How to Learn
Who is Teacher Joe?
University Life Abroad
Three key points to work at:
1. How to Get along with other students
Don't spend all of your time with a group of students from your
own country. They may you some good information, but they
will also prevent you from trying new things and meeting local people.
Find one good friend from your country who also wants to learn
English well. You can help each other find ways to paricipate in
the local community.
When you meet Americans, do not assume immediately that they will
be your best friends. Be patient, do not push in a new relationship.
Be careful of American "friends" who try to get you to drink too
much or maybe even try drugs. These people are NOT your friends!
2. Participating in local life
Join clubs! You can play a sport, enjoy music, art or theater,
or join in any other activity you like. You're sure to meet lots
of American students at the same time.
Learn about what is going on at the university and in the local
community. Read the university newspaper and watch the local TV news.
3. Classes and Professors' expectations
Professors expect you to participate in class. Think deeply about
the class material and ask thoughtful questions. Don't be shy!
Always be prepared and punctual (on time).
Take personal responsibility for your success. The professor will
help you as much as he or she can, but your final success will depend
Joe with some of his Super Students
at the top of Xiang Shan, west of Beijing
Super Students from
Jing Shan School in Beijing