Module

  • First Year Success Strategies (FYSS1001)

    1st year mock topic

    This site complements your face-to-face time in the topic. You will be guided by the teaching team what resources and activities to access and when. Also refer to the Key resources module.

    When relevant, we will use this FLO site in face-to-face (f2f) sessions. Therefore we encourage you to BYOD (bring your own device). The site is also an opportunity to get to know other students outside of f2f time. If you prefer to think before asking or responding to questions, interacting in this online space will suit you well (eg via forum posts). Please support each other wherever possible (eg respond when you know the answer to something). The teaching team will check the site regularly to see if you are accessing resources and participating in activities that support your studies. 

    For learning outcomes, refer to the topic guide (Key resources module). Learning outcomes are also listed in the relevant week/s. 

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  • Communications

    Use these communication tools to give yourself an online presence and connect with other students and teaching staff. Collaboration is acknowledged as an important part of learning (called 'social learning'). It can be very helpful to get to know other students and the teaching team in the online as well as face-to-face space.

    Make sure you are present – in the f2f sessions and in FLO. Your presence is a recipe for success. Please  email the topic coordinator/teaching team member if you have any concerns. Our contact details are in the right-hand block.

  • Key resources


    The resources in this section are important for your self-management and learning. Revisit them as often as you need to. Also refer to the right-hand side Activities block (in a device this block will appear at the bottom of the screen) for quick links to activities and resources.
  • Week 1: Getting started

    Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.  (Albert Einstein, Prof Boerner's Explorations

    This week supports the learning outcomes: 'demonstrate approaches to regulating your learning (including self assessment and self reflection)' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

  • Week 2: Exploring learning

    …the recommended amount of study for university topics is 6-10 hours per week per topic (outside of class time). This is double what is expected of students at school and is equivalent to a full time job. (Student and Staff Expectations and Experiences Project)

    Weeks 2 and 3 support the learning outcomes: 'explain how you learn and what helps you to learn in different contexts' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    You will gain better insight into how you learn and what is required at university. We will focus on thinking about the skills and knowledge that you have, and those you might need to develop and acquire to succeed at university.  

    We will explore some ideas around how knowledge works, how people communicate and why it is important to collaborate with others when learning.  

    Remember to self-manage your learning – for example, use the completion boxes to mark activities you have done (see Week 1 for other self-management tips).

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  • Week 3: Exploring learning

    …the recommended amount of study for university topics is 6-10 hours per week per topic (outside of class time). This is double what is expected of students at school and is equivalent to a full time job. (Student and Staff Expectations and Experiences Project)

    Weeks 2 and 3 support the learning outcomes: 'explain how you learn and what helps you to learn in different contexts' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    You have started to gain insights into how you learn and what is required at university. We began by thinking about the skills and knowledge that you already have and the learning you have experienced previously, the activities have also helped determine areas where you might need further development.  

    Remember to self-manage your learning – for example, use the completion boxes to mark activities you have done (see Week 1 for other self-management tips).

  • Week 4: Communicating and collaborating

    We expect our students to learn to convey clearly and fluently their knowledge, understanding, reasoning and decisions…  We expect our students to interact effectively and properly with others in a variety of settings. (Flinders University graduate qualities)

    Weeks 4 and 5 support the learning outcomes: 'apply communication skills, professionally and responsibly' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    To collaborate well with others, effective communication is essential. Week 4 focuses on communication and Week 5 on collaboration.

    Remember to self-manage your learning – for example, use the completion boxes to mark activities you have done (see Week 1 for other self-management tips).

  • Week 5: Communicating and collaborating

    We expect our students to learn to convey clearly and fluently their knowledge, understanding, reasoning and decisions…  We expect our students to interact effectively and properly with others in a variety of settings. (Flinders University graduate qualities)

    Weeks 4 and 5 supportthe learning outcomes: 'apply communication skills, professionally and responsibly' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    Collaborating well with others requires effective communication. Week 4 focused on communication and in Week 5 the focus is on leraning how to work in groups (collaborate).

    Remember to self-manage your learning – for example, use the completion boxes to mark activities you have done (see Week 1 for other self-management tips).

  • Week 6: Thinking critically and creatively

    Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try. (Dr Seuss, Oh, the thinks you can think!)

    Weeks 6, 7 and 8 support the learning outcomes:'discuss approaches to critical and creative thinking', 'collaborate with peers' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    Both within the context of this topic and in your university studies and working life you will need to think both critically and creatively. The purpose of these weeks is to help you think about the range of skills associated with being able think both critically and creatively.

  • Week 7: Thinking critically and creatively

    Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try. (Dr Seuss, Oh, the thinks you can think!)

    Weeks 6, 7 and 8 support the learning outcomes'discuss approaches to critical and creative thinking', 'collaborate with peers' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    Both within the context of this topic and in your university studies and working life you will need to think both critically and creatively. The purpose of these weeks is to help you think about the range of skills associated with being able think both critically and creatively.

  • Week 8: Thinking critically and creatively

    Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try. (Dr Seuss, Oh, the thinks you can think!)

    Weeks 6, 7 and 8 support the learning outcomes'discuss approaches to critical and creative thinking', 'collaborate with peers' and 'demonstrate a range of literacies (including digital) across various media and applications' (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    Both within the context of this topic and in your university studies and working life you will need to think both critically and creatively. The purpose of these weeks is to help you think about the range of skills associated with being able think both critically and creatively.

  • Week 9: Filling in the gaps

    Over 2/3 of new university students still believe that their university teachers will provide all the materials needed for their learning, but in reality you will need to learn to source information yourself. (Student and Staff Expectations and Experiences Project, The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia)

    Weeks 9 and 10 support the learning outcomes:all learning outcomes (Key resources module > Topic guide)

    These weeks help you think about what you have learned to date and what you discover may need further work. Reflecting on your learning develops your critical thinking skills, supports you to develop self-management skills, and helps you focus on areas of study that need more work. 

  • Week 10: Filling in the gaps

    Over 2/3 of new university students still believe that their university teachers will provide all the materials needed for their learning, but in reality you will need to learn to source information yourself. (Student and Staff Expectations and Experiences Project, The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia)

    Weeks 9 and 10 support the learning outcomesall learning outcomes (Key resources module > Topic guide)

  • Week 11: Reviewing learnings

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.   (Mahatma Gandhi, Goodreads

    Weeks 11 and 12 support the learning outcomesall learning outcomes (Key resources module > Topic guide)

  • Week 12: Reviewing learnings

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.   (Mahatma Gandhi, Goodreads

    Weeks 11 and 12 support the learning outcomesall learning outcomes (Key resources module > Topic guide)

  • Week 13: Transitioning on

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    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  (Dr Seuss, Oh, the places you'll go!)
    Congratulations, you have completed the topic!

    We now bring together all the skills you have developed and discuss any gaps that you would like to work on.

    Remember to bring something yummy to share in the face-to-face session as we celebrate the end of the topic and discuss what you need to do as you move into the next semester.

    Well done everyone!