Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

NUS: Inductions Should Continue beyond 'Hello'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

NUS: Inductions Should Continue beyond 'Hello'

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Undergraduates should have study skills classes throughout their entire degree course rather than just a handful of sessions in their first year, the National Union of Students has said.

Launching its first charter on academic support, the union has made 10 recommendations on how institutions can help students get to grips with academic life. It calls for a process of "ongoing induction" to help them adapt to the demands of each year, with other students used to mentor those needing support.

More information on academic support provision should also be made available to university applicants, the NUS said.

The charter, published on 26 January, says students should have access to independent advice throughout their studies, as well as academic support mentors to advise them on how they can improve their grades.

Academic support was highlighted as an area in need of improvement in the National Student Survey 2011: 77 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with the academic support they received, compared with an overall satisfaction score of 83 per cent. …

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