Student Learning Support - Faculty of Business and Economics
Student Learning Support (SLS) provides academic support to students so that their learning experience is easier and worthwhile.
It equips students with the necessary academic and study skills to assist students to achieve their goals while they are studying at FBE, USP.
There is a range of services that students can participate in or use free of charge. These services are tailor made to help students tackle and manage the requirements of tertiary education. The tabs below will lead you to the information on the services provided.
By participating in these services and programmes, students are also given the opportunity to develop their graduate attributes. For example, in the Senior Peer Mentoring programme, students work with peers from a diverse background as well as enhance leadership and communication skills.
In addition, students may download and/or use the learning resources provided. The Learning Resources page provides access to these. Hard copies of the Study Guides are also available in the Hub.
The SLS Hub is located in Building 091(CELT Building), Room 013, Laucala (Upper) Campus. The operating hours are Mondays - Thursdays: 9am - 5pm, Fridays: 9am – 4pm.
For further details and assistance, students may email: fbe_sls(at)usp.ac.fj
The Senior Peer Mentoring Programme is mainly offered for first and second year degree courses. The programme entails small group study sessions that are facilitated by trained high achieving students (Senior Peer Mentors). Each session is dedicated to the Mentor working collaboratively with students on study tips, solving questions, preparing for assessments.
Students are encouraged to join a group and attend sessions on a regular basis. The mentor will not lecture or tutor on the course content. The mentor will nevertheless guide and share study strategies. Students will be redirected to useful resources that will support the learning process. The end goal of the mentoring programme is to nurture students into independent learners.
Session times for mentoring of courses are made available by Week 3 of the semester. Interested students can check with FBE SLS (091 – 013) for the mentoring timetable. Course lecturers and the First Year Experience Office can also be consulted on session times.
During the semester, SLS conducts study skills workshops. Some popular titles are Time Management, Goal Setting, Listening & Note taking, Active & Critical Reading, Note – Making, Presentation Skills, Exam Preparation. These workshops will make students aware of the various academic skills needed to successfully cope with learning at university.
Workshop times will be advertised through student email and Moodle.
Students can drop in to meet with an SLS Specialist during the operating hours at 091 – 013 (FBE SLS Hub) to seek assistance on assignment planning, organizing essay structure, referencing, understanding and selecting relevant study skills, time management, speaking and reading skills and other related aspects.
However, there will be times when the SLS staff may ask the student to return with their task. This may happen if the staff feels that more assistance is required.
These sessions are usually short. If you anticipate that your requirement will take long, it is better that an appointment is made.
Please note that these are not remedial sessions but an effort to support student learning. Pathways to success are only possible if assistance is sought when and where it is available.
FBE students can access the FBE SLS Moodle page which comprises the four macro skills (Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking) with self–help activities.
Students can also email SLS Specialists for support on their queries: fbe_sls(at)usp.ac.fj
Students with specific needs, for instance, reading skills, grammar and writing, referencing issues can also be referred to SLS staff. The information in such cases is treated with confidence.
If students feel they need this support, they may visit the Hub during office hours and seek assistance from the Learning Specialists.
During the course of the semester SLS Staff may be requested by faculty academic staff to conduct guest sessions on required study skills.