Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 4. 1962.
Orientation Week is under attack!
Remarks overheard around the Universities tend to support a week of revision in the basic fundamentals of each subject before official lectures begin, and during the week in which the Social occasions which mark the start of a new academic year are held. Those who support this idea say that it will help freshers in settling in if they work with material familiar to them for the first week, to allow them to get back into the habit of working to their own timetable.
Say the proposers that too many students find the first week at Varsity a mystery in many respects. They tire themselves out at the Social activities, and are unable to take In all the new work shown them in lectures. The transition between secondary school and Varsity is so abrupt according to the Revision weekers, that most of the work covered in the first three weeks is lost, and has to be learnt again later in the year, on the part of both students and staff than would be used in the week used for revision.
Opponents of the idea say that the staff and students find it hard enough keeping up to standard in their subjects in the short time allotted to them during the year, without having another week taken from them.
They also contend that such an arrangement would give to freshers the mistaken idea that Varsity is "just like school," and, they say, this could be very damaging to a student's study pattern.
Whether this view ever gets beyond the student's common rooms is a debatable point, but, if it did, it might greatly help, or greatly hinder our students.