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Peer learning and support programmes

Peer writing and learning support for undergraduates

Peer writer programme

Studying at undergraduate 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 drop in to the Central Library, west end, seminar room 1 on the ground floor at one of the allotted times below for a quick 15 minute appointment.

Peer Writer sessions are available as follows:


Peer assisted study sessions (PASS)

If you’re studying a 100 level paper, attending Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a great way 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

English language peer support

English conversation group

Volunteers at Student Learning Development facilitate weekly informal English speaking 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 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.

English conversation groups are held during semesters 1 and 2 at the following times:

Mondays 4pm at Student Learning Development Seminar room GW2b
Wednesdays 5pm Online via Zoom. Meeting ID: 937 8507 1787 Passcode: 869837
Fridays 1pm at Student Learning Development Seminar room GW3

Otago English language mentors

The Otago English language mentor programme brings together staff and students from the University of Otago and the wider community to share and improve their language skills through a conversational language programme.

Your language mentor will be a student volunteer who will meet with you on a regular basis to help you practise your English.

Register for a language mentor

Applications close in the third week of each semester.

For further information regarding the English conversation group or the English language mentor programme, please contact:

Yi Ran Ong