Pre-arrival skills platforms: Bridging the gap between school and university

Boubert, L. and Fenton, J. 2024. Pre-arrival skills platforms: Bridging the gap between school and university. in: Garnham, W. and Walker, N. (ed.) Supporting the Student Journey into Higher Education: How Pre-Arrival Platforms Can Enhance Widening Participation Routledge. pp. 49-58

Chapter titlePre-arrival skills platforms: Bridging the gap between school and university
AuthorsBoubert, L. and Fenton, J.
EditorsGarnham, W. and Walker, N.
Abstract

In Chapter 6, Laura Boubert explores examples of pre-arrival skills training as a way of helping students to bridge the gap between school and university. Although gaining a degree is associated with knowledge acquisition and gaining expertise in a particular subject domain, students can only do this successfully if they are armed with the right academic skills. It is clear, however, that the way that students study at school is very different from the requirements of university, and this often presents a significant stumbling block for many students (MacFarlane, 2018). A pre-arrival platform is an ideal way of bridging the gap between school and university and preparing students so that they can hit the ground running when they start classes. This chapter will review some examples of pre-arrival skills training with the aim of sharing best practice. These will include suggestions for a range of resources, such as passive guides, as well as some ideas for interactive synchronous and asynchronous activities and workshops and resources. The pre-arrival platform can not only be used as a passive repository for key information, but it can also be used to deliver course specific pre-arrival live sessions introducing students to group presentations, which are frequently a new skill.

KeywordsHigher Education
transitions
students
skills
Book titleSupporting the Student Journey into Higher Education: How Pre-Arrival Platforms Can Enhance Widening Participation
Page range49-58
Year2024
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published08 Mar 2024
ISBN9781032548036
9781003427575
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003427575

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