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Academic support


Success in your chosen programme of study is the primary goal of tertiary education. The goals you have set for yourself, and the commitment you have made to your tertiary study, indicate you wish to succeed in your first year. At Caroline Freeman College, we'll support you as you work to achieve your goals and realise your academic potential.

Students who are new to tertiary study are often surprised by the jump in level of teaching and learning. There are a wide range of services available to help residents at Caroline Freeman College to help you to adjust to this level of study.

We offer one-on-one academic and career counseling between our residential assistants (RAs) and new residents in the college. Each RA is trained to ask you about your chosen course, patterns of study and academic progress. They can encourage you to make positive changes to your learning, and support you in seeking help from appropriate services within the College and the wider University.

We feel this has been a great success for our students, and has contributed to their academic success and overall well-being.

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Regular tutorials are organised where there are sufficient numbers of residents enrolled in the same paper. Additional tutorials are often offered in the run-up to tests or exams.

We typically have a number of senior and postgraduate students taking tutorials in the following subjects:

Where tutorial support is requested without sufficient numbers, alternative arrangements will be made – for example, by arranging for you to attend a tutorial at another nearby college.

Tutorials are also provided on aspects of study skills such as essay writing and university examination techniques.

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Advice and guidance

Staff at Caroline Freeman College will provide advice and guidance on academic issues. Where necessary, we'll will work with the University's faculties and support services to access the appropriate support for our residents.

As a condition of residence, Caroline Freeman College requires you to authorise the University to supply the Head of College with academic grades for the time you're in residence. This enables the College to more adequately assist you with our academic programme and tutorial service.

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Study rooms and study groups

Seminar Room at Caroline Freeman College
One of our tutorial rooms.

We have a number of study spaces available for group or individual study, including:

  • Specialist tutorial rooms
  • The Library
  • A computer room

In the computer room, we have a small number of desktop computers linked to the University Network, and a printer for your use.

We encourage you to create study groups. We can assist as required.

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The Library at Caroline Freeman College 2
The College Library.

Our Library is well-stocked with books and magazines – both academic and general interest – as well as a large DVD collection. The library issue system works on trust, with the expectation that you'll return borrowed items.

The Library is also a popular study area. It is available for use by Caroline Freeman College residents only.

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Internet connectivity

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the College. The University attempts to maintain a high level of service, however occasional disruptions to service may occur. Although Wi-Fi access is available in all bedrooms, please note that connectivity cannot be guaranteed.

University of Otago Internet Usage Policy

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