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What Works for Students is a report; it is written by Pliny Soocoormanee and Xavier Khan. It reveals that the different reasons to keep the university's students stay at campus to learning, encourage students continue their study, and analysis the disturbing factors which stop students' learning during the university. Finally,two writers make recommendations about how to enrich students' experience during university campus, which are sense of belonging, responsive lecturers, interactive pedagogies social learning environment, technology in learning and culture diversity. However, this report not only points out what the university should do, but also mentions that what the government should do. For example, the government could invest more funds in education areas and help poor families children keep up with their education.
According to this report, I think five points are the key elements to persuade students to stay at campus, these points also fit me.
The first key element is the interactive pedagogies. A student goes to university, what is his first and the important mission? The answer absolutely is study. However, students also need a good theatre and better teach methods. The Pliny Soocoormanee and Xavier Khan (2010) suggested that attending lecturer is a best way to interactive and from the interviewees' feedback it is easily to notice that interactive pedagogies have left a deep impression on students that help students improve their learning results and raise their great interests in learning.
The second key factor is the responsive lecturers. Pliny and Xavier (2010) pointed that making a friendly and equally relationship between lecturer and students, which makes students feel accessibility and support from the University, covers not only in academic study, but also in students' daily life. In University of Wolverhampton, students can use on-campus internet system to feedback their advice and questions to lecturer. At the same time, teachers have chances to build up one to one relationship with their students by appointments or tutorials.
The third key component is the social learning environment. Now adays, students care more about the comfort and flexible study environment. For example, modern facilities of the University, up-to-date library system or enjoyable learning environment. Many different elements help students make their final decision between cost and profit.
Fourthly is technology in learning. Pliny and Xavier (2010) believed that good technology can change students to learn easier and simpler. Through the WOLF learning system of Wolverhampton University, students can look for their study resources anywhere with wireless internet access. In the other words, students can log on library system to get information and study everywhere.
Fifthly is cultural diversity. Mix of background, mix of culture, different views and different learning methods are the characteristics of globalization. I am an international student and my classmates come from different countries speaking different languages. On one hand we communicate with each other in English, while on the other hand through this kind of communication we are exchanging different culture. I never expected what I will meet in my life.
In last two weeks, I have been studying for my postgraduate degree. Everything in the UK makes me so excited because I have realized my dream that I will study abroad! However, living in different country with different culture, I suffer from great changes.
First and foremost, listening versus speaking. In my country, China, students are passively receive knowledge from teachers without real communication during the class, so it is called typical "student-centered" teaching style. But during having class here, I have to try more speaking in order to keep up with the pace of lecturer and follow the rhythm.
Secondly, class study versus self-study. In china, students have many classes per week, teacher can teach you nearly everything in the classroom, it is "feeding" teaching style. Oppositely, in the UK, I just have five classes per week. During other free time, I have to read more academic articles and write more essays by myself. I like this learning style, which makes me become an independent student in study.
What's more, recite versus understanding. In these two weeks, I have to remember many key points about the lecturers , which foundation is understanding. If you really understand, you will remember it naturally instead of mechanical reciting.
In addition, critical versus passive receive. Chinese students disagree with their teacher is not easy. But here, the lecturer said he welcomes students' opposite opinion and even challenge. That means during the class I have to change my listening habit, but try to think about questions or points critically.
Last but not the least, group versus individual. During first two weeks, I had joined three different groups, from 5 members to 24 members. The lecturer always encourages students to co-work with group members for better communication and idea-exchange. But in china, students often finish their homework by themselves, that is a big different between Chinese style and western style.
When I finished my reading of this report, I realized the importance of different learning styles between China and UK. Looking forward to my Master degree education, I have to put all these recommendations into practice and get used to new ways. Finally, I want to express my sincere thanks to my parents, without their support I can go nowhere to further my study and my thanks to the University of Wolverhampton for such a cherish opportunity to improve my study level.