Being a student is already challenging. Studying abroad is way more challenging and maintaining good study habits is the best way to succeed in your course. Here is the list of study tips especially beneficial to international students.
Study culture abroad may be different from what you used to do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about deadlines of submission, standards to follow, and other queries related to your course. Also, when in class, it is always best to admit you don’t understand something so you don’t miss any important points that have been mentioned.
Organize your materials and find a spot that seems conducive to studying. It can be in your room, library, café, or other places as long as you can focus whenever you study there. Alongside with this, set a study schedule to form a good habit of independently studying subjects. You may make studying a social activity by joining your classmates or friends in study sessions and engage in productive discussions.
If you are studying in an English-speaking country, it is best to expose yourself to English materials from TV, radio, podcasts, books, etc. It will help you be familiar with the native accent and how phrases are used in social contexts. When binge-watching your favorite movies or series, switch on the subtitles so you can read and listen to the conversation. It will deepen your understanding of the language in terms of pronunciation, context, and usage.
It is very important to make time to relax. Being abroad is already difficult, but it will be nerve-wracking once school requirements pile coupled with being home-sick. Look for ways to cope with stress, such as spending a day a week relaxing and catching up with friends, and ensuring you live a balanced lifestyle.
There will be designated offices for each school that will assist international students. They may provide a range of support programs to help you during your studies, with other international students. English language assistance and bridging services, training sessions, seminars, and professional staff such as counselors, technical advisors and tutors may be available.