There is a myth that there is no academic support for first students who do not attend a residential college - this is untrue. There is so much support you just have to know where to find it and Locals can point you in the right direction.
Academic support from the Locals Programme
University and secondary school are very different therefore it is important that students have support so they can adapt to a new learning environment. Locals work closely with Student Learning Development (SLD) to provide academic support such as; Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for a wide range of papers, workshops to help with general areas of study, and one on one writing support.
If you would like to learn more about how the SLD can help you, or you want to sign up for a workshop or PASS session there is more information on the SLD website.
Locals have a staff member dedicated to developing the Academic aspect of the programme. They work closely with the first year students to figure out exactly what each years cohort need to help them transition smoothly into the new academic atmosphere at the university.
In orientation week we run a “Myth Busting” event where students write down questions or myths they have heard about university, the locals team then bust the myths by answering any questions or explaining any concepts. Locals also encourage the students to attend the academic orientation events run by the university, including an event specifically about transition.
Throughout the semester locals offer question and answer (Q&A) sessions run by academic staff who volunteer their time to help our first year students.
Our leaders also have office hours where first year students can express any issues they might be having, or ask any questions.