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Get ahead in your first year at Otago

Doing well in your first year at university is the key to completing your degree, so getting a head-start on knowing how to succeed is important.

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The University Of Otago's First-Year Students website is a fantastic resource for all first year students and is a great place for you to get your bearings.

It includes information about:

  • The differences between high school and university
  • What to expect and how to cope
  • Effective study strategies
  • Strategies for success
  • Where to find information

This site is a must see for all Otago first year students and those still at secondary school coming to Otago.

How can Student Learning Development support you in your first year?


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Preparing for your first year at university (PDF)

Returning to study? Unistart @ Otago

Beginning study after you have left formal education some time ago can be a little daunting. We invite you to meet with staff from HEDC Student Learning Development to get your studies off to a great start. These one-hour sessions give you an opportunity to network with other students and provide a friendly introduction to some aspects of university life, such as:

  • transitioning to university (what to expect)
  • note-taking
  • managing the first assignment
  • balancing life and study

For further information: HEDC Student Learning Development (

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Locals Programme

The Student Learning Development team partner with the Locals Programme to offer academic support to all first year students living at home or in a flat.

If you are going to be a first year student at Otago next year and will be living at home, boarding or flatting here in Dunedin, why not sign up for the Locals Programme? Enrolments are open now and it's free to join. In addition to academic support you will get access to different O-Week, and social events throughout the year and you can pick and choose as many events as you wish to attend.

Find out more about the Locals Programme or check us out on Facebook

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