All students have access to learning support, in addition to other support services (e.g. related to LLN, physical ability, cultural background or educational background, etc.). Mervic has a dedicated support team to assist students with special needs, language, literacy and numeracy needs, and academic assistance.
Mervic assesses student special needs as part of the pre-enrolment and pre-training processes.
During the sessions, the first point of contact is the trainer/assessor in the classroom. Students who feel that they may have difficulty understanding or completing the unit (or the course) should contact their trainer/assessor immediately. Students can also contact the front desk to make an appointment with the Student Support Officer to discuss their specific needs or concerns. Assistance may include (but is not limited to);
- LLN support
- Academic support (e.g. developing essay writing skills, research skills etc.)
- Assistive technology
- Additional tutorials including online tutorial support
- Assistance in using technology for online delivery components
- Reasonable adjustment to assessment tasks and/or methods
Student Welfare and Support Policy has more details and can be downloaded from the college’s website or requested from the front desk.
Social and cultural support
Having friends to support you and share your time in Australia will make a big impact on your happiness during the time you spend studying.
The best place to find people who have similar interests is probably on campus. There is also a representative body for all international students in Australia called the Council of International Students.
Sporting clubs are very popular with Australians and there are likely to be several in the area in which you live, if not on the campus where you study. Together with community groups and volunteer organisations, these represent great opportunities to meet like-minded people and gain insight into life in Australia. Your local church, mosque, temple, or another place of worship also can help you to feel like part of the Australian community.
Joining groups associated with your home community can also be a good way of finding support in Australia. You also might find it to be a good way of introducing your new friends to your culture and heritage. Here are some handy website links to find groups in your area.
Study Australia – International Student Support