UTS: - Jumbunna hosts The Aspiration Initiative Academic Enrichment Program Study Intensive
Friday 18 July 2014
The six day Study Intensive program involved a series of workshops that focused on exam and assessment preparation, time management, essay writing, study skills and understanding the Year 11/12 syllabus. Students worked solidly for six hours each day with intensive support from TAI staff and mentors, external tutors and various workshop presenters.
TAI would like to thank UTS:Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, a Major Partner of TAI's Academic Enrichment Program and Indigenous Scholarships Website, for their support during the Study Intensive program and for sharing TAI's vision of what is possible for Indigenous Australians in relation to academic achievement.
"At UTS:Jumbunna we believe that Indigenous education is not only about creating opportunities for Indigenous people, but is equally about creating opportunities for all Australians to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous Australia – the most ancient thread in our national fabric. It is about taking us all into the future. It is about nation building."
Professor Michael McDaniel, Director, UTS Jumbunna
Reflections from Tahlia Warren-Brand, TAI-Academic Enrichment Program Year 11 student:
My name is Tahlia Warren-Brand and I am a Gunditjmara girl from South West Victoria.
During the Study Intensive we spent 6-7 hours a day studying, revising, and improving our learning skills. My whole week revolved around VCE Legal Studies. I had lawyers, people studying to be lawyers and teachers of the subject come in to tutor me and my peers.
I had teachers from both NSW and Victoria teaching me about what to expect from my VCE exams. I learnt different tips and tricks, what teachers are looking for and especially what the exam graders were looking for.
We also learnt from UTS and other law students and graduates about different study skills and how to allocate your time when studying. In other sessions we learned about how our brain works and how to revise so that all our knowledge stays in our long term memory part of the brain. We also had a session about stress and the effects it has on our body and our brain in the long term. One of the highlights for me was definitely the session we had with the UTS law faculty and Anti-Slavery Australia.
The outreach team at Jumbunna did a fantastic job. All of their presentations got everyone's full attention and opened up our minds to all the different entry paths into study at UTS.
I recommend to any Indigenous student before deciding which university to attend they talk to UTS, they have such a wonderful support team and everyone made sure we felt as if it were our home.
I'd like to thank everyone at UTS: Jumbunna, TAI and all the people who came in to help us with our study. You all did an amazing job and I can guarantee every single one of us got the most out of the week that we possibly could have.