Modes of study

Modes of study

The modes of learning include seminars, lectures, study group work, learning journals, essay, written assignments, web-based learning and book examination.

Lecture is the most typical classroom-teaching situation, however, the students are encouraged to participate actively by making questions and comments. It is important to always attend the lectures and take notes. A lecture can also include written assignments, group discussions or presentations.

In a seminar students and teacher(s) together participate actively. It may include presenting prepared papers, discussions, group work ects. The main idea of the seminar is to share and discuss ones thoughts, ideas, experiences and knowledge of the matter in hand.

Study group
Students focus on the same theme or topic by studying or reading together, discussing and sharing knowledge and ideas. Study group work requires preparation, contributions to discussions as instructed by lecturers, listening to peers and reporting.

Learning journal/learning diary/learning log
A learning journal is a written assignment that describes the learning process during studies, lectures, seminars, reading and discussions. It includes learner’s reflections on the contents. A good learning journal also assesses learning results and identifies needs for further learning.

An essay is based on source materials, such as literature, articles and presentations. It shows the author’s knowledge and views of the topic. An essay includes also argumentation and different perspectives to the topic. The text is to be clear and consistent. The author is to use professional terminology and appropriate language.

Book exam
You read literature specifically agreed on with the lecturer/professor, write essays and/or take a written examination after completing the necessary readings. Usually that means reading several books before an exam and answering questions on all those books separately.