NEW INITIATIVES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Directorate of Collegiate Education Government of Kerala
College Level Co-Ordinator
Dr Sabu Thomas
Assistant Professor in Politics
Government Brennen College
Ph 9447113183, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scholar Support Programme envisions to provide continuous support to needy students of the Undergraduate courses. The annual plan envisages extending support to scholars in the Under Graduate programme with timely assistance in terms of tutorials, additional lectures, interactive sessions, question banks and study materials. Students who have obtained less than 60% marks in the qualifying examination or in any subject for each semester can join for the SSP
The program envisages to identify students who are unable to perform well in examinations due to various reasons. The SSP is designed in a manner so as to identify the areas in which each student requires additional support related to academic performance. This process will eventually uplift the needy students in various aspects and decrease the drop-out rate in the colleges.
1. Improvement in academic performance of low scoring students (Increase the marks in semester exams)
2. Increase in pass percentage of the identified papers and courses
3. Decrease in number of drop-outs from the college
THE OUTCOMES AT STUDENT LEVEL
Improvement in academic performance, especially in terms of examination marks
Increase in perceived support in college
Increase in self-confidence and self-esteem
SELECTION OF STUDENTS TO SSP
The neediest Students of each year from selected departments (5 only) are to be enrolled in each college.
Criterion for selecting the Departments:
Departments with the highest number of students with need for additional support are to be selected. Ensure thatteachers are available for providing additional support in the selected departments. The monitoring committee has to identify the beneficiary departments. The Departments and the list of selected students might vary each year. Student selection is based on both academic performance and other aspects of student functioning. The criteria for student selection are given hereunder.
Criteria for student selection
I. Primary criteria
1. Students who scored the lowest total marks in the examination(I year students: Total marks in +2 examination; II and III years:Previous semester’s Cumulative ESA or tutor’s report on students’ academic performance)
2. Students who scored the lowest marks in English examination(I year: English marks in +2 examination; II and III years:Previous semester’s ESA of English or tutor’s report on students’ academic performance) Apart from low marks, there can be some additional conditions that make students require additional support. Such students who fulfill the following additional criteria also can be selected.
II. Additional criteria include the following:
3. Students who did not appear their previous examination/s (II and III years)
4. Students with low attendance in the previous semester (II and III years)
5. Students who suffer from chronic illness/ health problems/ accidents
6. Students who are differently abled
7. Students who are inmates of special homes
8. Students in sports, arts and similar engagements who find it difficult to attend sufficient number of classes
9. Students from disadvantaged communities
10. Students from remote areas
11. Students from other states
12. Students from foreign countries
13. Students from linguistic minorities
14. Married students
15. Students on maternity leave
16. Students who are working on part time jobs
17. Students who need special attention or additional support in any other manner
PS: Serial numbers of all relevant criteria (from 1 to 17) are to be entered in the student enrolment form with the help of the internal trainer/ tutor.
I year: Enroll students with the lowest marks in 12th and the need identified by the respective tutor and/or HoD, recommended by the college level coordinator, and approved by the college council
II year: Review semester results, remove students who do not need additional support from the existing list, and enroll afresh based on semester results and other needs identified by the respective tutor and/or HoD, recommended by the college level coordinator and approved by the college council
III year: Review semester results, remove students who do not need additional support from the existing list, and enroll afresh based on semester results and other needs identified by the respective tutor and/or HoD, recommended by the college level coordinator and approved by the college council
DUTIES OF INTERNAL TRAINERS
Internal trainers have to assist the coordinator in maintaining a close contact with the enrolled studentsand in arranging the internal classes (subject coaching). Ideally, the tutor of the selected students from a Department is the person most suitable to function as the internal trainer. Their duties are:
1. Identify the papers in which the students need subject coaching and the areas in which they need additional support. Help the coordinator fill in the form in this regard.
2. Engage internal classes (subject coaching or special/remedial classes) as resource person outside the class hours, preferably on Saturdays. (Retired professors or M.Phil / Research Scholars too can be brought in by the internal trainer to handle a few sessions; however they cannot function as the internal trainer.) If the internal trainer is not taking all the allotted classes, s/he can allot the classes to other teachers who can be the suitable resource persons to that particular paper.
