What teaching supports do commencing and second year students want?

Inform students about learning and language support

The Student Academic Success (SAS) team formed in January 2021. In this short time, a team of expert learning and academic language advisers has been established and are offering language and learning consultations for students.

About 200 students a week across the University are currently booking in. Their reasons for booking, in this order,  are to gain support for their 1) assignments, 2) academic writing, 3) study skills, 4) time management and 5) academic English.

Relationship-building sits at the heart of the service where advisers offer effective support to students once they book in. Learning advisers maintain connections with students and, where possible, will support them over the course of their study. Specialist advising is available to students too, if needed.

Academic English support can also be developed through a series of workshops and online materials. Students are encouraged to book in for the workshops which are starting now.

Let students know about the learning supports available to them. Let SAS help you to help your students thrive in their unit or course. To book an advising session, students can visit the Learning and language support page and select Book a consultation.

What teaching supports do commencing and second year students want?

The Student Academic Success (SAS) team ran 11 different workshops with 2300 first and second year students who attended during orientation. After the sessions, we asked them to identify additional supports they were seeking. Here’s their top four:

1.    Scenarios to show how they might accidentally breach academic integrity

2.    Advice about if and how they can share their notes with peers in class

3.    How to communicate well with team members when group work is assigned

4.    More advice on when to start on assignments and tips on how to prepare for them

These items reflect the needs of our early-stage students and the explicit guidance they hunger for. They want to learn the ‘rules’ of the new game they are now part of and they want to be successful. You might like to take up one or more of these areas with students and teach explicitly about them. If you feel they need additional support, refer them to book in with a learning and language adviser.