This section provides academic and HIV/AIDS counselling. It incorporates counselling as a helping relationship and counselling as the means of psychological intervention. It provides both individual and group counselling.
Student Academic Development Workshops
Students at tertiary institutions find that some study techniques employed in high schools do not work at university level. They realise that reading lists in upper level courses are more rigorous and that the research process for an academic paper is a learning experience in itself. The Study Skills Workshop consists of note taking, time management, exam preparation, test anxiety, concentration and procrastination.
(i) Note taking
Workshop aims at assisting students in developing note-taking strategies that will work with different disciplines.
(ii) Time Management
Doing well at tertiary level requires goals to be set in multiple areas. Visualizing a circle that can be partitioned into segments is one way to subdividing your daily and weekly activities. Configuring goals, which will represent priorities of daily and weekly life, can be defined as time management. The students are given information on how to setup feasible schedules, which assist them in coordination of activities and work towards academic excellence.
(iii) Exam Preparation
The principles of exam writing, common revision faults, memory block, and writing examination are aspects dealt with during the exam preparation workshop.
(iv) Test Anxiety
Most of us experience some level of tension before and during a test. A small amount of tension or stress is expected. Larger amounts of tension small amount of tension or stress is expected. Larger amounts of tension can interfere or even impair out capacity to think, plan or perform on tests.
Concentration can be described as the ability to direct your thinking. The art or practice of concentration is to focus on the task at hand and eliminate distraction.
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task, which needs to be accomplished. This can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt amongst students. Procrastination has a high potential for painful consequences. It interferes with the academic and personal success of students.
The Student Leadership Workshop focus on relevant aspects of student governance. The objective of the workshop is to provide student leaders with knowledge based leadership skills, formulation of the mission and vision and student leadership code of conduct.
The First Fridays Leadership Society (FFLS) is a regular series of leadership development workshops, offered on the first Friday of each month at the NUST. This society is mentored by the Student Counsellor & HIV/AIDS Coordinator in cooperation with the Student Representative Council. These hands-on, interactive sessions are open to the whole student community and designed to build practical leadership skills, including public speaking, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution.
Academic Development Programmes
The NUST annual HIV/AIDS Awareness and Wellness Campaign mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS in the Namibia society. HIV and AIDS is not only a health issue. It is a development and security issue and the single greatest management challenge facing education in Namibia. The annual HIV/AIDS Awareness and Wellness Campaign provides information on HIV and AIDS, in terms of the global and African overview and the current status quo of HIV/AIDS.
Ever since Namibia has become independent in 1990 and even beyond, the spread of HIV/AIDS has been a major challenge to the young nation. As most other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia has experienced soaring number of infection. As the threat of HIV/AIDS has been growing, the NUST has strengthened its prevention efforts in the national response to HIV/AIDS. The Department of Student Services introduced Peer Counselling Training to its student population in 2001. The training aims to provide correct sexual health information to young people, equip them to provide correct sexual health information to young people, equip them with life skills and to build their capacity to implement safer sex behaviours.