Being accepted into Rhodes University is just the beginning of a challenging academic and social journey, and for those from disadvantaged backgrounds the journey can be particularly gruelling. But Rhodes University’s Extended Studies Unit (ESU) and its Trojan Academic Initiative (TAI) Student Peer Mentoring Programme are committed to ensuring that students not only arrive, but thrive.
According to author and professor of Psychology Carol Dweck, the only way to physically grow new synapses is your brain is to make mistakes. Professor Mellony Graven, the South African Numeracy Chair (SANC), and Dr Debbie Stott, the Maths Club Coordinator and Senior Researcher on the project, have found this to be a good philosophy underpinning the teaching of mathematics.
As a strategic intervention to help matriculants to either pass Matric or improve their passes and enter the tertiary education environment, the High Impact Supplementary School (HISS) has met its mandate to renew a sense of hope and an optimistic “can-do” attitude among the learners.