Providing study skills: a systematic approach

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Hayden, M & Remenyi, A 1987, 'Providing study skills: a systematic approach', in 'The learner in higher education: a forgotten species': selected papers presented at the twelfth annual conference of HERDSA held in Canberra, 9-13 May 1986,Canberra, ACT, 9-13 May 1986, HERDSA, Sydney, NSW, pp. 209-212.


This paper reports an attempt made at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences to address the needs of students experiencing difficulties with their study methods and to promote the acquisition by students of skills and attitudes conducive to productive learning. The approach described in the paper is labelled a systemic approach because it represents an attempt by an organisation to respond in a comprehensive, integrated and systematic way to a problem recognised by the organisation as being relevant to its own effectiveness. The approach is markedly different in a number of respects to other more widely adopted approaches to the provision of study skills assistance in higher education, but it is felt that the approach might be easily imported to other educational settings.