A new semester is about to begin and it’s time to think about help. Student support specifically. At Winchester we’ve taken a broad approach to helping international students get the results they deserve. (We’d like to help you get the marks you want, but you have to do the work, we can only help you develop your English so that you get the marks you’ve earned. Which is better than losing grades over small mistakes, which you can easily fix. Here’s what we’ve thought of, but if there is something you think would help you that isn’t here, let us know. We delight in diversity and international students add much diversity to the university.
We offer one to one tutoring (search the uni site for ELSAC) for your work and related to your subjects. We can’t proofread or correct your scripts (before they’ve been marked) but we can read and comment on them. Including telling you about specific grammar errors and slips that you tend to make.
Once you get assignments back we can do a limited amount of reformulation with them, especially if there are passages that attract specific criticism from your reviewers over your use of English. Reformulation helps you notice where you could write better, with more accurate grammar, improved use of appropriate academic phrasing, and a wider range of expression. Many people are surprised at the things they don’t notice about their own work. Reformulation is a powerful technique enabling you to write better for the next assignment, even if it’s not related to the past one.
There are also several options for group sessions, especially good if you want to improve but aren’t sure exactly what needs improving.
Our weekly surgeries help you develop general and academic English across a range of skills and associations. It’s also a time when you can drop in and: chat about any issues which have come up over the last week; share and discuss any experiences from a cultural, academic or language topic; ask any questions about language you’ve heard or seen which doesn’t quite make sense; meet other international students studying at other levels and or in other programmes, departments or faculties.
We also run workshops on a variety of topics with either language or academic foci. Workshops are an opportunity to improve your skills within a supportive language tutoring environment. While workshops are less spontaneous and focus on a pre-determined topic there is still an opportunity to hang out with other international students and ask the tutors questions that have arisen in you studies or life.
For higher level students we offer a yearlong mediated writing group specially designed to help you improve your writing as you step it up to your dissertation, thesis or other more extensive, (and independent) formats. This is our Thesis and Dissertation Writing Group, by sharing and commenting on each other’s work you gain a range of feedback and expression as well as ensuring your work is clear, concise & academic. However, the main benefit from writing groups is in the confidence you gain in your ability as a writer, through understanding your writing process. Many writing group participants also find they write more easily and comfortably.
Lastly, for those of you involved in lectures we offer a series of one of talks where you can gain exposure to a range of ideas, research and work from around the University community. Called 1Talk, and designed to give you practice adjusting to different styles of delivery, and exposure to interdisciplinary ideas and methodologies. These talks are open to all members of the university community so can also be a chance to interact with students from a wide range of backgrounds. If you’re graduateing soon why not give one of these talks?