This is the 3rd year in the development of the Tertiary Prep tutorials at James Hargest College.
It has been very much a work in progress. I realised as part of my continuing work on providing seamless transition of information literacy and research skills across our campuses, year levels and curriculum areas that preparing our motivated senior students, whose plans are to further their education after leaving Hargest, was a crucial part of a larger picture.
This voluntary series of six tutorials sets out to highlight for and engage students in aspects of their learning that will bridge the gap between what they currently know and what they need to know to be successful learners in the tertiary environment. Interest for the past two years from my Year 13 students has been high and last year I was grateful for the input from Simon Hart the Learning Services Librarian at the Bill Robertson Library, Otago University whose willingness to listen and contribute ideas and suggestions has helped in my thinking and planning.
So there is no shortage of enthusiasm, passion or desire. Sustainability has been the stumbling block. So to help transition this concept into something that works for the students and the library staff (i.e: me!) the plan for the 2012 school year is to offer the sessions to Year 13 students as part of Study Centre this year, while also offering them to Year 12 students who all share a study period once a week, while developing online work for our more motivated students who are unable to attend either of these sessions.
I’m extremely excited about being able to present my work to date to the delegates at the upcoming LILAC Conference in Glasgow during April but I’m even more excited about talking with other passionate secondary and tertiary librarians who will no doubt have been working and developing programmes with this “bridge-building” in mind.
I am certain how important the Tertiary Prep tutorials are as part of our whole school approach to literacy and learning. It’s now about finding the right mixture of time and approach to make it sustainable and embed it into our James Hargest Libraries Information Literacy Programme.
Tutorials will kick off for 2012 in Term 2. Watch this space!!