Studying at a college in Canada is the dream of many people. It takes months and sometimes years of planning until it is time to finally pack up and start classes; During all that time of preparation, the expectations are high and the nerves are also intense.
What will it be like to study at a university in Canada? Will I have any difficulties with the language? Am I ready to go back to the classroom and even more, in another country? What will the class dynamics be like? Could it be that it is very different from what we are used to in Mexico? If these and many other questions are part of your reality at this moment, then you are in the right place!
Here in this text, we have gathered important information by answering several of the questions that we have heard from several of our college clients in Canada over the years. These are simple tips, but without a doubt, they can help you control anxiety and leave you more prepared for this new stage of your life. Ready to read on?
Will I have class every day while I am enrolled in a College in Canada?
In most programs, you will not have to go to college every day of the week, Monday through Friday. Of course, this all depends a lot on the course and the institution. However, colleges in Canada typically offer more than one schedule option for each subject. If so, then you can build your schedule in a way that is most convenient for you.
However, don’t think that just because not having classes every day means more free time. The truth is that the volume of tasks to do at home is very large. You will need to use those extra hours to review the content in the day and do the activities requested by the teacher.
Some instructors, for example, may leave you small jobs to do at home in all classes. Others like to take a quiz at the end of each class to see if you’ve really absorbed the content. Have you already been able to realize then why being up to date with the readings is essential, isn’t it?
Is it possible to reconcile study and work quietly?
International college students in Canada are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the class period and, according to our clients, it is possible to reconcile study with work.
As we have discussed previously, in many institutions and programs the student has the option of choosing subjects and schedules, so they can choose their subjects in a way that facilitates work. However, even in those institutions where the subject schedule is already established, it is possible to find time to work.
At first, most students work in jobs that have more flexible hours, such as restaurants and stores, for example. When it is, the options are many. Some prefer to work only on Saturdays and Sundays and others prefer to dedicate themselves to work for a few hours spread over the week.
When to start working?
What many of our clients like to do is start working from the second semester of college in Canada. In this way, it is possible to first know the rhythm of the study program in the first semester and not run the risk of being overloaded while you are still in a period of adaptation. From the second period, the student already knows better the dynamics of the classes and will probably have already discovered the best way to study and review the content.
That being the case, when work comes into play, he will know exactly how to organize himself to deliver everything. However, we know that the entire first semester without work can be difficult for some. After all, it is a little extra money that can help a lot with the bills. If that’s your case, don’t worry! We also have clients who work from the first weeks of class and manage to balance everything.
What are the evaluation criteria for schools in Canada?
This is also a question that will vary according to your teacher. But, in a general way, we can say that there are two great evaluation terms: midterms and final ones. As the name itself says, the midterms are the tests that occur in the middle of the semester within the school year, usually covering all the topics seen so far.
While final assignments or exams usually occur on the last day of class and can encompass all the content studied in the semester or, in some cases, only what is seen from midterm onwards. There are also the famous assignments, which are smaller jobs, and quizzes, which are more direct and shorter tests.
In addition to this, a large part of the grade is reserved for the final project, which can be individual or group. However, the last option is the most frequent. As the college’s primary intention is to train students for the job market, professors always prioritize collective projects. In this way, it is possible to simulate the environment of a company, where students will have to work as a team all the time.
How are the dynamics of the classes of a college in Canada?
Many of 3RA’s clients agree that college classes in Canada are faster paced than those in Mexico or Latin America in general. The teachers expect the student to arrive at the classroom already prepared for the content of that day.
In Mexico, normally the student who goes to the classroom has the first contact with the content that will be taught on the first day of classes and only afterward, studies the complementary materials. In Canada, it is the other way around.
On the first day of class, the “outline” of the course will be delivered, which has the complete schedule for that subject. From there, the student will have access to the chapters that will be seen and dictated in each class. The teacher expects you to come to class on that particular day, well prepared.