choosing the right student support role.

Working in student support can offer you one of the most fulfilling careers possible as you’ll be making a real difference in the lives of those who you support, both academically and pastorally. Read on if you would like to find out what working within student support involves.

Notetaker - typed.

This role does what it says on the tin - you’ll be supporting students who find it difficult to make their own notes to support their academic studies, by attending their lectures and seminars and taking accurate notes on their behalf. A really exciting part of this role is that you’re able to learn for free while you earn, by attending higher education lectures. 

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Producing accurate typed notes for lectures, seminars/tutorials and group tasks
  • Reviewing notes at the end of each lecture and ensuring that they are in a suitable format for the student to access effectively
  • Acting in the best interests of the students at all times, whilst also working within the policies and procedures of the institution
  • Working to cater to the needs of individual students, ensuring that any concerns are addressed in a timely manner. 

Notetaker - manual.

This role is similar to the role above, with the main difference being that you would be hand writing notes instead of typing - for this, you’ll also need to have neat and legible handwriting!

Learning support assistant - learning difficulties.

With this role, you’ll be working in colleges to support learners with a wide range of needs who will be struggling with learning difficulties such as autism, and/or social, emotional and physical disabilities. You’ll need to have great communication skills and be dedicated to motivating students to achieve goals and targets.Your main duties will include:
  • Working closely with academic staff to ensure that the support needs of learners are met
  • Providing support for individuals or groups of learners in and out of class
  • Providing individualised support for each student - his may include providing some direct personal care, support and assistance to the student in respect of toileting, eating, mobility and dispensing medication.
  • Promoting the general success, progress and achievement of learners and report any concerns to subject teachers
  • Support learners' work and behaviour to achieve their Individual Education Plan and Pastoral Support Plan targets

One-to-one study skills support.

This position is perfect for anyone who is highly organised, caring, and committed to helping students achieve academically. You’ll need to have experience in providing support on a one-to-one basis, and relevant qualifications, including SpLD (minimum level 5), a teaching qualification (minimum level 4) and a membership to PATOSS, BDA, ADSHE, or Dyslexia Guild. 

You will be required to:

  • Provide one-to-one support for students with disabilities
  • Implement non-subject specific support strategies including time management and organisation
  • Work with students to develop their essay writing skills, exam preparation and overall academic performance
  • Manage your own caseload and the timing and booking of sessions

Mental health mentor.

In this rewarding role, you’ll be providing one-to-one support to students, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop their skills. You’ll be helping students become more confident in their own ability, so they are able to work effectively not only whilst they are at university, but also after they graduate.

You will help your students with:
  • Time management and assignment planning
  • Writing and numeracy skills
  • Enhancing social skills and confidence
  • Developing skills for managing academic stress

You’ll also need to ensure that each session is individually tailored to the person you’re supporting.

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