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Transition skills and strategies

As part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme, QAA Scotland commissioned two projects during academic years 2014-15, and 2015-16 to examine transition skills and strategies that a student might develop and put to use during a transition – or period of change.  Students can experience a number of transitions during their time at higher education. For example, transitioning into university – i.e. moving from school to university or articulating from college, within university – moving between years of study or to postgraduate study, and beyond university – graduating and starting work.

The overall aim of the two projects was to provide students and staff with a suite of resources to understand and develop the skills which can lead to an effective transition into, within and beyond Higher Education.

The resources cover the following transition skills:

  • Self-belief (self-efficacy)
  • Self-management of expectations
  • Critical Self-reflection
  • Academic Resilience
  • Mindset
  • Time management

The resources have been grouped together for each intended audience as follows:

Package 1: Students

This package is intended for current or prospective Higher Education students. This package contains a number of e-leaflets and activities that students can do on their own to help with skills such as self-reflection, goal setting and time management.

Winzip fileDownload Package 1: Students (1.6MB)

 

Package 2: Student Services and Support Staff

This package is intended for anyone who works in an academic/pastoral student support role, career services, academic development tutors and staff with an overall student support role. The package contains a number of resources that you can use for one-to-one sessions with students, or group workshops, on each of the Transition Skills mentioned above. The resources contain leaflets that you can give to students, workshop resources – such as slides and handouts, student activities and tutor notes. You can use the resources as provided for each Transition Skill, or mix and match them depending on your students’ needs.

Winzip fileDownload Package 2: Student Services and Support Staff (7.1MB)

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Package 3: Teaching Staff

This package is intended for tutors and lecturers who want to aid students in their transition in, within and beyond University studies. Within this package you will find information about transition skills and strategies, leaflets that you can provide students with and handouts you can give to students to encourage them to develop some of the mentioned transition skills.

Winzip fileDownload Package 3: Teaching Staff (2.8MB)

 

Package 4: Curriculum and Programme Management Staff

This package is intended for Curriculum and Programme Management staff who would like to integrate learning about transition skills within the learning programme/curriculum. The package contains information about transition skills and strategies which you might find useful to integrate within your Programme and leaflets that can be included in the course material.

Winzip fileDownload Package 4: Curriculum and Programme Management Staff (1.8MB)

 

Package 5: Students’ Association Support and Advice Staff

This package is intended for Students’ Association staff who provide academic or pastoral advice and support to students. The package contains the essential information on transition skills including leaflets for students and activities that you can use with students to help them with the transition they are experiencing. If your Students’ Association has a fully operational student support centre, you may find Package 2 to also be relevant to your needs.

Winzip fileDownload Package 5: Students’ Association Support and Advice Staff (2.9MB)

 

Package 6: Resources that can be integrated within student induction sessions

This package is intended for anyone who may be involved in setting up student induction sessions for first year, articulating or postgraduate students. The package contains leaflets that can be given out to students and slides that can be integrated within the academic induction session.

Winzip fileDownload Package 6: Resources that can be integrated within student induction sessions (1.9MB)

 

If you would like further information, or if you have any comments or feedback, please contact Emilia Todorova at e.todorova@qaa.ac.uk