Welcome to Student Learning Support (SLS)

Student Learning Support (SLS) endeavours to provide a comprehensive range of services to help USP students take control of their learning. There are SLS staff members located in 10 of USP’s campuses across the region (Kiribati, Labasa, Laucala, Lautoka, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).

Student Learning Specialists

  • Research, plan, design and deliver generic and discipline specific macro skill awareness through academic skills workshops.
  • Recruit, train, monitor and evaluate Peer leaders through innovative approaches, digital learning tools and resources to facilitate collaborative peer learning opportunities both virtually and face to face for USP learners.
  • Engage in one to one consultation (Drop In) with USP students so as to deliver support specific to learners’ needs with respect to learning strategies, Academic, Study, ICT and Numeracy skills.
  • Design strategies for English language support for individual learners and accreditation requirements.
  • Identify measures of learning support and track at-risk students (as per given criteria) to reduce attrition rates.
  • Provide professional development support to incoming and ongoing Academic staff into USP through Effective Teaching Workshops.
  • Engage in research on student support initiatives and success strategies, publish papers and present in conferences.
  • Collaborate cross-sections such as Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to tailor-make support that promotes inclusivity and accessibility for a broad range of individual learners with diverse cultural backgrounds, learning abilities, disabilities and ICT skills.
  • Create e-repository of learning resources for asynchronous learners.
  • Provide tailor-made orientation workshops for specific regional groups when requested by sponsors, e.g. Preparation for Higher Education Workshop (PHEW!).

Our Services

A series of tailor made workshops (Face2Face &  Virtual) designed in collaboration with and on the advice of course coordinators where students get an opportunity to try out using academic and English learning skills.

Assisting students one-on-one or in groups at the SLS Hubs at the various campuses or via email, Moodle Live Chats (on the SLS Moodle page), Zoom, Viber and Facebook Messenger (page name: USP Student Learning Support). Fully online & Face2Face drop-in consultations are where students discuss specific academic and learning issues with a Learning Specialist.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) & Senior Peer Mentoring: Support facilitated by a high achieving student who has excelled in the course which can help increase students’ academic performance (100 level, generic courses & certain 200 level courses).

Virtual SLS support is available to students via the SLS Moodle page, accessible to students via their Moodle homepage

Soft copy study guides/references and other literacy, numeracy and digital skill resources on specifically targeted areas of skill achievement.

Study Guides

Our Student Testimonials

Student Learning Specialists Contacts

Access all Laucala staff details by clicking here.

Access all Regional staff details by clicking here.

  1. Do I have to pay for SLS services?
    No, you do not. SLS services are subsumed in your tertiary fees so there is no additional cost.
  2. How can I access SLS services?
    You can access SLS services in the following ways:
    • email,
    • contact your respective School or Campus SLS staff member directly,
    • visit us on the SLS Moodle page,
    • when possible, drop in physically to your nearest SLS Hub.
  1. My English is very weak. How can SLS help me?
    You can contact SLS regarding this. Send in or bring in one of your marked assignments which SLS staff can go through and identify where weak areas lie.
  2. Can SLS edit my assignment for me?
    SLS can help you with structuring your assignment but will not edit your assignment. We can assist you in structuring a paragraph and can point out the general areas of improvement, for example: if you are using the wrong tense or if you need to vary your connectives when making a transition.
  3. How do I write a literature review?
    We have an informative study guide that can help you write a literature review. Please go here to access this [hyperlink needed]. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your respective SLS staff member who will assist you one-on-one.
  4. Can post-graduate students access SLS support?
    SLS services are generally for undergraduate students, but post-graduate students are most welcome to contact us and we will see where/whether we can assist.
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