Learning support

The Peer Assisted Study Session offer students a conducive learning atmosphere which varies from the usual lecture or tutorial environment. PASS sessions are led by 'PASS Leaders' who are senior students who have done well at the subject in the past. The focus is on integrating the course content (what to learn) with academic reasoning and study skills (how to learn).

At-risk students are identified by their lecturers or can come forward on their own to take up PASS sessions. The PASS supervisor then matches students with their respective PASS Leaders accordingly. In each session a PASS Leader will be on hand to guide students through the course material. The focus of each session will be determined by the needs of the student (tutee), providing a valuable opportunity for students to seek help and advice in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Learning Support

The Duty Tutors Assistance Scheme (DTAS) initiative was introduced to assist students who may need extra help with difficult concepts. DTAS is manned by Duty Tutors who are well versed in their subjects, which means that you will get the extra help you need to do well in a course.

DTAS is available only for Engineering and Business students.

For more information, you can contact your respective Academic Coordinator:

For Business programs, contact Dr Rita Pidani at rita.pidani@newcastle.edu.au.

For Engineering programs, contact Dr Chiang Liang Kok at chiangliang.kok@newcastle.edu.au.

Transition to Tertiary Education Course

Newcastle Australia IHE has developed a Transition to Tertiary Education Course to support students transitioning to University. The aim of the course is to help students understand the high academic standards, ethos and task demands of their program.
The course consists of two sessions that provide information on writing reports, preparing for exams and presenting research. It is designed to provide students with the foundation of good scholarly knowledge, appropriate skills, strategies, core concepts and work habits.

Session 1:

  • Library research skills
  • Library access (login, creating pin number)
  • Subject research guides
  • E-journals and E-books
  • Evaluating websites
  • Academic integrity
  • Referencing
  • Turnitin and plagiarism

Session 2:

  • Essay writing, paraphrasing and synthesising
  • Critical reading and writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Case studies
  • Exam preparation
  • Time management

Students can get access to details about this course in their Student Handbook.

Online Resources

Students are able to get access to more academic resource by visiting the Learning Resources.

The resources available on this site can help students with:

  • Study Skills
  • Referencing
  • Exam Skills
  • English writing Skills
  • Graduate resources

Academic workshops

Teaching and Learning Adviser, Ms Devi Kalay conducts workshops covering Study Skills, Academic Writing Skills, Career Support and English Language skills. There are also additional workshops conducted specifically for assignment and research purposes, depending on the need of students.

Some examples of the workshops are:

  • Skills in Academic writing
  • Critical thinking in Academic writing
  • C.V writing and Interview Skills
  • Giving effective presentations
  • Email etiquette

Need More Support?

All students studying with us have access to learning assistance in any of the following areas:

  • English language use
  • Oral and written skills
  • Support for essay writing
  • Report writing
  • Assignment preparation
  • Study skills
  • Other learning difficulties as they arise

Our dedicated Teaching & Learning Adviser, Ms Devi Kalay, coordinates all aspects of Newcastle Australia IHE teaching and learning activities and ensures all your student needs are met.

For more information, email Devi.Kalay@newcastle.edu.au.