LSCA Adult Students' Programme - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Adult Students’ Programme

This is a series of four tutorials offered as extra tuition to help first-year adult students gain an insight into university culture and achieve academic success.

The weekly meetings during the term time provide an opportunity to have regular contact with a small group of first year adult students, to learn university skills that will help raise grades, and to make a smooth transition to university studies.

Tutor: Jacqui Tither

Course Outline (PDF)

  1. Demystifying the university system and time management
    This section is designed to help students gain an insight into the university culture. It covers note-taking, goal-setting and effective study strategies. Most importantly, it demystifies academic conventions and writing styles, providing ‘inside knowledge’ to help make a smooth transition to university and academic success. 
  2. Critical thinking
    Critical thinking is an essential process required for all university assessment. This session will cover the important skills of independent thinking, the techniques of debating a point and drawing conclusions.
  3. Maximising your reading time
    Would you like to improve your reading techniques?  This session will discuss the reading process and present techniques for identifying and improving your reading speed; adjusting your reading technique to suit particular purposes; and learning effectively from written sources (including journal articles, books, and textbooks)
  4. Reading to understand difficult academic texts
    Have you ever read a page of text and then wondered what it was all about? In this session, students will become aware of the writer’s structural cues that indicate where the most relevant meaning lies, and will learn how sifting for significance leads to comprehensive understanding of a difficult passage.

Dates and times

  • Mondays, 17 July to 7 August 2017, from 1.00 pm to 1.50 pm : passed

The next set of dates for this learning event has not yet been scheduled.

Even if the programme is fully booked, it is likely there will be space on the day, so feel free to turn up. If you would like to be notified when this lecture is next scheduled, request it at a different time or day, or just find out more, email Jacqui.

  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
  • academicskills@canterbury.ac.nz
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)