Preparatory and skills’ courses in higher education

Aleksandra Kovač, Suzana Košir, Lina Vidic, Nada Trunk Širca

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Higher education institutions in different countries offer students all kinds of programs and courses to help them cope with a variety of problems during their studies. This paper presents some international experiences in this field and 2 case studies from Slovenian higher education: the Faculty of Management in Koper and the International School for Social and Business Studies in Celje.

International practice shows two main strands of such programs. First, there is a variety of courses and consultancy activities that help students to study more efficient and effective. Next to academic issues these can target various problems students might face during their study (health, accommodation, child care, finance, career development etc.). The second type of courses helps students to upgrade their entrance qualifications before they are allowed to start in a certain program (e.g. methodological or theoretical courses).

Next to these courses there are supervision and tutor’s practices which help and guide students through academic, personal, welfare and other challenges during their studies.

Both Slovenian cases studies show some first results of courses and workshops that a special focus on skills for successful study and are given straight away to first-year students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEFYE Conference proceedings 2008, University of Wolverhampton
Subtitle of host publication3rd Annual EFYE Conference, 7 to 9 May 2008
EditorsJacqlyn Pieterick, Richard Ralph, Megan Lawton
Place of PublicationWolverhampton
PublisherUniversity of Wolverhampton
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-9560611-1-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd European First Year Experience Conference, EFYE 2008 - University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 May 20089 May 2008
Conference number: 3


Conference3rd European First Year Experience Conference, EFYE 2008
Abbreviated titleEFYE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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