7 tips for Chinese students studying abroad

13:16, December 07, 2010      

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As living conditions in China are getting better, parents who want their children to have a bright future invest large sums of money to send their children to study abroad in the hope that they can succeed in a special field of study and return to China. However, experts remind parents that sending children to study abroad does not mean that their children already have a carefree future.

Many examples have shown that studying abroad is only the beginning. There are countless difficulties and frustrations that students have to face and resolve when they study abroad. Therefore, it is necessary for Chinese overseas students to be aware of certain things to which they must pay attention.

1. Safety issues

Safety issues before and after studying abroad have been one of the focuses of parents. It should be said that in most cases, countries and regions that Chinese overseas students live in are safe. However, parents and students still need to pay attention to the safety issues and should not take them lightly.

2. Adjust mental attitudes

All experts from the website www.lxu.com.cn consider the safety issues as well as the attitude adjustment and psychological preparation as the two most important things for students studying abroad to consider.

The experts believe that students must clear their position and set their mental attitude straight. They should know that they are going abroad to study and receive training and not for leisure. And they should have the attitude that not everything abroad is good and all things from China are bad. Students should prepare themselves for the differences.

3. Adjust to learning methods

Chinese students have been grown accustomed to the domestic exam-oriented education style that is completely different from the more open foreign education mode. They will face changes in education methods when studying abroad and cannot adapt well to the new form within a short period.

The period of adaptation can be shortened considerably if parents can make some preparations before their children's overseas studies, such as learning about the differences between the domestic and foreign education styles and providing their children with more solutions to adapting to the open education method in order to make them mentally and practically prepared. This will help the students adjust to overseas studies more easily.

4. Make and adhere to learning plans

Making and strictly adhering to proper learning plans is one aspect of learning ability. There should be both macro and detailed learning plans. Macro learning plans require students to hold on to the primary direction of their overseas studies and detailed learning plans require them to arrange learning content for each course and semester according to their own objectives and school requirements.

Students should formulate plans consistent with their practical condition and may ask related teachers to help make plans. After the plan is formulated, they should strictly adhere to them. Otherwise, the plan will have no effect.

5. Parents should help children with financial planning

Chinese students mostly do not have awareness of financial management, so it is easier for them to spend extravagantly without supervision. Parents should help their children with financial planning. They should not only help them make consumption plans but also often check their accounts to learn of their children's financial condition in a timely manner.

6. Be willing to communicate

Communicating will be the toughest problem facing children after they leave home. As they are not familiar with the place and people, and have no relatives by their sides, the first feeling they will feel is loneliness, which makes it especially important to learn to communicate with people around them.

The first step of learning to communicate is to develop the courage to open your mouth and talk with others. Foreigners really like children who are good at communicating and willing to solve problems through open communication. The second step is to learn to understand the culture and customs of local people as well as the preferences and habits of conversation partners, so that communication will be effective and pleasing, which is the ultimate goal for learning to communicate.

7. Develop self-motivation and initiative for learning

The most basic thing that children need to know is that studying abroad requires more self-motivation and independent learning skills. Foreign children are used to learning by themselves in or after class, but Chinese children are used to teacher-oriented education.

Chinese children mainly listen and take notes in class, do homework and take numerous exams. Guided and supervised by parents and teachers, they may score high in exams, but they may have lost their self-motivation and initiative for learning. Foreign education is student-oriented.

It is hard for parents to supervise their children who study overseas, so it is particularly important for children to develop self-motivation and initiative for learning.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:叶欣)

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