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Academic life at Aquinas College

Studying in Common Room

Study is the main reason residents live in a College. Different programmes and events are run to help you with your studies, transition you to tertiary study, and to give you the opportunity to interact with faculty staff.


Aquinas Tutorial

Tutorials are run every night at the College and these are run by mostly past-residents who have achieved excellent grades in the papers.

The tutorials are not compulsory, but if you want to succeed in your studies it is a good idea to attend the tutorials and use it as a chance to ask questions.

In addition to Aquinas tutorials, there are tutorials on Campus for most 100-level papers.

Inspiration Series

Faculty staff, current students, graduates and ex-Aquinas residents are invited to our Inspiration Series to give our residents a first hand look at what life within their departments is like.

It's a great opportunity to network with staff, learn about career options, as well as help you decide on which paths to explore in your studies at Otago University.

The Inspiration Series will be here to inspire you in August/September each year.

Academic support

Aquinas staff help students set goals for their study and support residents individually to achieve those goals.

Selected ex-residents of the College act as academic mentors for first year residents.  They work closely with the Senior Tutor and Assistant Residential Tutor and will help you with the transition to tertiary study.

They draw on their own experience to advise you on study habits and how the University system works. These people are also a good resource to go to for advice and they can put you in touch with academic support services on campus.