The IES Foundation Year program has been designed to provide students with an excellent level of individual attention and assistance. Students experience a variety of teaching styles and learning environments:
- Standard classes and tutorials
- Keynote lectures
- Computer lab classes
- Discussion/seminar classes
- Help sessions/non-compulsory tutorials
- Language development and IELTS preparation classes.
- In most cases, the average class size is 20 students, with smaller tutorials in English Language.
Academic, career and study guidance
The student counsellors provide:
- a range of programs and support to help students settle into their new academic and living situations.
- workshops at the start of the year in areas such as living on a budget, signing contracts and accommodation options.
- sessions on presentation skills, assignment writing and coping with exam nerves.
- assistance in determining programs of study at university and information about future careers.
- assistance with sourcing and approaching suitable tutors within the Brisbane area for students requiring additional individual support beyond that supplied by IES Foundation Year.
- student performance is carefully monitored and students are given regular feedback.
- remedial tutorials are recommended for students experiencing difficulty with any subject. (These are small group sessions that revise work already covered but do not involve any extra assessment.)
- Research is an integral part of tertiary study, especially at The University of Queensland.
- As part of the core subject Academic English for University Studies, students are instructed in research methods.
- Academic English also incorporates information about the culture, history and people of Australia.
- Research skills specific to the requirements of each academic discipline are incorporated into the coursework of each subject.