Student Academic Development Office

Teaching & Learning Centre

First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience (FYE) programme has provided a bridging gap between high school and university by providing a support structure to empower and equip first-year university students.  The first-Year Experience Programme is designed to help first-year students transition from high school to university.  First years will be paired with an FYE Peer Leader to form part of the First-Year Experience Peer Leadership Programme.


Tutoring is a part of the university teaching-learning process and is essential for improving students’ academic success and professional goals.  Tutors are senior students from the same field of study that have been trained for tutoring.  Tutorials have proved to be an effective way of providing academic and personal support.  In addition, tutorial sessions assist students in applying and discussing content related to the module, as delivered in class.  Tutorial sessions offer regular, peer-facilitated sessions out of class and after lectures, thereby integrating content with learning skills and study strategies.


The mentorship programme provides UNIZULU students with a supportive environment that will motivate and assist them in developing to their maximum personal and academic potential.  Mentoring has been found to increase students’ academic success, social skills, self-efficacy, and the ability to refine their professional dispositions.