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Theme: Support Systems and Programs

Students perceptions of academic support designed to
counter the effects of underpreparedness.

Gillian A. Haiden, Department of Psychology
University of the Witwatersrand

The Academic Support Programme (ADP) at the University of the Witwatersrand, offers additional support for underprepared students in a large First Year Psychology course. The support is in the form of voluntary, weekly, small-group tutorials. Student perceptions of the support offered in the course were collected by means of questionnaire and interviews. Students perceived the ADP tutorials in a more positive manner than the compulsory tutorials. The affective benefit of the classes was perceived as the most positive aspect of ADP, with the focus on language skills being perceived as the least beneficial.

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