With regular classes severely disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown, students, teachers and parents have welcomed the study help and writing feedback delivered by Studiosity, Australia’s leading online study support service.
Professor Mingan Choct, Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations at UNE, says offering Studiosity builds on close relationships the university has with regional schools and showcases the capabilities of online education at a critical time.
"Our education system, students, teachers and parents have been under enormous pressure in the past few months to maintain learning," Professor Choct said. "Additionally, schools in regional areas are often starved of resources, and students don't have the same access as their city counterparts to tutors. Studiosity helps to bridge that rural-city divide.
"UNE excels at online education and our partnership with Studiosity provides fantastic preparation for university study. Over time, we hope this develops greater confidence, motivation and academic readiness among students moving into higher education, and this can only improve their university outcomes."
Students in years 10, 11 and 12 at some 26 state schools across the region – including Tamworth High School, Gunnedah High School and Armidale Secondary College –have free access to the service, which includes 24/7 online help from a network of highly qualified subject specialists with English, Mathematics and Science.
Students can upload drafts of their work and receive feedback within 24 hours, or Connect Live with an expert to help resolve a pressing assignment or homework problem. A bank of 750 downloadable practice quizzes and worksheets also enables students to refine their understanding of core subjects.
Martin Bower, Careers Advisor at Warialda High School, said he is excited his students now have access to these services. "Studiosity gives our students the opportunity to ask a question, anytime, anywhere, in those moments of need, and a trained specialist will help them get unstuck," he said.
"We are fortunate to have been selected by UNE to receive this support, and I would ask every parent to actively encourage their child to make full use of this free program."
Studiosity’s online, on-demand support is available on home computers, laptops or via a mobile phone app. UNE tertiary students are already among the millions world-wide enjoying the one-to-one help.
"We believe Studiosity will offer convenient and timely help to high school students, much-needed support for their time-poor parents, and ultimately result in tertiary students of the future who have educational resilience," Professor Choct said. "There are personal, community and academic benefits to our partnership with Studiosity."
To find out if your child has free access, speak to your school or visit the Studiosity website.