The free-form nature of post-secondary education can make it hard for new students to properly orientate themselves and that in and of itself can obstruct academic and professional progress. Whether we are providing tutoring services or academic guidance, DISCOVER follows a clearly defined model aimed at providing a path towards success.
Goal Setting: Teaching preparation and helping students create a focused approach. A student’s goal can be as simple as finishing homework or as broad as getting into university; what matters is that students recognize what it is they wish to achieve.
E.g. A student realizing that they wish to enter university and become a doctor.
Planning: Introducing skills such as organization, prioritization, and time management, so that students are aware of how they should approach their goal. Planning can even just be an idea of what a student needs to achieve their goal.
E.g. Said student approaches DISCOVER and our volunteers will help them find out what programs they can enter, what courses will be required, etc.
Taking action: Helping students put their plan into action. This is where the bulk of tutoring falls. Students will build study habits, problem solving skills, and learn to find resources with tutor guidance.
E.g. Tutoring with the intent of fulfilling entry requirements, improvement in challenging courses, and building skills and habits to ensure a smooth transition into university.
Reorientation: Whether or not a student achieves their goal, this is where the student evaluates their position. Self-reflection is a critical component of post-secondary success, and being able to understand where to go next or what needs to be fixed is crucial for the future.
Has the student achieved their desired GPA or self-improvement? If not, further work must be done;
if yes, then additional goals can be set.
Either way, there are always lessons to be learned!