College is very different from school, and you will experience many
different ways of studying, you will have work and reading to
complete outside of your timetable, which will be completely
organised by you.
At ILC you will need to develop a deeper style of learning, where
you discuss and reflect on ideas taken from books, journals and
lectures to develop and explain your own thoughts and ideas. This is
not just about learning things by heart. You have to gain true
understanding of the material so you can apply these theories and
ideas, for example in your future work.
Lectures usually involve a large group of students. The lecturer
will deliver information and you will be required to take notes.
Donít expect to write everything down word-for-word, but you need to
make notes of the main points. You may be provided with handouts
before or after the lecture on your schools Virtual Learning
Environment but the points are explained and expanded on during the
Just as an unopened book serves no purpose, a lecture without your
own notes is useless!
Some lectures use material that is very recent (e.g. from that dayís
news) and so it is not always appropriate to be given notes in
advance. Others may have a style of delivery that does not lend
itself to rigid structure, and handouts will be less useful in this
type of delivery.
Tutorials are held in smaller groups. You can discuss material
covered in the lecture or private study, ask questions and apply
theory through tasks. It is important to prepare before a tutorial,
by looking over notes and completing any recommended reading. This
will not only prepare you for any questions that you may be asked,
but will also help you to pinpoint any areas that you are unsure of
so that you can get help during the session. Tutorials can be very
successful in learning different ways of thinking about a subject,
clearing up misconceptions, and getting feedback on your own
progress. Make sure you go!
Some modules involve practical sessions, where skills are developed
in solving problems and in applying theory to practice. Again, it is
useful to prepare in advance on practical topics, so that you can
think about what it means rather than just 'following a recipe'. You
generally have to write up a practical session, using theoretical
discussion of the topic.
As well as forming part of the assessment, coursework assignments
are an important part of learning. You should allocate time for
coursework in your diary throughout the duration of a module. This
will allow you to gain the most from it and produce a good piece of
work. It will help you manage bunched deadlines. In professional
life you will be expected to multi-task and handling several
assignments simultaneously is excellent training. You may even find
that the work for one assignment can relate to that in another!
You will be given additional reading. This broadens your
understanding of topics and adds value to your work and assessment.
It is important to make notes from your reading. If you reference
this work you can cite the information in exams and coursework.
Notes on how to reference can be obtained from the Library and on
the website. Even if what you read isnít relevant immediately it may
be useful later in your course Ė good notes and a reference can save
you a lot of time.
Change of course
If you wish to transfer from one course to another you must discuss
this with the academic staff of both courses and obtain their
written permission on a Change of Course form which you can obtain
from your Admissions Office. The completed and authorised form must
be returned to the Admissions Office so that your student record can
You are advised to discuss your decision to withdraw with your
Lecturer before taking any decision to do so.
However, it is not sufficient for you to tell your lecturer that you
wish to withdraw. You must inform the Admin Office immediately in
The date of withdrawal is the date on which the Admin Office
receives the notification.