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Higher degree study gives you the opportunity to further develop your research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Some of you may be extending the knowledge gained within your undergraduate programme, while others are embarking on a completely new journey.


Managing your time

Postgraduate study requires you to be your own 'project manager', often juggling coursework, assignments, reading, writing and research, as well as work or personal commitments. You can make an individual appointment with a learning adviser to set up a timetable for your research, and to discuss any aspects of your studies in depth.


Organising your ideas

As well as the individual appointments, attending the Student Learning critical thinkingand academic speaking workshops will help develop your thinking and oral presentation skills.


Working with your supervisor

Student Learning learning advisers can act as a sounding board before and after supervisory meetings helping you clarify ideas and develop the necessary skills for successful study. The Student Learning research skills seminars also offer sessions on topics such as 'working with your supervisor'.


Research and writing

Postgraduate writing is an organic process of planning, researching, drafting, revising and editing. An individual appointment with a learning adviser can offer guidance on all aspects of academic writing, formatting and referencing. Student Learning also offers intensive 3-hour writing workshops and a 'drop-in' thesis writers' group, where you can develop techniques and share your work with others in an informal setting.


Accessing resources

Student Learning offers postgraduate seminars and workshops at Kelburn, Pipitea and Karori campuses. These sessions, run by experienced academics, offer valuable advice and also provide an ideal forum for meeting other students. If you are an international student, ExcelL workshops are an excellent way to get to know the New Zealand cultural context.

Student Learning has a range of online resource materials on StudyHub, including handouts on:

If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact the postgraduate learning adviser.