Indigenous Tutorial Assistance (ITA)

The Centre Study at JCU Indigenous Tutorial Assistance

The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre at James Cook University is responsible for coordinating tutorial assistance, for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander JCU students in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Mt Isa, Thursday Island and those studying externally around Australia.

This academic initiative is funded by the Prime Minister and Cabinet and aims to improve academic outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, by providing supplementary tuition by qualified, suitable tutors. Tutors work with our Academic Skills Advisors to accelerate learning for Indigenous students and tuition is provided in addition to the usual teaching and learning of each JCU subject.

Apply for Student Tutorial Support

To apply, download and complete the Tutorial Assistance Student Application form (PDF, 313 KB)

Submit your form to the Academic Skills Advisors by email to academicskillsadvisors@jcu.edu.au.

Eligibility

To receive ITA tuition, a student must be:

  • Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent,
  • Currently enrolled in an award course with JCU.

How it works

  • Students submit an application form to the Academic Skills Advisors (ASA’s), which is then assessed by the ASA’s.
  • Successful applicants are then matched, by the ASA’s, with a suitable tutor who has the skills and knowledge of the chosen discipline in which tutoring is required.
  • The ASA’s then arrange a face-to-face meeting between the student and tutor, when a face-to-face meeting is not possible, students will then be contacted by telephone or email. In the first meeting, the ASA will develop a Student Learning Plan, based on the student learning needs.
  • The ASA will maintain constant contact with both the tutor and student to monitor their progress and feedback.

Become a Tutor

If you are interested in becoming a Tutor, please download and complete the Tutor Registration form (PDF, 165 KB)

Submit your form to the Academic Skills Advisors by email to academicskillsadvisors@jcu.edu.au.

The Tutor Registration form outlines the Tutor Duties and Selection Criteria, so please read this carefully before you submit your form. Tutors must also submit the following:

  • Evidence of qualifications – a copy of academic record/transcript.
  • JCU students provide unofficial academic record printed from ‘eStudent’.
  • Certified copies of original, official documents required for non-JCU study
  • Evidence of relevant work experience – a current CV/Resume

More information

If you need any further assistance you can contact the following Academic Skills Advisors:

Cairns

Juanita Sellwood – Academic Skills Advisor

Email – juanita.sellwood@jcu.edu.au

(07) 423 21482
Ext: 21482
Building A4, Room 029

Margaret Wymarra – Academic Skills Advisor

Email – margaret.wymarra@jcu.edu.au

(07) 423 21393
Ext: 21393
Building A4, Room 029

Townsville:

Megan Harrison – Academic Skills Advisor

Email – megan.harrison@jcu.edu.au

(07) 478 15871
Ext: 15871
Building 41, Room 019

Bridget Hughes – Academic Skills Advisor

Email – bridget.hughes1@jcu.edu.au

(07) 478 15313
Ext: 15313
Building 33, Room 101