Aquinas College provides an extensive academic support program which is designed to help students reach their fullest potential in their university studies. The 2018 Senior Academic Tutors, Amy Perin and Hamish Peberdy, work in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Academics, Dr Sarah Moller, to cultivate an environment where academic achievement is fostered and promoted.
Support for first year students is delivered via a series of initiatives aimed at making transition to university a positive and enriching experience. For the duration of their first year at College, new students are mentored by senior students who act as tutors in discipline-specific tutorial groups, which are held regularly to offer support, guidance and course-related advice.
In order to equip them for the rigours of university study, first year students also participate in a program of introductory seminars which specifically address themes and questions pertinent to their first year at university. A weekly Study Hall is held to encourage students to stay on top of their study load, and students are connected with peers who are undertaking, or have undertaken, similar subjects and courses.
In addition to dedicated study rooms, students have 24 hour access to a library which holds an extensive range of core texts and software required by courses across the three universities.
Across all year levels, students are invited to participate in academic review panels, in which the College’s academic staff and Aquinas alumni interview students on their individual progress. These reviews offer students the opportunity to reflect on their academic journey and to seek guidance if needed. Individual academic support is provided for students who are struggling to attain Pass grades in specific subjects, and, where appropriate, students can request extra tutorial assistance.
Academic achievement is valued highly at Aquinas College, and we take pride in celebrating the academic successes of our students. A range of scholarships and academic prizes are awarded each semester to the College’s top students, and we publicly recognise students’ individual achievements in twice-yearly academic assemblies.