Has it been a while since you've studied? Or are you thinking about
study, but are a bit unsure about whether you can make it through a
course? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
TAFE NSW has loads of support services to help you. From study
support, to counselling and career advice, if you hit a roadblock, we
have the support you need to navigate around it.
So, let's have a look at the types of student support you can access.
If you are struggling with your studies, our Learning Centres are
here to help you.
Located in each of our TAFE NSW locations, Learning Centres offer
(free) assistance with:
Some locations also offer workshops to help you to write essays,
reference your assignments and use programs like Microsoft Excel.
Speaking about Learning Centres, Anne Martin, Head Teacher,
Foundation Skills at TAFE NSW St Leonards said ‘Any student can come
into the Learning Centre and get help with their study. It's open
Chatting about the type of help available at TAFE NSW St Leonards'
Learning Centre, Anne said, ‘We have a daily timetable of teachers
from across all faculties that come into the Centre.
‘Students can have a look at this timetable, work out when a teacher
from their area will be in, and come in at that time to ask their questions.
‘We also run classes for students wanting to improve their writing
skills or conversation skills, spelling or pronunciation or report
writing. And we have short computer courses,' she added.
Contact your local TAFE NSW Campus to
find out how our Learning Centres can help you.
Most TAFE NSW locations have professional counsellors on their
grounds. There is no limit on the amount of sessions you can have with
our counsellors, and every session is totally free of charge.
You can book in sessions with our counsellors to get help with:
If you don't know what career path you should follow, what to study,
or what to do next, our counsellors can help.
When you book a session with a counsellor, they can help you to:
Discussing the type of help TAFE NSW counsellors can offer enrolled
students, Kate Semple, TAFE NSW Counsellor said, ‘It's actually quite
broad. We can work with them to help figure out what course they want
to do, or what they want to do after their study finishes'.
‘We can also help with general career planning. We help students find
out more about careers. We also do a lot of job seeking
stuff–interview skills, resume help, where to look for work, the whole
‘Sometimes students are looking at pathways into higher education,
and that can be a bit of a minefield too if you haven't done it
before, so we help with that.
‘We also see a lot of students to help them develop study skills. We
look at what's getting in their way (like procrastination, study
environment etc) and come up with strategies that might work for
them,' she added.
It's not just enrolled students that can use TAFE NSW counselling
services. People who are thinking about studying at TAFE NSW can also
‘We work with them to figure out what course might best suit their
needs,' Semple said.
‘Part of that can be looking at career development. We also give
prospective students a sense of whether the industry might be growing
or getting smaller, what the current market is like, and their
‘Often, I'll give people more research and information to go home
with. Most people leave with a better idea of what they want to enrol
in,' she added.
Most people at some point in their lives will experience a mental
health issue. There is nothing to be ashamed about if you do find
yourself struggling. What's important, is that you know that help is
available (and it's free).
Speaking about the kind of assistance that TAFE NSW counsellors can
offer, Semple said ‘We see people suffering a full range of mental
health issues, from stress, to anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia,
the whole spectrum. We cater for everyone.
‘A lot of students will access us because their mental health issues
are getting in the way of their study. We teach them strategies to
manage their conditions and to help them get through their course. Our
aim is to improve their wellbeing overall' she added.
Contact your TAFE NSW location's Counselling Services to make an
appointment with a counsellor.
If you have a disability (physical or psychiatric), we are here to
support you through your studies.
Depending on your needs, you can access:
Reach out to your TAFE NSW location to make an appointment with our
Disability Services and see how we can help you.
If you are a TAFE NSW international student, we have loads of support
services available for you (free of charge).
Our Learning Centres offer support with English, maths and
communication skills. Here, you can also brush up on and study skills
like note-taking, library and internet research, and exam preparation.
Some locations also offer non-TAFE NSW students, English, maths and
communication assistance for a small fee.
Visit your TAFE NSW location's Learning Centre for more information.
When you study with TAFE NSW you enter a learning community that is
designed to support you. If you find yourself struggling, whether that
be with learning, study, career or personal problems, we are here for
you. Reach out, get help, and move beyond your struggles and onwards
towards your career.