Universidad Internacional de La Rioja

Academic Orientation (SOA)

The Academic Orientation Service arises at UNIR as the result of their interest in each student and the intent to stimulate personalized learning. This task, together with the work of the tutors, intends to provide all students that request it with a reinforcing academic orientation focused on facilitating tools that allow students to make progress in their learning and to culminate the studies they are enrolled in successfully.  This service is mainly directed to Graduate students.

At UNIR we are aware of the difficulties faced with when studying whether it be because of having gone years without studying, for being the first university degree or because of the need to optimize study time, etc. ….this is why we want to minimize these difficulties.

The purpose of this service is centered on two main objectives:

  • Helping to acquire a work and study rhythm taking into account circumstances regarding family, work, etc. to achieve an appropriate work-family-study balance.
  • Helping students achieve their own study methodology.

The orientation work carried out with each student is structured around four aspects:

  1. Organization and planning:
  • To have a study schedule;
  • To prepare a weekly study plan;
  • To combine continuous evaluation with topic study;
  • To prioritize homework/assignments if necessary;
  • To reconcile study time and leisure.
  1. Methodology:
  • To have adequate study material;
  • To keep up with every day class;
  • To practice general ideas on how to write;
  • To work on the text revision process;
  • Underlining: to identify main and secondary ideas;
  • To make out summaries and/or mind maps;
  • To develop concentration and memorization techniques/tricks.
  1. Motivation
  • Increase of interest in the degree;
  • Perseverance in the realization of goals;
  • Trust in yourself;
  • Positive attitude towards difficulties and obstacles.
  1. Preparation for examinations
  • To know the evaluation structure and criteria;
  • To carry out a study and review plan;
  • To prepare elaborate or test questions, as applicable;
  • Relaxation and coping techniques in the face of: fears, nerves and insecurities;
  • To draw conclusions with a view to improvement;