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Join Our Peer Learning and Support Team

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The Student Learning Development Team offers a number of paid and volunteer positions for students. By joining our team you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, graduate attributes and add value to your degree through work experience in a tertiary setting.

PASS Facilitator (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions)

PASS is a collaborative study group for students led by a facilitator who has already successfully completed the paper. As a PASS facilitator you will need to be able to create a collaborative learning environment with a group of students to aid their learning in a specific paper. This is different from a tutorial in that PASS facilitators demonstrate different ways of learning course content rather than re-teach content.

The benefits of becoming a PASS facilitator include (From University of Wollongong):

  • Improved communication skills
  • Opportunity to develop your own academic skills
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Working with a team of like-minded peers and contributing to the University

Find out more about the PASS programme

To find out more about becoming a PASS facilitator contact the Peer Learning Programmes Co-ordinator:

Carole Scott
Tel 64 3 479 5786
Email carole.scott@otago.ac.nz

2017 PASS Facilitator positions have been filled. Invitations for the application to become a PASS Facilitator in 2018 will be sent out to high achieving students in July 2018.

Peer Writer

Peer writers are senior students trained to aid first year (100 level) students in effective writing and study skills. As a peer writer you will be expected to aid students in:

  • Unpacking the assignment question
  • Planning/structuring the assignment
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Time Management
  • Note-taking
  • Exam preparation
  • Time-management
  • Note-taking
  • Exam preparation

To find out more about becoming a peer writer contact the Peer Learning Programmes Co-ordinator:

Carole Scott
Tel 64 3 479 5786
Email carole.scott@otago.ac.nz

Conversational English Facilitator

Conversational English facilitators are student volunteers who facilitate informal English conversation groups for students to develop their oral skills and learn about New Zealand sayings and culture. By being a Conversational English facilitator you will:

  • Meet interesting people from across the world
  • Be part of a fun and dynamic team
  • Contribute to the University and community
  • Develop your own leadership and communication skills

To find out more about becoming a conversational English facilitator contact the Peer Learning Programmes Co-ordinator:

Carole Scott
Tel 64 3 479 5786
Email carole.scott@otago.ac.nz

Conference Support Group (CSG)

The CSG is a peer-led programme designed to support postgraduate students who are preparing to offer a conference presentation for the first time. PhD and Master’s students with conference presentation experience are trained to give constructive feedback on delivery style, structuring a presentation and engaging an audience in a supportive environment.

To find out more about becoming involved in the Conference Support Group contact the Peer Learning Programmes Co-ordinator :

Carole Scott
Tel 64 3 479 5786
Email carole.scott@otago.ac.nz

Language Mentors @ Otago

Want to help others to improve their English and learn more about our Kiwi culture? Interested in meeting students from other countries? Join the Language Mentor @ Otago programme to be involved in a great peer system where you will be partnered with a student who is keen to practice their English and learn more about New Zealand/Aotearoa and Kiwi culture.

To find out more about becoming a Language Mentor @ Otago contact the Peer Learning Programmes Co-ordinator:

Carole Scott
Tel 64 3 479 5786
Email carole.scott@otago.ac.nz

Tutoring & Demonstrating

Tutors and demonstrators play an important role in student learning, are valued members of staff and are often a primary link between students and other teaching staff. In these roles you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, graduate attributes and add value to your degree through work experience in a tertiary setting. Most tutors and demonstrators find the experience enjoyable, invigorating and educational.

If you are thinking about becoming a tutor or demonstrator there is plenty of support to help you including; workshops, handouts, online resources, and a network of other tutor and demonstrators. These resources are for your own academic development and you will learn about your own teaching and learning.

Find out about tutoring and demonstrating

If you have any questions, comments or queries regarding tutoring and demonstrating at the University of Otago, please contact Dr Rob Wass, HEDC Student Learning Development

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