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Q: Will studying in Australia be different to studying in my own country?
A: Many students have told us that study in Australia is very different to study in their own country. Not only is the university system different, but the expectations of both the student and the teachers may be very different. One of the biggest differences is that the Australian education system encourages independent learning. Your teachers expect you to write you own notes and to actively participate in class. You are expected to give your own opinions and to ask questions freely. You are not expected to simply remember what is written in a book and repeat it. You will be expected to develop your own ideas and back these ideas up with support from text books and other sources. You will also notice that assessment is not only based on exams. You will be required to do assignments and other forms of assessment too.
Q: What is plagiarism?
A: Plagiarism occurs when you try to pass off another person's work as your own, or when you copy someone else’s work (including from a text book) without acknowledgment of who wrote it. Many international students don’t understand what plagiarism is and often find themselves in trouble. If you are not sure, it is important that you check with your teachers or a Language and Learning Advisor at your campus before submitting your work.
Q: Can anyone at Deakin help me if I have problems with my academic work?
A: Yes. Deakin provides academic support for students who need it. The best person to get help from initially is your tutor. Language and Learning Advisers are also available on each campus and can provide you with advice on academic matters. You can find details of your campus Language and Learning Advisers. Some Faculties also have student mentor programs that can help you adjust to academic life at Deakin. Check with an International Student Adviser if you are not sure who to speak to.