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Weitong Liu

liuv2Weitong Liu (Victoria) is currently in her second year at the University of Reading, and is studying the BA in Education Studies.

Here is what she had to say about studying in the UK so far and learning about educational policy across the globe.

" I love that we have a diverse group on our course which allows us to share experiences about different cultures and education in other countries so easily. "

Victoria is an international student from China. She first became interested in studying education during an international week at secondary school.

As part of this, she went into poorer schools in China to find out how they operate and soon became aware of some gaps in the Chinese educational system.

"I immediately wanted to change the circumstances of students in these schools and make the Chinese educational system fairer.

 I began to look into courses that would allow me to examine global education and implement best practice from other systems back in China."

As one of her placement options, Victoria chose to visit a primary setting and observed different learning styles in the classroom first hand. 

She found that lessons in the UK can be very interactive. "In China there can be a tendency to deliver a lesson in a lecture style but there is room to make the lessons more engaging  and collaborative. "

She continued:

" I feel policies in the UK seem more open and transparent, allowing for more opportunities to influence and change things. I'm constantly making comparisons now and thinking of what I can take back to China in the future."

In terms of modules that have stood out so far, Victoria generally likes how the different modules on the course link together. Sustainability and special needs education have been her favorite to date.

"It's exciting to think of ways to make Chinese education more sustainable. I've also found that while both China and the UK have the same rules on treating special needs children equally, the UK implements it better."

When asked about tips for future students Victoria said:

"Be open minded, critical thinking is vital and if you're an international student take full advantage of the support provided by tutors on writing academically."

" I love that we have a diverse group on our course which allows us to share experiences about different cultures and education in other countries "

Weitong Liu (Victoria) is an international student in her second year of the BA Education Studies Course. She first became interested in studying education during an international week at secondary school. As part of this, she went into poor schools in China to find out how they operate and identified some gaps in the Chinese educational system.

"It made me want to change the circumstances for students at these schools and make the Chinese educational system fairer. I began to look into courses that would allow me to examine global education and implement best practice from other systems back in China"

During her course Victoria also chose to do a primary setting placement and observe different learning styles in the classroom first hand. She found that �in China there can be a tendency to deliver a lesson in a lecture style but there is room to make the lessons more interactive and collaborative. She continued:

" I feel policies in the UK seem more open and transparent, allowing for more opportunities to influence policy and I�m constantly making comparisons and thinking of what I can take back to China in the future."

In terms of modules that stood out, Victoria generally liked how the different modules on the course linked together. She particular enjoyed the modules on sustainability and special needs. �It was exciting to think of ways to make Chinese education more sustainable. I also found that while both China and the UK had the same rules on treating special needs children equally the UK implements it better.� When asked about tips for future students Victoria said: �Be open minded, critical thinking is vital and if you�re an international student take full advantage of the support provided by tutors on writing academically.

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