Sagacious learning method during my study-abroad (Master’s Degree in Australia)

G’day. What are you up to mate? Today, I am going to talk about sagacious learning method during my study-abroad (Master’s Degree in Australia). Have you ever done a study-abroad in an English-speaking country? Or are you planning to go abroad to study in the future? Not everyone could achieve goals without experiencing any significant hardship in terms of finance, culture, assignments, etc. I’d completed three Master’s degrees in Australia before I jumpstarted running my own English business. Let’s get underway, shall we?

First up, you can download and read academic journals using Uni library resources as much as you possibly can during the Summer or long holiday

So much investment on your study-abroad like Uni can’t be paid off if you are not taking full advantage of Uni resources such as power, computer facilities, common rooms, refreshments, academic resources, etc. Schools are earning more money than you might reckon. Why don’t we make full use of study materials at their disposal? For instance, when you go to school, you attend the lectures and chat with your fellow students, but don’t go home straight! You should stay at uni and use all resources as much as you possibly can unless you have to work. Library and common spaces are kind of heaven for poor international students! You can probably grab some free student papers, refreshments, and much more. Keep looking for any treasure!

Second, you don’t need to go home for doing your assignments, but stay at computer lab, and feel free to maximise the use of their facilities

It a bit overlaps with the maximisation of using uni academic resources, but why don’t we drop by a computer lab for finishing all assignments. Or there are heaps of common spaces, which normally contain PCs, canteens, chat areas, meeting rooms, kitchen, etc. All yours! Don’t be shy! You utilise them as much as you want to at anytime unless it’s open. I reckon these sorts of facilities are open 24/7 if you have a student card. You plug your mobile and own laptop with power to save your expenses at home.

You can find a local student or another international student around campus or at common spaces to improve your speaking skills

Don’t just attend the lectures and go home after that. You should stick around the campus and drop by common spaces to find a local student or another international student. There will have so much opportunity for international students to improve their speaking skills. Not many local students refuse to talk with you. Attending the lectures do not give you any chance to improve your English skills, because you might tend to be passive, which means that you are just auditing your professor’s talk and take notes, but not much discussion is going on unless you’re taking part in tutorials, in which case you will have to speak up something during the session. So, anyway, you should hang around the campus and talk, talk and talk with somebody.

Last but not least, finding a language exchange might be another sagacious learning method to improve practical English skills

In fact, I did a language exchange when I resided in one of the uni dormitories in the past. I was kind of lucky, because when I participated in the commencement party at the residence, the Aussie lady sitting next to me suddenly talked to me, and I of course introduced myself. She got the good first impression of me. And, she was unexpectedly interested in learning Japanese, so that we got a deal. That was such an awesome experience for me. We did have a chat twice a week at least, and sometimes I asked her to proofread my essay, and vice versa. It’s not hard to find this sort of opportunity. Normally, you could find a noticeboard in front of uni libraries or common rooms/spaces. Don’t miss any chance! You should relish a challenge of boosting your English language skills during your study-abroad.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading.

Have a great Monday!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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