There is a strong sense of academic community at St Mark’s. The College provides an exciting and inclusive academic environment, enabling our students to engage with their peers, academics and professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
Our students are supported in the transition from secondary education to university study, and in the important transition from university life to professional careers.
Our Academic Program supports our students in the diverse academic challenges of university life. The high level of participation and commitment to the program contributes to the rich intellectual life of the College.
Academic endeavour and achievement are celebrated as inherently valuable and as pathways to the achievement of our students’ goals beyond university.
- Tutorial Program – Weekly tutorials in a wide range of subjects, conducted by senior students, postgraduate students and academics (see more below).
- College Mentor Program – All new students are mentored by senior students enrolled within the same (or a closely related) discipline.
- Peer Assistance – The College has a strong culture of students assisting and supporting each other to succeed academically.
- Port’n’Talk Series – An opportunity to hear interesting speakers from all walks of life, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
- Academic Visitors – Contributions from visiting academics who may assist, through occasional lectures and teaching, in the academic and intellectual growth of all students.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Our Professional Development Program supports our students in the development of professional skills and the transition into successful careers.
Senior students have opportunities to be mentored by professionals in their fields, creating invaluable avenues to advice, assistance and employment.
- Professional Skills Training – Core skills training, including time management, written and oral communication skills, resume preparation and interview performance.
- Professional Mentor Program – Working professionals are paired with senior students in their field to provide mentoring and promote the transition into professional life.
Academic Tutorial Program
Tutorials are conducted outside university teaching hours, in our dedicated Academic Centre, which includes tutorial rooms, multimedia screens and our extensive resource collection.
The tutorial program is developed in accordance with student needs, especially covering core subjects in:
- Science and Mathematics
- Allied Health
- Health Sciences
- Commerce and Economics
Tutors are senior students who have achieved outstanding results in the relevant courses. They are provided with training in effective teaching methods. Academics and postgraduate students from the universities also contribute to the program.
Tutorials are conducted in a cooperative and supportive environment, allowing students to develop their understanding of course material and acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed.
Students may in turn become tutors as their studies progress, enabling them to:
- develop a deeper understanding of their field
- access training in teaching methods
- access financial incentives, and
- enhance their resumes.