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Tutoring Service: Home

Overview of the Avondale University College Tutoring Service.

What type of

LEARNER

are you?

 

We all learn differently. The way you like to learn is called your learning style. Learning styles are not related to intelligence and refer to the way your brain works most efficiently to gather and remember new information.

Philosophy of Service

We recognise that good writing and communication skills—together with the complementary skills of critical thinking, listening, reading and researching—are the foundation of academic progress. While the tutors are able to help students acquire and sharpen these skills, ultimately, each student must take personal responsibility for the process. The underlying purpose of our service is to empower academic autonomy in all students who seek our support.

How Can You Access Us?

All enrolled students (on-campus and off-campus) have access to academic writing support. In many ways, academic writing is like learning a new language, and the tutors are here to provide some guidance through that process of learning. Our services are delivered from the Lake Macquarie campus, the Sydney campus and through various online platforms. Students who would like some support with their academic writing, or require science and maths support, can access tutoring support in the following ways: Face-to-face Lake Macquarie; Campus; Face-to-face Sydney Campus; virtual face-to-face (Zoom); online review of papers; and by phone.

 

Face-to-face Lake Macquarie Campus

The face-to-face support is delivered from the Tutoring Service Room (colloquially referred to as the Tutors Den) on the upper level of the Learning Centre (Library). After entering the Learning Centre, take the stairs that lead to the Main Collection, at the top of the stairs turn left, and walk as far as you can in that direction. Students can either drop-in when they are on site, or schedule an appointment through the LibCal BookNow system. A booking is recommended to ensure you are able to meet with a tutor as they may already be seeing someone if you leave it to a drop-in. Tutor availability is uploaded in the LibCal BookNow system and students should book with a tutor that suits their individual availabilities. 

Face-to-face Sydney Campus

The face-to-face support is delivered from individual tutors offices and is available for students on the Sydney Campus during semester by appointment. Students can schedule their appointment through the LibCal BookNow system. Tutor availability is uploaded in the LibCal BookNow system, and students should book with a tutor that suits their individual availabilities. 

PLEASE NOTE: Sydney tutors only provide support for nursing students.

Virtual Face-to-Face (Zoom & Phone) 

If you are unable to meet with a tutor in person, you can book a virtual session that is delivered via the Zoom platform. These sessions can be particularly helpful to off-campus and distance students. If it is more convenient to speak with a tutor over the phone, include your phone number in the booking notes when you schedule your appointment through the LibCal BookNow system, and a tutor will call you in the designated time to proceed with your appointment. Tutor availability is uploaded in the LibCal BookNow system, and students should book with a tutor that suits their individual availabilities.  

Phone Appointment

If it is more convenient to speak with a tutor over the phone, include your phone number in the booking notes when you schedule your appointment through the LibCal BookNow system, and a tutor will call you in the designated time to proceed with your appointment. These sessions can be particularly helpful to off-campus and distance students. Tutor availability is uploaded in the LibCal BookNow system, and students should book with a tutor that suits their individual availabilities.  

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Online Review of Papers

A number of students choose to email their papers in for an online review of their work. You can read more about this process here.

Numeracy & Science Support

Numeracy and science support is available to all students. This support can be accessed by booking an appointment with Louise Fisher through the LibCal BookNow  system or by emailing enquiries to mathtutors@avondale.edu.au

English Language Support

Support is available to all students who speak English as an additional language (EAL). This support can be organised by contacting Kenton Shields:

kenton.shields@avondale.edu.au