4 student resources to fast track your English study
Many of our overseas students are learning English while studying with us at MIT. Getting used to a new home and learning environment is challenging enough – we want to make sure you’re aware of the wide range of student resources available to help with your language study. The most important thing to remember: you don’t have to do it alone!
At MIT, we understand that everyone’s level of English is different – that’s why we provide support. We want all our students to do well.
If you’re having any issues with English, please let us know, because we’re here to help.
“Everyone at MIT is very supportive and you can see just how much the teachers care about your success.” – Shafea Khalif Hassan (MIT Student on a pathway to a BA of Psychology)
Whether you’re having problems with academic writing, comprehension, speaking or grammar – there’s a staff member on hand who wants to find a solution for you.
There are many ways you can get English language support at MIT, no matter what your needs.
1. Arrange some personal learning time with your teachers
Did you know that all MUPC and Diploma teachers have an additional two hours a week set aside, outside of normal class time, just to meet with you? If you’re struggling to understand some of your course content, need some extra time in a unit or you’re having trouble writing an assignment, they are there to help.
To set up a private consultation with your teacher, simply send them an email or approach them during class and organise a time to visit their office.
2. Contact Student Support to talk to the SSP and SSM
The friendly staff at Student Support provide a range of different services to help students with everything from study skills to finding accommodation.
Richard Jones is currently the MIT Student Support Officer (SSO). He can help you with a range of study areas including academic skills, time management strategies, academic writing and exam preparation. The SSO can also help you find a private tutor in areas such as literacy and numeracy and organise counselling services if you’re feeling stressed.
The Student Services Manager (SSM) is a professional career counsellor. They can guide you through the steps you need to take to find work or figure out your academic pathway.
You can find the SSO and SSM by dropping into the Student Administration office, or contacting Richard Jones.
3. Drop into the Student Learning Centre
The Student Learning Centre is available exclusively to MIT students, to help you improve study skills and complete assignments. There, you’ll be able to find lots of helpful resources including textbooks, computers, and staff on hand to assist you. They also offer lunchtime workshops to help you with literacy and numeracy. They’re located in the MIT building, so please come and say hello.
4. Join the Language and Cultural Exchange
The Language and Cultural Exchange (LACE) program was developed in partnership with Murdoch University’s Equity Projects. The program hosts fortnightly social English sessions where students can chat and get to know fellow students. They also run some fun events during the year and foster a mentoring and buddy program. It’s a great way to make friends while you practice English.
5. Attend the weekly study skills and literacy workshops
MIT offers a range of fantastic workshops during lunchtimes at the Student Learning Centre. These workshops cover a range of topics to help you improve your English and get better academic results. Learn skills such as essay writing, literacy, oral presentation, research, numeracy and critical thinking. There’s also a range of fun workshops on topics like Australian culture and indigenous art!
To find out more: check out the workshop timetable online, drop into the Centre or contact Richard Jones at Student Support.
6. Check your Moodle
Your Moodle also has a range of online resources that you might have missed. Have a look at the helpful guides on study skills, essay writing and other important topics.
Above all, don’t be afraid to ask for help! We’re here to make sure you’re getting the most out of your studies.
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