Date
23 February 2024

Develop tertiary life and study skills

Prepare students for tertiary education by developing independent study skills and accessing support services.

Investigate tertiary institutions

Investigate tertiary institutions

When choosing a learning institution, support the student to investigate:

  • trying out courses
  • loans
  • the disability service at the chosen institution
  • training allowances and funds
  • the location, relative to home, family, and relatives
  • the size of the institution and the need for interaction with tutors
  • the atmosphere and other students’ experiences at this place.

Identify and address transition challenges

Identify and address transition challenges

Tegan and her whānau describe how they identified and addressed the multiple challenges she faced when transitioning to university.

Watch video: Tegan - University campus life

Maximise technologies

Maximise technologies

Ben talks about the technologies that support his learning at university.

Support personal organisation skills

Support personal organisation skills

Personal organisation and time management are core skills at tertiary level. Introduce students to technologies and systems that students can begin using while still at school.
  • Encourage students to use their mobile devices to schedule alerts and reminders for regular and novel events and task deadlines.
  • Model how to make graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning and thinking.
  • Explore tools such as Trello to help students structure tasks and break them into smaller manageable ones.
  • Model how to sync calendars between mobile devices.

Discuss the future

Discuss the future

Students talk about their experiences of studying and adjusting to student life.

Use the video as a prompt for discussion.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Prepare students with future-focused skills”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”

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