The Academic Skills Unit provides services to develop students' skills and strategies for successful university study; our student-facing services include online resources, workshops, consultations and drop-ins. Academic Skills Advisors work with Faculty staff to embed learning support into teaching programs and to develop support resources.
24/7 online study support is one of the services available to commencing students through our external partner Studiosity.
Students can access:
Academics facilitate access to 24/7 online support by including links to Studiosity within their first-year units. Access is also available through the Academic Skills Unit LEO site.
Teaching staff have a responsibility for developing discipline-specific language skills (see the English language policy), and the academic skills unit is your partner in this.
Students have access to Academic Skills' LEO unit to support them with academic literacy and numeracy, via the central tile of the LEO home page. Academic skills on LEO includes guidance on writing and referencing and a download of the ACU study guide: skills for success.
Students benefit most from instruction in academic literacies that is embedded within their course. A practical guide on embedding academic literacies in first-year units can help with this.
Other resources for supporting academic literacies:
Ways for students to engage in their own learning include:
(adapted from the UK Higher Education Academy discussion on dimensions of student engagement)
Just in time: support for academics who coordinate a unit of study - a national project resource for lecturers in charge ("Unit of Study coordinators")
Staff referral guide to student services (PDF, 2.7 MB) - Your contact with students, and their timely referral to services, as required, is critical to student success and retention. This brochure describes and links to the variety of services available to students at ACU.
Please contact the Learning and Teaching Centre for professional development, resources and advice for your learning and teaching needs at ACU.