Compass finds its way to Dubbo

27 February 2013

Three hundred and forty students attended workshops presented by the University of Sydney's Compass program over two days in Dubbo.

A series of study skills workshops with Year 10 students from Delroy and South Campus' and four workshops with Year 11 students from Dubbo Senior College Campus, as part of their orientation and development day were held at Dubbo College as part of back to school activities.

The workshops used theory and practical activities, designed to teach Year 10 and 11 students strategies for planning study, maintaining motivation, time management, setting goals and approaching assignments. The workshops also provided an opportunity to speak with students about higher education and introduce them to a range of tools to assist in researching their options.

The students overwhelmingly reported that the workshops were very informative and fun. Many students commented that the time management and planning skills they learnt were very useful tools not only for school but for future study and work. Examples include "I really enjoyed the friendliness and encouragement from the uni staff, as well as teaching me how to make study easier and manageable", "this workshop has helped me to stay motivated to study".

Teachers from Dubbo Senior College were very happy with the content of the program and the commented on the level of engagement and interest shown by students in learning useful study skills tools. One teacher even requested a copy of the study skills materials to improve his own time management skills.

The Compass Program will be returning to Dubbo in July to run Year 11 and 12 workshops around scholarship applications and planning for higher education.

For further information on these programs or to speak to someone about the Compass Program please visit the Social Inclusion Unit's Regional website or contact Trish Di-Masi.