The Barriers Students Face in Adjusting From Normal Life to University Culture

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This essay investigates the barriers that students may face in adjusting from normal life to university culture. The barriers are changing in attitudes and experiences of students, developing metacognitive skills, culture shocks and the university requirements such as IELTS exam and learning. The changing in attitudes and experiences of students can be A survey was made for the first year students and was conducted at five year intervals for 1994, 1999 and 2004. From the survey in 1994, there has been a decline in the proportion of students feeling that university has not met their expectations, whereas in 2004 students are notably more satisfied with their course of study and with the quality of teaching they are experiencing. Half of the respondents have the same opinion that the staffs is approachable in discussing about their work and less than one third of students feels that the lecturers are interested in their students progression and ready to lend a hand on any queries. Australian University have different style of learning and high standard of education with the latest technological systems. The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has played a major role in changing the features of teaching, learning and interaction in the first year. Since 2004, majority of students are able to access online their course resources, contact their peers and lecturers by email and could use computer software designed for their course. This is an advantage for students because it will take less time to communicate and interact with peers and lecturers. Not only that, it is also useful for them in the future to practise in the working environment. The different way of learning techniques that Australia University tau... ... middle of paper ... Taylor, S. (1999). Better learning through better thinking: Developing students’ Metacognitive abilities. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 30(1), 34. Wang, T. & Shan, X. (2006). A qualitative study on Chinese postgraduate students learning experiences in Australia. [Electronic Version]. Retrieved August 12, 2010 from,

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