Counselling and Career Development

Academic Literacies

The Academic Literacies services offered, focus on academic reading and writing, and quantitative literacies. We support and develop your learning of academic reading, writing and thinking skills, through:

  • academic development workshops that are general in nature;
  • face-to-face consultations;
  • the online Reading and Writing Centre; and
  • self-study materials.

What is Academic Reading and Writing?

Academic reading and writing develops your learning of academic reading, writing and thinking skills.

Your closest Reading and Writing centre:

  • Provides you as writer with an audience;
  • Encourages collaboration with other students;
  • Places you at the centre of learning;
  • Aims at helping you to develop your actual writing;
  • Connect computer literacy and the writing process as essential lifelong skills.

The service offers you as a student the opportunity to meet a facilitator at any stage of the writing and learning process. The reading and writing facilitator helps you to learn all aspects of the composing process, from exploring ideas to developing strategies for proofreading the final document and assists you in developing critical reading skills.

What we don't do

The facilitator will not edit your writing, as we want to focus on the global areas of writing before addressing issues such as spelling and punctuation.

What are Quantitative Literacies?

Quantitative Literacies supports and develops your learning of calculations, concepts, graphs, equations, fractions, decimals and negative numbers.

The purpose of the Unisa Quantitative Literacy Services is to support and develop your learning of calculations, concepts, graphs, equations, fractions, decimals and negative numbers, through:

  • quantitative literacy workshops that are both generic and/ or discipline specific
  • face-to-face consultations

This service offers students from all backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to meet a facilitator for any subject with a numeracy component.

Are you a postgraduate student?

If you are a postgraduate student, you can send us extracts of your writing (at a maximum of 10 pages) to acalit@unisa.ac.za. A facilitator will provide you with guidelines on how to improve your writing - please give us 10 working days to respond. We are not able to edit your assignment.

Contact us

Contact the Unisa Regional Centre closest to you for more information about this services.