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This week was based on the introduction of our tutorials and lectures, not only discovering the subject and their units, but also meeting new classmates from different countries and new tutors, lecturers. As it might be normal for Australians to call their tutors by their first name, it is quite unusual for me since in New Caledonia, you usually call your teachers by their family name or else it would be a mark of disrespectfulness towards them. Although I still feel like it’s difficult to call them by their first name, it seems that it makes us feel less distant from the tutors and allows us to approach them with easiness and confidence when needed. I probably would be able to call them “Alex”, “Sarah” or “Larraine” when other classmates do it. •
I’m aware that I’m studying in an English speaking country that I’m used to since I’ve been there for summer holidays and even though I could say that I’m quite fluent in English since I studied it since I was 8; I still feel puzzled and sometimes confused with the vocabulary and terms used during classes in Scientific subjects, even though I get to understand the meaning at the end of the course I tend to forget them quickly or their pronunciation. When I was learning English in New Caledonia, most of the vocabulary was used in Academic English, so discovering the use of English in Maths, Physics or Chemistry was a great challenge that I will need to get throughout the year of Foundation. But since the tutors are really helpful, I’m sure that they will be memorized in no time and would be important for future studies at University. •
It’s the first time that I see that the use of today’s technology in our studies, not only are we free to have access to internet for our research for certain assignments but we are also able to communicate with our tutors anytime if we have any problems; the network that the University has created enables all the students not only to follow our...
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