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Peer learning and support programmes

Peer writing and learning support for undergraduates

Peer writer programme

Studying at 100 level and need some help with your assignment? You can get help from a senior student on:

  • Unpacking the assignment question
  • Planning/structuring your assignment
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Sentence and paragraph structure

To use this service either come into reception to book a one-on-one appointment with a peer writer, send an email to or drop into the SLD office for a quick 15 minute appointment.

Semester One 2017 Peer Writer drop in times will be available in week one of the semester.

Peer assisted study sessions (PASS)

If you’re a 100 level student attending Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a great way to get help to succeed at University. The more sessions you attend, the greater the benefits!
Peer Assisted Study Sessions are fun group-based study sessions led by an experienced student who has successfully completed the course.

More information about the PASS programme

Peer writing  and support programmes for postgraduate students

The Higher Education Development Centre will be piloting a 5 week graduate writing programme. Applications for this programme are now closed. For more information on the programme please contact reception at

Peer writing support

For more information on peer writing support for postgraduate students please contact the peer learning programmes coordinator Carole Scott at

Conference Support Group

The Conference Support Group 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 book a consultation with the Conference Support Group please fill out the following online form or contact the Peer Learning and Mentoring Programmes Co-ordinator – Carole Scott. +64 3 479 5786;

Stats and math support

Student Learning Development is currently exploring options for the provision of Stats and Math support for undergraduate students who aren’t taking stats or math papers and who could use help with developing specific numeracy and/or statistical skills. In the meantime, we can recommend some online resources or you can talk to one of our staff. If they are unable to assist directly they will suggest other options for support.

Language support

Conversational English

Volunteers at Student Learning Development facilitate weekly informal conversational English sessions during the first and second semesters. They’re a great opportunity to ask language and culture-related questions in a safe environment, as well as providing a chance to meet others trying to improve their English. These sessions run several times a week and are open to all who wish to attend. No need to register. As these are informal classes, feel free to join in at any stage.
If there’s enough demand, Kiwi movie nights and shared dinners may also be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a pen and notebook to the sessions to take notes.

Session times for semester one:

Monday 3-4pm
Tuesday 11am-12pm
Wednesday 1-2pm
Thursday 12-1pm
Friday 10-11am

Otago language mentors

Otago language mentors brings together staff and students from the University of Otago and the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year to share and improve their language skills through a conversational language programme.

Your language mentor will be a student or staff member who will meet with you on a regular basis to help you practice your English.

Please use the following link to register for a language mentor

Applications close on the 17th March 2017.

For further information regarding Conversational English or the Language Mentor programme please contact Abi Clark

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