Every year, universities across the country receive thousands of applications from matriculants who wants to further their studies. However, the process of applying to university can become very difficult and it often leads to frustration and uncertainty. After seeing this happen year in and year out, Dr. Venicia McGhie and Madge du Preez decided to solve these problems by publishing a book entitled, “Accessing Post-School Studies”.
The authors’ collective experience of working with first-year students at universities spans over 60 years, which means they know a thing or two about helping students. They understand that matriculants, as well as their parents, are not aware of the various processes involved when applying to University. They also know that university can come as a bit of a shock to first year students, so they want to make them aware of what university life is really all about. The book is basically about helping these students transition from a high school environment to a university environment in an easier and more manageable way.
The first part of the book explores the many ways education can be used to uplift the learners. It also looks at how, together with their parents, they can identify what they want to become in life and work towards matriculating successfully. The second part looks at preparing learners for their university/college journey. It shows the learners how to find an effective study group, how to manage their finances, make supportive friendships and how to become independent, responsible students. The final part of the book provides information and advice concerning courses one should study, application procedures and the contact details of most of the tertiary institutions in South Africa.
As for their collective experience, Dr. McGhie, who specializes in education and languages, is currently the Head of the Academic Development Department at the University of the Western Cape. Given her academic and professional track record, Dr. McGhie is very knowledgeable when it comes to the administrative processes students need to complete. Ms Du Preez retired as Senior Faculty Officer and Co-ordinator of the EMS Student Support and Research Unit at the University of the Western Cape in 2014. Her roles have given her hands-on experience when it comes to dealing with the different types of problems students face. Despite retiring, she is still very much involved with helping students achieve their goals.
However, knowing that most matriculants won’t be able to afford the book, they created a Facebook page where they post tips and tricks that are helpful to students. So, if you have a Matriculant or a First Year student in your family with a Facebook account, let them join the Facebook group.
Dr. McGhie and Ms. Du Preez combined their knowledge and passion to create a guide that will lend a helping hand to countless South African students. With all the new challenges and responsibilities the students will face at university, this book aims to lighten their load!
If you want to find out more about the book, you can check out their facebook page by clicking HERE. You can also buy their book by clicking HERE or you can purchase it via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr McGhie and Ms Du Preez also do roadshows and holiday programmes, so if you want to know more about that, like their page and send them a message.