5 Proven Tips to Succeed at UFV
Let us show you how you can prepare for your Canadian education and get the skills you need to succeed in the Canadian education system.
You have made a great choice to pursue a Canadian university degree.
12 years of studies in the Indian education system have prepared you for this moment.
But, to succeed in a Canadian university, you need to understand how the Canadian education system works.
Thankfully, if you are a curious student, you can easily adapt to your new University and learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen field.
As a student from India, your skills in a classroom setting are completely based on what you experienced during your higher secondary school years. If you don’t know how to adapt those skills to the Canadian education system, you may experience some difficulty in your first few classes at Fraser Valley India.
Let me show you how you can prepare for your Canadian degree and get the skills you need to succeed in the Canadian education system.
Follow these 5 simple tips:
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Getting the most out of your Canadian education means taking a little time each day to prepare for your classes.
Preparing for class means knowing your class schedule, completing your assignments on time, and following-up with professors when you need extra help.
Don’t forget that class periods are a time for interaction and discussion. You will be challenged to evaluate new ideas, defend your own, and argue for your point of view.
That’s why it’s so important to finish any assigned readings before coming to class.
If you stay engaged and participate, you will have a completely new perspective on the subject matter and how it relates to your community, life, and career.
Tip #2 — Take control of your own learning
Be aware that plagiarism is a serious offense at universities in Canada.
You must be sure that any work that you submit as part of your course is 100% original (your own words).
The penalty for submitting plagiarized work (even if it is only part of your submission) can range from failing a course to being expelled from the University. That can derail your education and chances of graduating with a Canadian degree.
Don’t worry — we will teach you how to be an effective writer and how to give credit to sources in your first semester at Fraser Valley India.
Learn how to avoid academic misconduct on the interactive UFV Academic Integrity website.
Tip #3 — Don't plagiarize... ever
The academic year at UFV is split into three semesters:
- Fall (September to December)
- Winter (January to April)
- Summer (May to July)
- Summer accelerated option (May to mid-June) — only available in Canada
While you are at Fraser Valley India, your semester schedule will be pre-arranged for you; however, if you transfer to Canada, you will have the freedom to create a flexible course schedule that best fits your life.
Your academic advisor in Canada works with you to create a schedule that best aligns with your career goals. They even help you plan many semesters in advance so you can complete your degree on time.
Additional information can be found on the UFV Academic Advising website.
Tip #4 — Know your semester system
Even though education terminology is similar throughout the world, here are a few terms that you should understand and be familiar with:
- GPA stands for Grade Point Average. As compared to the 0-9 grade system, British Columbia follows the 0 to 4.33 grade system with corresponding letter grades.
- Credits are units designated to courses. Higher education works on a credit based system wherein a student has to earn a fixed number of credits corresponding to their majors and minors.
- Transcripts refer to detailed marksheet records with your courses and scores.
- Faculty is used to refer to a group of academic departments within the university.
It is important to understand the distinction between a "college" and a
"university" before choosing your preferred course and institution. “College” refers to community college or a technical school where a student can earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate degree. To earn an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you have to go to a “university”.
Tip #5 — Know the lingo
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