Hard work pays off for TLC Peer Facilitators

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The annual Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) year-end Peer Facilitation Certificate Awards ceremony took place recently in honour of the 2019 Peer Facilitators (PFs). The function aims to celebrate and acknowledge contributions made by the TLC PFs towards academic success of fellow students.

About 80 PFs from Alice and East London campuses were lauded for their efforts at the function held at the Blue Lagoon Hotel.

The TLC PF programme is a collaborative learning support system.  It is built on best practice principles that aim to effectively facilitate improvement in student learning, the university’s student throughput, academic success and student retention. The role of the PFs is to provide support and guidance to individual students and groups to improve their ability to study, take notes, write properly and gain analytical skills.

The facilitators are specifically recruited and trained senior students.  The group consists of Language and Writing Consultants, Supplemental Instruction Leaders and Extended Learning Environment Programme (ELEP) Facilitators.

Ms Thandie Mayaphi, TLC Consultant, said the programme does not only assist students who are struggling, but also presents the PFs with an opportunity to gain invaluable work experience while assisting their peers in ‘high risk modules’

“Through these programmes, the PFs are equipped with communication skills, effective facilitation skills and their confidence is also enhanced,” said Ms Mayaphi.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr Tando Rulashe, Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and a former TLC PF, motivated the PFs to strive for their best.