Student Learning

Welcome to Victoria University and to the Student Learning. The Service is here to support you in your decision to study at Victoria. Even if you have been to school in New Zealand there will be aspects of university study which will be new to you. If you have not studied in New Zealand before there will be many aspects of university study that will be different.

For more information on support available to you, also check out the Refugee Background Student Support page.

What you can do to learn about studying at Victoria University:

Come to all the orientation activities
Strengthen your study skills
  • Come to the Student Learning workshops.

  • Make an individual appointment with a learning adviser to talk about your study.

  • Drop by our help desk on level 2 at the library – you can talk to a learning adviser about a quick question.

Improve your English skills
  • Make an individual appointment with a learning advisor to talk about your study

  • Come to the Student Learning grammar workshops

  • Come to Student Learning conversation sessions - they're informal and you will meet other students from overseas and from New Zealand

  • Come to the Student Learning academic speaking programme and improve your oral presentation skills

Strengthen your academic focus

Critical thinking and academic integrity (not plagiarising) are two crucial academic skills. Find out more about them by coming to our writing workshops and critical thinking workshops. You will also learn about these skills in the PALS workshops. You can also read our resources on how to paraphrase and summarise other writers' work and on referencing.

Balance study and other commitments

Other commitments such as family and work can be difficult to fit in with your university study. If this is an issue for you, think about how to plan and manage your time well. Some people find that study timetables are really helpful. Here are some planners that you might find useful:

You need to be aware that university study requires much more than simply going to lectures and tutorials. For every hour that you spend in class you need to spend at least another 2 hours studying (Suggested study routine PDF - 229KB). It's a good idea to study for one hour in preparation for your class and then to spend another hour after that class focussing on something to do with the class (e.g reading, working on your notes, talking to friend about the class).

Make sure your friends and family realise how much work you are expected to do (21 ways to get the most out of now PDF - 321KB).