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Educational Support and Personalised Follow-Up   

Leaving secondary school and going straight into higher education is not always an easy transition. This is nothing new. The Law School's unit for educational support (CPF) supports students with this transition, all throughout their journey at the university through specific actions and arrangements, such as individual or group meetings, remediation, coaching, etc. These activities, mandatory or voluntary, aim to help students in their development and facilitate their academic and social integration by enabling them to develop transferable skills. 

Faculty Unit for Education Support

Contact: Mathilde Toussaint
mathilde.toussaint@umons.ac.be 

The Coach's "Tool Box" 

Becoming a student is at art in itself, and during this period of transition, the Law School offers many tools which aim to help students develop during their undergraduate studies in Law, starting from Block 1 to Block 3. 

7 tools to facilitate student success:

1. Legal Methodology

This teaching unit called "Legal Methodology" aims to build the tools necessary for a good understanding of legal matters. It also promotes the development of methods of organisation, structure and learning materials.

This covers several topics:

  • The taking and the processing of verbal information (e.g. analysis and comprehension of texts, including structure, summary, reforumalation, use of ad hoc legal vocabulary)
  • standards od and advice on writing assignments
  • Rules of referencing legal sources
  • Standards and advice on how the library works and putting quick research methods of legal sources (e.g. legislation, doctrine and jurisprudence) into practice
  • Applying various methods covered during the year to a project designed to prepare students for oral exams through role play in the form of a mock trial.

 

2. Tutoring

Part of "Legal Methodology", tutoring is on offer to help students with their work and research in the library. These guidance sessions are coordinated by a teaching assistant and are occasionally supervised by Block 3 students. These students welcome and share their experiences with new students, for instance, by advising them on how to prepare for an oral presentation or how to resolve a practical case.

3. Success Strategies

In addition to certain courses and related practical work, this remediation activity and coaching, provided by the teaching assistant, focuses on implementing strategies in terms of methodology, clarification of course content and the motivation and mobilisation of students. 

These sessions are organised throughout the year and encourage active participation and better interactivity with the students due to the creation of collaborations between them. They also facilitate the assimilation of the concepts taught. Students are able to ask any questions during these sessions. 

4. Individual Coaching

These individual and customised meetings between the student and teaching assistant are created based on trust and include an effective follow-up of the student throughout their undergraduate studies. These meetings are scheduled at the student's request.

5. Educational Support

These support sessions are organised in small groups of students. They are in place to support students throughout the year, according to their needs and specific requests. Their primary purpose is to understand legal matters, organise  workload and prepare for exams.

6. Practical Workshops

These sessions allow students to immerse themselves in legal life. Activities include attending a trial at the Court of Assize, visiting Belgian and European courts and parliamentary institutions, experiencing testimonies of various figures from the legal world (e.g. lawyer, judge, etc.), among others. Linked to other teachings included in the Bachelor's programme, these workshops allow students to develop their critical thinking skills and contribute to gradually building their capacity for interdisciplinary legal analysis.

7. Summer Remediation Workshops

These sessions are organised by the teaching assistant to best help students prepare for study leave and their second examination session. They take place in a constructive atmosphere that promotes learning with a collective follow-up tailored to the students' needs. 

Educational Support Unit

In close collaboration with the University's teaching departments, the Educational Support Unit (SAP) supports students in developing learning strategies tailored to their personal characteristics and the University's expectations. 

Contact: Pascale Dubois
SAP-Etudiants@umons.ac.be