tutorials. It is an increasingly popular means of assessmentat QUB and is perceived as a vital skill at the job market. However, far too often students find working with others a very difficult task as e.g., conflicts arise, communication problems occur or there are issues in regard to time management.
To overcome this and enable a successful group work we have developed a few resources which should provide you with some helpful tips.
Assertiveness is behaviour which helps us to communicate clearly and confidently our needs, wants and feelings to other people without abusing in any way their rights. Lindenfield (1992)
University of Kent's tips to improve various communication skills
University of Leicester's various resources for improving presentation skills
University of Canberra's concise tips including preparing and structuring your presentation, visual aids and nervousness
Information on preparing and presenting; and great tips for group presentations
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