Hello to those of you who are going to study at Tokyo Galaxy Japanese Language School! You have made a big decision to study in Japan, and we think you must have been excited about getting ready for it. Before starting your life in Japan, we would like to show you some tips for making the most of your limited time and enhancing your study experience abroad
1. Be aware of the importance of class hours!
When you enter Tokyo Galaxy, you will take lessons from Japanese teachers, together with your classmates from various countries.
It would be a whole lot better for you to prepare for the lessons in advance, rather than coming to class without any preparation. When you do so, you will be able to understand the contents of your lessons more deeply, and each and every Japanese word will remain firmly in your mind. And listening to the Japanese used by Japanese teachers every day will help you get used to natural Japanese intonation, accents, and expressions.
By doing this, you can acquire correct Japanese, Japanese that make a favorable impression on the Japanese people. This process is an absolute must for new students, since you will always be using Japanese when you learn specialized knowledge and work in Japan.
Talking in Japanese with friends from different countries will not only help to improve your language ability, but will also grow your interest in other cultures and broaden your horizons. As your field of interest expands and your curiosity grows, you will find more things you want to do, more places you want to go, and you will be increasingly active. Having such experience in your youth will make your life brighter.
2. Your attendance record will remain for lifetime.
Japanese people put honesty first! If you want to get a good reputation and have a successful career in Japan, you must care about honesty.
When you enter a Japanese language school, your attendance rate at school will be recorded. When you apply for admission to a university, vocational school, or graduate school in Japan, you will have to apply for an extension of visa to study abroad, and at that time you must also submit your certificate of attendance records and Grades issued by your Japanese language school.
In other words, your attendance rate at a Japanese language school will be a permanent record that will remain for lifetime. If you have a school you want to go on to and you want to complete your study abroad successfully, keeping your attendance rate at 95% or higher will help you to take the next step without disadvantage.
To maintain your attendance, it is important to develop a good habit from the beginning.
Try to arrive at school 30 minutes before, or an hour or couple of hours before your class begins, and you will never be late.
In order to do so, we advise you to check the train timetable beforehand, find out which train you should get on, and calculate what time you should leave your home in order to take the right train.
When you arrive at school early, you can study in the study hall or your classroom. That will allow you to attend your classes with a calm and relaxed state of mind, and you can always study Japanese with a positive feeling.
3. Experience new things.
When you start living in Japan, it would be a waste not to do anything other than coming to school and going back to home or your dorm room!
Tokyo is a wonderful city with plenty of venues to explore; even if you go to a new place every weekend, you won’t have enough time to see everything.
You can start from taking a walk around school or around your home. If you know a place that you are interested in, you can visit there. A well-organized guidebook can be very helpful in such cases.
It will also be a valuable experience to find out in advance the schedule of the open campus events of the university or vocational school of your choice and to participate the event.
When you decide where to go, and experience new things that you could not imagine, your days will be fulfilling and you will be able to feel a sense of accomplishment. You can also gain much knowledge.
If you continue to accumulate such experience little by little, you will be able to boost your self-esteem, and to take on challenges such as entrance examinations with confidence.
Also, during the process of experiencing a variety of things, your likes and interests will become clear to yourself, and you can be confident about your decision on your course of life. You will be able to tell a lot about your experiences at the interview test of the entrance exam, and you can impress your interviewer with your proactiveness.
Please remember these three things, which should not be terribly difficult, when you start your life in Tokyo. We want you to develop not only your Japanese skills but also your eagerness to take on new challenges and self-confidence while studying at Tokyo Galaxy Japanese Language School.
We will always be supporting your study in Japan.