CHAGAL in ACTION - 4. Student support
Two examples concentrate specifically on the students and how efforts to assist them with their development of educational skills are implemented.
The examples offer a wide range of participants: from people re-entering the educational system and pursuing opportunities to find access to higher education to adults wanting to learn a foreign language and international students who study abroad. All of them benefit from a comprehensive and well-developed system of student support.
Skills for Success
Tricia Jenkins, United Kingdom
Tricia Jenkins presents a three-day introduction for mother-tongue adult students who are re-entering education after a long break, which builds upon the "problem-based learning programme" (PBL). New entrants are helped to orientate themselves and assisted by more advanced students at the University, which enables them to develop their cultural competence, build self-confidence, make contacts and learn where they can look for support for problems.
Organisation of Mechanical Engineering Studies in English and Russian at the Technical University of Riga
Igors Tipans, Latvia
Igors Tipans describes activities and measures at the Technical University of Riga/Latvia for the optimum introduction and preparation for Russian-speaking students (Russian is a minority language in Latvia) and for international students on engineering courses. Individual advice on learning and a targeted provision of materials and courses increase motivation for study, a virtually homogeneous learning group regarding basic knowledge of the subject area facilitates a good working atmosphere.