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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.