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Types of classes and assessments


Types of classes and assessments

Tertiary study will likely include different class types and styles of assessment that are different from what you experienced during your secondary education. Learn what to expect so that you can prepare for classes and assessments in a way that maximses your learning and utilises your time effectively.

Class types

There are a variety of class types that might form part of your timetable. These are chosen by your teachers as the most effective way to learn the material. You may have to prepare differently for each type of session.

Some class types in your tertiary study may include:

  • Tutorials: Small group activity focused on discussion, including non-specialist lab classes, with a up of 40 students
  • Lectorials: Lecture model of delivery with up to 120 students, there may be a participation element of this mode.
  • Practicals: Teacher-led practice in laboratory or studio spaces
  • Workshops: Activities similar to tutorials but with the addition of a practical component.
  • Digital Interactive sites: These might include pre-recorded lecture content, discussion forums, and interactive digital activities such as demonstrations, assessment tasks and submissions.

Assessment types

During tertiary study you will have different forms of assessments that aim to test your knowledge and skills in each course. Assessment marks and feedback are also a way to keep track of your academic progress and achievements. It's possible to speak with your teacher about your progress if you're having difficulties.

Keep in mind that you may have multiple assessments due around the same time, so planning and working on them early are pivotal to positive assessment outcomes. Some of popular assessments in your course might include but are not limited to the following types:

  • essays
  • reports
  • case studies
  • oral presentations
  • group projects
  • creative development (exegesis, artefacts, artwork, etc.)
  • laboratory work
  • self and peer-to-peer assessments
  • online quizzes
  • exams

Learn more about how to work effectively on a range of assessments.

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