Academic Support

Academic Support

Students commencing or returning to higher education study will find themselves with opportunities to develop new academic skills, such as writing essays and reports, working in teams, giving oral presentations, and preparing for exams. Academic and study support is available to all AIAT students, face-to-face and online. You can make an appointment with the Senior Study Skills Advisor and arrange to meet your lecturers during their regular consultation times.

Transition to Study

An orientation program will be completed by students and ongoing support will be available throughout their studies. Many subjects within the courses have academic skills and strategies integrated in the content with the Senior Study Skills Advisor working with Subject Coordinators to ensure students have the skills they need to successfully complete class work and assessments.

The orientation program is designed to prepare students for study and to familiarise them with necessary academic skills and AIAT processes for the course.

Academic Consultation Times

Lecturers, Subject Coordinators, Course Directors and the Director, Learning and Teaching are available for consultation with you at regular times during the study period either in person, by video conferencing, email or telephone. The Student Services Office will notify all students at the beginning of each study period when Academic Staff will be available for face-to-face consultations. Arrangements for other times can be made directly with the staff member. Academic Staff are flexible in their arrangements but please keep in mind that they do have other commitments and might not be available at short notice.

The Senior Study Skills Advisor is responsible for providing individual or group academic English language assistance.

The Librarian is responsible for providing guidance on literature searches, referencing and ensuring the Library software is used effectively.

Academic Progression Support

Throughout the study period, lecturers will monitor student progress with a view to helping them pass the subjects. They monitor student attendance, note when students fail to submit assignments and when they could improve assessment results. Lecturers check if students are taking self-assessment activities and they will ask individual students how they are going.

The Student Services Office will contact students if they are concerned about progress and recommend academic and personal support services.

Students may also realise that they need extra support and are encouraged to contact your lecturer, Subject Coordinator, the Student Services Office, Senior Study Skills Officer or the Counsellor. Learning support needs may arise due to a range of matters including but not limited to:

  • English language;
  • understanding the requirements of the course;
  • study techniques;
  • group work;
  • time management and organisation skills;
  • IT skills; and
  • orientation to Australian culture.

The Student Support and Welfare Policy and Procedure outline the provision of counselling, advice and support regarding academic performance and student welfare.

The Academic Progression Policy and Procedure specifies processes for early identification of the need for additional student support, determination that a student has failed to make satisfactory progress, implementation of intervention strategies, and decisions relating to student expulsion and enrolment.

Academic Skills Workshops

Workshops will regularly held on topics such as:

  • academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism;
  • report writing;
  • learning strategies and styles;
  • general study skills in critical reading;
  • oral presentations;
  • APA referencing;
  • assessment tips;
  • library information sessions (including electronic databases);
  • time and stress management.

Workshops are offered at a common time each week.

English Language Support

Students who have English as an additional language sometimes require ongoing tuition in English to be successful in their studies. Even though students pass the required English language entry tests they may be unfamiliar with academic language and this holds them back in their studies. AIAT is aware of this and offers assistance through the Senior Study Skills Officer.

Academic Integrity Support

Academic integrity is an essential quality for higher education and is a fundamental part of learning and teaching. AIAT is committed to promoting academic integrity and ethical behaviour.

At AIAT, students belong to a community that values academic integrity. The Students Rights and Responsibilities lays the foundations for the development of a culture of academic integrity.


Where can I get support with academic integrity?

Knowing how to reference your work and using the correct citation style is one of the most important things you can do to uphold your academic integrity.

Your lecturers will provide you with information about academic integrity and the required referencing and citation styles (see AIAT Referencing Guide). The Senior Study Skills Officer and Librarian offer personalised help with citing and referencing, and can answer your questions about how to uphold academic integrity.

Library & Learning Resources

The library provides a range of research tools and services, including electronic databases such as ProQuest and Harvard Business Review, and both electronic and hardcopies of prescribed texts. Hardcopy books can only be used in the library. Electronic databases are available at all times

The library provides quiet study spaces, computers, internet access, photocopying and printing.

A librarian will be available to assist during specified hours.

The library is open the same hours as the campus.