Prep Year: A Strategy for Improving Student Performance in a British/Egyptian University Context

By Rania Khalil.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate and address the needs of Preparatory Year students and analyze how students cope as independent learners in a dual cultural setting, overcoming language barriers and challenges to become productive learners. Preparatory year students are more impacted by the process of learning than by the content of what they are learning. If we as faculty members understand how Preparatory Year students perceive their first year of university, as academics, we would be able to use this information in our classrooms to foster their success in making a seamless transition from high school to university.
This study looks at issues critical to the Preparatory Year students’ academic development at a British university set in Egypt which includes: how students are thinking about their first year of university education, how they adapt to university level academic expectations, what is considered most important in their academic learning, and which student support mechanisms are most effective at a private university that is both British and Egyptian.

Keywords: Preparatory Year, UK Higher Education, Independent Learning, Student Support, Private Universities, Egypt

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.467-480. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 642.991KB).

Dr. Rania Khalil

Lecturer, English Department, The British University, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Rania Khalil is the Preparatory Year coordinator for the English Department at The British University in Egypt (BUE). She is also a Lecturer with a background of English Language and Literature teaching in a number of private universities across Egypt. At BUE, she works with a Prep Year Core Group to help provide authentic support to both Preparatory Year students and academic staff who teach Preparatory Year. Previous academic and administrative roles included online teaching, staff training, curriculum and material development, strategic planning, Quality Assurance and International Office consultant. She has presented at numerous conferences both in Egypt and internationally. Dr. Khalil has a diverse personal cultural background as a result of her extensive traveling and having lived in Australia, Canada, USA, Romania, Syria, France, and Tanzania.

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