Seek academic support, students urged

The Student Learning Specialist of the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P) Samoa Campus is appealing to the university's student body to make more use of student support services. 

The was announced by the Niseta Buatava, the University's Student learning Specialist in a press conference on Monday.

Mrs. Buatava stated that she supports the students academically with all their learning issues.

"I don't support them socially, I deal only with the academic matters so if for example they receive an assessment task and they have no idea what the task is asking them to do. This is where I come in, so I sit down with them with the question in front of us and we will go through the details and the requirements of the question," she said.


She says this will help the students gain the skills to answer the questions successfully and that their university like any other university around the world has got strategic goals for the students, including graduate attributes.

"So the thing that we as student learning specialists should worry about is to to find out exactly what are the skills required by the assessment tasks of these course that the students should know in order to answer the question," she said. 

Mrs. Buatava said that it was only recently that the student support services were rolled out to mother campuses, because the University had realised that what is good for Laucala is also good for the other campuses.


They target the skills that can ensure that the students do have the graduate attributes that the university has in store for them when they leave. 

With all of their services in place, Mrs. Buatava stated that the students should never fail.

"That is why our work is important because we are there for them, and if they don't make use of us they will be standing at square one," she said.

Mrs. Buatava wants the parents of students to know that there are services on all USP Campuses to help the students to learn and graduate on time.


She runs six core programmes on campus, including bringing back former students to help existing students to and show them their strategies and methods that led to their success.

The University's Associate Professor of Agriculture, Siaka Diarra revealed that in the Agriculture course, so far there are close to 150 students enrolled which is according to him is an increase from last year's 120 enrolled students.

Altogether there are close to 500 students enrolled in Agriculture courses, Professor Diarra said.

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