Unless you're planning on studying Spanish or French
at university, most of us are not prepared to learn a
new language. But in reality there is a lot of
terminology that a new student has to get used to when
attending college. Below is a list of common words
that you'll undoubtedly come across within your first
week of post-secondary school.
Course Calendar- This is a booklet that's usually
available at the campus bookstore that has a list of
all the courses offered at a university. It includes
detailed descriptions of courses, required
prerequisites and amount of credits received. It also
outlines school policies and gives a description of
Lab- These are known as hands-on classes. Unlike a
lecture, which usually involves the professor speaking
and the students taking notes, student actually
practice experiments in labs. It's a first-hand way of
learning. Courses that usually involve labs: science,
geography and environmental studies.
Student Union- As a member of the university, you are
automatically a part of the Student Union. The union
represents students' rights. If you have a problem with the way
something is being run, bring it up with the union.
They fight for student issues, such as tuition fees
and student rights.
Syllabus- A sheet that is given out within the first
week listing the professor's office hours and contact
number, what will be covered in the course, required
reading material, assignments and marking scheme. This
is good to hang on to for the length of the course.
T.A- Stands for teacher's assistant. These are
usually master's students who get paid to run
tutorials, mark assignments and
help students if the professor isn't available.
Tutorial- Tutorials are kind of like a sub-class that
are mandatory to attend. They exist outside of your
usual class time, approximately one hour per week. There are
anywhere from 10 to 15 people in an average tutorial
and it's lead by a T.A. Tutorials are an opportunity
to delve into more detailed subjects related to the
class that wouldn't be covered otherwise. Intimate
discussion and debates are encouraged!
There will be a lot of new terminology you'll come
across when you enter university. The main thing to do
to avoid confusion is ask questions. After all, you're there to learn.