Making the implicit explicit : successful student skills for commencing cohorts

Medew, Karin, Harden, Tanya, Wirihana, Lisa A., Bielenberg, Gloria, & Bennett, Joanna (2013) Making the implicit explicit : successful student skills for commencing cohorts. In International First Year in Higher Education Conference, 7-10 July 2013, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. (Unpublished)


Making institutional expectations explicit using clear and common language engages commencing students and promotes help-seeking behaviour. When first year students enter university they cross the threshold into an unfamiliar environment (Devlin, Kift, Nelson, Smith & McKay, 2012). Universities endeavour to provide appropriate learning support services and resources; however research suggests that there is limited up take of these services, particularly in high risk students (Nelson-Field & Goodman, 2005).

The Successful Student Skills Checklist is a tool which will be trialled during the 2013 Orientation period at the QUT Caboolture campus. The new tool is a response to the university’s commitment to provide “an environment where [students] are supported to take responsibility for their own learning, and to embrace an active role in succeeding to their full potential” (QUT, 2012, 6.2.1). This paper will outline the design of the support tool implemented during Orientation, as well as discuss the anticipated outcomes of the trial.

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ID Code: 61468
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Learning support, Transition, Help seeking behaviour, First year experience, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2013 23:32
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2015 19:08

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