STUDENT’S SEEKING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This institution offers a unique collection of support services to our students 

ACS is committed to supporting students strongly in their efforts to pursue the course of study which they have enrolled in.

We also seek to offer the student optimum flexibility to pursue areas of specific interest within the discipline scope of the course they have enrolled in.

To this end, occasions can sometimes arise where a student is faced with set tasks or assignments which require information sources that the student neither has access to, nor can readily gain access to.

There are various reasons why some students may have difficulty obtaining certain information. These are most commonly:

a/ Disability eg. The student may not be physically mobile enough to visit required places

b/ Limited Communication Resources eg. Poor or no internet access, lack of video player, isolation from library or other resources (eg. Living hundreds of miles from any major town).

c/ Lack of Research Skills

d/ Information in sought after areas is simply not documented, non existent or scarce.

HOW WILL WE HELP?

1. Firstly you must understand that you have enrolled in a course, and that is a very different thing to buying a book or information package!

Our skills and resources are set up (amongst other things) to help you develop a capacity to find and apply information in an appropriate way, and within the scope of the subject you are studying (scope meaning both breadth and depth).

2. If you simply want a collection of resources to refer to, this is not what we are about. You can achieve that by purchasing books; but ownership of books does not mean that you can understand and apply the knowledge within them. If that is what you seek; ask us and we will recommend a book. (email a request to [email protected])

3. If you are finding it difficult to find information, you need to contact the academic department explaining specifically what you have been seeking, how you have sought it, and what results or failures you have had. The more specific you are, the more we can help you

eg. If you ask for information on Propagating plants, it is both impossible and inappropriate for us to respond; but if you seek information on propagating Clematis from leaf bud cuttings, we can either show you how to search and find that information, or give you points of contact (eg. Organisations to contact) or give you extracts from our own library documents.

4. If we determine you are having difficulty with your research procedures we can attempt to help you improve your capacity to research

5. If you are still finding set tasks to be excessively time consuming due to difficulty you have finding information; we can increase the amount of information we directly supply you in order to stop you getting unnecessarily tied up with information searches.

IT’S A BALANCING ACT

We are keen to support you in any way we can; but it can be contrary to your long term benefit for us to supply too much information on any subject. Information changes over time and is only really useful if you are able to apply and adapt it to your own situation and needs at any one point in time.

You need to develop a broad appreciation of the subject you are studying; and even though sometimes there can be aspects of a course that don’t seem totally relevant to your currentsituation; you can often learn how to deal with unforeseen problems in the future by studying things that seem irrelevant in the present

Eg. By studying how plants grow in a hot climate and also in a cold climate; you can develop an appreciation for the impact that different environmental conditions may have. Even studying a plant species which you may never grow can in this way develop your capacity to look at totally different plant species and make better educated guesses about how they should be grown in your own situation.

 

HINTS FOR OUR STUDENTS

  • The more specific you can be when communicating with a tutor; the more helpful the tutor can be in return.
  • When you communicate, explain clearly what you view your current skills and knowledge to be, and what you consider your deficiencies to be.
  • Don’t ask for information unless you have at least attempted set tasks and assignments in a lesson; but don’t get bogged down spending too much time on set tasks and assignments. If you hit a brick wall; send what you can, and explain what you have experienced and problems encountered.

     

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COURSES IN EDUCATION
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SUPPLEMENTARY READING
Our principal and staff have written dozens of reference books as supplementary texts to complement studies in our school
These books are mostly available as ebook, through our online bookstore. They include the following titles. You can click on any of these titles to go to the bookstore and see more details, on that title (including a free download of some of the pages).