Wollongong uni Bega students lead study skills sessions

EIGHTEEN Year 11 students from the Sapphire Coast Anglican College (SCAC) were given lessons in study skills by Bega’s university students.

The SCAC students attended an In2Uni study skills program at the University of Wollongong Bega campus on Monday.

It was the first time the program was run for SCAC students.

In2Uni aims to give students some useful skills for their future studies and to encourage students graduating from high school to think about tertiary education.

“It’s about getting the message out there that uni is an option,” Bega UOW campus manager and In2Uni coordinator Samantha Avitaia said.

In2Uni is also held for public schools at Bega, Cobargo, Candelo, Merimbula, Tanja, and this is the first year it will be held at Eden and Bombala.

The tutors for the day were Lacey Rees, who is completing the first year of a Bachelor of Arts, and Georgia Brown, who is completing a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), both of whom are studying at the Bega campus.

 “It’s really good to see them [the students] all involved – they are all really focused,” Ms Rees said.

The job as a tutor is an extra-curricular activity and Ms Rees said that it was useful for her as it would build experience as a teacher.

Erin Hayman and Liam Reed were two SCAC students that attended the day.

“It was really, really good,” Erin said.

Erin said while the future prospect of uni is “still pretty scary” the In2Uni program “doesn’t make it look as daunting”.

Students learnt about essay writing, goal setting, research skills and time management.

“The more you know makes [uni] less intimidating,” Liam said.

“We learnt what’s beneficial about setting goals,” Erin added.

 SCAC head of senior school Greg Thornton praised the University of Wollongong for starting the initiative and looked forward to ongoing relations between SCAC and the Bega campus.

“It’s a fantastic initiative to have a program assisting students with the step between senior school and university,” he said.

“The opportunity for young people to teach young people has much more of an impact than teachers saying the same thing.

“Hopefully the students will take back and adopt some of the strategies and techniques they have learnt today.

“I’d like to thank the uni for the initiative, and I praise them for it.”


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