Study Skills Support Program

Study Skills Support Program

Study Skills Support facilitates academic skills development and time management for students registered with Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

This program aims to help students improve academic skills and meet the learning requirements of an undergraduate degree program. 

Equitable Learning Advisors will assess a student’s eligibility to receive Study Skills Support on a case by case basis. 

The Study Skills Support tutor does not teach the academic course content. Tutors are allocated work according to demand each term. Equitable Learning Services will endeavour to place a student with the same tutor each term once availability has been indicated, although we cannot guarantee hours or number of allocated students each term.

The student can receive tutoring for two hours per week with a total of 26 hours per term unless otherwise agreed with the student’s Equitable Learning Advisor.

Support

The Study Skills Support tutor assists students in the following areas:

  • improving the structure of their written assignments, such as essays and reports
  • developing arguments in writing
  • organising their ideas
  • improving their knowledge of sentence structure
  • reading more critically to identify relevant information
  • developing time management skills and organisational skills
  • organising notes and materials
  • preparing for examinations and in-class tests
  • prioritising study tasks.

Generally, students are matched with a tutor who specialises in the same course work, further enhancing their academic experiences.  Due to limited tutors, this may not always be the case. Depending on the student’s needs, the Study Skills Support tutor may require knowledge of the academic subject area and/or the School’s requirements, for example:

  • specific assignment formatting
  • use of relevant academic databases
  • readings for a particular course
  • availability of eLearning materials.

Requirements

Requirements for both the student and the Study Skills Support tutor

  • Commit to attend your tutoring sessions at the agreed time, date and location.
  • Be aware that Study Skills Support is not subject specific but is an assistive tool to progress your academic studies.
  • Organise a room for the Study Skills Support session.
  • Note that Study Skills Support is to be between the following span of hours as indicated in The UNSW General Staff Enterprise Agreement, Schedule 5: G: Clerical & Admin staff: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-6pm.  No Sundays. Tutoring to be conducted on the Kensington & COFA campuses of the University. Tutoring is not to be conducted at the student’s or tutor’s home.
  • Inform Equitable Learning Services if any problems/issues arise.

Requirements for the student only

  • Initiate contact with their allocated tutor at the start of the term by email once Study Skills Support has been confirmed.
  • Notify the tutor and Equitable Learning Services with at least 24 hours’ notice if unable to attend a tutoring session.
  • Be prepared for each session.
  • Sign the tutor's verification form at the completion of each session.
  • Be aware that not attending two consecutive tutoring sessions without a valid reason may result in the service being cancelled.

Students may request to work with a different tutor. Students must speak with their Equitable Learning Advisor if they wish to be allocated another tutor or if they no longer require Study Skills Support.

Requirements for the Study Skills Support tutor only

  • Complete and sign all Equitable Learning Services forms and return to ELS before commencing tutoring.
  • Prior to commencing the initial session with the student, ensure SAL11 forms are up to date.
  • Advise ELS at the start of term, your availability and the number of students you are able to tutor. (At the start of term, ELS will then allocate students to the tutor.)
  • Request feedback from ELS and/or participate in any review activities as required.
  • Always contact ELS regarding any concerns working with a student or the program.
  • Submit the completed Verification of hours form and claim online for salary within a reasonable time frame. i.e. complete verification form for the hours of tutoring work, have it signed by the student, and submit claim on a weekly to fortnightly basis.

Confidentiality form

Please complete this PDF Confidentiality form and submit to Equitable Learning Services.