FSTE Learning & Teaching

FSTE L&T


Student Learning Support

Student Learning Support is the learning support arm of the FSTE Learning and Teaching office.
It is housed in the Student Learning Hub on the ground floor of the FSTE Administration building. 

 

Services we provide

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring

Senior Peer Mentoring – interactive study groups led by a high achieving, 2nd and 3rd year students.

The overall goal of this programme is to encourage independent learning and a satisfying university study. The peer mentor generally works with a group of students to consolidate understanding and develop effective study strategies. Peer mentoring is more needs based and students bring along questions and concepts they want to discuss with the Mentor. (Note: tutorial questions will not be answered during the session but rather similar examples can be looked at to help students grasp the concept.)Peer mentoring is a free service for all FSTE students. Students who were mentored last semester excelled in their studies.

 

PASS

PASS

Peer Assisted Study Session are group discussions led by PASS leaders. PASS leaders are high achieving students who are trained to conduct group sessions. PASS Leaders attend lectures with students. They meet up with your Course Coordinators; they develop games, puzzles, activities to reinforce difficult concepts learnt in the week’s lecture. PASS leaders engage students in these activities, get them to argue, justify, contextualise and come up with the right answer. PASS is free. It is offered 4-6 times a week. Students who took PASS last semester did better than their class average. Join PASS to pass.

e-Mentoring

e-Mentoring

eMentoring is real time online mentoring led by peer mentors on different courses. The e-Mentoring service is currently available for Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Lautoka, Labasa and Laucala Campuses. Other campuses can join the session provided they have reliable internet connection. 

It is a free service provided by FSTE SLS to students. The session enables students/mentors to share:

  1. documents (PDF and any office documents), 
  2. webcams, 
  3. chat, and 
  4. audio. 

 

It can also record sessions for later playback. The recordings are made available to students in the eMentoring shell or for downloading upon request.

What happens during the session?

  • Discuss historically difficult questions
  • Break down assignment and tutorial question for better understanding.
  • Past year exam papers
  • Study tips
  • Useful search engines.
  • Brainstorming
  • Guidance when lost.
  • Share resources.

 

 

Drop-In Consultations

Drop-In Consultations

For more information on academic, ICT, mathematics and study skills, or any matter you feel you need guidance with for your studies, drop in for a talk.

The SLS team will assist you and help you find your way. Always seek assistance when you need it. We are based in the SLS hub. You can meet with us on Mondays to Thursdays at the venues indicated in the table below. The schedule highlighting where we will be every day. Do Drop in

PHEW!

PHEW!

A university preparation programme for first year students Preparation for Higher Education Workshop (PHEW!) 

PHEW! is a two-week programme starting two weeks before the Orientation Week and continues with Refresher and Induction Programme (RIP) to prepare first year scholarship students of USP to address the demands of university studies such as critical thinking; seminar presentations; developing argument in writing; note-taking in lectures, and, using electronic resources, the USP Learning Management System and ICT tools (including smartphones & tablets).

The social and cultural induction is designed keeping the needs of a new student in a new country.   Meeting and interacting with students from other countries will make students feel they are not the only ones suffering from homesickness and loneliness. The programme promotes a lot of group work and pair-and-share activities which ensure that students interact with people from different backgrounds. They end up becoming a support system for each other and their group. When the students go into the undergraduate courses they have enrolled in (after completion of PHEW!), they will know at least one person in class who would have attended the PHEW! class.

Not limited to preparing students to the academic demands, PHEW! also takes the students out of the classroom for guest lectures, a business expo and a field trip.   All-in-all, PHEW! is a sound academic and social integration programme that ensures our students practise and gain academic, cultural and social competence required for a successful livelihood at USP. 

The programme costs $450 per student inclusive of all course materials, events and field trips.

At the end of the programme, there is an awards night where students receive certificates.  

Students are assessed for the following skills: 

  • ICT 
  • Speaking skills
  • Reading skills 
  • Listening and Note-Taking skills
  • Synthesising information/writing

At the end of the course all students are awarded certificates. The best student from each class is identified and awarded a tablet. In addition, an all-rounder PHEW! award is presented to the student who not only excels academically but is successful in all spheres of the programme. 

Study Guide

Location

Location

Map of our location!

SLS Team

SLS Team

  • Ms. Jane Kanas
    Student Learning Specialist
    +679 32 31910
    jane.kanas@usp.ac.fj



    Ms. Aluwesi Fonolahi
    Student Learning Specialist
    +679 32 31729
    aluwesi.fonolahi@usp.ac.fj

     

     

  • Ms. Prianshika Sen
    Student Learning Specialist
    +679 32 32905
    prianshika.sen@usp.ac.fj



    Ms. Afshana Anzeg
    Student Learning Specialist
    +679 32 32264
    afshana.anzeg@usp.ac.fj

Gallery

Gallery

FSTE Mentors awards Night 2018
FSTE Mentors awards Night 2018
FSTE Mentors awards Night 2018
FSTE Mentors awards Night 2018
PHEW! Awards night 2019
PHEW! Awards night 2019
PHEW! Awards night 2019
PHEW! Awards night 2019
PHEW! Awards night 2019


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Learning & Teaching
Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment

The University of the South Pacific
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