The Learning Development Unit (LDU) provides undergraduate students with academic skills in order to support students to achieve academic success. This involves providing workshops on time management, exam-taking, note-taking, reading skills and many more. Advertisements will be placed on uLink and on our Facebook page throughout the year. The LDU strives to contribute to the reduction of student dropout and to improve the pass rate and degree throughput rate.
Students can self-enrol in the Learning Development Study Skills self-paced module on Blackboard. You will find it there, under Organisations. To self-enrol:
If logged in to Blackboard:
Click on the link: https://tinyurl.com/2k3pxad7
The enrolment confirmation page is shown – click on Submit
If logged in on Blackboard:
Go to Institution Page
Select Organisation Search
Search for the organisation and enrol into it.
Book your study skills consultation at your campus
|APK||D Ring 3||+27115592568|
|APB||Block K 1st floor (Above Study and Safekeeping Centre)||+27115591646|
|DFC||John Orr Building, next to Cyber Centre||+27115596633|
|SWC||Adelaide Tambo Building||+27115595654|
Alison E. McWilliams in her article titled Wake Forest University: Building a campus-wide mentoring culture (2017) describes mentoring as “[b]uilding a purposeful and personal relationship in which a more experienced person (mentor) provides guidance, feedback, and wisdom to facilitate the growth and development of a less experienced person (mentee).” It is recommended that all first year students have a mentor to help their adjustment to university life.
What functions do mentors fulfil?
- Psychological/emotional support: listening, providing moral support, identifying problems, and providing encouragement.
- Goal setting and career paths: assistance with setting academic/career goals and decision making.
- Academic subject knowledge support: acquisition of necessary skills and knowledge, educating, evaluating, and challenging mentee academically.
- Role model: the ability of mentee to learn from a mentor’s present and past actions and achievements.
What are the benefits of having a mentor?
- assist mentees in enhancing their learning
- motivate mentees to set realistic educational and social goals
- give advice, encouragement and support
- assist mentees to deal with personal and academic issues or refer you to appropriate staff for assistance
- assist mentees to set smart goals and to establish a sense of direction
- become more empowered to make decisions
- learn from the experiences of others
Having difficulty reading? We’ve got you 😉
- Reading strategies/approaches
- Reading speed, fluency and reading with comprehension
- Critical reading
- Critiquing academic text
- Annotation, paraphrasing, and summarising
- Note making and note taking strategies
- Encoding and decoding
- Language structures
*To book any of these services for yourself, a group of friends or a larger group, contact [email protected].
You can also follow LDU’s Facebook page.