10 things international students need to successfully complete a high school preparation course
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Australian high schools are bustling centres of education, social interaction and extra-curricular activities. Understanding how they operate, and what to expect when you attend an Australian high school will help you with your own self-confidence and education journey.
That’s why high school preparation courses are so useful. They are perfect for helping international students prepare for what daily and academic life looks like here in Australia.
Here are 10 things international students need to successfully complete a high school preparation course.
1. Improved English language skills
Applying your understanding of English through speaking the language and practising your listening skills every day will improve your communication skills. Reading a range of English publications from books through to newspapers will also help.
2. High school specific terminology and grammar
Like any industry or institution, high schools in Australia have their own specific terminology. A high school preparation course has this terminology built into the subjects covered and course so international students are familiar with it before they start high school.
3. Understanding of Australia’s history
You can always get a strong understanding of why the people of a certain country behave the way they do, and speak the words they speak by learning about the history of that country. A country’s identity is heavily tied to its history.
4. Cultural education
Visits to museums, festivals and galleries provide people new to Australia with an understanding of the types of activities and events Australians like to get involved with. This cultural awareness will help students assimilate and understand what makes their school community tick.
5. Cost of living
Life isn’t all about attending classes and studying when you’re at high school! You will need to know how daily life operates in Australia. That includes knowing how to get around on public transport, how much it costs to go out for dinner, the movies and other social activities.
6. Academic writing skills
Comprehension of how to use the English language in an academic environment will help international students integrate into the educational landscape. Essay writing skills, a knowledge of paragraphing and how to format and write more complex documents are vital.
7. Knowledge of how to research and reference
Its important students are armed with how to conduct research when given a project or task at high school. You must be able to find references from a wide range of sources, integrate it into an essay or project and then correctly document the research in a bibliography.
8. Connection with other international students and Australian citizens
Social interaction is vital for the mental and emotional wellbeing of anyone, especially someone preparing to start high school in a different country. Joining in with organised team sports or activities will connect students with other international students and Australians. This creates networks that provide friendship and the chance to relax and have fun.
9. Knowledge of the Australian education curriculum
What students study at home in their country will be different to what they will study in Australia. A high school preparation course provides international students with subject-specific content to prepare students for the subjects they will encounter at high school – mathematics, science, geography etc.
10. Understanding of the Australian education system
Every country has different educational systems and Australia is no different. It’s good to understand how the schooling system works. Information around when the school year starts and stops, when holidays are taken, how many years are spent in primary school and high school and entry requirements to college or university level.
Moving to Australia to attend high school can be challenging, but preparing yourself and becoming proficient in these ten areas will help you immerse yourself in the Australian way of life while getting a quality education.Continue Reading