One of York’s priorities is ensuring that all students have a successful first year experience that continues through their upper years. The process of transition to university is a life-changing event for a student, which extends beyond academic adjustments. Knowing our first year students and the particular challenges they face, such as being the first in their family to go to university, additional responsibilities outside of school (part-time jobs, family responsibilities etc.), long commutes etc., will help you to support your first year students in transition.
As TAs, you are often the first point of contact for students, so you will have a huge impact on their university experience and you can make their first year at university a supportive and enjoyable one.
This workshop will look at potential needs of first year students, focusing purposefully on five areas of need or ‘senses of success’ (Lizzio, 2006): (i) sense of capability; (ii) sense of connectedness; (iii) sense of purpose; (iv) sense of resourcefulness; and, (v) sense of academic culture. Participants will engage with one another to discuss and brainstorm best practices for supporting students in the classroom. Participants will also be provided with resources, including programs in place at York U in supporting and retaining first year students.
This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate