"Network teach": How a student led organisation supports the transition to university
Edith Cowan University
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
The transition to university and the first-year experience, which is crucial to student success, provides many personal, social and academic challenges for students. Over several decades, universities across Australia have implemented strategies to improve the attrition rate of first year students. This paper evaluates a program designed to meet the specific needs of students in the School of Education at a university in Perth, Western Australia. The Network Teach program is unique in that it is a student-run organisation offering social networking and academic support to all. This paper examines factors that may affect students in their first year of university studies, looks at the types of events the organisation offers and evaluates the overall benefits of Network Teach. The research identifies the support initiated by the students and the emergence of new cultural capital formed through the development of relationships that results in the reinvention of new identities as university students.