Support

Here, too, the policy is that we do not engage in subject-specific tutorials or one-on-one interventions. These facilities are available on campuses and our job is to make sure that students at risk do make use of what is offered by the universities. Support

We do, however, offer holiday seminars to bursars sponsored by donors who are willing to foot the bill for this added intervention. We started with winter seminars in 2010 for students on a Sasol Inzalo Foundation bursary. We partner with the Ukuqonda Institute (www.ukuqonda.co.za) in offering a curriculum that does not pretend to be “extra classes” in Maths and Physics. Called “Threshold Concepts in Maths, Science and Technology” this intensive week-long programme exposes students to problems that they must solve with their own resources. The emphasis is on critical thinking and problem solving and the effect is remarkable. First year students fresh from the brutal “Hero to Zero” experience (or from 81% in matric Maths to 18% in the first university Maths test) regain their confidence and sense of self and return to university with a new determination and resolve to master the new challenges. The academic curriculum during the holiday seminars is interspersed with soft skill offerings with an emphasis on fun and creativity – many of our students associate doing their best with not having fun and just sitting in front of their books, which could become unproductive.

Mentoring support
Personal attention had always been the foundation of our approach to student support. In recent years we added the building of communities of mutual care on all campuses where we have a critical mass of beneficiaries as the basis of a peer mentor programme. The community building workshops we offered as pilots in 2012 worked so well that we will continue along this route. We pride ourselves that we are responsive to feedback from students.

Counselling support
Our policy is that we are not a professional counselling outfit although we do make use of registered professionals for our campus visits. We will also train our administrators and mentors in lay counselling from 2013. We refer students in need of more intensive counselling to professional counsellors on campus. Some of our donors also make available to their bursars access to the wellness programmes of the company. When students accept the bursary they are asked for consent that Studietrust may alert a counsellor if we judge that there is such a need.

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  Braamfontein, 2017
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  87 De Korte Street
  Braamfontein, 2001
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