While learning with Te Kura is similar to what happens at face-to-face schools, there are a few differences. However, learning at a distance doesn’t mean learning alone – help is only an email or free phone call away.
If you are a full-time or fee-paying student, or in some cases, a young adult student, you will be assigned a learning advisor (known as a form teacher, class teacher or whānau teacher in other schools) as soon as you’ve enrolled. If you have a learning advisor, you should keep in touch with them regularly.
If you need extra support, you may be assigned a liaison teacher as well.
Many students from Year 9 and up will also have subject teachers.
My learning plan
At Te Kura, you can work at your own pace. If you need more time on a difficult maths problem, you’ll have more time to get it right than you would in a regular school and you’ll receive one-on-one support. Likewise, if you’re finding your work too easy, you can get in touch with your teacher and they can assign more challenging work.
If you study with us full time, we’ll work with you and your supervisor to develop a programme of learning that’s right for you and review this plan regularly. Depending on what level you’re studying at, courses can be added or removed after discussion with your learning advisor and subject teachers.
Everyone learns differently, so there are no strict rules about how to structure your day. However, a regular learning routine is important to enable the best possible progress and achievement.
Many students find that creating their own weekly timetable helps to keep them on track. Some students prefer to work on several different subjects during the day, while others might like to go hard out on one topic or course for a whole day. You can choose what suits you best – just make sure you cover all the learning areas of your programme.
My course work
We'll allocate you work regularly, which you’ll need to complete within a certain timeframe. Your deadlines will vary for different units of work. As you finish each piece of work, submit it for assessment and feedback. Ideally, you should submit work in each course about every two to three weeks.
If you’re struggling with your school work, check first with your supervisor. If you don’t have one or you are still not sure what to do, contact your learning advisor or subject teacher.
You need to tell your teacher or learning advisor if you can’t send in your work for any reason.
The library collections include a range of books and resource materials to help with your learning, as well as recreational reading, DVDs, graphic novels, magazines and audio books.
If you belong to one of the following student categories, you are welcome to borrow anything on our catalogue:
- full time
- young adult
- early childhood.
Other students’ borrowing is at the discretion of library staff. Your local public library is likely to be a good source of reference books and recreational reading.