Student Learning

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The professional staff at Student Learning can support course coordinators, lecturers and tutors to meet the learning needs of all students.

(Note: as part of good teaching practice, we do not proofread students' work. Rather, learning advisers act as a sounding board, encouraging students to clarify their thought processes, organise their ideas and identify and meet their own learning needs.)


Working with you

  • We offer customised in-class sessions on academic writing, referencing, study and research skills

  • We collaborate on the design of effective assessment tasks

  • We collaborate with postgaduate supervisors and help students develop the skills necessary to address supervisory feedback

  • We discuss learning issues such as plagiarism and internationalisation

  • We accept referrals from you for students who need ongoing support in terms of issues such as essay structure, referencing, grammar, and English expression.

Contact us if you would like to talk about any of the above.


Working with your students


  • We offer individual, 50-minute appointments at Kelburn (Mon-Fri) and Pipitea (Tue and Fri) to improve specific writing, referencing, study, or time-management skills

  • We provide a library helpdesk at Rankine Brown, Level 2, 10am-2pm daily: 15-minute 'drop-in' for quick questions such as analysing the topic, planning, referencing, and final polishing

  • We deliver weekly workshops on topics such as essay-writing, study skills, note-taking, referencing, and revision techniques

  • We run workshops on critical thinking, and academic speaking

  • We work on plagiarism referrals, in order to develop critical reading, synthesis and paraphrasing skills

  • We offer maths and statistics workshops and individual appointments

  • We oversee PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) study sessions in core 100 and 200-level courses

  • We provide online resources (StudyHub) on writing, effective reading, time-management, and grammar


  • We offer individual appointments throughout the research journey

  • We provide distance students with online feedback on assignment drafts

  • We organise Postgraduate research skills seminars: guest presenters on topics such as literature reviews, developing an argument, academic integrity, supervisory relations, qualitative & quantitative research

  • We lead writing workshops and thesis writers' group

  • We run workshops on critical thinking, and academic speaking

  • We provide online resources (StudyHub) on topics such as research proposals, literature reviews, abstracts, argumentation, etc.

For postgraduate matters, contact Dr Deborah Laurs.

International Students

  • We run PALS (Preparation for Academic Life & Study) workshop series

  • We offer weekly grammar troubleshooting 'drop-in' sessions

  • We organise conversation groups, fostering socialisation between Kiwis and international students

  • We run ExcelL Cross-cultural Communication Programme, a 5 week programme, equipping international and immigrant students to succeed within the NZ culture

  • We provide online resources on grammar, referencing, essay and report writing, etc

For international student matters, contact Dr Xiaodan Gao, or Karen Commons.

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