|専攻分野||English, Rhetoric and Composition|
The importance of thinking critically
I teach first and second year English reading, writing and oral communication for the Foreign Language Education Center (FLEC). These classes are designed to help students communicate either in speaking or in writing over a range of personal and academic topics or situations. To succeed in these courses and to enjoy your entire university experience, I would like to recommend the following:
- Manage your time wisely. Plan your activities and use a schedule planner on your smart phone to keep track of homework assignments, due dates, registration periods, meetings and other campus activities. Update your schedule and meet your deadlines. Being responsible increases your chances for success at university.
- Get involved with university life. One of the most exciting things about attending university is campus life. Make time to explore all the educational and cultural opportunities that are available to you at Nanzan University such as lectures, World Plaza events, musical performances, athletic events, school festivals and so on. Being outgoing and open to new things also increases your chances of success. You will meet more people, make more friends and have a more enjoyable university experience.
- Take time to adjust to university life. Remember that your main responsibility at university is to get an education and reach your academic goals. Working part time or doing club activities, while important, can interfere with your studies and limit what you can achieve academically. Setting clear goals and working to achieve them is another indicator of university achievement and success.
- Stay in touch with your family. Let your family know about your progress and what you are learning or doing at university. Your family wants to know what you're doing. Their support and understanding can help you when you are struggling. Their support increases your chances for success and making the transition to university life. Sharing your successes will make them proud and raise your confidence to try new and more challenging things, too.
- Seek help when you need it. Remember that every student needs some kind of assistance during their university years, and that teachers, advisors, administrators and staff are here to help.