Academic Support

At The International School of Sikh Studies we are here to support you, there is nothing wrong in asking for help or assistance – we all need some now and then. Whether you dealing with a personal issue or a course related question, just speak to either our Student Welfare Officer or your Course Co-ordinator. If you want to develop your general academic, exam preparation or language skills, we can offer you a variety of services to help support you, this can be achieved in a group environment or in a one-to-one tuition scenario. Courses take place during lunchtimes or after college.

GENERAL ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

We have a well stocked library with all the relevant current books recommended by the course providers, these books however are for reference only, as the majority of awarding Organisations have their own on-line resource libraries where you will find huge volumes of resources great for your course work. Our library has a timetable which should be adhered to as the librarian is available during the published times.

Other resources for purchasing books sometimes at very reasonable prices if they are ‘used’are www.Amazon.co.uk (remember to use your NUS card for on-line discounts if you are a member).

www.waterstones.com

www.thebookpeople.co.uk

EXAM PREPARATION
Depending on which course you are studying you may have to sit exams. Writing exams in College is very different from writing exams in school – you have to apply, analyze and evaluate what you have learned and in many case write much lengthier answers. We will provide you with plenty of exam preparation, all previous exam papers are available as free resources in the Student Common Room, take as many as you think necessary to help you prepare. Check out your awarding Organisation website they also have good ‘tips’ on what to expect and how to prepare and what support there is.

If English is your second language, we can help with extra English classes spoken and written, and if you feel that you need to brush-up your Maths, then we have teachers who are more than happy to tutor you, just let us know.

ASSESSMENTS
Classroom assessments can include a wide range of options – from voice recordings/video presentations through to classrooms observations, some awarding Organisation will allow assignments to contain some evidence of recording/discussion on a particular unit. There is one internally set assignment and test each academic term, which allows us to monitor how you are proceeding with your course work.

The two main assessments are Formative and Summative:

Formative: Formative assessments are on-going assessments, reviews and observations in the classroom. Formative assessments are used to modify teaching and learning activity with the aim to improve student attainment.

Summative: Summative assessments are used to evaluate the success of the course that has been taught, this can be achieved termly with a final review in the last term. The aim of the summative assessment is to make a judgement on the student competency and the students ability to master specific components and raise up issues if any.

These two assessments will form part of the students end of year report.

SUPPORT FOR STUDENT WITH DISABILITIES

If you have a disability then contact our Student Welfare Officer who can offer support/advice with any concerns you may have about accessibility of resources/rooms etc. All information about your disability will remain confidential in the Administration Office.

INDIVIDUAL SPECIALIST SUPPORT

One-to-one support sessions can be tailored to suit your own individual needs. You may request regular or occasional sessions and you can discuss this with your course co-ordinator. We can help advise on:

  • Examination preparation
  • Note taking
  • Examination techniques
  • Organisation and time management
  • How best to revise for examinations
  • Reading and writing strategies

If in doubt always ask the Student Welfare Officer who can guide you to the correct point of contact..