Expectations for Higher Education study
For a student to succeed at their studies, to learn and grow, and to graduate, there are certain expectations and requirements.
- To familiarise oneself with Tabor's procedures and requirements in all areas of study, and student life.
- This involves reading through the information that the new student is provided with; and visiting the preparatory online sites.
- Once semester starts, attend classes weekly, or listen to the lectures online if an external student.
- Do the weekly reading, attend tutorial classes, participate in any weekly/fortnightly forum discussions.
- Prepare/research for assignments in good time, so that assignments can be submitted by the due date.
- At degree level the student is expected to spend about 8 - 10 hours a week per subject; this includes the time spent attending, or listening to, lectures. Four subjects is a full time load, i.e. 36 - 40 hour week.
- Students are expected to have reasonably good writing skills, to be able to write with correct grammar and spelling, and to understand what academic writing is and involves. Ask for help if you need it. You have free access to Your Tutor to help you with your writing assignments.
- Students are expected to have reasonably good computer/technology skills.
- Be willing to learn from others, especially recognised experts in their own field, and grow through their learning.
- Interact with other students, as required by the lecturer, in class discussions, activities, discussion forums, and at times for external students, in synchronous online classes etc.
While these are the general expectations, it is acknowledged that most students are in a learning and growing stage, and students will meet these expectations in varying degrees, as they begin their
course. There is help available, especially in the area of grammatical skills, general study skills, improving time management, and so on. No-one is perfect! There are basic requirements to be able to succeed at this level of study, but the vast majority of students will be in a learning curve in these areas! So it is hoped that the new student will be willing to be guided as to where they need to work on weaknesses, and to increase their strengths.