VTC - Academic Development and Support
Academic Peer Mentoring Programme in the Residences
In 2011 ADS piloted an academic peer mentoring programme in Longfellow Village. Each first year student was assigned to a mentor. Mentors are senior students who have demonstrated that they are academically successful. 23 mentors were appointed. The mentors assisted the first years in mastering their course outcomes, developing appropriate learning skills and adjusting to university life in general. In 2012 the campus aims at including all campus and off-campus residences in this programme.
For more information, contact Diné du Preez at 016 910 3311
Supplemental instruction (SI) is an academic development programme which helps you master your coursework and learn the skills necessary to be successful.
The Reading Lab
All students who are registered for the compulsory module AGLA/E121 have to complete a reading component. The reading is done on computerised reading programmes in the reading lab. The reading lab is situated in Building 9A, G20. The lab is open Monday to Saturday, and friendly lab assistants are always on duty to help and guide you. For more specific enquiries, please call Diné du Preez at 016 910 3311 or Lebo Kumalo.
STUDENT WORKSHOPS (SW)
STEP 1: Visit the ADS Unit.
Students are invited to come to the ADS offices and meet the ADS Advisor as well as the Student ADS Officer (Building 9A-G19).
STEP 2: Speak to the ADS Advisor.
Students will find out more information on the study skills workshops when they speak to the ADS Advisor. Examples of workshops:
- How to... manage your time effectively.
- How to... stay motivated!
- How to... research for an assignment.
- How to... prepare for exams.
STEP 3: Sign up!
Although attendance is voluntary, there are only 10 places and computers available, at a time, in the ADS training room. Students need to sign up if they want to attend a workshop on study skills. Workshops are presented weekly, during the first semester and during the second semester. Dates and times to be announced... Keep updated by accessing eFundi!
STEP 4: Receive a tool kit.
Attend a workshop! Each student will receive a workshop tool kit that includes a complementary pen, paper and a folder for the student to collect future material from each workshop they attend. Students will have a greater opportunity to participate, complete planned activities and apply the tools that are demonstrated during the workshop, in a practical setting. The presentation as well as additional material (e.g. templates, articles, etc.) are uploaded in the Resources section of eFundi for the students that have signed up and attended a workshop.
STEP 5: Keep a record of your progress.
Workshops are planned as follows: outcomes, information session, application activity/exercise, feedback, after-workshop task, and follow up (record keeping and progress).
ADS offers support to students for eFundi, whether it be on or off campus. eFundi is the NWU’s learning and collaboration management system. Students are assisted in accessing eFundi and, for instance, will be able to submit their assignments electronically, in advance and on time. Students will also be assisted in tracking their modules for each semester and using the resources and tools available on their eFundi site. Please do not hesitate to contact us! The contact number will always be displayed on the eFundi Welcome page or visit the friendly ADS support staff in Building 13, SL 3, office SL 308.