Student Learning

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Our Mission Statement

Student Learning aims to develop independent and active learners at all levels of tertiary study.

Student Learning:

  • operates as a full partner in the learning and teaching experience at VUW

  • supports student centred learning by:

  • - providing skill development opportunities for students in order to optimise their learning experience

    - developing and informing academic staff of student learning issues by providing feedback and possible solutions to these issues

  • promotes collaborative efforts with academic and professional staff and student groups to inform, empower and improve students' learning experiences

  • uses research and best practice to inform a high level of professional skill in teaching and learning

  • operates as a professional, experienced and collegial team within a welcoming, supportive and non judgemental teaching and learning environment.

Our Philosophy

Student Learning provides skills support and transition programmes to help students succeed at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. This provision recognises that the university education system is unique and that some transition to and through this unique environment is required for many learners to succeed. Some sessions are also designed to support graduate attributes and personal skill development. Such sessions include leadership and cross-cultural understanding.

Student Learning provides the 'tools' for effective study, academic writing and maths. It does not assist with specific course content. In one-to-one appointments, the student and the Adviser work together to discuss the student's concerns. The student learns from the Adviser and acquire core writing, editing, and study or maths skills. The goal is to help students understand the learning process and become independent, active learners.


Our Policy

The purpose of Student Learning is to teach skills and to develop independent learning. Learning Advisers focus on generalised writing, study, and maths issues and teach skills to address these issues.

We do...

  • guide students in particular skills and relate these skills to their own work
  • act as a "sounding board" for ideas on essays, seminars, etc
  • suggest useful avenues of direction when students seem confused or bogged down
  • provide confidential support
  • help students gain confidence in the formal academic setting
  • help students learn new skills and brush up on old ones.
We don't...
  • proofread essays
  • provide an editing service
  • do maths (or any) assignments
  • provide subject-specific information
  • assess work in any way.