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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 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.

Peer Writer sessions are available on Mondays 11.00am-1.00pm and Wednesdays 1.00-3.00pm.

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

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.

Conversational English groups meet during semester 1 and 2 at the following times:

Mondays 4pm

Tuesdays 6pm

Wednesdays 5pm

Thursdays 12pm

Friday 1pm

Venue: Student Learning Development Seminar room GW2b

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 in the third week of each semester.

For further information regarding Conversational English or the Language Mentor programme please contact Yi Ran Ong at

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