3. Support the student in his/her area of academic need.
4. Support the student in the additional areas of need.
5. Motivate the student.
6. Help the students in preparing a bio-data containing their personal and academic details and goals and hand them over to the college level coordinator
7. Internal trainers should keep a proper attendance of his/her sessions and meetings with his/her scholars including date and time. Photos of the subject coaching sessions can also be kept.
8. Evaluate the progress of the scholars in consultation with the college level coordinator and other teachers at regular intervals and take necessary corrective measures so as to meet the desired objectives.
9. Internal trainers are requested to participate in the Scholar Support Programme as part of their tutorial duties. Internal trainers and other internal resource persons like other teachers,
External sessions- Content
I. Language Skills Modules for Scholar Support Programme by ASAP
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Listening skills -Guided and free listening
Speaking skills - Self introduction, Mock Interview, Instant speech
II. Effective Learning Skills- 3 Hours
The objective of the learning skills training are (A) to make the student capable of identifying the reasons of one’s own difficulties in learning, (B) to empower the student with skills to learn efficiently and (C) to write the examinations effectively.
The sessions on learning skills can cover the following areas broadly. The trainers/ teachers are requested to make the sessions activity-oriented, reflective and reassuring.
1. Common reasons of low academic achievement: (For facilitating student’s own self reflection): A. Leaner’s difficulties: (Poor memory and attention, Low motivation and low purpose, Learning style differences, Low efficiency, Low exam preparedness); B.Other difficulties like Teaching / Institution problems, Social, Familial, Health-related aspects etc.
2. Practicing ‘Adult learning’: Self- motivated and self-regulated learning. Being aware of the purpose of studies and regulating oneself
3. Learning strategies inside the classroom: Notes taking (Major advantages of note taking: learning core ideas, recording, better memory, getting extra ideas from the teacher, learning to write and think at the same time)
4. Learning strategies at home: Study hygiene: (Comfortable Environment, Regular place, Personal best time to study, Scheduling, Avoiding distraction)
5. SQ4R method for easy learning
6. Multi-sensory inputs for efficient learning: Reading aloud, making a concept map etc.
7. Memory techniques (Elaborate rehearsal, Depth processing, Over¬learning, Acronyms, Graphical cues, Concept map, Personal stories, Sufficient sleep for memory consolidation)
8. Improving concentration: Avoiding distraction, concentration exercises (Counting words, Counting backwards, Imagining, Describing).Educate the students that individuals differ in distractibility. Some are more distractible; hence they might have to take extra effort.
9. Overcoming boredom: Spaced learning, Breaking into pieces, Scheduled breaks, Taking down notes in the class room, Using other resources such as library and internet
10. Time management and overcoming procrastination: Set goals, Prioritize, Organize, Concentrate on the task at hand, Prioritize and plan, Prepare ‘To- Do list’
11. Procrastination: The act of denying or postponing one’s activities-Identify the reasons behind procrastination / being non-enthusiastic (Fear of embarrassment, Fear of failure, Perfectionism/ perfect timing/ Escapism)-Actions taken to avoid procrastination: (Divide into sub tasks, Start with the most enjoyable part, Keep off the distractions)
12. Exam preparation: Plan, Schedule, Prepare summaries in points, Solve previous question papers
13. Exam day preparations: Study the maximum two days before the exam,Sleep well the day before, Have food in the morning, Stop reading 10 minutes before exam, Relaxing and deep breathing before the exam
14. Exam writing: Five minutes for reading questions, Plan according to the time available, Attend easy questions first, Attend all questions, Do rough work on a separate answer sheet if necessary
15. Exam writing hygiene: Put question numbers inside the margins, No unnecessary elaborations
16. Seek support: Maintain healthy relationship with at least one teacher, Seek support
17. Keep up the self esteem
SSP at Brennen College
The Scholar support program Brennen College is functioning well with 15 internal mentors catering to the needs of the students. There are 80 students enrolled programme in first and second year UG courses. For the third year 50 students are enrolled. The department wise enrollment is given below.
List of Departments selected for SSP 2019-20
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SSP Monitoring Committee
4, WWS Coordinator
5,College Union Representative